Law & Order (season 1)

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Law & Order (season 1)
Law & Order season 1 cover.jpg
Season 1 U.S. DVD Cover
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 22
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 13, 1990 (1990-09-13) – June 9, 1991 (1991-06-09)
Home video release
DVD release
Region 1 October 15, 2002 (2002-10-15)[1]
Region 2 June 16, 2003 (2003-06-16)[2]
Region 4 April 14, 2003 (2003-04-14)
Season chronology
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List of Law & Order episodes

The first season of Law & Order premiered on NBC on September 13, 1990, and concluded on June 9, 1991.

Cast[edit]

Law[edit]

Actor Character Main cast Recurring cast
George Dzundza Sgt. Max Greevey entire season N/A
Chris Noth Det. Mike Logan entire season N/A
Dann Florek Capt. Don Cragen entire season N/A

Order[edit]

Actor Character Main cast Recurring cast
Michael Moriarty Executive A.D.A. Ben Stone entire season N/A
Richard Brooks A.D.A. Paul Robinette entire season N/A
Steven Hill D.A. Adam Schiff entire season N/A

Episodes[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1 1 "Prescription for Death" John Whitesell Teleplay by: Ed Zuckerman
Story by: David Black & Ed Zuckerman
September 13, 1990 (1990-09-13) 66209

Suzanne Morton dies after a visit to a hospital emergency room during a hectic night shift. Her father, a former army medic in Vietnam, accuses the hospital of negligence and demands a police investigation. Logan and Greevey question a doctor who made adjustments to her chart, but are soon led to the respected Dr. Edward Auster, who they feel may have been drunk on duty. The other residents are reluctant to speak for fear their jobs may be in jeopardy, and Stone is faced with the awkward job of prosecuting a revered physician.

2 2 "Subterranean Homeboy Blues" E.W. Swackhamer Robert Palm September 20, 1990 (1990-09-20) 66205

A white woman shoots two black men in a crowded subway. The shooting at first appears to be self-defense, but further investigation shows that the motive may be revenge. Logan and Greevey argue about di Biasi's guilt, especially after learning that the dead man has a substantial record, and the living one cannot control himself in court. Laura di Biasi tries to make her case to Robinette, but he distances himself from the issue. Stone has trouble with the case, both in dealing with di Biasi's public defender, Shambala Green, and with the fact that the district attorney's office is divided over the issue.

3 3 "The Reaper's Helper" Vern Gillum Teleplay by: Thomas Francis McElroy, David Black & Robert Nathan
Story by: Thomas Francis McElroy
October 4, 1990 (1990-10-04) 66215

Construction worker Bobby Holland is found shot to death in his apartment. Logan and Greevey investigate and soon learn that Holland was gay. After reading a magazine article, Greevey connects the death to others in Los Angeles and San Francisco. The detectives arrest Jack Curry, who is connected to all three cases. Curry admits his involvement and claims that each man asked him to help them commit suicide because they had AIDS. Stone is troubled about prosecuting the case because of his doubts that Curry did anything wrong.

4 4 "Kiss the Girls and Make Them Die" Charles Correll Teleplay by: Robert Nathan
Story by: Dick Wolf
October 11, 1990 (1990-10-11) 66210

Paige Bartlett is found beaten severely in her Upper East Side apartment. She dies in the hospital. Greevey and Logan investigate her boyfriend Steven Feinstein, but find that they broke up the evening before she was killed. The detectives locate another boyfriend, Ned Loomis, and learn that he has a history of violence after another former victim comes forward. Stone is frustrated when he is not able to use Loomis' former crimes against him in court.

5 5 "Happily Ever After" Vern Gillum Teleplay by: David Black & Robert Nathan
Story by: Dick Wolf & David Black
October 23, 1990 (1990-10-23) 66212

Alan Ralston is shot to death and his wife Janet wounded inside their building parking garage. In hospital, Janet identifies the alleged attacker from a police photo. One witness questioned early in the investigation is Gil Himes, a business associate of Alan. Police eventually piece together that the crime was not a random act of violence by the identified attacker. Rather it was the intentional murder of Alan and equally intentional wounding of Janet. Stone tries to get one of the suspects to testify against the other.

