Law & Order (1990–2010)
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New assistant D.A. Abbie Carmichael aggressively pursues an infant's death, and helps uncover a conspiracy involving a Russian adoption agency, gravely ill children, and an unethical doctor.


Edwin Sherin (as Ed Sherin)


Dick Wolf (created by), Kathy McCormick (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Joe Grifasi ... James Linde
Jeanne Ruskin Jeanne Ruskin ... Connerys' Attorney
Graham Winton Graham Winton ... Mr. Waring
Spencer Breslin ... Nicholas Waring
Lisa Bostnar Lisa Bostnar ... Elizabeth Waring
Monique Fowler Monique Fowler ... Megan Connery
Edward Conery Edward Conery ... Edward Connery
Victor Steinbach Victor Steinbach ... Dr. Andre Kostov
Tom Stechschulte Tom Stechschulte ... Judge Harold Rockwell


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the death of a recently adopted baby who the parents say fell out of her crib. When the police search an apartment, they find another child, their 7 year old Nicholas Waring who, they subsequently find, was severely abused before he was adopted by his current parents but is now a sociopath. Recently transferred ADA Abbie Carmichael takes charge of the case intent on finding what exactly happened. It all leads to a Russian baby broker who was finding homes for sick children and an American couple who got rid of the baby as soon as they found out how ill she was. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 September 1998 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Atypical teratoid growths, as they were known as in 1998; they are currently known as Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors (AT/RT), are rare tumors that are usually diagnosed in early childhood, these types of tumors were first discovered in 1996 so at the time of this episode not much were known about them. Although they usually occur in the brain these types of tumors can occur anywhere in the central nervous system, including the spinal cord as with the baby girl in this episode but tumors being in that area are very rare with only 2% of AT/RT's being found in the spine. In the United States, three children per 1,000,000 or around 30 new AT/RT cases are diagnosed each year. Pediatric brain cancer is the second-leading cause of childhood death, just after leukemia. At the time this episode took place in 1998 a diagnosis of AT/RT was pretty much a death sentence, but as of 2018 the survival rate for AT/RT with early diagnosis is 60%. See more »


ADA Jack McCoy: [after being told every Russian baby sent to America gets the doctor $20,000 which he claims goes to the kids at the orphanage] Doesn't it say that the orphanage only gets $2,000 per child? Where does that other $18,000 go? To your Jaguar, your summer home, that $1500 suit you're wearing now?
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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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He has no empathy. No conscience, no remorse
25 April 2018 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A baby was taken to the hospital after falling from a crib and he dead shortly after. Actually the accident must have been more violent than what his foster parents described at first: detectives realized they had another child adopted as well who rarely saw the light, but that was not enough for a warrant, so they kept on running in circle. Charmaichel managed to obtain that for a different reason (housekeeper's green card) and they were shocked when victim's brother (Spencer Breslin) suffered from a rare form of attachment disorder that made him dangerous for anyone around him (maid called him "El Diablo"). Lawyers believed he also killed a dog, so he need an around the clock attention by professional. Charmaichel wanted him arrested, while McCoy and Branch had doubts about a 7 years' old conviction. Things gone bad when they figured out the dead baby wasn't the one signed on the paper, but a sick toddler who was about to succumb to a cancer....

An episode that goes from a homicide to baby trafficking that involved more than one family, with issues with the russian consulate. A little boring in my point of view.

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