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Mushrooms 

A twelve-year-boy is injured and his infant brother is killed by gunshots. The investigation reveals they were the accidental victims of a hit ordered by a drug dealer against a real estate broker.

Director:

Daniel Sackheim

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Robert Palm
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Dzundza ... Sergeant Max Greevey
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
Brad Sullivan ... Joe Anson
Michael Mantell ... Edward Kay
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Mrs. Denise Winters
Malachi Throne ... Judge Real
Tom Mardirosian ... Brian Doxsee
Victor Raider-Wexler ... Harold Morton
James McDaniel ... Michael Ingrams
Justin Cozier Justin Cozier ... Franklin 'T-Ball' Howard
Terrance Telfair Terrance Telfair ... Dizz Williams
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Storyline

Det. Sgt. Greevy and Det. Logan investigate the death of 11 month old Andrew Winters and the wounding of his 12 year-old brother Gregory who were shot when a gunman burst into their home and opened fire. The killing makes no sense, all the more so after the investigation of 12 year-old Gregory confirms him to be a good kid with no drug or gang connections. They eventually trace the shooter, a young teenager by the name of 'T-Ball' Howard. When it turns out that Howard was hired by major drug dealer Michael Ingrams to eliminate a property developer who swindled him out of $300,000 - Howard got the address wrong - Executive ADA Stone charges Ingrams with murder, even if the victims were unintended. Written by garykmcd

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1991 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Chris Noth (Mike Logan) & David Fonteno (Coach) also worked together on multiple episodes of The Good Wife (2009) as Peter Florick & Judge Robert Parks respectively. See more »

Goofs

A title card prior to a visit to the home of the victims was grammatically incorrect. The last name of the victims is "Winters" but the title card reads "Winter's Apartment" when it should be "Winters Apartment" or "Winters' Apartment". See more »

Quotes

Joe Anson: This cash you allege came from the defendant: You said you used it to bail out one of your own projects, is that right?
Edward Kay: Yes.
Joe Anson: Well? Did you?
Edward Kay: Yes. At least I tried, but...
Joe Anson: But what? Did your habit interfere with business, Mr. Kay?
Ben Stone: Objection, your honor.
Joe Anson: Sidebar, your honor.
Judge Real: What's this about?
Joe Anson: I'm going to impeach his credibility, judge. He's a cocaine user.
Ben Stone: Your honor, the People are aware of Mr. Kay's '86 arrest, but he was not convicted. It's not relevant, it's not admissable.
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Hard hitting homicide
30 October 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

It must have been hard following on from one of Season 1's best episodes (well two technically), the two parter "The Torrents of Greed". If it was me doing the script, it would have been no easy picnic at all. Both parts of that two parter were full of tension that increased all the time and had a riveting case, a good deal of chills and the most loathsome antagonist most likely of the season and also up to this early stage of 'Law and Order' in general (ever too on the show in my mind).

"Mushrooms" does brilliantly however in this respect, actually doing it with remarkable ease. It is a different kind of episode, it is not the tension-filled and almost scary kind of episode and the type of perpetrator couldn't be more different either. Instead "Mushrooms" is an episode that is not an easy watch at all, one doesn't need to be a mother facing every mother's worst nightmare to find it quite heart-breaking in parts, and one where one's hatred is directed at somebody else other than the person directly responsible.

As always for 'Law and Order', "Mushrooms" doesn't try to do too much visually while still opening things up. The slickness and grit are still here. The music doesn't get overwrought and is only used when appropriate, namely when things are being revealed. The theme tune is still a memorable one. The writing is taut and thoughtful, as well as whether chilling between Stone and Ingrams or not-sure-what-your-stance-is-like between Stone and Anson in court.

The story is as said not an easy watch and the circumstances of the homicide doesn't become as much shocking as this. There is a lot of poignancy here, especially that pivotal moment in court where it is revealed what really happened and it leaves one shocked and upset. As said too, it does make one hate Ingrams more and any initial dislike towards the perpetrator diminishes when it's revealed why and it's sad.

Performances are great as always, Michael Moriarty shining of the regulars and Brad Sullivan spars against him in a way that intrigues. S. Epatha Merkesen (the future Anita Van Buren) is heart-rending in her role while James McDaniel is suitably loathsome as Ingrams.

Summarising, wonderful and one of Season 1's best. 10/10


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