Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A late-term abortion doctor is killed, which leads to the emotionally-charged trial of a pro-life advocate, and threatens to drive a wedge between Cutter and Rubirosa.


Jim McKay


Dick Wolf (created by), Richard Sweren | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Sisto ... Detective Cyrus Lupo
Anthony Anderson ... Detective Kevin Bernard
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Linus Roache ... E.A.D.A. Michael Cutter
Alana De La Garza ... A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa
Sam Waterston ... D.A. Jack McCoy
Richard Thomas ... Roger Jenkins
Bill Sage ... Kevin Morton
Deirdre O'Connell ... Dr. Valerie Knight
Mark Blum ... Expert Doctor
Colleen Werthmann Colleen Werthmann ... Mrs. Grogan
Christina Kirk ... Jennice Morrow
Katie Kreisler ... Jill Casey
Jessica Dickey ... Lisa Barnett
Tracy Sallows ... Francis Benning


When Dr. Walter Benning is killed in church, Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard arrive at the scene and are informed a white male was seen fleeing in a dark sedan. The minister tells the detectives that Dr. Benning was a late-term abortion doctor and had been shot at before and threatened many times, and his wife, Phyllis Benning, is convinced it is a pro-life zealot who is responsible. While the detectives scan the several protestor suspects, Lieutenant Anita Van Buren gets more bad news and ADA Connie Rubirosa faces a moral dilemma causing tension among the team. Written by NBC Publicity

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Daniel David Morton was born on September 22, 2009. See more »


Detective Cyrus Lupo: All I'm saying is an unwanted child already has 2 strikes against it.
Detective Kevin Bernard: [takes Lupo's keys out of the ignition] I was born 2 months premature, my mom was single, poor, scared, at 7 months she threw herself down a flight of stairs.
Detective Cyrus Lupo: [somberly] So I almost had a different partner.
Detective Kevin Bernard: That's all I'm saying.
[hands back his keys]
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Surprisingly poor acting by everyone in the show
2 January 2019 | by theoshulSee all my reviews

This should have been a really good installment of L&O, as it takes on the issue of right-to-lifers murdering abortion-workers. But it fails miserably, because EVERYONE in the cast acts so poorly. It's also rather poorly written, with lots of little one-liners about fetal life and choice without any kind of meaty discussion of any aspect of the issue.

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23 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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