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Is a man with Alzheimer's Disease competent enough to stand trial for murder? And if he is found guilty, should he be subjected to the near-inhumane conditions common for prisoners of his type?


Jace Alexander


Dick Wolf (created by), Krista Vernoff (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Detective Lennie Briscoe
Jesse L. Martin ... Detective Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Angie Harmon ... A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael
Steven Hill ... D.A. Adam Schiff
Glynnis O'Connor ... Anne Paulsen
Missy Yager ... Lisa Hallenbeck
Bradley White ... Michael Hallenbeck
Mark Pinter ... Raymond Quinn
David Little David Little ... Mr. Weiss
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Donna Mitchell ... Clinic Nurse
Kathryn Hays Kathryn Hays ... Gloria Blumberg
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Emil Skoda


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Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the death of 53 year-old Marjorie Hallenbeck who was found in a hospital solarium. She had been beaten and then seemingly hit her head on the corner of a coffee table, dying from a ruptured spleen. She had checked herself into the hospital the previous day for tests and hospital security insist nothing out of the ordinary happened during the night. The family says some of her jewelry is missing and the police initially suspect an orderly, Vic Fazioli, with prior convictions for burglary but he has an alibi. Her husband suffered from Alzheimer's and a purchase in the hospital gift shop leads the police to believe she may have been seeing someone else, who turns out to be a con man who preys on wealthy widows. The solution to the murder lies elsewhere however and presents the DA's office with an ethical dilemma. Written by garykmcd

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When asking about the address of a suspect, the detectives are given "203 E. 20th St" which is in Manhattan, New York. Detective Green (Jesse L. Martin) smiles and demurs stating that "That's the police academy."

While that address IS related to the NYPD, it is not the academy. The real NYPD Police Academy is located in College Point, Queens, NY. See more »


Michael Hallenbeck: The law says he's sane, the shrink says he's competent, so why are we here, huh? What is the problem?
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The man she married was disappearing before her eyes
24 April 2018 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

An old woman was found dead inside the clinic where she was hospitalized for a biopsy. She was punched several times causing her internal bleeding. A servant who used to steal things from the hospital was taken to the precinct and he confessed about a man, maybe a lover of the victim. Victim's children knew about the affair (their father had Alzheimer's disease) as well as a travel agent. Her "fiancèe" is a piece of work, not so easy to find for the detectives, he showed up as a doctor or an antique dealer for his preys, but actually he was a thief (he stole a gold cross jewelry from the killed woman). Anyway even the children could have their own motive, because of a life insurance. Her daughter confessed the crime, but she wanted to protect someone inside the family....

It's not easy to deal with such a kind of disease. The sick old man (George Martin) is very pitiful, Carmichael is shocked when she visited a clinic full of Alzheimer's disease patients. I know that, both of my grandmothers died from that illness.

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15 December 1999 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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