A man once accused of killing his girlfriend is now accused of assaulting the woman's sister. However, he vehemently claims that he is the victim of a setup in both cases.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Lennie Briscoe
... Ed Green
... Anita Van Buren
... Jack McCoy
... Abbie Carmichael
... Adam Schiff
... Ken Taylor
... Judge Ida Boucher
... Det. O'Malley
... Charles Garnett
... Medill
... Judge Susan Liebman
Heather Robison ... Emily Wehner
... Larry Taylor
Clare Hoak ... Tina


A travel agency employee is found beaten into a coma at her apartment. Briscoe and Green quickly suspect a man who had been in a relationship with the victim's sister, who had been murdered a few years earlier. Strong physical and circumstantial evidence leads to what looks to be an open and shut case. However, the defendant's strong insistence of his innocence and other unusual circumstances lead the case to become more complicated than it seemed. Written by Anonymous

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24 November 1999 (USA)  »

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Kevin O'Rourke has portrayed six different characters over the course of the series: See more »


At the beginning of the opening sequence, the boom mic dips into the upper right hand corner of the screen. See more »


Jack McCoy: Abbie, he confessed. Case over.
Abbie Carmichael: You count it as a touchdown. I'll wait for the instant replay.
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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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We'll ask her, when she wakes up.
15 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

A super found a tenant nearly dead in her apartment. The place was a mess, it seemed there must have been a fight. She was a travel agent, someone injected her a poison with a syringe on her thigh that led her into a coma. She didn't have any next to kin still alive, but detectives realized she had dinner in a fancy restaurant with a guy from Albany the night before. The man (Sebastian Roché), a political figure addicted to painkillers, could have been the reason victim's sister passed away years before (even if he hasn't been convicted for the murder). His DNA was found in the crime scene, thanks to semen marks left in the blanket, so he was arrested as a result. But he insisted, even at trial, that someone wanted to frame him. When the only thing defense attorney could achieve was a plea bargain, something changed and investigation went to the first homicide.....

Charmaichel attitude is the key point of this episode (she's the only one to believe about the escort service claimed by the defendant). Anyway it would be hard to realize if the defendant is the good guy or the bad guy, wait till the last lines. I've never seen McCoy so angry at trial.

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