Law & Order (1990–2010)
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While investigating a fertility doctor for a separate case of fraud, McCoy and Kincaid discover evidence that he may be inseminating his patients with his own sperm.


Don Scardino


Dick Wolf (created by), Michael S. Chernuchin | 1 more credit »




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
Mark Blum ... Michael Aronson
David Margulies ... Dr. Jordan Delbert
Jordan Clarke Jordan Clarke ... Mr. Parker
Joan Copeland ... Judge Rebecca Stein
Kristin Griffith ... Clara Brock
Ron Frazier Ron Frazier ... Judge Aldo Ianello
Alyson Reed ... M.E. Heather Coyle
Ivar Brogger ... Nathan Brock
Deborah Tranelli ... Christine Kennedy


Briscoe and Logan's investigation of a shooting seems to be an open and shut case. A distraught woman walks into a bank where her husband is a vice president and pulls a gun threatening to shoot him. A security guard shoots her first....end of case. Lt Van Buren however wants them to find out what the woman meant when she screamed that her husband killed her baby. She supposedly had a miscarriage but the fertility doctor she was seeing, Jordan Delbert, raises concerns when he clearly lies to the police. A review of his files reveals something else however: to cut expenses, Delbert began to use his own sperm to inseminate his patients. The challenge for ADA McCoy will be to get one of the victims to testify against him. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

15 February 1995 (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?


hGC stands for Human chorionic gonadotropin which is a hormone produced by the placenta after a fertilized egg implants on the endometrium (the inner layer of the uterine wall). This is the hormone that most home pregnancy tests detect. Its purpose is to signal the ovaries to produce higher levels than normal of the hormone progesterone during the first trimester, which in turn causes a thick lining of blood vessels to develop in the uterus to supply the placenta with the extra blood and nutrients it needs to develop fully in order to accommodate the ever increasing needs of the developing embryo. See more »


The plotline of this episode involves a fertility doctor named Gilbert, but for some reason, the name was changed from Gilbert to "Delbert" at some point. In syndication, the doctor's name is clearly dubbed, and the location card for the doctor's office changed to Delbert. However, in some versions, the original audio is used but the location card reads Delbert. See more »


Lennie Briscoe: I wonder which mommy's gonna teach him to smoke and drink.
Mike Logan: And shave.
Lennie Briscoe: Well, it's the '90s. Everybody's allowed to gross and disgusting, not just you.
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »

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A Good Episode, But the Main Twist is Predictable
4 June 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this one, despite it being kind of a run-of-the-mill L&O episode. It's got a nice, uppity antagonist in fertility doctor Jordan Gilbert, played by David Margulies, and there's some cool legal wrangling on the part of ADA Claire Kincaid (Jill Hennessy) when she employs a "Chinese wall" tactic in order to get around a limited subpoena.

And that's only one hurdle in this case; there are several that the district attorney's office need to overcome, including a victimized couple whose refusal to provide testimony hides a dark secret, and the fact that Dr. Gilbert's actions are tough to convict under New York law. (At least in the context of this show!) There's even some stuff involving the DA's pursuit of the case into family court, a so-crazy-it-just-might-work legal option that could only ever make sense on a TV show.

The problem is that the main twist can be seen coming a mile away; it's just dressed up with all the legal jargon.

Still, it's great fun, and Dr. Gilbert may prove to be one of the most elusive nemeses yet on this show.

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