Law & Order (1990–2010)
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An aspiring actress dies from a drug overdose. Investigation reveals that her domineering mother may have driven her to suicide by forcing her to act in a pornographic film. The DA's office pursues murder charges against her.


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Dick Wolf (created by), Christine Roum (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Sorvino ... Sergeant Phil Cerreta
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
Tony Roberts ... Lucas Pollard
Marilyn Rockafellow Marilyn Rockafellow ... Elizabeth Blaine
Maura Tierney ... Patricia 'Patti' Blaine
Michael Countryman ... Dr. Joseph Stern
Tovah Feldshuh ... Defense Attorney Danielle Melnick
Stephen D. Newman Stephen D. Newman ... Dr. Seliger (as Stephen Newman)
Lisa Nicole Carson ... Jasmine
Maria Pitillo ... Angel Greer
Lewis Black ... Director Franklin Frome


Cerreta and Logan investigate the suicide of a young college student found dead backstage in a theater. As the investigation deepens, it's discovered that the girl had a secret life in pornography which was egged on by girl's mother. Stone and Robinette must find a way to go around certain legal channels to bring the case to trial. Written by danny gonzalez

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Release Date:

1 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the first of 13 appearances of defense attorney Danielle Melnick, portrayed by Tovah Feldshuh. This character also appeared briefly Law & Order: Criminal Intent: To the Boy in the Blue Knit Cap (2011). See more »


Patti says that Priscilla once lost a part in The Nutcracker Suite. A suite is a music-only performance of selected pieces of a larger work, and there are no actors. She should have said she lost a part in The Nutcracker. See more »


Mike Logan: Are you gonna make your kids do things they don't want?
Phil Cerreta: From the time they're on this earth. 'Brush your teeth, do your homework, you're grounded'.
Mike Logan: That's not the same.
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Legally as well as morally
8 August 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Previous to watching this Law And Order story my idea of a monster stage mother was Jo Van Fleet in I'll Cry Tomorrow. Marilyn Rockafellow is Van Fleet as Lillian Roth's exponentially. Because I don't think in her most desperate time would Van Fleet have encouraged Susan Hayward to do pornography even soft core pornography.

Rockafellow's daughter committed suicide, she overdosed on some drugs and Michael Moriarty thinks that Rockafellow might be legally responsible as well as morally. Knowing that and proving that especially with Tony Roberts as Rockafellow's most able mouthpiece.

This episode marked the first appearance of Tovah Feldshuh as Danielle Melnick when she appears at a Surrogate Court hearing on behalf of an older sister of the deceased, contesting Rockafellow's right to be executor of the estate. That's a key ruling in fact for the criminal case.

The most horrifying moment for me is when a video of the deceased baring her soul is played in court. Rockafellow's face tells all, she cannot believe she's responsible in any way. All she sees is her lost talented daughter and what a loss to show business. As for the porn, well Marilyn Monroe did that calendar and look what it did for her.

Rockafellow will give you the creeps.

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