Law and Order
Law and Order
"The Wages of Love"
L&O, Episode 2.02
Production number: 67405
First aired: 24 September 1991
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Teleplay By
Ed Zuckerman

Story By
Ed Zuckerman & Robert Stuart Nathan

Directed By
Ed Sherin


A double homicide of an older man and his younger lover casts suspicion on both the ex-wife and the former boyfriend of the murdered duo, with the dead man's murdered son holding the key to the mystery.


Main cast[]

Recurring cast[]

Guest cast[]


  • Christie's
  • New York Ledger
  • Edward Cullen (victim)
  • Alexandria Beckett (victim)


"I wish we had a gun..."
"I wish I had a girlfriend named Lola."

- Phil Cerreta and Donald Cragen

"Pride goeth before a fall. I’ll send you flowers in the intensive care unit."

- Adam Schiff

"Never seen you like this before."
"I have never done anything this potentially stupid before."

- Paul Robinette and Benjamin Stone

"Phil, I know it looks obvious, but before we sentence the wife, remember we do have two victims here, and one of them is still wearing a tag on her toe: Jane Doe."
"Maybe she had an enemy."
"Maybe she had a name."

- Donald Cragen and Mike Logan

"Criminally negligent homicide. She does no time."
"No time ... why don't we throw her a tickertape parade? Manslaughter one, eight and a third each count."
"It's called plea bargaining, not plea scalping. Pass."

- Frank Lehrman and Benjamin Stone

"The State of New York says in 14 years you had three registered guns, two of them stolen."
"You're a hell of a security guard, George. You ought to hire a guard to watch your guns. "

- Phil Cerreta and Mike Logan

"I didn't kill her, I wanted to marry her."
"Did she want to marry you? What was she doing at Cullen's, shopping for her trousseau?"

- Douglas Phillips and Phil Cerreta

"If he accepts this, Ben, I'm going to make it absolutely clear they must believe beyond a scintilla of doubt, that she committed premeditated murder, or they acquit."
"Beyond a scintilla?"
"A mini-scintilla."

- Judge Rebecca Stein and Frank Lehrman

"I don't know what happened, I don't remember. I went there to talk to Eddie, I thought everything would be all right. That we could work everything out. We were married for 25 years. I thought everything would be all right. I've always loved Eddie... I've always loved Eddie."

- Melanie Cullen

"Murder two? Why even have it on the menu? This isn’t murder, it’s manslaughter."
"So you’re admitting she killed them?"
"No. But if she killed them, it was extreme emotional disturbance, and that’s manslaughter."
"I get it, she wasn’t there. And if she was there, she didn’t kill them, and if she did kill them, she didn’t mean to, and if she did mean to, it’s because she was upset."

- Frank Lehrman and Benjamin Stone

Background information and notes[]

  • This episode seems to be based on the Betty Broderick case. Five years after a very acrimonious divorce in the late 1980s, Broderick, a mother of four, purchased a revolver and broke into her ex-husband, Dan's home with a key that she had stolen from her elder daughter, Kim Broderick. She shot him and his second wife, Linda Kolkena, in their bed whilst they slept. In the years leading up to their deaths, Dan and Linda had felt so threatened by Betty they had even hired guards to protect themselves. Betty was convicted on 11 December 1991 of two counts of second-degree murder, and later sentenced to 32-years-to-life in prison, with her first possible parole date in March of 2010. (Source: Betty Broderick at Wikipedia)

Episode scene cards[]

1 2 3

Melanie Cullen's
843 3rd Avenue
Thursday, June 28

Preston Law Boards
Review Course
Wednesday, July 11

Arraignment Court
Friday, July 20

4 5 6

Newton & Co. Jewelry
556 Madison Avenue
Tuesday, July 24

Supreme Court
Trial Part 43
Monday, September 3

Supreme Court
Wednesday, September 12

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