Law & Order (1990–2010)
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A frustrated prison social worker is accused of taking the law into her own hands with a dangerous man whom she knew was violating the terms of his parole agreement.


Edwin Sherin (as Ed Sherin)


Dick Wolf (created by), Roz Weinman | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Farina ... Joe Fontana
Jesse L. Martin ... Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Elisabeth Röhm ... Serena Southerlyn
Fred Dalton Thompson ... Arthur Branch
Tracy Thorne ... Joyce Draper
Adam LeFevre ... Dr. Evodius Peters
Jim Bracchitta ... Jason Goidell
David Margulies ... Dr. Jack Clayburg
David Groh ... Dr. Jacob Lowenstein
Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Carla Lowenstein
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Eleanor Hutchins ... Sheryl
J.C. Montgomery ... Ron Draper


A frustrated prison social worker is accused of taking the law into her own hands with a dangerous man whom she knew was violating the terms of his parole agreement.

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Release Date:

8 December 2004 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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This episode revisits the events of Law & Order: Indifference (1990), which focuses on the murder trial of Dr. Jacob Lowenstein and his wife Carla Lowenstein. Both David Groh and Marcia Jean Kurtz reprise their roles from 14 years earlier while Dann Florek makes a guest appearance as Captain Donald Cragen, who was a regular cast member of Law & Order (1990) at the time of that episode. It is interesting to note that twice in this episode there are references to Jacob Lowenstein having previously made a deal for manslaughter. However, in "Indifference", a jury found him guilty of second degree murder. See more »


Dann Florek is featured in a cameo appearance as Captain Donald Cragen, however the opening credits mistakenly identify Cragen as a Lieutenant. (Cragen is, and always has been, a Captain in his entire run on the show). Subsequent rebroadcasts featured a fixed version of the credits where Cragen is correctly identified as a Captain. See more »


Captain Donald Cragen: Lowenstein was a coked-out crazy creep. He used Carla as a punching bag for years. Bruises, broken bones. By the time we got there, her jaw was so swollen, she couldn't talk.
Detective Ed Green: What about the little girl?
Captain Donald Cragen: She was black, blue, and burned. When I'm having a bad night, this is the one that comes back and haunts me.
Detective Ed Green: His P.O. said he had a son?
Captain Donald Cragen: Ezra. Two years old. Malnourished, neglected. Spent most of his time tied to the radiator like a dog.
Det. Joe Fontana: Parole officer also said that he's living on Long Island.
Captain Donald Cragen:
Detective Ed Green:
Captain Donald Cragen:
Det. Joe Fontana:
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Citizens may not take the law into their own hands.
14 December 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

Before a primary school, a man just paroled (David Groh) was run over by a SUV; he lost the right leg as a result. He had just spent fifteen years in jail for murder and paedophilia; he always claimed himself innocent even if there were compelling evidences against him (the jury found him guilty of killing his step-daughter). Shortly after jailtime, he started a relationship with a girl who had two kids on her own. His prison therapist was really at anger because she realized that the system failed towards him, so she resigned from the office and she tried to prevent him from doing harm to his new step-daughter. While her guilty seemed out of the question (the SUV belonged to her and victim DNA was found on the bumper), the point is to determine if she freaked out at the time of the murder of if she planned everything before. Be ready for the twist ending.

The plot didn't convince me enterily. How could a mother (a cute young girl, by the way) let a convicted pedophile take care of her own childen? Not even a junkie could do such a thing. Despite that, I find the episode quite enjoyable.

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