Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Wedded Bliss 

Two washed-up, handcuffed corpses are identified as Mexican immigrants, and the investigation reveals that they may have been working as slave labor in a sweatshop.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Phil Cerreta
... Mike Logan
... Donald Cragen
... Ben Stone
... Paul Robinette
... Adam Schiff
... Betty Drake
... Charles Meadow
... Ellis Drake
... Rudy Amendariz
Larry Keith ... Francis Dunlap
... Lena Armendariz
... Fred Drake
Lee Shepherd ... Judge Joseph Gannon
Iraida Polanco ... Katy Andon


Detectives Cerreta and Logan investigate the murder of a young woman who is found floating in the river with her hands handcuffed behind her back. They had had a similar case of young man but the police weren't able to make any headway with that case. A police department forensic anthropologist is able to reconstruct their faces and they turn out to be brother and sister who were in the USA illegally working in the garment industry. When they learn that a city inspector was found dead in the river also handcuffed, the police are certain they are dealing with illegal immigrants working as virtual slaves. It leads them to sweat shop owners Ellis and Betty Drake and to Rudy Amendariz who has been supplying them with the slave labor. ADA Stone's case is weak however and getting a conviction will depend on getting one of the three to testify. Written by garykmcd

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21 October 1992 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Chris Noth (Mike Logan) & Leslie Lyles (Sharon Sacks) also worked together on episode 2.18, The Good Wife: Killer Song (2011), of The Good Wife (2009) and episode 6.22, Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Renewal (2007), of Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001). See more »


The defendants are initially charged with three counts of murder in the second degree for the murder of the two Mexican kids and the murder of a city inspector. Since the inspector was a government employee performing an official duty when he was killed that makes his death first degree murder, so they should have been charged with two counts of murder in the second degree and one count of murder in the first degree. See more »

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Off The Backs Of His Fellow Country Men
26 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

One of the early episodes of Law and Order dealt with the problem of sweatshop labor and three homicides that arose in this particular situation. It's a particular favorite of mine.

Two missing Hispanic teens and a Department of Labor Investigator all turn up dead with similar circumstances. Paul Sorvino and Chris Noth catch the case and it leads to a sweatshop involving Mexican immigrants, infidelity, and a chillingly evil man who is living off the misery of his own people.

This loathsome individual is played by Jose Zuniga and he will creep you out. The problem that ADAs Michael Moriarty and Richard Brooks have is that everyone is scared stiff of this man. In the end of the episode we find out they have good reason to be.

Also very good in this episode is Patti D'Arbanville-Quinn who is the co-owner of the sweatshop with her husband who has her own agenda working.

This one's not to be missed when broadcast.

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