Law & Order (1990–2010)
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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?


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: You and the girl's lawyer want to pressure her into pleading to a lesser charge that she might *not* be guilty of so she won't be convicted of a more serious charge that she *might* be guilty of? Does that make sense?
Ben Stone: With our system and imperfect knowledge? Yes.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: Mortal (2013) See more »

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Who Can Speak for a Dead Woman?
30 April 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

When Mildred Bauer is found dead, it's between her maid Maria and her granddaughter Laura as to who might've done her in - or could it have been Mildred herself, old and infirm, who had simply given up all hope of living?

This one is a bit of a frustrating watch, because it takes the tack of casting a whole lotta doubt on who exactly did it, right up until the very end - and even then it's hard to say. Some Law & Order episodes feature late-game twists that suggest the DA's office might be on the wrong track, and some feature devilish fiends who the lawfighters are 99% certain are actually guilty; this one just kind of spins you around the whole way, so your mileage may vary.

Great performance by Jan Miner as the victim's friend, one of her last. She's funny and down-to-earth - probably the episode's standout. And look out for a young Daniel Dae Kim as the medical examiner; his scenes are brief but he comes across as supremely friendly and charming, to the point where I was disappointed to find that this is his only L&O appearance.

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