6 6 "Everybody's Favorite Bagman" John Patterson Dick Wolf October 30, 1990 (1990-10-30) 83543

After local councilman and former bagman Charles Halsey is mugged and his throat slashed, Logan and Greevey investigate the case and the two young black male suspects initially caught. Their suspicion turns to organized crime when they link the victim to Masucci soldier Tony Scalisi. As Stone and Robinette continue their investigation, they uncover a corruption scandal involving a dirty councilman; the collection of parking meter violation fines has been awarded to a firm connected to organized crime. To avoid the appearance of impropriety, District Attorney Wentworth won't allow Stone to offer Scalisi immunity. However, in order to win their case, their only option might be to make a deal with the mobster. Stone discovers that case involves not only organized crime, but also elected city officials and a deputy police commissioner whom he accuses of changing his testimony and doctoring evidence in a past case. Stone is unable to use the police because of suspected corruption within the department, so he consults Assistant U.S. Attorney John McCormack.

  • First episode of the series to be filmed.
  • This episode served as the series pilot and was filmed in 1988 for CBS which originally was to air the series for the 1989-90 season. Roy Thinnes portrays the District Attorney role that Steven Hill assumed when the series went into production.
7 7 "By Hooker, By Crook" Martin Davidson David Black November 13, 1990 (1990-11-13) 66203

The discovery of an unconscious man named Diamond in Central Park leads Greevey and Logan to Diamond's previous activity and locale—with an escort named Jolene in a hotel room. Greevey poses as a "john" looking for Jolene. When she stipulates her fees and services, Greevey arrests her for solicitation. When Diamond dies, the investigation leads to Jolene's superior, Jasmine, then to Jasmine's superior, Laura Winthrop. Winthrop claims that she runs a catering service, but when Jolene's blood tests HIV-positive, the case takes a sharp tack questioning the safety of the escort service industry.

8 8 "Poison Ivy" E.W. Swackhamer Teleplay by: Jacob Brackman
Story by: Jack Richardson & Jacob Brackman
November 20, 1990 (1990-11-20) 66211

During a routine drug arrest, a veteran police officer, Freddo Parisi, kills an young African-American man named Tommy Richardson, who may have been unarmed. Parisi is accused of planting a gun on the victim to justify the shooting. Moreover, Parisi has a similar incident already on his record. Richardson, was a student at Princeton University who was well respected for his contributions to his community in terms of time, energy, and money. But the investigation reveals that he sold drugs to get the money.

The episode is very loosely based on the shooting of Edmund Perry.

9 9 "Indifference" James Quinn Robert Palm November 27, 1990 (1990-11-27) 66207

Greevey and Logan discover that an abused child has a cocaine-addicted mother, who is also being abused by her drug-addicted psychotherapist husband. The detectives investigate the doctor's checkered past, while prosecutors take a new tactic after the child dies.

  • Based on the Lisa Steinberg case; for the first (and only) time during the show's run, a disclaimer at the conclusion of the episode explicitly stated that this was in inspiration for that specific show.
  • Season 15's "Fixed", airing a few months after Joel Steinberg's actual release from prison, would later serve as a direct sequel to this episode.
10 10 "Prisoner of Love" Michael Fresco Teleplay by: Robert Nathan
Story by: David Black & Robert Nathan
December 4, 1990 (1990-12-04) 66208

The apparent suicide of a controversial bisexual artist, who died while engaging in an apparent act of auto-erotic strangulation, leads Detectives Greevey and Logan into the city's bondage/S&M subculture. The initial explanation for the artist/victim's position is that he was involved in a "performance art work." Further investigation reveals that, in fact, he was one of a sadomasochistic trio that included the head of the New York Department of Cultural Affairs and his "mistress," a wealthy socialite dominatrix who instigated and monitored the S&M scene that led to the artist's death.

