Law & Order (season 2)

The second season of Law & Order aired on NBC between September 17, 1991, and May 12, 1992. This season marked the first death of a main character, as George Dzundza had departed the series after the conclusion of the first season. The death of his character Max Greevey is shown in the season premiere. Carolyn McCormick makes her first recurring appearance as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet.

Law & Order
Season 2
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Season 2 U.S. DVD cover
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes22
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 17, 1991 (1991-09-17) –
May 12, 1992 (1992-05-12)
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CastEdit

Phil Cerreta (played by Paul Sorvino) replaced season 1's Max Greevey (George Dzundza) in the role of senior detective. The cast was otherwise unchanged.

Main castEdit

Recurring castEdit

Other notablesEdit

  • Jerry Orbach made his initial appearance in the series in the episode "The Wages of Love", playing defense attorney Frank Lehrman; he would become a member of the principal cast beginning the next season after Paul Sorvino left, playing Cerreta’s replacement Lennie Briscoe, and remain with the show for twelve seasons.

EpisodesEdit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
US viewers
(millions)
231"Confession"Fred GerberMichael Duggan & Robert PalmSeptember 17, 1991 (1991-09-17)6741616.40[citation needed]

Logan forces a confession at gunpoint from Daniel Magadan Jr. the man suspected of murdering Max Greevey and, in the process, endangers Stone's prosecution. Logan is also introduced to his new partner, Phil Cerreta (Paul Sorvino), while he speaks to a counselor, Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (Carolyn McCormick).

Guest Stars: Vyto Ruginis, Daniel Von Bargen, Val Avery, Nicolas Coster, and Joe Mantello.
242"The Wages of Love"Ed SherinS : Robert Stuart Nathan;
S/T : Ed Zuckerman
September 24, 1991 (1991-09-24)6740516.60[citation needed]
A double homicide of an older man and his younger lover casts suspicion on both the ex-wife Melainie Cullen and the former boyfriend Douglas Phillips of the murdered duo, with the murdered man's son Jamie Cullen holding the key to the mystery.
253"Aria"Don ScardinoS : Michael S. Chernuchin;
T : Christine Roum
October 1, 1991 (1991-10-01)6741118.90[citation needed]

A lethal drug overdose of a young actress leads the detectives to an aggressive stage mother Elizabeth Blaine and a pornographic movie producer Franklin Frome.

Guest Stars: Tony Roberts, Maura Tierney, and Tovah Feldshuh.
264"Asylum"Kristoffer Siegel-TaboriS : Robert Palm;
T : Kathy McCormick
October 8, 1991 (1991-10-08)6740920.80[citation needed]
A victim's stabbing death in front of a coffee shop leads to one vagrant testifying against another. But the conviction is threatened twice based on the lack of a search warrant for a suspect's home - first an SRO hotel room and second a lean-to in the park.
275"God Bless the Child"E.W. SwackhamerDavid Black & Robert Stuart NathanOctober 22, 1991 (1991-10-22)6740415.10[citation needed]
A couple Nancy and Ted driscoll, whose religious beliefs forbids medical treatment, is on trial for letting their daughter die of strep throat infection. Stone's prosecution hinges on whether either or both of the parents wanted to call for medical help. The investigation uncovers two other pertinent facts: 1. the night of the girl's death, the mother was drinking (also against the couple's religious beliefs), and 2. the couple had another child that died under similar circumstances.
286"Misconception"Daniel SackheimS : Michael Duggan;
S/T : Michael S. Chernuchin
October 29, 1991 (1991-10-29)6741018.50[citation needed]
The mugging of Amy Newhouse a pregnant legal secretary leads to a charge against her employer of assault, which is upgraded to murder when the baby dies. Time span confirmation of the baby's conception and the employer-secretary affair eliminates the employer as a suspect. Suspicion shifts to the secretary and her boyfriend Christopher Baylor (a disbarred lawyer) when a wiretap reveals that the couple intended, first, to have the employer held criminally responsible for the baby's murder and, second, to sue the employer for wrongful death. Initially, the primary issue appears to be the fetus age at which a murder charge can be leveled. The primary issue proves to be two-fold; 1. whether the suspects can be held accountable for knowing both the law and its meaning, and 2. even if the suspects cannot legally be convicted of the baby's murder, whether they can be convicted of a lesser crime, i.e. attempted murder.
297"In Memory Of"Ed SherinS : Siobhan Byrne;
T : Robert Stuart Nathan;
S/T : David Black
November 5, 1991 (1991-11-05)6741318.10[citation needed]

The renovation of a brownstone uncovers the remains of a young boy who disappeared thirty-one years earlier during the 1960 presidential campaign. The discovery revives a wrenching and long-suppressed memory in a childhood friend and neighbor Thad Messimer-and the suspect's daughter Julie Atkinson.

