While investigating a fertility doctor for a separate case of fraud, McCoy and Kincaid discover evidence that he may be inseminating his patients with his own sperm.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Aronson
Dr. Jordan Delbert
Jordan Clarke ...
Mr. Parker
Clara Brock
Ron Frazier ...
M.E. Heather Coyle
Nathan Brock
Deborah Tranelli ...
Christine Kennedy


Briscoe and Logan's investigation of a shooting seems to be an open and shut case. A distraught woman walks into a bank where her husband is a vice president and pulls a gun threatening to shoot him. A security guard shoots her first....end of case. Lt Van Buren however wants them to find out what the woman meant when she screamed that her husband killed her baby. She supposedly had a miscarriage but the fertility doctor she was seeing, Jordan Delbert, raises concerns when he clearly lies to the police. A review of his files reveals something else however: to cut expenses, Delbert began to use his own sperm to inseminate his patients. The challenge for ADA McCoy will be to get one of the victims to testify against him. Written by garykmcd

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15 February 1995 (USA)  »

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This episode is based on the true story of Dr Cecil Jacobson. See more »


The plotline of this episode involves a fertility doctor named Gilbert, but for some reason, the name was changed from Gilbert to "Delbert" at some point. In syndication, the doctor's name is clearly dubbed, and the location card for the doctor's office changed to Delbert. However, in some versions, the original audio is used but the location card reads Delbert. See more »


Lennie Briscoe: I wonder which mommy's gonna teach him to smoke and drink.
Mike Logan: And shave.
Lennie Briscoe: Well, it's the '90s. Everybody's allowed to gross and disgusting, not just you.
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References Deliverance (1972) See more »

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His own nation
21 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This episode of Law And Order is the only time in my recollection of the show where the DA's office simply gave up trying to get a perpetrator and tucked their tails between their legs and hoped for another day. Which makes it a unique event in the annals of the show.

This show starts with a wife going after a husband at his place of work which happens to be a bank with a handgun and she's shot down by a bank guard. The woman was totally deranged. As it turns out she was going to a fertility clinic.

A little investigation by Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth brings them to this fertility clinic where David Margulies is the doctor in charge. Strictly as a byproduct of the DA inquiring into the clinic he finds out after getting the patient's medical records from said clinic that a considerable number of babies were fathered by the same anonymous sperm donor. And who should it turn out to be but David Margulies generously donating his own little swimmers to make babies. In fact he could start a small nation on the Upper West Side with the product of his seed.

The hubris on this man is beyond belief. There has to be some law he's violated. But who wants to testify that their kid was a test tube product or in the case of one unfortunate couple, Margulies substituted his own sperm for the husband of the mother as he originally promised.

So that is the dilemma that Sam Waterston and Jill Hennessy are up against. In the end the towel is thrown in.

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