Law & Order: Season 9, Episode 6

Scrambled (11 Nov. 1998)

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A murder at a fertility clinic leads to a complicated, bitterly-contested case involving frozen embryos, a wealthy man, his widow, and his ex-wife.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Arlene Galvin
Dr. Rutland
Francis Curran
Thomas Kravitz
Mrs. Lasky
Pippa Pearthree ...
Coral Galvin
Dr. Harvey Purcell


In a fertility clinic, an employee called Sarah is found murdered. The room she was working in was locked so the person who killed her must have known the combination. Frozen embryos are also found tipped down the sink. Sarah's murder is pushed aside to a dispute over the ownership of the embryos. It is discovered that those particular embryos were destroyed deliberately. Some of the embryos were biologically a woman called Arlene Galvin's but after Arlene and her husband Joe's divorce, and his death, they were bequeathed to Coral Galvin, his young second wife. Coral was planning to be implanted with one of those embryos because Joe's will stated that his $11 million would be shared between his biological children, so Arlene's son would have to share it with this child and Coral would get control of this child's money, even though it would be Arlene's technically. It is implied that Coral only wanted a child for the money and wouldn't care for it. Arlene said she wouldn't be able to ... Written by Daani Rajai

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Arlene Galvin: I wasn't doing anything wrong. Those embryos were mine! They were made from twelve eggs that came out of my body.
Jack McCoy: Someone else had a valid claim to them and you knew it.
Arlene Galvin: A valid claim? Do you know why she wanted to have my child? For the money! What kind of life was that child going to have?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: At least it would be alive, which is more than we can say for Sarah Purcell.
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