Law & Order: Season 9, Episode 7

Venom (18 Nov. 1998)

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A murder case leads detectives to a mother/son team of con artists and accusations of incest.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Liann Crosby
Dennis Pollock
Doris Belack ...
Jeremy Orenstein
Detective Tarvis
Penny Fuller ...
Mrs. Joyce Pollock


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Stuart Wattman who was shot in an alley outside the theater where he was attending a concert. The 50-something Wattman was a "walker", a male escort who would accompany a woman to a concert or a soirée. Also shot was Liann Crosby, the woman he accompanied that evening. Forensics confirm that Liann was shot first but denies anyone would want to harm her. The investigation however leads them to Dennis Pollock who was seen on numerous occasions going on to Crosby boat. The 27 year-old Pollock is married to 64 year-old Joyce Pollock and the police suspect Liann and Dennis may have been having an affair. In fact, they are mother and son and conning people out of their money isn't all they were up to. Written by garykmcd

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18 November 1998 (USA)  »

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Karen Ziemba's TV debut. See more »


Adam Schiff: What? A mother and son killing each other's spouses. What the heck kind of family is this?
Abbie Carmichael: A dysfunctional one.
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Role Conflict.
30 December 2012 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

An elegant blond woman is wounded outside a theater, her escort shot dead. Briscoe and Curtis are on the trail. They have little trouble tracking down the shooter, a 27-year-old man who is married to a very wealthy older woman of 64. It's probably a rewarding arrangement for both parties, if a little unorthodox.

But why did Junior shoot the elegant middle-aged blond? He'd been having an affair with her, was last seen arguing with her on a corporate yacht, and took off in a low dudgeon. Maybe the blond had threatened to reveal their affair to the aging but still very savvy wife? Nope. When all the snarls are unraveled, it seems that the young man was truly in love with the rich old widow. The blond turns out to be his mother. She's been dominating his every thought and move since his childhood. And the pair of them -- the blond and her son -- have been doing each other since his teens. On top of that, there are a string of mysterious deaths behind them, all involving rich older people.

The son shot his mother in order to stop her interfering with his love marriage. But the rich old widow isn't exactly innocent. She's been trying to help her young husband eliminate his mother. I told you it was twisted.

At the climactic meeting of the principals, the young son/husband is faced with the choice of testifying against his mother, who will then go to jail, or against his wife, who will then go to jail. What a conundrum, but in the end a boy's best friend is his mother, as Norman Bates told us. It's an unusual episode in that Laila Robins, as the blond mother, is probably guilty of murdering somebody and the kid knows all about it. But, since he won't squeal on her, she walks away.

The performances are all up to par, and Laila Robins looks the part of a yummy and elegant seductress. I can think of a number of men who might kill for her, though I can't think of any who would deliberately shoot her. Junior looks the part perfectly: tall, handsome, well groomed, weak and uncertain. I wish I could get with Angie Harmon, but she has a high scratchy voice. I miss the mellow throatiness of Jill Hennessy.

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