Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A businessman is accused of killing the psychiatrist who diagnosed his daughter with multiple personality disorder. McCoy suspects that the psychiatrist may have uncovered a repressed memory involving her mother's possible murder.


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
Francie Swift ... Megan Nelson / Bobby / Nancy
Sam Groom ... Frank Nelson
Lynne Thigpen ... Judge Ida Boucher
Roberta Wallach ... Michele Selig
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Bob Dishy ... Lawrence Weaver
Gerry Becker ... Dr. Neal Latham
MacIntyre Dixon MacIntyre Dixon ... Paul White
Richmond Hoxie ... Dr. Albert Cantrel


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of a psychiatrist, Dr. Lillian Hampton who is found bludgeoned to death in her office. Her last appointment of the day was with a young woman, Megan Nelson, but the Director of the clinic heard a man's voice in her office some time after that. After eliminating other suspects, they come to believe that the man in the office was Megan's father Frank Nelson. Megan had been seeing Dr. Hampton for some time and was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder. ADA McCoy decides to prosecute Mr. Nelson when Megan reveals an old memory of him killing her mother. When evidence suggests otherwise, they have to consider if one of Megan's other personalities may be responsible. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

17 May 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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Wonderful Performances and a Twisty Plot
6 June 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

"It's a diagnosis that's caused a lot of controversy. Some doctors say that it's caused by a childhood trauma. Others say that it's caused by ideas planted in the mind of the patient by the therapist."

That's Dr. Olivet (Carolyn McCormick)'s summation of the debate surrounding Multiple Personality Disorder, which is discussed at length in this episode along with whether or not someone with such a mental illness is fit to testify at trial. Playing someone with three different personalities could be hammy or ring false, but actress Francie Swift is more than capable of pulling it off here.

Also excellent is the late, great Lynne Thigpen playing the judge. She's got a bit more to do than the typical judge of the week on L&O because of a psychiatric hearing she orders before the case even gets to trial - it's an exciting bit of drama where psychologist experts, the defense, the prosecutors and the judge all try to figure out if Swift's character is pulling their leg or not, and if she's competent to stand trial if she isn't.

Sam Groom makes his second L&O appearance as Swift's father; he may or may not have had something to do with what happened to Swift's deceased mother. And Bob Dishy is probably one of the best guest defense attorneys ever on this show, reprising his role as Lawrence Weaver from the season 4 finale "Old Friends."

A twisty, exciting episode.

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