Law & Order: Season 4, Episode 18

Wager (30 Mar. 1994)

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A chiropractor accused of being a bookmaker is charged with killing the father of a professional baseball player over his son's gambling debts. However, Stone and Kincade soon suspect during the trial that the son is hiding something.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Pat Williams
Mrs. Williams
Ray Aranha ...
Dr. Henry 'Papa Doc' Doirnell
Joey 'Dogs' Lang
Keith Hernandez ...
Drew Harding
Edgar Barkley
Coach Bud Genero


Detectives Briscoe the beating death of Ben Williams who it turns out is son of Major League baseball player Pat Williams. The elder Williams had only come into his son's life when the young man signed his major league contract and from all accounts he had a major gambling problem. The police immediately suspect Dr. Henry Doirnell, a chiropractor who is also the biggest bookie in Harlem. He's been arrested numerous times but never convicted and not surprisingly maintains he had nothing to do with Ben Williams' death. In the middle of the trial, ADA Stone realizes that they may have the wrong man on trial. Written by garykmcd

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Ben Stone: Mr. Lang, I get the feeling that you did this for hire. Now, I can charge you with murder, and if you don't start talking you're the one who's going to be serving a life sentence.
Joey 'Dogs' Lang: Well, if I'm going for one, I might as well go for the deuce.
Ben Stone: Is that a threat, sir?
Joey 'Dogs' Lang: I could be over this table and crack your head before that clown could do anything about it. See, I'm not going down for something I *didn't* do.
Ben Stone: Sir, you just threatened a man who could charge you with murder. And right now, I don't ...
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Gambling Can Be Hazardous To Your Health.
24 November 2010 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

The father of a rising star in baseball is found bludgeoned to death. Brisco and Logan discover that he was managing his son's career and that he'd lost a lot of money gambling. The money had been borrowed from "Papa Doc", an affable chiropractor and usurer. The Doc's muscle man confesses to assault but not murder, and the Doc himself gets off.

The episode is interesting without being outstanding. We wind up feeling some sympathy towards the real murderer. But the story belongs to Papa Doc (Ray Aranha), the chiropractor. He doesn't have that much screen time but he's a magnet for attention whenever he appears.

Here, as elsewhere, the detectives are momentarily sympathetic towards the victims, when they're not off by themselves making wisecracks about the crime. The District Attorney's office, led by Ben Stone, enforces the law ruthlessly. We never get to learn much about the uniformed police officers who, in my experience as a kid, are far less tactful than even the cynical detectives.

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