"Prisoner of Love"
L&O, Episode 1.10
Production number: 66208
First aired: 4 December 1990
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Schiff and Stone Prisoner of Love
Teleplay By
Robert Stuart Nathan

Story By
Robert Stuart Nathan & David Black

Directed By
Michael Fresco

A city arts commissioner and a socialite come under investigation when an artist noted for his sadomasochistic themes is found dead under suspicious circumstances.


An artist notorious for his sadomasochistic scenes is murdered in a way patterned after his work. The artist's daughter leads detectives to the head of the New York Department of Cultural Affairs, whose "dominating" relationship with the victim makes him a prime suspect.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast




[Stone and the police are searching a suspect's apartment. Stone comes upon a locked chest.]

"It's my hope chest."

[The chest is unlocked. Stone, absolutely stunned and dumbfounded, pulls out an assortment of S&M gear.]

"What were you hoping for?"

- Elizabeth Hendrick and Benjamin Stone

"Quite a Sam Cooke collection. My taste in music. Armani suits."
"Not your taste in clothes."

- Max Greevey and Mike Logan

"People always know things they don't think they know, you know?"

- Donald Cragen

"Henry Rothman killed himself an hour ago. Couldn't face the thought of prison, I guess."
"Did anyone take a picture?"

- Benjamin Stone and Elizabeth Hendrick

"Male bisexual bondage freak?"

- Max Greevey and Mike Logan

"Don't make me testify. It'll ruin my career. I'm perfect for young dad parts in commercials."

- Gary Pardee

"Art would be much more pleasant if we didn't have to deal with artists."

- Elizabeth Hendrick

Background information and notes

  • Based on The Andrew Crispo Death (a.k.a. "The Death Mask Murder") case.
  • A possible goof by Law & Order production staff when doing the episode scene cards unless a year has past since they had investigated the case between card 6 & 7, (All other dates correspond to 1985, the date of Wednesday, April 25th would correspond to 1990).

Episode scene cards

1 2 3 4

Victor More's Loft
Wednesday, February 13

Forensic Lab
Tuesday, February 19

Pavilion of Popular Art
Friday, February 22

Henry Rothman's Office
401 East 44th Street
Monday, February 25

5 6 7 8

Forensics Lab
Tuesday, April 9

Dr. Gregg's Office
282 West 59th Street
Tuesday, April 23

Residence of
Elizabeth Hendrick
615 Central Park West
Wednesday, April 25

Grand Jury Room
New York County
Tuesday, May 7

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