Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Prescription for Death 

Greevey and Logan discover that a hospital is covering up an emergency room physician's mistake which results in a patient's death. They later find out that the doctor may have also been drunk at the time.


John Whitesell (as John P. Whitesell II)


Dick Wolf (created by), Ed Zuckerman (teleplay by) | 2 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
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Dr. Edward Auster
John Spencer ... Howard Morton
Ron Rifkin ... Phillip Nevins
Erick Avari ... Dr. 'Ekballa' Raza
Alvin Epstein Alvin Epstein ... Dr. Chester
Maryann Urbano Maryann Urbano ... Dr. Jean Mills
Bruce McCarty Bruce McCarty ... Dr. Stephen Simonson
Ed Setrakian ... Hoffman
W.T. Martin W.T. Martin ... Dr. Lignell


Detectives Max Greevy and Mike Logan investigate the death of teenager Suzanne Morton in a hospital emergency room after her father files a complaint saying she was murdered there. She had gone to the hospital to have her prescription for antibiotics refilled and was dead a few hours later. All of the doctor's in the case are tight-lipped about what happened but when the detectives find that part of the girl's chart was erased with white-out, they come to believe that someone is covering up. Their investigation leads them to the hospital's Chief of Medicine, Dr. Edward Auster, an eminent cardiologist who had been drinking heavily at a reception just before going into the ER. The challenge for Executive ADA Stone is to mount a case against someone with his sterling reputation and prove that he has a problem with alcohol. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

13 September 1990 (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?


Ron Rifkin (Phillip Nevins) also played the role of Alex Drakos in episode 3.7, Law & Order: Self Defense (1992). See more »


When covering up the dead body with a sheet (end of opening scene) the victim can clearly be seen swallowing. See more »


Sgt. Max Greevey: Look! Someone's lying! Whether it's Gunja Din or Doctor God, we don't know.
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Remade as Law & Order: UK: The Wrong Man (2011) See more »

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The Look of Death
11 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The inaugural episode of Law And Order has George Dzundza and Chris Noth catching a case where John Spencer comes into the squad demanding an investigation into the death of his daughter. She went to the clinic for a prescription refill and she winds up going into convulsions and dying. The program begins with that horrific situation enacted.

Spencer who was an army medic knows the look of death when he sees it and Dann Florek tells Dzundza and Noth to run with it. The trail ends with a real hoity toity blue ribbon Harvard Medical School played by Paul Sparer who is also an alcoholic.

This inaugural episode brings up the fact that Dann Florek was one himself. That and his participation in AA was brought up more than a few times on this show and on SVU.

The trial has Sparer and his lawyer parading his pedigree. But Michael Moriarty comes up with some truly winning trial strategy. Foolproof in fact.

This was a quality beginning for a TV institution.

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