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Mother Love 

A frustrated African American mother confesses to killing her junkie daughter who was bleeding the family's finances dry. The DA's office wants to consider leniency because of her race, but Robinette strongly rejects the notion.


Daniel Sackheim


Dick Wolf (created by), Robert Nathan (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Detective Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Captain Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... E.A.D.A. Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... A.D.A. Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Mary Alice ... Virginia Bryan
Kelly Neal Kelly Neal ... Lucian Bryan
Edie Falco ... Sally Bell
Phyllis Yvonne Stickney ... Miss Lee
Nancy Ticotin ... Miss Gomez
Douglas Turner Ward Douglas Turner Ward ... Fred Bryan
Ebony Jo-Ann Ebony Jo-Ann ... Rosemary (as Ebony Jo-Ann)
Leland Gantt Leland Gantt ... Jonas 'Skate' Stark


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the murder of Dawn Bryan. The young African-American woman once had a bright future ahead of her. She was a good student and was even voted most likely to succeed. It seems to have all come tumbling down when she got hooked on crack. She was shot with a .45 caliber gun and their first suspect is her supplier and sometime live-in boyfriend who goes by the street name of Skate. The dead woman's family are devastated by the loss of their daughter but they feel they lost her long ago when she became hooked on drugs. When the evidence points to a family member as the likely culprit, ADA Stone and DA Adam Schiff both feel a good deal of sympathy. Paul Robinette however doesn't think anyone should have leniency and pushes for a grand jury indictment. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

24 February 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Nancy Ticotin portrayed four different characters over the course of the series: See more »


[about a mother kicking her drug-addict daughter out on the streets]
Det. Lennie Briscoe: So, the mother should've allowed her daughter to shoot the family fortune into her arm?
Det. Mike Logan: Would you kick your daughter out just to save the family fortune?
Det. Lennie Briscoe: My daughter could go through my family fortune in a day and a half.
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Nothing but a heartache
6 June 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth catch a case involving the shooting death of a young black woman who at one time was a scholarship winner, but her life went south when she got hooked on narcotics. At first the evidence points to her dealer Leland Gantt, but the ADAs look closer at it plus the fact this career criminal insists on his innocence. Maybe Gantt's due for some cosmic justice, but not for this murder.

I can't go any farther, but this is truly one of the most heartbreaking episodes ever done in the history of Law And Order. You will be most moved by the performance of Mary Alice and Douglas Turner Ward as the parents of the deceased.

No one should go through what they did.

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