Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A businessman planning to build a new football stadium in New York City is on trial for murder. But the prosecution's star witness, a professional fundraiser who was having an affair with the victim, may have her own sinister motives.

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Matthew Penn

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Dick Wolf (created by), Robert Palm (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Detective Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Julia Roberts ... Katrina Ludlow
Kathleen McNenny ... Mrs. Sanderson
Henry Woronicz ... Mr. Hughes
Gerald Anthony ... Mario
John Rich John Rich ... Judge Richard Tabachini
Daniel Hugh Kelly ... Julian Spector
Edward Herrmann ... Mr. Mosbeck
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Ira Hawkins Ira Hawkins ... Reverend Jenkins
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Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Rey Curtis investigate the death of Gilbert Sanderson who collapsed in the restaurant next to his townhouse. The medical examiner confirms that he died of a heart attack but also found 1000 mg of Viagra in his system. The man had a heart condition and had been warned by his doctors not to take Viagra. The detectives suspect someone may have slipped it to him. On the night he died, he had attended a fund-raising dinner hosted by Julian Spector and organized by Katrina Ludlow. After some sparring, Ludlow admits she was with Sanderson before he died but that he was fine when she left. She also tell the police she has evidence against Julian Spector. She's put into protective custody with Curtis as her babysitter but it may all backfire at the trial. Written by garykmcd

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At the time this episode was filmed and originally shown, Benjamin Bratt and Julia Roberts were a couple in real life. See more »

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Mrs. Sanderson describes Viagra as an aphrodisiac, which is a common misconception. An aphrodisiac is a substance that enhances a person's libido or sex drive. Sildenaphil (Viagra) does not increase libido, therefore it would not be classified as an aphrodisiac, it is classified as a vasodilator. Vasodilators increase blood flow to certain areas of the body by increasing the size of blood vessels, which is how sildenaphil treats erectile dysfunction (ED). It's a myth that it can enhance a sexual experience for men even if they don't have ED, if a man is capable of getting a normal erection on his own, taking sildenaphil will have absolutely no clinical effect. See more »

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Katrina Ludlow: I'm attracted to you, Rey.
Detective Rey Curtis: You'll get over it.
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It looks like a heart attack
16 December 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A young mover and shaker in New York town staggers into a restaurant only half dressed and promptly collapses on the floor. Of course the restaurant is concerned with him eating any of their food and the liability issues.

All roads to a solution lead to Daniel Hugh Kelly, a billionaire Donald Trump like figure who might have had Mr. Mover and Shaker's cocktail spiked with Viagra. And the woman he was having an affair with do the rest.

That woman is Julia Roberts and at the time she and Benjamin Bratt were an item. Bratt's character Ray Curtis can occasionally be one self righteous prig and here Roberts finds him easy prey to seduce. On the witness stand Bratt gets taken down a peg by the defense when this is brought out. And Roberts herself has her character and possible guilt brought into the open.

Not the best story except as a vehicle for Julia Roberts and no one could blame Bratt for yielding in this instance.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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