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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 »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Detective Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Michael Moriarty ... E.A.D.A. Ben Stone
Jill Hennessy ... A.D.A. Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Jan Miner ... Edna Hodge
Julie Dretzin ... Laura Bauer
Tovah Feldshuh ... Defense Attorney 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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Did You Know?


Chris Noth (Detective Mike Logan) & Lynda Gravatt (Antoinette) also worked together on The Good Wife: Another Ham Sandwich (2012) (episode 3.14) and Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Dollhouse (2006) (episode 5.10). 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 »


Adam Schiff: Young people get impatient with old people. Especially cantankerous ones.
Ben Stone: Oh yeah? Speaking from personal experience?
Adam Schiff: I'm a sweetheart. And I'm middle aged.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Mortal (2013) See more »

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Not quite a golden episode
24 September 2020 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Season 4 was on the whole another very solid season for 'Law and Order', and the first half of it had all the episodes ranging from very well done to outstanding. A higher and more consistent quality than the first halves of the previous three seasons and the substantial changes settled a lot quicker than those in Seasons 2 and 3. The story sounded interesting for "Golden Years" and is not an outdated one, one that does sound obvious on paper but actually the execution was surprisingly complex.

Perhaps a bit too much so at times. "Golden Years" is not one of the best episodes of Season 4, in comparison to the previous episodes it is nowhere near the level of "Profile" and "American Dream" (two of the season's high points). It is though a marginal improvement over the well done if unexceptional previous episode "The Pursuit of Happiness" and is another solidly if not flawlessly executed episode for Season 4 and of 'Law and Order'.

"Golden Years" does for my tastes have too much going on in the story and needed more time for developments to breathe properly. Loved that not everything was as it seemed on first glance and that it was twisty, but with the number of truths revealed and with so much doubt cast so many times it was not always easy to follow or take in immediately what was being said.

If it tried to do a little less and had more time to breathe, it would have been better.

With all that being said, "Golden Years" has a lot that is commendable. It looks good, slickly shot, cohesively edited and with nice use of locations. The music is haunting and has presence while staying understated. The direction has intimacy without being static. The writing is intelligent and taut and the story is always compelling, going at a controlled pace but tight enough.

The story is not perfect in its execution, but it is never dull at least, always intrigues and is never predictable. The ending was not expected. The acting is very good, all the regulars are on fine form (especially Michael Moriarty) and excellent Jan Miner and Julie Dretzin are more than up to their level.

Overall, good but not great. 7/10

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5 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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