Law & Order (1990–2010)

Mother Love 

A frustrated African American mother confesses to killing her junkie daughter who was bleeding the family's finances dry. The DA's office wants to consider leniency because of her race, but Robinette strongly rejects the notion.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Cragen
Ben Stone
Paul Robinette
Adam Schiff
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Virginia Bryan
Kelly Neal ...
Lucian Bryan
Sally Bell
Miss Lee
Nancy Ticotin ...
Miss Gomez
Douglas Turner Ward ...
Fred Bryan
Ebony Jo-Ann ...
Rosemary (as Ebony Jo-Ann)
Leland Gantt ...
Jonas 'Skate' Stark


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of Dawn Bryan. The young African-American woman once had a bright future ahead of her. She was a good student and was even voted most likely to succeed. It seems to have all come tumbling down when she got cooked on crack. She was shot with a .45 caliber gun and their first suspect is her supplier and sometime live-in boyfriend who hoes by the street name of Skate. The dead woman's family are devastated by the loss of their daughter but they feel they lost her long ago when she became hooked on drugs. When the evidence points to a family member as the likely culprit, ADA Stone and DA Adam Schiff both feel a good deal of sympathy. Paul Robinette however doesn't think anyone should have leniency and pushes for a grand jury indictment. Written by garykmcd

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24 February 1993 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appearance of Edie Falco, who portrayed defense attorney Sally Bell in four "Law & Order" episodes from 1993 to 1998 until being cast on The Sopranos (1999). See more »


[a woman is trying to convince a cop and his partner to raid an apartment for drugs]
Cop #1: Look, lady, I keep telling you: we can't just bust into an apartment without probable cause!
Woman: [to a junkie on the stoop] Hey! Where you get your drugs?
Junkie: 4-B...
Cop #1: [to his partner] That sound like probable cause to you?
Cop #2: Yep.
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