"The Family Hour"
L&O, Episode 17.22
Production number: 17022
First aired: 18 May 2007
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Clint Glover
Written By
Richard Sweren & David Slack

Directed By
Matthew Penn


Season finale. When Nicole Bailey, the ex-wife of a respected former senator, is found murdered and brutalized in her home, Green and Cassady look first at the senator, but follow the trail of clues to a dysfunctional family with a number of potentially embarrassing secrets. McCoy finds himself in the hot seat when he is forced to argue the case in front of a judge more interested in public relations than justice.


Main cast

Guest cast


Nina Cassady: Your alibi for the murder is you were at home beating your wife?!
Arthur Branch: You know, one day, this chair is going to be empty.
Jack McCoy: I'm no politician, Arthur.
Arthur Branch: Yeah, everybody says that.
Ed Green: It wasn't an intruder; he knew her. She probably invited him in. Then he comes at her with a poker & rapes her with a wooden spoon. Can't wait to catch this guy.
Connie Rubirosa: (her closing argument) There is nothing imagined about the wrongs of Trina's childhood. Whatever she was in her adult life, she learned from a master. Randall Bailey had a pathological need to abuse his daughter. A need that he finally took to its logical, deadly conclusion. And thanks to a tricked-up claim of self-defense that has been a staple of crime fiction for decades, he thinks he can get away with it. But consider this. 6-foot, 180 pounds vs. 5' 5", 110 pounds. Consider 13 deep, devastating stab wounds vs. 8 pin pricks. Consider what it took to drive this knife through meat and bone into the body of his own daughter. (stabs a book with Randall's knife repeatedly) Not once. Not twice. But 13 times! This was not paternal love, or instinct! No! It was murderous rage! (stabs once more)

Background information and notes

  • This was Fred Thompson's last appearance as Arthur Branch, as Thompson announced in March 2007 that he would leave at the conclusion of the Season 17 to pursue the Republican nomination for President of the United States.
  • This was also Milena Govich's final appearance as Nina Cassady.
  • Though Jeremy Sisto appeared as defense attorney Clint Glover in this episode, he would join the main cast as Detective Cyrus Lupo in the very next episode, "Called Home."

Episode scene cards

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Carrington Hotel
111 West 55th Street
Monday, March 20

Hudson General Hospital
1202 1st Avenue
Wednesday, March 22

Supreme Court
Motion Hearing
Friday, March 24

Supreme Court
Trial Part 36
Wednesday, May 31

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