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Surrender Dorothy 

The DA's office believes that a well-known psychologist/author may have driven his daughter-in-law to suicide because her increasing rebellion against his "submissive wife" philosophy would have ruined his reputation and lucrative career.

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Abbie Carmichael
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Adam Schiff
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Lisa Emery ...
Gwen Graham
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Perry Graham
Joyce Gordon ...
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Dr. Emil Skoda
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Professor Vivian Gage (as Elain Graham)
Kelly Cinnante ...
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The DA's office believes that a well-known psychologist/author may have driven his daughter-in-law to suicide because her increasing rebellion against his "submissive wife" philosophy would have ruined his reputation and lucrative career.

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The episode's title recalls two references to "surrender." The father-in-law of the deceased is a therapist well known for advocating that women submit to their husbands' authority. His self-help books use the tagline "Surrender with Love." But it was the Wicked Witch of the West who famously scrawled "Surrender Dorothy" across the sky of Oz using her broomstick as the sky-writing vehicle. The therapist claims that his "terms of surrender" enhance the quality of life for both husbands and wives, but the allusion to the Wicked Witch clearly implies otherwise. See more »

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Detective Ed Green: Harlan Graham just called; he wants us to meet with him and his son to get this matter straightened out. He's a shrink too.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Oh, good. One for each of you.
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A family of shrinks
21 August 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The homicide that Briscoe and Green catch in this Law And Order story is that of the daughter-in-law of a prominent pop psychologist author Jon Cypher. Only it's starting to look like a suicide the more the investigation proceeds.

That does not deter Sam Waterston from pursuing this case the more they find out how devious and manipulative Cypher is. It also looks like Cypher even arranged the marriage of the deceased to Richard Joseph Paul Cypher's son. There's also a daughter Lisa Emery who is also in the field.

Cypher is not a lovable figure. He's trying to sell the idea via his books and personal appearances that wives must be at all times submissive to their husbands. That's going to win him fans in many places. But Bible thumpers just love this guy.

Still as bad as he is, I'm not sure the episode made the case that this man is guilty of anything.


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