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Golden Years 

A young woman is accused of starving her grandmother to death because she wanted to receive her share of the inheritance faster.


Helaine Head


Dick Wolf (created by), Doug Palau (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Jan Miner Jan Miner ... Edna Hodge
Julie Dretzin ... Laura Bauer
Tovah Feldshuh ... Danielle Melnick
Denise Hernandez Denise Hernandez ... Maria Gonzalez
Doris Belack ... Judge Margaret Barry
Frederica Meister Frederica Meister ... Eileen Bauer
Michael Ryan Michael Ryan ... Charlie Meadow
Paula Laurence Paula Laurence ... Mrs. Silverman


An elderly woman is found dead in her apartment and there is evidence of a burglary. The victim's granddaughter tells the detectives that she had hired a live-in caregiver but she is nowhere to be found. When the caregiver is tracked down she claims to have been fired days earlier by the granddaughter. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

5 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chris Noth (Mike Logan) & Tovah Feldshuh (Danielle Melnick) also worked together on episode 1.18, The Good Wife: Doubt (2010), of The Good Wife (2009) as Peter Florick & Lena respectively. See more »


Laura and Fr. Frawley say that the Catholic Church doesn't allow Christian burials for people who died by their own hand. That is no longer the case; Canon law was changed in 1983 (ten years before this episode was made) to allow suicide victims to be given Christian funerals. See more »


Danielle Melnick: [to a witness] You were scheduled to be deported, were you not? But in exchange for your testimony...
Ben Stone: Objection! That's a lie!
Judge Margaret Barry: Approach.
[They do]
Judge Margaret Barry: All questions of fact will be for the jury to decide, Mister Stone.
Ben Stone: If I'm slandered, Your Honor, I have to defend myself.
Judge Margaret Barry: Ms. Melnick, any remarks which further provoke Mr. Stone will also provoke me - and you will regret it.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Mortal (2013) See more »

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Thrown into doubt
2 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Detectives Briscoe and Logan respond to the scene of an apartment where a woman in her eighties is found dead. No signs of bodily injury but it looks like the woman starved to death.

One thing does emerge from the investigation that she was a cantankerous old cuss. Her granddaughter Julie Dretzin took care of her and did hire an illegal alien to watch over the deceased. Denise Gonzalez plays the illegal woman who faces deportation to the Dominican Republic during the course of this show.

I don't want to go into the whole thing, but Dretzin is lucky to have the services of Tovah Feldshuh making one of her many appearances on Law And Order as Danielle Melnick. As the trial goes on even Michael Moriarty and Jill Hennessy start to have their doubts.

You're in for an interesting ending on this one.

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