"Mother Love"
L&O, Episode 3.15
Production number: 68024
First aired: 24 February 1993
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Profaci Robinette Mother Love
Teleplay By
Robert Nathan

Story By
Robert Nathan & Walon Green

Directed By
Daniel Sackheim


The absence of a weapon complicates the investigation of the killing of a young honors student, who stole from her family to support her drug habit.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



To my mother, Dawn will always be Queen of the Prom

–Lucien Bryan

Mike Logan: We're looking for my cousin. His name is 'Skate'.
Angel Suarez: He your cousin, brother? Your people have been sleeping in strange beds. You got stuff, maybe I heard him.

Yeah, a girl so stoned she thinks the day is 240 hours long.

–Lennie Briscoe about Skate's alibi witness

That room needs a paint job. You need a better suit and the coffee stinks. Praise the Lord.

–Jonas Stark

Lucien Bryan: I read in the papers she was killed with his gun.
Mike Logan: I read in the papers people are abducted by extraterrestrials. Look, your mother is right. We're doing our job.

Fred Bryan: Where'd they raise you, Mr. Robinette? Scarsdale?
Paul Robinette: Harlem.
Fred Bryan: I never would have guessed.

Paul Robinette: You may not believe this, but I'm truly sorry for what happened to your family. But you want us to bend the law. And we both know what it's like when there's one law for black and another for white. It was no good 50 years ago, it's no good now.
Fred Bryan: You think the system's gonna change? You think we're gonna be equal? Call me when your kids grow up. Tell me how they're doing. The system's been against us for a long time. Maybe right now, it's gotta bend the other way.

Background information and notes

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Apartment Of
Fred And Virginia Bryan
223 West 99th Street
Thursday, February 18

Midway Recording
815 West 44th Street
Wednesday, February 24

Forensics Laboratory
Friday, February 26

4 5 6

27th Precinct
Interrogation Room
Monday, March 22

Apartment Of
Mary Tillar
622 123rd Street
Wednesday, March 24

Executive Assistant
District Attorney
Benjamin Stone
Tuesday, April 6

7 8

Grand Jury Room
New York County
Monday, May 3

Grand Jury Room
New York County
Tuesday, May 4

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