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Law & Order: Prescription for Death

A doctor is under suspicion that he was drunk while trying to save a young girl in the emergency room. The young girl dies and the father puts the blame on the hospital.

Remade for Law & Order: UK

Episode Info


Episode number: 1x1
Production Number: 66209
Airdate: Thursday September 13th, 1990



Guest Stars
Alvin EpsteinAlvin Epstein
As Dr. Chester
Recurring
Annie CorleyAnnie Corley
As Stewart
Recurring
Bruce McCartyBruce McCarty
As Dr. Stephen Simonson
Recurring
Daniel BenzaliDaniel Benzali
As Medical Examiner
Recurring
Ed SetrakianEd Setrakian
As Mr. Hoffman
Recurring
Erick AvariErick Avari
As Dr. Raza
Recurring
Frederica MeisterFrederica Meister
As Melanie Stivic
Recurring
Harry S. MurphyHarry S. Murphy
As Don
Recurring
Lee TergesenLee Tergesen
As Clemens
Recurring
Leslie GoldmanLeslie Goldman
As Judge Benjamin Harcourt
Recurring
Maeve McGuireMaeve McGuire
As Dr. Walters
Recurring
Maryann UrbanoMaryann Urbano
As Dr. Jean Mills
Recurring
Nick DamiciNick Damici
As Dubuque
Recurring
Ron RifkinRon Rifkin
As Philip Nevins
Recurring
Shona TuckerShona Tucker
As Records Clerk
Recurring
W.T. MartinW.T. Martin
As Dr. Lignell
Recurring
Chaz McCormackChaz McCormack
As McInerny
Joan KayeJoan Kaye
As Nurse
John SpencerJohn Spencer
As Howard Morton
Kate WilkinsonKate Wilkinson
As Gray-Haired Lady
Paul SparerPaul Sparer
As Dr. Edward Auster
Rocky CarrollRocky Carroll
As Dr. Davids
Russell HortonRussell Horton
As Markowitz
Tom KubiakTom Kubiak
As Dr. Rasmussen
William RoerickWilliam Roerick
As Dr. Robert Abraham
Main Cast
George DzundzaGeorge Dzundza
As Sergeant Max Greevey
Chris NothChris Noth
As Detective Mike Logan
Dann FlorekDann Florek
As Captain Donald Cragen
Michael MoriartyMichael Moriarty
As Executive A.D.A. Benjamin Stone
Richard BrooksRichard Brooks
As Assistant D.A. Paul Robinette
Steven Hill (1)Steven Hill (1)
As District Attorney Adam Schiff
Steven ZirnkiltonSteven Zirnkilton
As Opening Narration (uncredited)
Episode Notes
Remade as the Law & Order: UK episode "The Wrong Man" (S05E01 - July 10th, 2011)

This episode was not the original pilot episode; rather, it was the series' sixth episode, "Everybody's Favorite Bagman", that was originally shot as the series pilot back in 1988.

We discover that Greevey and Cragen were partners before Cragen's promotion; Cragen is a recovering alcoholic; and Stone's father had a drinking problem.

Both Bruce McCarty and Daniel Benzali will later star together in the CBS drama, "The Agency".



Episode Quotes
Phillip Nevins: Isn't it possible that pneumonia killed Suzanne Morton?
Medical Examiner: It's possible that death rays from Mars killed her. But I don't think so.

Dr. Edward Auster: You solve every case you work on?
Detective Mike Logan: We can tell a felony from a traffic ticket.
Dr. Edward Auster: Look, a patient walks in with a headache. She could have a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a berry aneurysm, a retro-orbital tumor...or does she just have a headache? Do you give her an aspirin? Or do you saw open her skull?
Sgt. Max Greevey: You make this speech at funerals?

Sgt. Max Greevey: Look! Someone's lying! Whether it's Gunja Din or Doctor God, we don't know.

Dr. Edward Auster: When you practice medicine, Mr. Stone, sometimes the patient dies.
E.A.D.A. Ben Stone: And when you're a lawyer, Dr. Auster, some of the people you prosecute are convicted.



Cultural References
Ripped from the headlines:

This episode is based off the Libby Zion case.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorDick Wolf
Executive ProducerDick Wolf
Co-Executive ProducerJoseph Stern
Supervising ProducerDavid Black  |  Michael Duggan
ProducerRobert Palm  |  Daniel Sackheim
Co-ProducerJeffrey L. Hayes  |  Judith Stevens
Associate ProducerAnthony Mazzei  |  Arthur W. Forney
Production DesignerRichard Bianchi
EditorDrake Silliman
CastingSuzanne Ryan  |  Lynn Kressel
Unit Production ManagerLewis H. Gould
MusicMike Post
Camera OperatorPhil Oetiker
Director of PhotographyErnest Dickerson
Executive Story EditorEd Zuckerman
Technical AdvisorMichael Struk  |  William N. Fordes
 
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