A conservative suburban wife and mother turns out to be a fugitive student radical who was involved in an armored car heist and murder of a police officer 23 years earlier.

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Professor William Goodwin
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Rita Levitan / Susan Forrest
Peggy Roeder ...
Margaret Pauly
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Mary Perella
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Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the burglary of safe deposit boxes at a private vault where the thieves broke in through the floor. The case is quickly solved but in the course going through the stolen goods, they find a gym bag with a revolver that has had its serial number filed off and a large amount of cash. It turns out the money was taken by anti-Vietnam war radicals in an armored car robbery in the 1971 where a cop was killed. It leads them to Rita Levitan, real name Susan Forrest, who is now a married to an accountant and living in suburban New Jersey. ADA McCoy is prepared to accept a plea but the dead policeman's wife objects and McCoy finds himself at trial with little evidence to present. His only solution is to get some of her cohorts to testify against her. Written by garykmcd

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Over the course of the show, several well known guest stars played in roles adapted from the headlines. For instance, Chevy Chase played in an episode in which his character was drunk and ranting sexually and racially insensitive comments at one of the detectives on the show. This was situation was very close to a situation that happened in real-life with Mel Gibson. Of all the guest stars on Law & Order, William Kunstler, Michael Bloomberg, Rudy Guiliani, Robert Culp and Larry Miller are the only guest stars to play themselves. See more »

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At the first of this episode a hospital patient is shown receiving a blood transfusion and the size of the bag shown is the standard 1000ml bag. Blood transfusion is standardized everywhere as a 450ml volume "unit." Also, when transfusions are given, the bag typically has several stickers on it attesting to handling along its course to the patient. No stickers were seen on the unit of blood being given. See more »

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FBI Agent Hayden: Nothing on these tapes is admissible in court.
A.D.A. Claire Kincaid: You couldn't get a search warrant?
FBI Agent Hayden: The White House said we didn't need one.
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Soccer Mom of the year
30 January 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The investigation of a robbery of a bank vault with a lot of safety deposit boxes yields clues for Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth. A lot of money, proceeds from a robbery and a pistol used to kill a beat cop who responded to the robbery are found and not so strangely not claimed by whoever owned the box.

This was some robbery. It was of a defense plant that was a Vietnam war contractee. Two men and two women robbed the place. One man was killed and the other arrested and one woman was arrested and did her time and now Peggy Roeder is your basic community activist, leaving one out still unaccounted for. A twisted trail leads to Mary-Joan Negro who is now a suburban housewife with a husband and two kids and no idea who mom really is.

So now Sam Waterston and Jill Hennessy have the task of prosecuting your ideal soccer mom who has led an exemplary life. The family even contributes to the Republican National Committee. That makes no difference to William Kunstler who defends her playing himself.

I have to give kudos to Dick Anthony Williams who plays a career criminal and the surviving male on the job. He fully bears out Waterson's contention that all he was interested in was a big score and a chance to bed some radicals with a few choice quotes from Chairman Mao to get in their pants.

In the end the fact that the FBI was doing some highly illegal wiretapping that gives Waterston some extra leverage.

It was interesting watching Waterston and Hennessy who come at this case with different perspectives argue things out.


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