Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A child's collapse in school from mortal injuries leads to an investigation that uncovers a family steeped in horrific abuse.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Cragen
Paul Robinette
Adam Schiff
Carla Lowenstein
Judge Milton Erdheim
John Seitz ...
Dr. Jacob Lowenstein
Paul Geier ...
Eugenia Rawlings
Gordon Joseph Weiss ...
Rudy Scelza
Eugene Troobnick ...
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Sgt. Greevey and Det. Logan investigate a possible case of child abuse when a young girl, Didi Lowenstein, is found at school badly beaten and near unconscious. The attending physician says there's no way her injuries could have happened accidentally. When they speak to Didi's mother Carla however, she seems to be in a strangely passive and indifferent state of mind. The police are surprised that little has been done to investigate her situation and even more so when they learn Didi's father Jacob is a psychiatrist. As the evidence mounts, it's clear that Carla is the one who struck Didi but ADA Stone wants Jacob for murder as it was he who actually created the reign of terror that existed in the Lowenstein household. Written by garykmcd

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27 November 1990 (USA)  »

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Based on the Joel Steinberg/Hedda Nussbaum case. Steinburg, a disbarred New York criminal defense attorney, attracted international media attention when he was accused of murder and convicted of manslaughter in the November 1, 1987, death of a six-year-old girl, Elizabeth ("Lisa"), whom he and his live-in partner Hedda Nussbaum had illegally adopted. Steinberg had reportedly been hired by a single mother to locate a suitable adoptive family for Lisa, but instead took the child home and raised her with Nussbaum, never filing formal adoption papers and therefore never being scrutinized as adoptive parents. See more »


Throughout the trial, objections aren't handled properly. Whenever an objection is raised, the judge must make a ruling on its validity before testimony can continue--unless the questioner withdraws the question. If the judge overrules an objection, the question must be answered. Many questions remain unanswered even after the judge has overruled the objections.

In addition, throughout the trial, the judge allow ADA Stone to make arguments (rather than ask questions) after the defense has objected to a specific question. A judge isn't likely to allow either side to make arguments until the judge has ruled on the validity of the objection in question. An appeal to the defendant's conviction could be made based on the judge's mishandling of Mr. Stone--while objecting to more than one objection, Mr. Stone makes arguments that belong in opening or closing arguments, not the presentation of evidence. See more »


Miss Perez: [to Carla, after she is done witnessing against her] Bitch.
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References My Friend the Devil (1922) See more »

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12 July 2012 | by See all my reviews

Nearly every Law And Order episode is taken from some headline somewhere if not within New York City itself. But this early episode came with a disclaimer at the end pointing out the very specific differences between the infamous Lisa Steinberg homicide and this episode.

A little girl is found in school unconscious and she's taken to the hospital and dies eventually. Investigation by George Dzundza and Chris Noth leads to the arrest of both parents played by David Groh and Marcia Jean Kurtz.

Groh is one evil monster in this episode. Hard to believe that the love of Rhoda Morgenstern's life could be the same guy. In real life Steinberg was a lawyer, here he's a snake oil psychologist. The better to control and manipulate his family.

But the real heart of the episode is the performance of Kurtz as the perfect battered spouse and probably participant in the child abuse. She's frightening in both her docility and the fact she's also incredibly narcissistic. Not two dual emotions to get easily, but Kurtz pulls it off.

Michael Moriarty was probably his most outraged best in prosecuting these two. Nicely done all around.

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