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A false kidnapping claim leads to the prosecution of a married couple after detectives discover that three of their infants have died under mysterious circumstances.

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Constantine Makris

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Detective Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Jill Hennessy ... A.D.A. Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Kevin O'Rourke ... Marty Willick
Julie Boyd Julie Boyd ... Eileen Willick
Sam Gray Sam Gray ... Trial Court Judge Manuel Leon
Nada Rowand Nada Rowand ... Dr. Margaret Slavin
Maria Tucci ... Helen Brolin
Joel Leffert Joel Leffert ... Robert Cole
Brooks Rogers Brooks Rogers ... Dr. Henry Royce
Becky Borczon Becky Borczon ... Theresa Tritch
Gibby Brand ... Dr. Charles Webb
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Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the disappearance of a three month old baby, Emily, who was taken while she and her father Marty Willick were in the park. He dozed off for a few minutes and when he awoke, she was gone. The detectives begin to have second thoughts about the veracity of Willick's story and finally the truth comes out: Willick claims that he and his wife found her dead in her crib. The medical examiner finds that the baby has symptoms of asphyxia, though it could have been a crib death. When they learn that two other of the Willick's children also died of crib death, they are certain one or both of the parents were responsible for Emily's death. Written by garykmcd

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Trivia

Chris Noth (Mike Logan) & Julie Boyd (Eileen Willick) also worked together on The Good Wife: Live from Damascus (2012) episode 3.15, of The Good Wife (2009) as Peter Florrick & Anne Newton respectively. See more »

Goofs

DA Adam Schiff refers to Jack McCoy's hypothetical next wife as "Mrs. McCovey." See more »

Quotes

Eileen Willick: I'm not a good mother.
Lennie Briscoe: Why do you say that?
Eileen Willick: My babies cry all the time. Other people's babies don't cry.
Lennie Briscoe: What did you do when your babies cried?
Eileen Willick: I want to go to the bathroom.
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Connections

References E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »

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Two Irritating, Loopy Guest Characters Make For a Clunker of an Episode
9 May 2018 | by Better_TVSee all my reviews

This is one of those L&O episodes where, rather than taking the viewer on a one-hour journey of surprising twists and turns, the viewer is instead guided through a cyclical, narrative back-and-forth; I watched in frustration as the two main guest characters, a couple played by Kevin O'Rourke and Julie Boyd, simply gave the detectives and the DA's office a runaround for an hour.

Part of the problem is the way the characters are played, though I'm sure the actors were only doing what they were told: Kevin O'Rourke as the husband/father has such a defiant "woe is me" victim complex that I found his character insufferable; his wife, Julie Boyd, is so spacey and loopy that I thought I was watching "Ghost Whisperer" or some other supernatural show. While the annals of L&O are filled with characters who try to stonewall the cops, the jurors, and even themselves, there's something about these two that, even if you chock their issues up to mental illness, makes them super irritating to watch.

As with many L&O episodes that end up being duds, this one's got at least a few redeeming elements: There's some fine one-liners, and there's a scene where Sam Waterston as EADA Jack McCoy makes a case for the sterilization of one of the guest characters, to the shock and disgust of Jill Hennessy as ADA Claire Kincaid and Steven Hill as DA Adam Schiff.

While I love those radical, unorthodox legal arguments that walk or cross the line of proper ethics which the Jack McCoy character would later become known for, it's not enough to save this one, in my opinion.

Fine actors, weak script.


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English

Release Date:

9 November 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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