Gharty and Ballard suspect that a woman murdered her ex-boyfriend for infecting her with AIDS.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... John Munch
... Frank Pembleton
... Mike Kellerman
... Dr. Julianna Cox
... Stuart Gharty
... Meldrick Lewis
... Al Giardello
... Tim Bayliss
... Paul Falsone
... Laura Ballard
... Rita Hale
Peter Maas ... Peter Maas
Ellen McElduff ... Billie Lou Hatfield
... Gwen Munch
... Elizabeth Ling


Gharty and Ballard suspect that a woman murdered her ex-boyfriend for infecting her with AIDS.

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12 December 1997 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place from December 23 to December 24, 1997. See more »


References Law & Order (1990) See more »


Joy to the World
Lyrics by Isaac Watts (1719)
Music by Lowell Mason (1836)
Background music in the bar
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Kathryn Erbe Is Superb
27 March 2013 | by See all my reviews

This outstanding series presents Kathryn Erbe in the role of a lifetime as a dying AIDS victim suspected of murdering the man who infected her with the deadly disease. Watching her perform in this piece is simply stunning and she will capture your heart with her characterization of the tragic Rita Hale. I saw this episode when first broadcast and never forgot it. It's power and beauty stayed with me until I again encountered Ms. Erbe as Detective Alex Eames on Law and Order:Criminal Intent. There too, she would more than hold her own and oft times surpass her co-star in creating one of the most memorable characters to ever appear on network television. When I saw her as Eames, I remembered Rita Hale and re-viewed her incredible work in that part. That she was not honored for her performance by the Emmys is outrageous but that she changed hearts and minds about AIDS victims during a dark time in the history of that disease is a far more important credit to her. Kathryn Erbe is an underrated actor who deserves parts in which she can show her art come to life as it did in Homicide. There is no doubt of her superb skill as an actor and the humanity of the person that shines through these kind of performances.

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