Detectives Briscoe and Logan pull out all of the stops when 10 year-old Wendy Sylvester's school friend complains that she hadn't seen her for two days. She was a ward of the State but her foster mother treated the girl like a servant and hadn't bothered calling the police believing she would return at some point. Her mother is an alcoholic and also hadn't seen her. A diary leads the police to believe that she may have been close to one of her teachers and the school confirms that a volunteer, Annette Fennady, may be that person. Fennady says she hasn't seen Wendy for some time but Logan's thinks she lying. After they find the girl in a hidden bedroom in the basement she is charged but her defense is that she was actually protecting the girl. Written by
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The rewrite of the script seems to coincide with the battle Janet Reno was waging for censorship of TV violence, song lyrics, etc....This censorship was the reason that Michael Moriarty (ADA Ben Stone) gave as his reason for resigning from the series at the end of season 4, causing his character to resign on the show. This was disputed by show creator Dick Wolf, citing erratic behavior on the part of Michael Moriarty as the reason for the departure of the character ADA Stone, and had nothing to do with a censorship battle between the network and Janet Reno, which he stated would not effect his show Law and Order anyway. The timing of an entire script rewrite at this time though does seem to lend some credence to Michael Moriarty's claims of censorship as an issue. See more
References Mary Poppins