|←||L&O, Episode 15.11||→|
|Production number: E53|
First aired: 8 December 2004
| Written By|
Eric Overmyer & Roz Weinman
McCoy and Southerlyn prosecute a defendant in the murder of a parolee.
The police investigate when a man looks like he's been run over on purpose after dropping off a girl at her school. The man turns out to be Jacob Lowenstein, who was recently released on parole despite the abuse he inflicted on his family.
The detectives find his parole officer has lost track of him due to his high case load. Fontana and Green then interview the former captain of their precinct, Donald Cragen, and he advises them to find Lowenstein's ex-wife and son. Both of them have alibis and are ruled out. Lowenstein then wakes up and the detectives tell him he was hit on purpose. He tells them to he did nothing wrong before and now is living a new fiancé named Sheryl and her daughter Emily to the detectives' shock. Lowenstein had apparently been walking Emily to school the day he was run over.
The detectives then decide to look into Lowenstein's life in prison. They discover he got a law degree to keep safe in prison. He also was enrolled in a therapy group run by Joyce Draper. Draper however quit the project and proceeded to track Lowenstein. The detectives find out she drives an SUV and discover Lowenstein's blood on the car. Southerlyn finds out from the school nurse that Emily had fallen off her bike and she had a cast. Draper had called the school to try to find out what had happened to Emily, but did not get an answer and assumed Lowenstein had abused her like he did his daughter. Southerlyn also get the tape of one of the therapy seasons with Draper and Lowenstein, which shows him unrepentant and in denial of doing anything wrong. Lowenstein dies from the accident and Draper is arrested.
At trial, Draper denies hitting Lowenstein with her car. She is then acquitted of the crime.
- Dennis Farina as Detective Joe Fontana
- Jesse L. Martin as Detective Ed Green
- S. Epatha Merkerson as Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
- Sam Waterston as Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy
- Elisabeth Röhm as A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn
- Fred Dalton Thompson as D.A. Arthur Branch
- Jim Bracchitta as Defense Attorney Jason Goidell
- David Groh as Dr. Jacob Lowenstein
- Marcia Jean Kurtz as Carla Lowenstein
- Dann Florek as Captain Donald Cragen
- William Severs as Judge Henry Fillmore
- Selenis Leyva as Detective Mariluz Rivera
- Tracy Thorne as Joyce Draper
- Adam LeFevre as Dr. Evodius Peters
- David Margulies as Dr. Jack Clayburg
- Eleanor Hutchins as Sheryl
- J.C. Montgomery as Ron Draper
- Ted Neustadt as Nate
- Zeb Newman as Ezra Lowenstein-Grady
- Charles H. Hyman as Warden
- Michael Winther as Dr. Lombardo
- Mark Schulte as Grady
- Jason Betts as Wayne
- Yvette Mercedes as Nurse Sykes
- Sheryl McCallum as Crossing Guard
- Jo Yang as Store Owner
- Ted Koch as Coach
- Mark Axelowitz as Foreperson
- Eddie Marrero as Clerk
- Thaddeus Schneider as Uniformed Officer
- Jerry Shulman as Court Officer
- Sonny Vellozzi as Reporter (uncredited)
|“||I hope he lives for a long time in excruciating pain!||”|
Background information and notes
- This episode marks the second appearances of Jacob and Carla Lowenstein, who previously appeared in the episode "Indifference".
- This episode was written as a sequel to "Indifference" due to the release of Joel Steinberg, the real-life figure who inspired Jacob Lowenstein.
- Captain Cragen was incorrectly credited as a Lieutenant early in the episode during its first broadcast. This was corrected for reruns and DVD.
- Despite having plea-bargained and having been sentenced for killing her daughter in "Indifference", Carla Lowenstein is depicted as having never spent time in jail. Also, her daughter's death was not mentioned as being caused by her. Furthermore, she is said to have instead spent most of the time that had lapsed since then with a psychologist who allowed her to recover from Jacob's abuse.
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