A doctor is accused of maliciously killing a quadriplegic boy. However, the doctor claims it was a mercy killing, and that he was acting on the family's wishes.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Lennie Briscoe
... Rey Curtis
... Anita Van Buren
... Jack McCoy
... Jamie Ross
... Adam Schiff
... Stan Gillum
... Dr. Lyle Semenko
... Stephanie Sutter
... Joe Sutter
William Severs ... Judge Henry Fillmore
... Dr. Emil Skoda
... Lois Sutter
... Detective Tony Profaci
... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers


Detectives Lenny Briscoe and Ray Curtis investigate the death of a young quadriplegic boy, Michael Sutter, who was smothered in his bed at home. The detectives first suspect the boy's mother, Lois Sutter, who claims she was at home alone with the boy the afternoon he died. When they learn she was having a tryst with her dance instructor the afternoon her son died, she admits she'd left the boy with her daughter Stephanie. When they find hemlock in the dead boy's system, they think the father may have been responsible. With little evidence and no clear way forward, the detectives investigate one of the boy's physician, Dr. Lyle Semeko, whose patients seem to have a very high mortality rate. Written by garykmcd

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24 April 1998 (USA)  »

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Leslie Hendrix was pregnant while filming this episode. See more »


Lennie Briscoe: [to Joe Sutter] Look what's happened to your beautiful family: your wife is sleeping with some dance instructor, your daughter is one step away from living on the street and you have no money and it's all because of that kid!
Joe Sutter: You don't know me, if you knew me, you would see...
Lennie Briscoe: Oh, I know you. If you had the stones...
Rey Curtis: You don't know this man, Lennie. This isn't about money or adultery or anything like that, is it, Joe? My wife's got MS. I picture her life 10 years from now, and it kills me ...
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