Law & Order (1990–2010)
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The prime suspect in the murder of a college professor is a domineering father who kidnapped his children and disappeared 15 years earlier.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Jay O. Sanders ... Nick Taska / Bill Fallon
Maggie Low ... Eleanor Taska
Anne Bobby ... Sylvia Fallon
Tracy Spindler Tracy Spindler ... Alexis Fallon
Lacey Kohl Lacey Kohl ... Susan Fallon
Joyce Gordon ... Judge Lisa Holt
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Emil Skoda
Jeffrey DeMunn ... Professor Norman Rothenberg
Larry Clarke ... Detective Morris LaMotte


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Rey Curtis investigate the death of Marian Hollis a philosophy professor at New York university who jumped - or was pushed - in front of a subway train. She was seen accessing the platform with a tall, well-dressed man. They eventually identify the man as Bill Fallon who is in the city from Cincinnati while his eldest daughter settles in at the university. He denies knowing the dead woman but the police find that he has no personal history prior to 1985. It turns out he is actually Nick Taska, married to Eleanor Taska, who ran off with their children in 1984. Eleanor and the dead woman were once good friends and ADA Abbie Carmichael thinks she may have recognized him on the street, leading Taska to kill her. He denies it and the prosecution face a dilemma when the man's youngest daughter claims she did it. McCoy comes up with a creative way of charging the father. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

20 April 1999 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the opening Jerry Orbach as Detective Lennie Briscoe refers to the transit worker urging him to release the train as "Benito". This is a sarcastic reference to Benito Mussolini, whose fascist regime in Italy was reputed to have kept the trains running on time. See more »


Fallon's credit card records include a purchase from TKTS (half-price tickets for Broadway/Off-Broadway shows), but TKTS doesn't take credit cards, only cash or traveler's checks. (TKTS started taking credit cards in 2009, 10 years after this episode aired.) See more »


Jack McCoy: Did you ever seen a movie or read a book or had a friend your father didn't approve of?
Susan Fallon: No.
Jack McCoy: Why not?
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Premise doesn't work
8 August 2018 | by bettye-360-133556See all my reviews

Good storyline, but the premise wasn't believable for the simple reason that no one as controlling as this father would allow his daughter to go to college so far from home. A major goof on what is usually a pretty realistic show.

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