Guest Stars: Michael Higgins, Rosemary Murphy, Tresa Hughes, Richard Hamilton, and Richard Venture.
308"Out of Control"John WhitesellS : David Black & Robert Stuart Nathan;
T : Jack Richardson
November 12, 1991 (1991-11-12)6740319.30[citation needed]
The detectives investigate the gang rape of a college student Andrea Fermi during a fraternity Halloween party, but when her own testimony can't be supported by the evidence, it becomes hard to prove rape.
319"Renunciation"Gwen ArnerMichael S. Chernuchin & Joe MorgensternNovember 19, 1991 (1991-11-19)6741416.00[citation needed]
When a gambler Lawrence Kealey is killed, the hit-and-run investigation leads to the discovery of a schoolteacher Jenna Kealey carrying on an affair with one of her students Roy Pack jr. Cerreta and Logan suspect that she may have manipulated him into killing her husband.
3210"Heaven"Ed SherinT : Nancy Ann Miller;
S/T : Robert Palm
November 26, 1991 (1991-11-26)6741519.10[citation needed]

The investigation into an illegal social club fire which claimed 53 fatalities leads to a connection between arson, illegal immigrants and the sale of green cards.

Guest Stars: Lisa Emery, Luis Guzmán, and Robert Hogan.

3311"His Hour Upon the Stage"Steve CohenRobert Nathan & Giles BluntDecember 10, 1991 (1991-12-10)6740718.30[citation needed]

The discovery of a frozen corpse in a dumpster leads to rival Broadway producers.

Guest Stars: Finn Carter, Frank Converse, Alan Feinstein, Alberta Watson, Mike Starr and Dylan Baker.
3412"Star Struck"Ed SherinS : David Black & Alan Gelb;
T : Robert Nathan & Sally Nemeth
January 7, 1992 (1992-01-07)6740621.30[citation needed]
An obsessive fan Jesse Unger pleads temporary insanity when he is charged with attempting to murder the soap opera actress Lucy Nevin who is the center of his life.
3513"Severance"Jim FrawleyS : Michael Duggan;
T : Michael S. Chernuchin;
S/T : William N. Fordes
January 14, 1992 (1992-01-14)6741817.40[citation needed]
Stone faces an old rival in court as he tries to link a hit man and three murders to a sleazy lawyer and a powerful man behind bars.
3614"Blood Is Thicker"Peter LevinS : Robert Nathan;
S/T : Ed Zuckerman
February 4, 1992 (1992-02-04)6742217.60[citation needed]
An apparent mugging ends in the death of Lois Ryder a wealthy woman but the case comes to hang on a silver pin that may have been in the victim's possession.
3715"Trust"Daniel SackheimS : Michael Duggan;
S/T : René Balcer
February 11, 1992 (1992-02-11)6741717.60[1]
Stone is determined to see that a teenage boy Jamie Maser does not get away with murder twice when the young man is brought to trial for the shooting death of one of his friends.
3816"Vengeance"Daniel SackheimS : Peter S. Greenberg;
T : René Balcer;
S/T : Michael S. Chernuchin
February 18, 1992 (1992-02-18)6742019.20[citation needed]

The parents of a murdered woman contest Stone's prosecution of her killer so that he can be extradited to their home state, where the death penalty still exists.

Guest Stars: Barbara Barrie, Allen Garfield, Jay Patterson, Rutanya Alda, Steve Ryan, and James Rebhorn.
3917"Sisters of Mercy"Fred GerberS : Robert Palm;
S/T : René Balcer
March 3, 1992 (1992-03-03)6742316.40[citation needed]
Cerreta and Logan investigate the accusation that a nun sister in charge of a shelter for teens molested a young addict.
4018"Cradle to Grave"James FrawleyRobert Nathan & Sally NemethMarch 31, 1992 (1992-03-31)6742418.10[citation needed]

The discovery of a dead baby leads to a case involving a slumlord who would not provide any heat and who defends her actions by blaming the rent laws.

Guest Stars: Tony Lo Bianco, Victor Argo, Karen Lynn Gorney, Richard Bright, and Rocco Sisto.
4119"The Fertile Fields"Ed SherinMichael S. Chernuchin & René BalcerApril 7, 1992 (1992-04-07)6742517.50[citation needed]
The brutal murder of a Jewish jewele appears to be a hate crime, but the investigation soon leads back to the man's brother and his shady business deals. First appearance of Leslie Hendrix as Assistant Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers.
4220"Intolerance"Steven RobmanRobert Nathan & Sally NemethApril 14, 1992 (1992-04-14)6742614.90[citation needed]
When a Chinese-American honors student is killed, the investigation uncovers a racist mother Marian Borland whose son Randy Borland was competing with the victim for the same scholarship.
4321"Silence"Ed SherinS : Michael Duggan;
T : Michael S. Chernuchin;
S/T : René Balcer
April 28, 1992 (1992-04-28)6742711.10[citation needed]
A politician opposes the prosecution of his son's murderer because it might mean revealing that his late son James Vogel was gay.
4422"The Working Stiff"Daniel SackheimS : William N. Fordes;
S/T : Robert Palm
May 12, 1992 (1992-05-12)6742812.10[2]
The murder of a Wall Street legend begins a case involving an ailing union worker Simon Vilanis, Dwight Corcoran a former governor and old friend of Schiff's.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Donion, Brian (19 February 1992). "CBS wins, but ABC gets silver". USA TODAY.
  2. ^ Gable, Donna (20 May 1992). "Weddings blissful for NBC". USA TODAY.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Season One
(1990-1991)
List of Law & Order seasons
(1990-2010)
Succeeded by
Season Three
(1992-1993)