Law & Order season 2

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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
Season 2 U.S. DVD cover
No. of episodes22
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 17, 1991 (1991-09-17) –
May 12, 1992 (1992-05-12)
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Cast and characters edit

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 Cast edit

Recurring Cast edit

  • Carolyn McCormick as Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
  • John Fiore as Detective Tony Profaci
  • Leslie Hendrix as Medical Examiner Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
  • Donald Corren as Forensic Technician Medill
  • Christine Farrell as Forensic Technician Arlene Shrier
  • Richard Venture as Defense Attorney Douglas Greer
  • Tovah Feldshuh as Defense Attorney Danielle Melnick
  • George Grizzard as Defense Attorney Arthur Gold
  • Joanna Merlin Defense Attorney Carla Bowman
  • David Lipman as Arraignment Judge Morris Torledsky
  • Barbara Spiegel as Arraignment Judge Harriet Doremus
  • Sam Gray as Trial Judge Manuel Leon
  • Bernie McInerney as Trial Judge Michael Callahan
  • Tanya Berezin as Trial Judge Rosalyn Lenz
  • Joan Copeland as Trial Judge Rebecca Stein
  • John Ramsey as Trial Judge Walter Schreiber
  • Ben Hammer as Trial Judge Herman Mooney
  • Susan Blommaert as Trial Judge Rebecca Steinman
  • David Rosenbaum as Trial Judge Alan Berman
  • Roger Serbagi as Trial Judge Robert Quinn
  • Fred J. Scollay as Trial Judge Andrew Barsky
  • David Rosenbaum as Trial Judge Alan Berman

Notable Guest Stars edit

  • 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 Senior Detective Sergeant Phil Cerreta’s replacement Senior Detective Lennie Briscoe, and remain with the show for twelve seasons.

In addition to above, Law & Order season 2's notable guest stars included: Maura Tierney, Peter Crombie, Kaiulani Lee, Cynthia Harris, Alan Feinstein, Luiz Guzman, Alberta Watson, Jerry Stiller, James Noble, Shirley Knight, James Rebhorn, Nicolas Coster, Kate Burton, Lewis Black, Val Avery, Robert Hogan, Joe Grifasi, Sam Freed, Marian Seldes, Daryl Chill Mitchell, Tony Lo Bianco, Chandra Wilson, Vyto Ruginis, Kelly Bishop, George Dicenzo, Sam Rockwell, Finn Carter, Daniel Von Bargen, Frank Converse, Rutanya Alda, Michael Constantine, Dylan Baker, Sam Groom, Victor Slezak, George Martin, Victor Argo, Allison Janney, Allen Garfield, Henderson Forsythe, George T. Odom, William H. Macy, Harley Cross, Eli Wallach, Richard Bright, David Spielberg, Bruce MacVittie, Barbara Barrie, Rocco Sisto, Kate Burton, William Prince, Molly Price, Kelli Williams, John McMartin, J. Smith-Cameron, Nancy Marchand, Stanley Anderson, Tony Roberts, Richard Hamilton, Werner Klemperer and Blanche Baker.

Episodes edit

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
U.S. viewers
231"Confession"Fred GerberMichael Duggan & Robert PalmSeptember 17, 1991 (1991-09-17)6741616.4[1]

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 starring: Vyto Ruginis, Daniel Von Bargen, Val Avery, Nicolas Coster, Karen Shallo, Peter Crombie, Joe Mantello, Joe Spataro and Kevin Hagan

  • This episode is technically the final appearance of Senior Detective Sergeant Max Greevey, though he only appears from behind and is not played by George Dzundza.
242"The Wages of Love"Ed SherinS : Robert Stuart Nathan;
S/T : Ed Zuckerman
September 24, 1991 (1991-09-24)6740516.6[2]

A double homicide of Edward Cullen an older man and Alexandria Beckett his younger lover casts suspicion on both the ex-wife Melainie and the former boyfriend Douglas Phillips of the murdered duo, with the murdered man's son Jamie holding the key to the mystery.

