Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Judge Denise Grobman is shot and seriously wounded when a man steals her car. Yet when investigation leads to a hired hit ordered by her husband, she vehemently refuses to believe in his guilt.


David Platt


Dick Wolf (created by), Kathy McCormick (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Lindsay Crouse ... Judge Denise Grobman
Debbon Ayer ... Dana Grobman
Sam Groom ... Claymore
Jeff McCarthy ... Mitchell Brizzard
Charlotte Colavin Charlotte Colavin ... Judge Lisa Pongracic
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Emil Skoda
John Heard ... Walter Grobman
Larry Clarke ... Detective Morris LaMotte
DeAnn Mears DeAnn Mears ... Judge Maria Gance


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the attempted murder of a prominent and highly respected judge, Denise Grobman. She was shot in her car having come home early and the evidence quickly points to her husband Walter as the man behind the killing. He has an alibi but McCoy is convinced he hired someone to make the hit as he was the only person who knew she would be where she was at the time of the shooting. Judge Grobman proves to be the major stumbling block however refusing to believe that her architect husband could do such a thing. McCoy realizes that she is key to ever getting a conviction but has to face Judge Grobman's decision to refuse further medical treatment - both her kidneys have failed and she is in constant pain - meaning she would die before the case could be concluded. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

6 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Anson Scott: I don't know a damn thing about any judge. I sell used cars.
Det. Lennie Briscoe: Yeah, the trouble is the people who were using 'em aren't finished with 'em yet.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Denial (2010) See more »

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My mom's career always came first.
2 April 2018 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

In a garage, a workaholic civil court judge (Lindsay Crouse) was shot and severely wounded. The shooter left the crime scene with the judge's car; some cigarettes butts were left near the body, Briscoe supposed an electrician worker might have known something. Some clues led to a doctor who bought the car shortly after the accident. It took some time for detectives to figured out who sold the used car the first time; anyway the perp was hired. Victim's husband, an unsuccessful architect, was the prime suspect; despite not so strong evidences, detectives arrested him, but the wife was ready to defend him (she can't believe her beloved husband could have done such a thing). Furthermore, she wanted to die because of the pain she was feeling (there's no way she could get back to a normal life). Anyway a call from a payphone set him up. Why did she protect him?

McCoy and Charmichael, as well as Dr. Skoda, found it hard to solve the case. There are some situation so irrational you can't understand from the outside.

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