The investigation into the murder of an up-and-coming editor uncovers a love triangle between the victim, a pretentious writer, and a jealous attorney.



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Episode credited cast:
Diane Posner
Cynthia Harris ...
Oren Sofer ...
Austin Posner (as Oren J. Sofer)
Everett Quinton ...
Jeffrey Weiss
Professor Charles Evans
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Berjer ...
Mrs. Gannett
William Cain ...
Paul O'Farrell
John Carpenter ...
Milton Gannett
Dr. Norman Ganz


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of book editor Joan Timberman who was found bludgeoned to death in the home of lawyer Diane Posner and college professor Charles Evans. Posner was away for the night at their country home and Evans was at a symposium at Vassar. Joan was smart and ambition and was editing Evans' latest manuscript. The police follow several possible leads but when they catch Diane Posner in a lie and forensics finds traces of the victims hair in her car, she is arrested and charged with murder. Evidence however begins to suggest that Posner may be lying to protect Evans but the murderer is someone else altogether. Written by garykmcd

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7 May 1997 (USA)  »

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In one scene, a witness mentions going to see the musical "Rent". Jesse L. Martin, who joined the show in 1999 after Benjamin Bratt's departure, was in the original Broadway production of that show, and later took time off at the end of season fifteen to film Rent (2005). See more »


When Jamie Ross goes to Greenwich, Connecticut, the "scene change" title is incorrectly spelled "Greenich" (without a 'w'). See more »


Detective Lennie Briscoe: [Referring to the victim] Looks like she had a little spare time. Diaphragm. "What you need to know before starting to take the pill". Suspenders AND a belt!
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One of the more unspeakable tragedies
11 April 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

On the original Law And Order Robert Foxworth has made two guest star appearances and in both cases he played some really hateful characters. In this case he was an egomaniacal novelist who apparently lawyer Sarah Botsford just can't live without.

But Foxworth can't live without the attention of a lot of women, it's the groupie thing. While he's living with Botsford he starts an affair going with his editor from his publishing house. She's the one who winds up dead. During the investigation Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt discover that she had recently had an abortion.

Sam Waterston and Carey Lowell at times suspect both of these people as both have really good motives and neither can quite account for their time. The real story here is an unspeakable tragedy that both in their own way are morally responsible for.

If that's a good enough teaser than make sure to see this episode of Law And Order. In any event Foxworth is truly a man you love to hate.

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