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Working Mom 

The death of a former police officer leads Briscoe and Curtis to a pair of suburban moms who work as prostitutes.


Jace Alexander


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Carey Lowell ... Jamie Ross
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Elaine Stritch ... Lanie Stieglitz
Felicity Huffman ... Hillary Colson
Jodie Markell ... Sondra Benton
Richard Poe ... Mac Bernum
John Cunningham ... Daniel Metzler
David Chandler David Chandler ... Louis Colson (as David S. Chandler)
Richard Bright ... Victim's Former Police Captain
Pamela Stewart ... Jane Tennick (as Pamela Holden Stewart)
Jordan Reid ... Iris Collier (as Jordan Reid Berkow)


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of Gilbert "Gilly" Keen, a retired cop who is found dead in his car, shot to death. The police suspect he may have been seeking the services of a prostitute, many of whom frequented the area. The investigation leads them to Hilary Colson and Sondra Benton, two suburban housewives who are working as call girls. They clearly have a case against Colson - her fingerprints were found in the car and her expensive lipstick on the body - but she claims Keen tried to force her to have sex and shot him with his own gun. ADA McCoy doesn't believe her and decides to prosecute. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

26 February 1997 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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The golf club where the victim worked is "Bernum Woods". This is a particularly clever allusion to the forest in "Macbeth" - Great Birnam Wood - where Macduff and his soldiers hide before attacking Macbeth's castle and killing him. See more »


Upon getting out of their car to arrest the car-jackers the uniformed officers draw their weapons and the sound effect of a hammer being cocked is heard. Yet both of the officers are carrying a Glock, a semi-automatic striker fired pistol that does not have an external hammer. A Glock is cocked simply by loading a round into the chamber and closing the slide, the only way to uncock it is by pulling the trigger. See more »


Lanie Stieglitz: Peel off the testosterone patch Ms. Ross, you're thinking under the influence.
Jamie Ross: You can sing "I Am Woman" loud as you want, but it won't do your client any good.
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References Working Girl (1988) See more »

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Her life or her reputation
20 September 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Elaine Stritch makes the second of two appearances on Law And Order as a feminist defense attorney Lainie Steglitz and she's got quite the cause here. Her client is Mount Kisco housewife Felicity Huffman who between attending her kid's soccer games has an interesting sideline as a hooker. In fact she and several of her peers are earning a little extra pin money with it.

That only lasts as long as you can keep it a secret. But a certain bottom feeding former cop now a private eye find out about it and demands payment one way or another. He's found shot with his own weapon in a most unflattering position in his car.

The claim is self defense, but was Huffman defending her life or her reputation? That's the issue that Sam Waterston and Stritch contend with at trial.

One really fascinating scene was at a cop bar while Jerry Orbach and Benjamin Bratt are interrogating one of the victim's former colleagues. While the witness is telling Briscoe and Curtis what a corrupt bum this guy was the rest of the crowd well fortified with lots of booze is celebrating his life. A real strange dichotomy.

Watch the show if you want to see if Jack McCoy pulls this one out.

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