Law & Order (1990–2010)
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For Love or Money 

A career criminal is murdered, and the investigation leads detectives to a manipulative widow who may have hired the victim to murder her husband.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), Wendy Battles | 1 more credit »


Airs Wed. Aug. 21, 4:00 PM on WE




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
Elisabeth Röhm ... Serena Southerlyn
Dianne Wiest ... Nora Lewin
Cathy Moriarty ... Lorraine Cobin (as Cathy Moriarty-Gentile)
Katherine Moennig ... Melissa Cobin
Paul Diomede Paul Diomede ... Paul Kasperski
Mark Margolis ... Frankie 'Threads' Polito
Jordan Charney ... Judge Donald Karan
Leslie Denniston Leslie Denniston ... Elizabeth Dumas
Joseph La Rocca Joseph La Rocca ... Tom (as Joseph LaRocca)
Jack Gilpin ... Mr. Axtell
Maggie Moore Maggie Moore ... Angela McDowell


A career criminal is murdered, and the investigation leads detectives to a manipulative widow who may have hired the victim to murder her husband.

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Release Date:

10 October 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jack Gilpin plays Attorney Axtell in this episode & three others. Previously, he played the role of Dr. Simon Reed in episode 5.12, Law & Order: Progeny (1995). See more »


Limo in the beginning of the movie does not have a sunroof until he picks up a stuffed Giraffe. See more »


Jack McCoy: Your Honor can't seriously entertain the notion that a defendant can benefit in one murder by killing the witness by committing another.
Judge Donald Karan: I didn't draft the Constitution, Mr. McCoy.
Jack McCoy: No, but you can interpret it. These two cases are inextricably linked. What's the good of proving that the defendant had an opportunity to kill Buck if I can't show the jury why?
Judge Donald Karan: You raise a good point.
Mr. Axtell: Your Honor, any mention of the Colbin murder would prejudice the jury irreparably.
Judge Donald Karan: Which is why I won't allow these...
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References The Patriot (2000) See more »

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Penelope Cruz? Yeah, I was home sleeping. She was in my dreams.
11 November 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A couple of teenagers high on weed had difficulties in finding their black car in a parking lot. Suddenly they bumped into a dead man killed from a small caliber gun. Detectives realized at first sight he was a low-level criminal after looking up his wallet: he had several fake ID and they need to match his prints to figure out what would be the real one. The victim used to be in and out of prison, where he made the acquaintance of another lowlife with whom he started a burglary scam. Then detectives manage to connect the dots: the victim played a crucial role in another homicide took place seven years back and he harassed the sender because he needed more money. A wealthy woman (Cathy Moriarty), a piece of work used to change husbands every time they faced financial troubles, was the prime suspect. But you have to wait till the ending when a plot twist takes place.

A nice episode, where I enjoyed the trial in which the defense attorney is sharp in dismantling a witness testimony. After so many years, at the end the student has become the master.

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