An alcoholic young man is accused of murdering a married couple in their bed -- but they were strangers to him, and no motive can be discerned.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Warren Bartlett
Eddie Malavarca ...
Steven Alan Smith
Fran Brill ...
Mrs. Leah Bartlett
Judge Simon Mikelson
Alison Sheehy ...
Elizabeth Lerner
Josh Shelton
Karen Shallo ...
Hester Blighe


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of David and Eileen Lerner, who were were found stabbed to death in their bed. The killer entered the house through a downstairs window and even used a knife from the kitchen to commit the crime. The Lerners had lived there for only a year, and the police can find no one who disliked or had a grudge against them. When the detectives learn that the house previously belonged to a high-profile divorce attorney, Warren Bartlett, they think a revenge-seeker (not knowing he'd moved) may have been trying to kill him. Written by garykmcd

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5 April 1995 (USA)  »

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The song Steven is singing while under hypnosis was previously sung by the main character in the Season 4 episode "Discord" See more »


References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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How responsible under the influence
6 February 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A middle-aged couple is killed during a home invasion where nothing is taken from the brownstone where they lived. Which gives a big old mystery to solve for Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth. Definitely it's not your garden variety home invasion.

I can sort of relate to the perpetrator's mind set here. We certainly revert back to the place that has the most memories for us in our subconscious. In my dreams I constantly am back at my home in Brooklyn. There's an SVU episode where Jane Powell plays an elderly Alzheimer's patient who is caught breaking into her childhood home. The memories can be good and bad.

The memories are bad for Eddie Malavarca who was the foster kid of David Leary a prominent divorce attorney who used to own the brownstone. It's not also hard to figure alternative suspects as Leary made a lot of enemies in his line of work. Something Lennie Briscoe can relate to.

Malavarca is a multiple substance abuser so it's a question of how responsible is he under the influence. Some unique techniques are tried at trial to answer that question.

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