Law & Order (1990–2010)
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An alcoholic young man is accused of murdering a married couple in their bed -- but they were strangers to him, and no motive can be discerned.


Vincent Misiano


Dick Wolf (created by), Jeremy R. Littman | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Katherine Borowitz ... Defense Attorney Marjorie 'Marge' Larson
David Leary ... Warren Bartlett
Eddie Malavarca Eddie Malavarca ... Steven Alan Smith
Fran Brill Fran Brill ... Mrs. Leah Bartlett
Allan Miller ... Judge Simon Mikelson
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Alison Sheehy Alison Sheehy ... Elizabeth Lerner
Steven Martini ... Josh Shelton
Karen Shallo Karen Shallo ... Hester Blighe


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of David and Eileen Lerner, who were were found stabbed to death in their bed. The killer entered the house through a downstairs window and even used a knife from the kitchen to commit the crime. The Lerners had lived there for only a year, and the police can find no one who disliked or had a grudge against them. When the detectives learn that the house previously belonged to a high-profile divorce attorney, Warren Bartlett, they think a revenge-seeker (not knowing he'd moved) may have been trying to kill him. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

5 April 1995 (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?


The song Steven is singing while under hypnosis was previously sung by the main character in the Season 4 episode "Discord" See more »


One of the murder victims was Eileen Lerner. Just before the trial begins, Jack McCoy refers to her as Elizabeth Lerner. Also, the character is listed in the credits as Elizabeth Lerner. See more »


References Unsolved Mysteries (1987) See more »

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A Gruesome Murder and Good Performances
5 June 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

This one starts out pretty baffling: everyone liked the victims and they were murdered in a horribly brutal way (the crime scene is one of the bloodiest I've seen on L&O, though it's shown only briefly). It leads into issues of drunkenness, child abuse and mental competency; given the latter, it's no surprise that Carolyn McCormick as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet is called in to judge whether or not the defendant was aware of his alleged actions when he committed them.

I was surprised at how good the performances were: Eddie Malavarca, who is perhaps best known for his work on HBO's prison drama "Oz," really gives his all as the defendant; he's pathetic and tragic in equal measure. And his foster mother, Fran Brill, completely knocks it out the park too - there's a really heartbreaking court scene with her character, and you'll know it when you see it.

The main "ethical quandary of the week" here is whether or not McCoy is doing the right thing in trying to convict someone who might not be responsible for his actions - assuming he even did the deed in the first place.

It's yet another solid episode in what has so far been a great first season for the McCoy character. I loved Michael Moriarty as EADA Ben Stone too, but thanks to Sam Waterston he's now a distant memory.

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