Law & Order: Season 7, Episode 13

Matrimony (19 Feb. 1997)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Evidence suggests that the murder of an elderly philanthropist was part of a conspiracy involving his lawyer and his much-younger trophy wife.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Grizzard ...
Kim Triandos
Anna Kathryn Holbrook ...
Velma Darcy (as Anna Holbrook)
Michael Lombard ...
Robert Mallors
Oliver Shain
Roger Serbagi ...
Lázaro Pérez ...
Luis Polanco (as Lazaro Perez)
Alex Toma ...
Ronnie Polanco
Maya McLaughlin ...
Cassie Jordan


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of septuagenarian Peter Triandos who is found dead - strangled - in his apartment. While still investigating the scene, the dead man's much younger wife, Kim Triandos, arrives claiming she was at a museum ball while her husband was entertaining a group of disadvantaged students from his old primary school to whom he promised, years before, that if they stayed in school he would pay for their college education. A total of 17 students were at the party. So was Kim Triandos' mother who says one of the parents, Luis Polanco, got into an argument with Peter. The police quickly return to the young wife however when they catch her in a lie. She denies killing her husband but the DA's office think she conspired with her husband's lawyer, Oliver Shain. They soon learn that someone else was involved with with Shain. Written by garykmcd

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Kim Triandos: We could both get jobs, Mama.
Velma Darcy: You wanna dance naked in Wichita Falls? You want me to dance naked too? The Dancin' Naked Idiot Family?
Jamie Ross: [listening in a van] These family talks are SO heartwarming.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Yeah, I just hope nobody chucks the vase with the microphone in it.
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"You earned it on your back like a Laredo whore"
13 October 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The most interesting thing about this Law And Order episode is that it left me with questions about the victim. The victim was a 70 something multi-millionaire with a barely 20 something wife. No other heirs were mentioned that were blood relatives and the viewer is left with the notion that the guy never married until he was possibly a little too old to really appreciate what he had.

In any event he did and after investigating the possibility that the victim was killed by one of a group of inner city kids from his old public school, Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt focus on Arija Bareikis who is his widow. Turns out she used to be a dancer at a topless bar Boyd Gaines who was the deceased's lawyer and who patronizes such places introduced them. Gaines is the kind of lawyer you make lawyer jokes about, mannered, but at heart a bottom feeding shyster. Note however that Bareikis does not use him in criminal court, but the eminent George Grizzard in one of his many appearances as a high priced criminal lawyer.

The one to watch however is Anna Kathryn Holcomb who plays Bareikis's mother who is a bottom feeding piece of southern white trash. Their final scene together crackles like fried egg.

Nice story with some great guest star shots.

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