Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Sonata for Solo Organ 

Greevey 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.


Fred Gerber


Dick Wolf (created by), Joe Morgenstern (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
George Dzundza ... Max Greevey
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Paul Roebling Paul Roebling ... Dr. James Reberty
Deborah Hedwall ... Elaine Hale
Dominic Chianese ... Dan Rubell
Bill Moor Bill Moor ... Bill Patton
Chuck Cooper ... Drew MacDaniel
Lonny Price ... Dr. Lieber
Randy Graff ... Dr. Martha Kershan
Tanya Berezin Tanya Berezin ... Judge Rosalyn Lenz
Fritz Weaver ... Philip Woodleigh


Det. Sgt. Max Greevey and Det. Mike Logan investigate an attack on a man, Drew MacDaniel, found in a park after having had one of his kidneys surgically removed without his knowledge. They check with the national organ transplant registry and find that it cannot account for a kidney that was delivered to a local hospital and transplanted into Joanna Woodleigh, daughter of the very rich and politically connected Philip Woodleigh. The transplant surgeon and his nurse assistant deny having any knowledge of where the the kidney came from. ADA Stone however gets them to testify against Philip Woodleigh who, it seems, was prepared to do anything to save his daughter. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

2 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Chris Noth (Mike Logan) & Peter McRobbie (Manager) also worked together on episode 6.8, The Good Wife: Red Zone (2014), of The Good Wife (2009), as Peter Florrick & Professor George Paley respectively. See more »


People actually can't survive indefinitely on dialysis, how long they do survive depends on many different factors but on average dialysis extends a person's life by about 10 years. About 4,500 people die each year in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant, so despite the claim that it's a myth there really is a black market for organs. Although it is most likely a myth that people get abducted and wake up in a bathtub full of ice missing a kidney, as there are plenty of people willing to sell a kidney to a black market surgeon to make money, a person can easily get $40,000 or more for one. Now there have been reported cases of people being killed for organs that are harder to donate and acquire, such as hearts and livers. See more »


Joanna Woodleigh: Mr. McDaniel is going to be a very wealthy man.
Ben Stone: With only one kidney.
Joanna Woodleigh: Yes, same as me. The idea is we'll both have long healthy lives.
Ben Stone: Miss Woodleigh, do you think your father would have acted any differently if you'd needed a heart?
[Joanna turns and leaves his office]
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What price a kidney
17 February 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If you were a rich and as well connected as Fritz Weaver is in this Law And Order episode you might just have the money and chutzpah to pull off the great kidney robbery of New York.

Chuck Cooper wakes up one morning in a public park in Manhattan missing a kidney. George Dzundza and Chris Noth investigate a ring that traffics in human body parts and doesn't really care where they get them. But why specifically Cooper's kidney?

Because it was a match for Weaver's daughter and being the rich powerful person he is, why Cooper can get by with only one.

Weaver seems like a gracious genteel old society patron who Michael Moriarty has to prosecute. Of course investigation does reveal he's got a nasty side to him.

An interesting episode with interesting issues raised.

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