11 11 "Out of the Half-Light" E.W. Swackhamer Michael Duggan December 11, 1990 (1990-12-11) 66202

A teenaged African-American girl claims to have been raped by white police officers. Police and prosecutors struggle to get the truth when an ambitious African-American congressman claims the investigation is a racially motivated cover-up. The conflict heats until Robinette learns from the girl's parents that she and her boyfriend had sexual relations. The family fears an unwanted pregnancy, so, with the urging of the congressman, they claim the girl was raped by police officers. However, when the rape kit tests negative, the prosecution suspects the case may be a hoax. Having admitted the hoax, the family avoids the congressman whose campaign has been destroyed. Prosecutors devise a solution involving all-round gag orders. They concede that reputations were seriously damaged, but they reason that, with its impetus deflated, the case will fade quickly from people's memories.

12 12 "Life Choice" Aaron Lipstadt Teleplay by: David Black & Robert Nathan
Story by: Dick Wolf
January 8, 1991 (1991-01-08) 66213

After Mary Donovan, an anti-abortion protester, is killed in an abortion center bombing, detectives search for all of her potential co-conspirators. The victim's parents and brother prove to be as committed to the pro-life movement as the victim. The first defendant arrested is Celeste McClure, who purchased the fertilizer to be mixed with the diesel fuel to create the bomb. Police determine that the central figure in the plot is Rose Schwimmer who is arrested. Detectives discover that the victim was pregnant and was secretly seeking an abortion. At trial, Schwimmer attempts to use her witness testimony to preach against abortion. Stone stops the attempt by asking Schwimmer that, if abortion is murder, is Schwimmer not guilty of murdering Mary Donovan's unborn baby. Schwimmer is visibly defeated by the question and remains silent for the remainder of the trial, including her conviction.

13 13 "A Death in the Family" Gwen Arner Teleplay by: Joe Viola & David Black
Story by: Joe Viola
January 15, 1991 (1991-01-15) 66204
A corrupt police officer is apparently shot to death by his young patrol partner on a rooftop in the dark. Investigation reveals that, after displaying many blatant examples of his corruption to his partner, he was afraid that she would report him. So he lured her to the rooftop and tried to kill her, but she killed him first. She is cleared of the shooting, but since policy dictates that she should have reported him, she will lose her job.
14 14 "The Violence of Summer" Don Scardino Michael Duggan February 5, 1991 (1991-02-05) 66219

Stone temporarily dismisses rape charges against three defendants because the victim is a journalist of questionable character whose testimony has too many flaws. Greevey and Logan's subsequent reinvestigation uncovers a possible fourth assailant. This is one of the few episodes where the "Order" segment preceded the "Law" segment.

15 15 "The Torrents of Greed (Part I)" E.W. Swackhamer Teleplay by: Michael S. Chernuchin
Story by: Michael Duggan & Michael S. Chernuchin
February 12, 1991 (1991-02-12) 66222

Detectives arrest three members of the Masucci crime family involved in a fatal assault, which leads to Stone attempting to use the arrest as a means to take down the entire Masucci crime syndicate via charging Mafia chieftain Frank Masucci. However, the plan backfires when Stone discovers that his chief witness (one of the three charged in the fatal assault) perjures himself on the stand, leading to Masucci's acquittal.

