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A businessman most people suspect got away with conspiring to murder his first wife is now accused of conspiring to kill his second wife. The two cases share eerie similarities.


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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
Jill Hennessy ... A.D.A. Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Larry Miller ... Michael Dobson
Cecilia Hart ... Marcia Stamell
Deborah Lee Johnson Deborah Lee Johnson ... Margaret Nash
Jean-Claude La Marre Jean-Claude La Marre ... Francis Murphy
Rafael Báez Rafael Báez ... Luis Cruz
Tony Darrow ... Joey Giabone
Greg S. Ryan Greg S. Ryan ... Judge Harold Kaiser
Marilyn Sokol ... Mrs. Levine
Donald Corren ... Medill


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of a woman in central park. After passersby shouted at the assailant to stop he ran off, killing another person who ran after him. The only real clue they have is the knife he used to stab the good Samaritan and it leads them to Luis Cruz who works as an enforcer for a loan shark. The woman is eventually identified as Emily Dobson, the wife of Michael Dobson who had once been accused of killing his first wife. Dobson and his wife owned a restaurant and he had a $1 million partnership insurance policy should he or his wife die. When the police find a connection with Cruz, the arrest Dobson again but the evidence is circumstantial and a judge rules that any information about the death of his first wife cannot be entered as evidence. McCoy wants to go for the death penalty but Dobson almost convinces them that he's innocent. Written by garykmcd

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Larry Miller, who plays suspect Michael Dobson, would later play himself, comedian Larry Miller, in Law & Order: Smoke (2003) (episode 13.24). See more »


Adam Schiff: So now Dobson's the poster boy for when bad things happen to bad people.
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Chutzpah in the first degreer
10 August 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

It'a almost worth watching this episode for the look on Jerry Orbach's face when he sees Larry Miller at the medical examiner's office. As he explains to Benjamin Bratt, he and Chris Noth arrested Miller previously for the murder of his first wife. Sadly in that epsode the conection between the actual doer of the deed and Miller did not come to light until charges were dismissed with prejudice.

Miller like in real life is a comedian and owned a comedy club and now he and the deceased second wife own a high end restaurant. As such they have connections to some organized crime figures.

Miller has more chutzpah than just about anyone in TV series history. He got away with it once and he's got one elaborate scheme to get away with it again.

The police and the DA work trile overtime on this one.

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28 February 1996 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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