Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Stone and Kincade try to prosecute a woman who is accused of extortion and promising her biological child to multiple couples.


Arthur W. Forney


Dick Wolf (created by), Michael S. Chernuchin | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Deirdre O'Connell ... Jane Schuman
Ann Dowd ... Dorothy Baxter
Ellen Parker Ellen Parker ... Gwen Savitt
Stephen James Stephen James ... Les Savitt
Michael Mantell ... Morris Hoffman
Judson Mills ... Stephen Shaw
Marie Masters Marie Masters ... Mary Cushman
Angie Phillips Angie Phillips ... Debra Elkins


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate when a woman, 22 year-old Debra Elkins, is found sitting in an ER waiting room unconscious and hemorrhaging having recently given birth. She says she has no memory of having had the baby - something Lt. Van Buren finds hard to believe - and tracing her movements prior to arriving at the hospital, find the child safe and well in the care of her boyfriend. Everything is in order, or so it seems, until the hospital reports the child has been kidnapped. It seems that the woman who stole the baby was promised the child and had been paying for Elkins' medical and living expenses. Elkins is a schemer who has been very careful to stay within the bounds of the law but when ADA Stone learns that she was stringing along several couples for fairly large amounts of money, he decides to prosecute. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

19 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Stone is walking with Kincaid, he stops at an outdoor newsstand to buy the December 2, 1993, issue of the semi-monthly "The New York Review of Books". If that periodical was first on sale about 2 weeks before its cover date, Stone could have bought it during the last half of November. With "Breeder" shown on January 19, 1994, at least that scene was shot about 2 months or less before it was first broadcast. See more »


During Mr. Stone's examination of a witness, the defense attorney objects to Mr. Stone's question, and the judge upholds the objection, yet the witness is allowed to answer the question. The judge should have prevented the witness from answering, and if he had answered anyway, the judge should have immediately instructed the jury to disregard both the question and the witness's answer. However, in Schiff's office afterwards, Kincaid says that the entirety of their cross examination was inadmissible because the judge did, in fact, instruct the jury to disregard all testimony. See more »


Detective Mike Logan: [carrying out a baby] If he's a day old, call the Guinness Book of World Records.
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References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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What she's good at -- making babies
2 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The young woman who Michael Moriarty and Jill Hennessy end up prosecuting is maybe one of the most evil defendants in the history of Law And Order. Ironically enough Angie Phillips starts off as the victim as she passes out in a hospital emergency room as she is hemorrhaging badly from giving birth. But where's the baby?

It's found in the custody of her boyfriend Judson Mills after a merry chase. Now to sort it all out.

It turns out Phillips is in the baby making business. Just like that old line from HMS Pinafore - "In a manner most alarming she took up baby farming". She gets pregnant and puts her baby up for auction. In the meantime the modus operandi is to get several couples bidding for her and getting all kinds of money for things like medical care, rent, expensive dinners, etc. In the end the baby goes to someone probably the couple she gets the most out of and there are others heartbroken and disappointed.

For a woman with limited education Phillips has knowledge enough to keep this side of legal. Moriarty and Hennessy have enough trouble coming with charges.

I noted during the course of the episode that Phillips looks the innocent victim, but during the course of the show her features get harder and harder. In the end she admits she's white trash with one talent, that of fertility. And she makes people pay and pay and pay for her product.

Phillips will sicken you with her depravity.

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