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Goren and Eames suspect a nurse of poisoning several hospital patients with cyanide.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent D'Onofrio ... Robert Goren
Kathryn Erbe ... Alexandra Eames
Jamey Sheridan ... James Deakins
Courtney B. Vance ... Ron Carver
J. Smith-Cameron ... Trudy Pomeranski
Susan Bruce Susan Bruce ... Colleen Braxton
Anne O'Sullivan Anne O'Sullivan ... Ms. O'Brien
Charles Dumas ... NYPD Crisis Command Inspector
Daniel Jenkins ... Goren's Tree-Hugger Friend
Anita Gillette ... Loretta Marlon
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Detective Ed Green
Myra Lucretia Taylor ... Amanda Juno
Stephanie Roth Haberle ... Mrs. Berkowitz
Marc Damon Johnson Marc Damon Johnson ... Derrick Alton


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. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

11 November 2001 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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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?"
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References Law & Order (1990) See more »

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Capturng 'The Angel Of Death'
7 September 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Three people have died recently a local hospital. What's usual about it is that all three patients were not in serious condition. How could this happen? In the introduction, we, the viewers are presented with two suspects, because obviously something isn't kosher here. One is a nurse and the other is a visitor of a patient, who is in the bed next to the latest victim. The nurse looks a little wacky, a poor nerdy woman who has no social life; the other is woman immediately portrayed as some selfish, mean person. Is one of these two responsible for these three deaths? (Yup!)

Within 12 minutes, Det. Goren has it figured out that the suspect that looks like the sure killer, is not. His bosses aren't convinced Goren is corrupt in his assumption, so the detective has to get busy and find the real murderer and - worse- stop a potential terrorist-type situation because the killer is spiking aspirin at a nearby drugstore with cyanide (the cause of these deaths) and more people are starting to die.

This a good episode. It was enjoyable to see D'Onofrio ("Goren") figure it out and nab this disgusting woman - labeled "The Angel Of Death" early on in the show - who was, indeed, an extremely cold and selfish person..

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