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McCoy pursues murder charges against a health care worker who impregnated a comatose patient after the woman dies during childbirth. However, investigation also reveals that the victim's mother may have played a role in the incident.


Dick Wolf (created by), Suzanne Oshry


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Carey Lowell ... Jamie Ross
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Cecilia Hart ... Greta Singer
Marin Hinkle ... Leslie Russo
Edie Falco ... Sally Bell
Erik Jensen ... George Harding
Jonathan LaPaglia ... Frank Russo
Ron Frazier Ron Frazier ... Judge Aldo Ianello
George Palermo George Palermo ... Joe Russo
Stephen Singer ... Defense Attorney Baum
Lizbeth MacKay ... Park West Physician


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the severe beating of George Harding who is found under a bridge in Riverside Park. This is the second beating for Harding in less than a week but he refuses to cooperate with the investigation. Harding works as an attendant at a psychiatric hospital and one of the patients, Leslie Russo, told her brothers Joe and Frank Russo that he had raped her. They administered the beatings but the hospital says they conducted a thorough investigation and found no evidence that Leslie had been raped, let alone by Harding. When they learn there was a rape investigation at another hospital where Harding worked, they find that Wendy Singer, a comatose patient, is several months pregnant. They are now certain they can get a conviction against Harding but when ADA Jamie Ross catches Wendy's mother in several lies, she realizes there is more going on than meets the eye. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

4 February 1998 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stephen Singer has played six different characters over the course of the series: Episode 2.9 Law & Order: Renunciation (1991) - Aaron Gerstein Episode 5.17 Law & Order: Act of God (1995) - David Pence Episode 8.14 Law & Order: Grief (1998) - Defense Attorney Baum Episode 11.3 Law & Order: Dissonance (2000) - Rafael Kessler Episode 15.7 Law & Order: Gov Love (2004) - Larry Levine Episode 19.16 Law & Order: Take-Out (2009) - Nathan Vick See more »


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Jack McCoy: Harding raped a comatose woman for profit. I won't make a deal with him.
Jamie Ross: How about the mother? She sold her own daughter to a stranger.
Jack McCoy: She acted out of despair. Harding acted out of greed.
Jamie Ross: Harding was just fulfilling the mother's wishes. Instead of protecting her daughter, she turned her into a baby machine.
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