Law & Order: Season 7, Episode 22

Past Imperfect (14 May 1997)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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The death of a former model is connected to the daughter she gave up for adoption, and a possible multi-million dollar inheritance claim involving the woman's biological father.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rene Augesen ...
Sonja Harlann
Bray Poor ...
Grant Silverman
Jimmy Burke
Jack Hallett ...
Craig Holland
Douglas Burke
Gordana Rashovich ...
Elaine Nichols
Bernard Arbitman


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of one-time supermodel Christine Sandal who is found dead by her next door neighbor Craig Holland who was waiting for her to arrive for a surprise party he was hosting in her honor. Holland tells the police she had epilepsy but the medical examiner is doubtful having found no evidence of a seizure. There was bruising on her upper arms however. Blood evidence leads them to believe a close relative was also at the crime scene and they focus on her son Douglas Burke. A canceled bank check however leads them to Sonja Harlann who turns out to have a special relationship with the dead model. When she's charged with murder it turns out that her lawyer may also be her co-conspirator in an attempt to claim a very large inheritance. Written by garykmcd

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A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Turns out Sonja Harlann was Lancer's kid. She gets her 50 million dollars.
Jack McCoy: [sheepishly] Good for her.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: And Silverman collects his 17 million dollar fee. No wonder everybody hates the legal profession.
Jack McCoy: [pause] Make sure Douglas Burke gets a full transcript of Sonja Harland's allocution. This way there'll be something to collect when he sues her and Mr Silverman for his mother's wrongful death.
D.A. Adam Schiff: [wryly] Lawyers!
D.A. Adam Schiff: [fade to closing titles]
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