"Sonata for Solo Organ"
L&O, Episode 1.21
Production number: 66226
First aired: 2 April 1991
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Schiff Sonata for Solo Organ
Teleplay By
Joe Morgenstern & Michael S. Chernuchin

Story By
Joe Morgenstern & Michael Duggan

Directed By
Fred Gerber


Stone and Robinette prosecute a surgeon and the wealthy father of a transplant patient for illegally obtaining a kidney.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast




"People talk about feeling violated when some punk breaks into their apartment and steals a TV set. I felt raped."

- Drew McDaniel

"The public must understand that the Organ Transplant Network is the one true democracy. One of the few instances where money doesn’t talk. At all."

- O.T.N. Executive

"If you prosecute him, he’ll die. I know he will. And for what? Mr. MacDaniel is going to be a very wealthy man."
"With only one kidney."
"Just like I have, Mr. Stone. The hope is we’ll both live long and happy lives."
"Please believe me, I’m glad you’re healthy again. I know how close to death you were. But, Ms. Woodleigh, do you really think your father would have acted any differently, if you had needed a heart instead of a kidney?"

- Joanna Woodleigh and Benjamin Stone

"It’s easier to bust out of Attica then to leave a hospital without paying."

- Max Greevey

"Whoa! Talk about getting your pocket picked!"

- Mike Logan

"Grand theft kidney. Terrific."

- Donald Cragen

"What's it going to take to make you happy, Stone?"
"The Mets in the Series, peace on Earth, and Dr. Reberty in Dannemora."

- Reberty's Attorney

Background information and notes

  • This episode was inspired by the "Kidney Thief" urban legend. The legend tells the story of someone who wakes up with only one kidney, which was surgically removed for transplantation.
  • This episode was later adapted into the Law & Order: UK episode "Sacrifice".
  • Goof: Kevin O'Morrison is credited as "Judge Boyark" but his nameplate states his name is "Hollis Brennan".

Episode scene cards

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Amsterdam Hospital
2196 1st Avenue
Wednesday, March 4

Office of
Dr. James Reberty
Friday,March 6

Offices of
Mr. Philip Woodleigh
Park Ave.& 73rd Street
Monday,March 11

Office of the Organ
Transplant Network
Tuesday,March 12

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Elaine Hale's Apartment
92 W.80th Street
Tuesday, March 12

Rikers Island Jail
Monday, April 8

The Woodleigh
Thursday,April 11

Office of Assistant
District Attorney
Ben Stone
Wednesday, August 21

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