Law & Order: Season 5, Episode 21

Purple Heart (3 May 1995)

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When the man who killed and robbed a cabbie turns up dead, detectives uncover a connection between the victim's wife, the killer, and the murder weapon.

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Mr. Elliot, Attorney for Denise Johnson
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Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of a cabbie, Daniel Johnson, who is found shot to death behind the wheel of his car. Johnson's wife Denise is a successful restaurant owner though money is always tight. Daniel would often work extra hours but the police are puzzled why he would have been found where he was. They learn he was deep in debt to a loan shark and was there to meet him and make a payment. They also learn that Danny was a big spender who had dreams of making big business deals but was never very successful. When they find a connection between the gun and Denise Johnson they are certain she hired a killer to eliminate her husband. She likely eliminated the killer as well. Written by garykmcd

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Hubby is a deadbeat
26 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This is one of those Law And Order episodes where you really do have some sympathy for the defendant. My only problem with her is that in doing what she did she left her young son to the tender mercies of social services. Good thing a character of the brother of her dead husband is introduced, possibly to reassure the audience the innocent kid will have family to take care of him.

Lisa Gay Hamilton is a woman with career ambitions who was the manager of an upscale restaurant and now is starting her own place. As anyone in that business will tell you, it takes a while for a new place to start turning a profit if it ever does.

She's married to a total deadbeat who drives a cab. The man must have had some charm back in the day because the more we learn the more incongruent this couple seems. Anyway when he cleans her business bank account out to pay off loan shark Mike Starr off, that's the last straw. A hired killer does in the husband and she does in the killer when he holds her up for more money.

Michael Beach is Hamilton's attorney and he makes the most of a sympathetic client and a couple of other alternative theories. Sam Waterston and Jill Hennessy have their work cut out for them in this episode.


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