Law & Order (1990–2010)
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When an environmental scientist, Dr. Oscar Silva, is poisoned during a global warming symposium, Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard initially suspect competitors from Dr. Silva's field... See full summary »


Jean de Segonzac


Dick Wolf (created by), Keith Eisner (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Sisto ... Cyrus Lupo
Anthony Anderson ... Kevin Bernard
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Linus Roache ... Michael Cutter
Alana De La Garza ... Connie Rubirosa
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Tony Hale ... Phillip Shoemaker
Michael Tucker ... Nelson Lehman
Julie Boyd Julie Boyd ... Sharon Lehman
Michele Pawk Michele Pawk ... Attorney Marks
Reed Birney ... Dr. Everett Brown
Cindy Katz ... Family Court Judge
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Stephen McKinley Henderson ... Judge Marc Kramer
Mark Nelson ... Symposium Organizer


When an environmental scientist, Dr. Oscar Silva, is poisoned during a global warming symposium, Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard initially suspect competitors from Dr. Silva's field of study. It is soon discovered that Dr. Silva is involved in a messy custody battle with his wife's ex-husband, Phillip Shoemaker and the focus of the investigation quickly shifts to the victim's family. Meanwhile, the case becomes personal for Cutter as it stirs up unpleasant memories from his own past. Written by NBC Publicity

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Release Date:

29 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Mark Nelson has played four different roles over the course of the series: See more »


The date of the allocution hearing is listed as Monday, March 20th. Since they already established the previous week contained Monday March 15th, Wednesday March 17th and Friday March 19th, the allocution should have been Monday, March 22nd. See more »


Connie Rubirosa: That's why I never went into family law, too much heartbreak.
Michael Cutter: There's heartbreak everywhere.
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The only innocent one
22 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

When Elliott Villar, a Brazilian doctor and controversial climate change denier is poisoned but survives the attempted murder it was first assumed it has something to do with his work and his views.

Nothing could have been further from the truth. This all springs from a custodial battle involving Villar's wife Tammy Blanchard who ran off with Villar to Brazil taking her little daughter Kristen Bough with her. Her former husband Tony Hale is in the same field, but these people hardly act like dispassionate scientists when it comes to custody of their daughter.

The grandparents especially grandfather Michael Tucker get into the mix as well though I won't say how. It all gets sorted out in terms of criminal culpability. But all you will walk away with is how terrible it will be growing up for this little girl knowing what she will learn about all who are near and dear to her.

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