A computer virus creates a malfunction at a Diabetes clinic which results in the deaths of two patients. Detectives tie the virus to a teenage hacker, whose father unsuccessfully accused the clinic of malpractice.

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Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
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The police receive an anonymous tip concerning a number of mysterious deaths at a renowned New York clinic specializing in the treatment of diabetes. Detectives Logan and Briscoe learn that they had 6 emergencies in one night and the medical examiner agrees that that is a disproportionately high number. The deaths could have been the result of insulin overdoses and they initially suspect some of the staff. When that doesn't pan out, they look at the medical equipment used to measure the patients sugar level. They find that that someone infected the hospital's computer program to give false blood sugar readings. They trace it to a young computer hacker, John Cook, whose father was unsatisfied with the treatment he received at the clinic. Getting a conviction however isn't going to be easy however. Written by garykmcd

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Dana Elcar, who played Robert Cook, really was blind. He started losing his sight due to Glaucoma when he was playing the part of Peter Thornton on the TV series MacGyver (1985). See more »

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Captain Donald Cragen: [watching interrogation] Little nose-wipe's holding up.
A.D.A. Paul Robinette: Why not? We don't even have enough to hold him for stealing time from Ma Bell.
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Insulin overdoses in the computer age
27 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the first Law and Order episodes involving computer crime is this one, in which two patients die and several become critically ill after being administered incorrect dosages of insulin at a clinic that specializes in diabetes. A discussion with a technician leads to evidence that a computer virus has infected the hospital's computer network, and the virus was uploaded via a person dialing in to to the network.

A suspect and a motive are uncovered for the crime: the suspect's paranoid dad thinks he was blinded by the clinic, so they figure his son wanted revenge. Stone takes this to the judge, but no dice. So Stone decides to go after the father for conspiracy, hoping he can prove the father had knowledge of his son's intentions, and that, as Schiff says, the son will "get a case of the guilts" and confess. They do have a problem, though, in the father, who feels that he was wronged by the clinic and that they - not the diabetes - is at fault for his much worsened eyesight. He is therefore anxious for his day in court even if it might mean prison time.

This might be the earliest incident of technophobia in Law & Order history, and it is an annoying recurrent theme during the first five years of the show. Not until a more techno-savvy Curtis joins the force in 1995 does Law and Order ever talk about any of the good things that computers can do. Castwise, the episode is notable because Leslie Hendrix makes an early appearance as the medical examiner Rodgers.


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