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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.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lennie Briscoe
Mike Logan
Anita Van Buren
Claire Kincaid
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Jan Miner ...
Edna Hodge
Laura Bauer
Denise Hernandez ...
Maria Gonzalez
Frederica Meister ...
Eileen Bauer
Michael Ryan ...
Charlie Meadow
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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5 January 1994 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Edna Hodge, Mrs. Bower's neighbor, is played by actress Jan Miner. She also played Madge the Manicurist in Palmolive dishwashing liquid commercials for over 20 years. 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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Thrown into doubt
2 September 2017 | by See 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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