Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Happily Ever After 

A family man is shot to death inside a parking garage. Police soon discover the crime was not a random act of violence. Stone tries to get one of the suspects to testify against the other.


Vern Gillum


Dick Wolf (created by), David Black (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Dzundza ... Max Greevey
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Roxanne Hart ... Janet Ralston
Bob Gunton ... Gil Himes
Barton Heyman ... Victor Norris
Kelly Neal Kelly Neal ... Willie Tivnan
Meg Mundy ... Helen Ralston
Chip Zien ... Homeless Man
Caris Corfman Caris Corfman ... Elizabeth Strickland
Richard Poe ... Forensic Scientist
Philip Bosco ... Gordon Schell


Detectives Greevey and Logan investigate the shooting death of Alan Ralston who was killed in his parking garage after returning home from a party. His wife Janet Ralston survived the attack but was injured in the attack. There were many people on the street outside the garage but no one other than a wino will step forward. They do find a crack pipe and the wino identifies Willie Tivnan who admits he was there but didn't see anything. Greevey isn't sure they have the right guy. Willie is definitely a mugger but one who uses a knife and never a gun. As well, the Ralstons stolen credit cards have never been used. When evidence comes out that Janet may be having an affair with her financial advisor Gil Himes, they have another possible motive for the crime. She eventually claims she had nothing to do with the crime and that Himes acted on his own as she broke off their affair. Willie Tivnan provides the information ADA Stone needs to charge Janet with her husband's murder. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 October 1990 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Based on the Charles "Chuck" Stuart case. In 1989, Stuart and his pregnant wife Carol were both shot. Carol Stuart died after her son, Christopher Stewart, was delivered two months early by cesarean section. The infant suffered seizures due to oxygen deprivation and died 17 days later after his father authorized discontinuing life support. The police suspected Willie Bennett (which led to inflamed racial hatred in Boston), but the case fell apart when Charles committed suicide less than three months after the murder on January 4, 1990 by jumping from the Tobin Bridge. His younger brother, Matthew, was able to clear Bennett by making a confession of his own and identified Charles Stuart as the killer. See more »


Janet Ralston should not have been convicted, or even charged with conspiracy in the first degree. New York Penal Code § 105.17 states: A person is guilty of conspiracy in the first degree when, with intent that conduct constituting a class A felony be performed, he, being over eighteen years of age, agrees with one or more persons under sixteen years of age to engage in or cause the performance of such conduct. So in other words Mrs. Ralston's co-conspirator would have to of been under the age of 16, which Gil Himes clearly was not. When both conspirators are over the age of 18 and conspire to commit a class A felony they are guilty of conspiracy in the second degree. First degree conspiracy is a class A-1 felony, whereas conspiracy in the second degree is a class B felony, so there is a pretty large difference when it comes to sentencing. See more »


Det. Sgt. Maxwell "Max" Greevey: I hate horseback riding. Scares the hell out of me.
Detective Mike Logan: Scary for the horse, too.
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Good detective work in this one
20 August 2016 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

A man and woman who are well off are returning to their building talking about trying for another baby soon as they pull into their parking garage. As they exit their car, shots ring out. The man is killed, his wife is wounded but survives. It looks like another case of "dead people are easier to rob" that was so rampant in the Big Apple pre mayor Giuliani performed by some common street criminal who has been paroled 23 times.

However, detectives Max Greevey (George Dzundza as the seasoned cop) and Mike Logan (Chris Noth as the young cop) think something is strange here, starting with the fact that the wounded widow tells the same story each time she is questioned - not so odd - but uses the exact same words each time. No just finding the shortest path between two points for these two. They run down leads, figure out what does not make sense, and do some poking around. They get their suspects.

Now it is prosecutor Ben Stone's turn to try to either get a satisfactory deal or a conviction, and he too is a masterful judge of character here.

This is not so much a "ripped from the headlines" issue episode here, although it is similar to another murder case from the year before. There are just no big social issues like there were in later episodes. It is just a good example of the cast of Law and Order solving and prosecuting a crime as old as the human race.

And then there is District Attorney Adam Schiff played by Steven Hill getting the last word as he did so well - "either that or she is two and she wants what she wants when she wants it."

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