When a mysterious "angel of death" poisons a series of hospital victims with cyanide, Detectives Goren and Eames suspect a nurse who fits the typical profile - but when others fall dead outside the care facility, the investigators must widen their search. Even when the cops discover the source to be tainted, over-the-counter painkillers, the victims continue to pile up, and they can't gain any traction with their case until they find a motive -- or at least a source of the killer substance.
Did You Know?
Although the show's creators/producers want to distance themselves from any real-life events, the plot of this episode is very similar to the case of Stella Nickell. Trudy Pomeranski kills her victims almost exactly like Stella Nickell killed her husband, Bruce Nickell: by poison as part of an insurance fraud scheme. See more
When the nurse came in to give the elderly woman her medication the woman said that she was tired and just wanted to sleep, to which the nurse replied "it's okay hon you can take your pills when you wake up" and places the pills on her night stand. This is totally against hospital policy and is something a nurse would never do. When it is time for a patient to take their medication a nurse would insist that they do so as it is important to take medication at regular intervals. The only type of medication that is usually optional for a hospital patient is pain medication, if someone feels they don't need any they can decline it. But either way a nurse would never leave medication sitting on a table unattended, especially if the medication is a narcotic. See more
Detective Robert Goren
As Leonard Palmeranski might say, "Why me?"
References Law & Order