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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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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Det. Lennie Briscoe: You got no record. Why do you want to do this the hard way?
Det. Ed Green: Nice leather upholstery. Cleans up pretty good, but not good enough.
Dr. Matthew Carton: What's that mean?
Det. Ed Green: Blood in the seams. You read the papers?
Det. Lennie Briscoe: A New York state judge was shot over this car. You can probably figure out what that means for you.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Denial (2010) See more »

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The right to die, the right to lie ...
20 March 2016 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

... to oneself, that is. Judge Denise Grobman (Lindsay Crouse) is shot when her car is stolen as she is returning from a weekend in the country. She is badly injured but not killed, plus she has a concealed carry permit and returns fire with the thief, who escapes but is presumed badly injured. But then detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green begin their investigation and discover that a car thief could have easily lifted an expensive model in the same garage right next to the judge's car, because the owner always left the keys in it (he was always forgetting where he put them, so he left them in the ignition). Oh the eccentricity of the one percent, but that's another story.

Our able observant detectives follow the trail of the stolen car back to (eventually) the body of the car thief, dead from the judge's bullets. Large sums of money are found on him, showing that this might have been a hit. However, the judge came back early from her country house that Sunday, in response to a phone call from her assistant. Only three people knew about that call - the assistant, the judge, and the judge's husband of 27 years. More investigation is done. The husband (John Heard as Walter Grobman) doesn't play the field, doesn't gamble, in fact has no vices at all. But EVERYTHING points to him, including a half hour of time when he was out of the judge's company jogging, coinciding with a call made from a pay phone in the same town to the dead hit-man.

The judge will live - I guess I should say exist - through the shooting according to her doctors. However, she is in horrible pain, a paraplegic, on dialysis with one kidney removed and the other ruined. Plus she now needs a colostomy bag and will need round the clock nursing care for the rest of her life. When presented with all of the evidence, she still professes her husband's innocence and her willingness to testify on his behalf, but now she has a new request, she requests the right to discontinue dialysis and die.

So now the criminal justice system AND her husband are involved in a flurry of legal activity about this woman's right to die, none of it really being about her best interest. Did her husband do it, or was it somebody who had a grudge against the judge who happened to be watching her? Watch and find out. Sometimes Law and Order plays out just like you think it is going to, sometimes not, usually at the last minute.

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