  • The episode's title is taken from Chapter 18, verse 251 of the Buddhist scripture The Dhammapada: "There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed." The witness Edgar Hoover recites this verse in its entirety at the beginning of his interrogation scene.
16 16 "The Torrents of Greed (Part II)" E.W. Swackhamer Teleplay by: Michael S. Chernuchin
Story by: Michael Duggan & Michael S. Chernuchin
February 19, 1991 (1991-02-19) 66225
In the wake of Masucci's acquittal, ADAs Stone and Robinette intensify their investigation with the mob boss. Their investigation leads them to bust Masucci's brother-in-law, who the mob boss promptly has murdered. The murder leads to the discovery of the dumping ground for victims of Masucci's crime syndicate. As they re-arrest the mob boss, his grieving sister supports her brother in court by putting up the money for his bail. However, within hours of leaving the courtroom, Frank Masucci is killed by an unknown hitman. Robinette and Stone speculate that Masucci's sister as the one who ordered the hit, but are unable to prove it. The two men, along with Adam Schiff, take comfort in the fact that in spite of their failure to bring Masucci to justice through the legal system, that his death will severely cripple the crime family.
17 17 "Mushrooms" Daniel Sackheim Robert Palm February 26, 1991 (1991-02-26) 66218

A 12-year-old boy is injured and his infant brother is killed by gunshots. The investigation reveals the children were the accidental victims of a hit ordered by a drug dealer against a real estate broker. Tragically, the murders prove to be the result of an adolescent gunman targeting the wrong address because he knows more about operating automatic weapons than about basic reading.

  • Future cast member S. Epatha Merkerson makes her first L&O appearance as the mother of the two victims.
18 18 "The Secret Sharers" E.W. Swackhamer Robert Nathan March 12, 1991 (1991-03-12) 66221
Stone faces a Texas cowboy lawyer and a hostile community as he tries to prosecute a young man accused of murdering a drug dealer. He discovers two truths-that the drug dealer raped the defendant's sister, and that the community views the murder as retribution.
19 19 "The Serpent's Tooth" Don Scardino Teleplay by: René Balcer & Robert Nathan
Story by: I.C. Rapoport & Joshua Stern
March 19, 1991 (1991-03-19) 66224
A businessman and his wife are murdered; initially, the couple's two sons are treated as suspects. As the investigation develops, detectives discover that, in order to obtain financing for his business, the man took on a partner who was connected to Russian organized crime.
20 20 "The Troubles" John Whitesell Teleplay by: Robert Palm
Story by: Dick Wolf & Robert Palm
March 26, 1991 (1991-03-26) 66214

A truck with three handcuffed federal prisoners arrives at the 27th precinct. FBI and NYPD officials discover that one of the prisoners has mysteriously been murdered. The FBI officials assert jurisdiction and transport the other two to a federal prison. One of the two is a suspected IRA member who has been detained in the U.S. for five years without charge, bail or trial. Shortly afterwards, the remaining prisoner is discovered hanging in his federal prison cell. A prison guard is discovered to be an IRA member; he confesses to the prisoner's murder. Detectives and prosecutors face resistance from federal authorities as they pursue murder charges against a suspected IRA member serving time in federal prison, after he is suspected of killing another federal prisoner.

21 21 "Sonata for a Solo Organ" Fred Gerber Teleplay by: Joe Morgenstern & Michael S. Chernuchin
Story by: Joe Morgenstern & Michael Duggan
April 2, 1991 (1991-04-02) 66226

Grevey and Logan discover that an apparent mugging victim found unconscious on a park bench has had his kidney removed. The case leads to a powerful man whose daughter desperately needed a transplant and the doctor who may have helped him.

  • This episode was the basis for the Law & Order: UK episode "Sacrifice"
22 22 "The Blue Wall" Vern Gillum Teleplay by: Robert Nathan
Story by: Dick Wolf & Robert Nathan
June 9, 1991 (1991-06-09) 66220

Suspicion grows in the department after incriminating evidence is erased. Captain Cragen is implicated in the internal affairs investigation. The detectives and prosecutors work together to get his name cleared.

  • Last appearance of George Dzundza as Sgt. Max Greevey (though the character appears in the first episode of the next season, played by someone else).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lambert, David. "Law & Order Season One Cover Art". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2009-12-21. 
  2. ^ "Law & Order: Series 1 (1991)". Universal Playback. Retrieved 2002-08-19. 


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List of Law & Order seasons
(1990–2010)
Succeeded by
Season Two
(1991–1992)