Guest starring: Shirley Knight, Geoffrey Nauffts, David Lansbury, Benjamin Hendrickson, Jerry Orbach, Howard Witt, William Bogert, Christina Haag, Barry Snider, David Smryl, Vince Viverito, Stanja Lowe, Ray DeMattis, Catherine Lloyd Burns, Timothy Britten Parker, Richard Litt, Keith Diamond, Ben Lin, Stan Egi, Judith Roberts, Robert Stanton, Colleen Cowan, Lawrence Green, Helen Mitchell and Gennaro Giorgio
253"Aria"Don ScardinoS : Michael S. Chernuchin;
T : Christine Roum
October 1, 1991 (1991-10-01)6741118.9[3]

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

Guest starring: Tony Roberts, Marilyn Rockafellow, Maura Tierney, Michael Countryman, Stephen D. Newman, Lisa Nicole Carson, Maria Pitillo, Lewis Black, Mary B. Ward, Dylan Haggerty, Catherine Wolf, Mary Doyle, Lou Martini Jr, Frank Vincent, Jay Goede, Vince Cupone, Ed Kovens, Schuyler Grant and Vincent Curatola
264"Asylum"Kristoffer Siegel-TaboriS : Robert Palm;
T : Kathy McCormick
October 8, 1991 (1991-10-08)6740920.8[4]

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.

Guest starring: Matthew Cowles, Ron McLarty, Elizabeth Lawrence, Lycia Naff, Wendy Radford, Michael Tolan, Russell Garrett, Melissa Fraser Brown, Stuart Rudin, Lex Monson, Jack Wallace, Tom Riis Farrell, Irving Metzman, Jane White, William Mesnik, Graham Brown, Dan Grimaldi, Mary Testa, Steven Randazzo, George T. Odom, Alexandra O'Karma, Ale Draper, Tessell Williams, Sam Baum, Michael Cannis and Meg Anderson
275"God Bless the Child"E.W. SwackhamerDavid Black & Robert Stuart NathanOctober 22, 1991 (1991-10-22)6740415.1[5]

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.

Guest starring: Henderson Forsythe, Marian Seldes, James Noble, Byron Jennings, Caroline Aaron, Joyce Reehling, Kaiulani Lee, Biff McGuire, Kenneth Tigar, Socorro Santiago, Edwin Owens, Peter Appel, Ted Neustadt, Aleta Mitchell, Steve Boles, Jose Ynoa, Gonzalo Madurga, Beth McDonald, Keith Randolph Smith, Danny Dennis, Sophie Maletsky, Dan Moran, Mike Girard Sheehan, John Eric Bentley, Bob Gerardi and Tom Paliferro
286"Misconception"Daniel SackheimS : Michael Duggan;
S/T : Michael S. Chernuchin
October 29, 1991 (1991-10-29)6741018.5[6]

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.

Guest starring: Molly Price, Reed Diamond, Stanley Anderson, Gordana Rashovich, Nicolas Surovy, Rosemary De Angelis, Shirley Stoler, Yancy Butler, Pat Hodges, Zina Jasper, Len Gochman, Jane Hoffman, Neal Jones, Ronnie Farer, Robert Levine, John Di Benedetto, Kristine Nielsen, Joe Perce, James Georgiades, Rod McLachlan, Sally Chamberlin, Raye Dowell and Jay Spadaro
297"In Memory Of"Ed SherinS : Siobhan Byrne;
T : Robert Stuart Nathan;
S/T : David Black
November 5, 1991 (1991-11-05)6741318.1[7]

The renovation of a brownstone uncovers the remains of Tommy Keegan 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 starring: Mary-Joan Negro, Michael Higgins, Rosemary Murphy, Tresa Hughes, Richard Hamilton, Richard Kuss, Doug Stender, Colin Fox, John Braden, Mitchell McGuire, Hildy Brooks, Adam LeFevre, Stan Lachow, Tom Kemp, Kevin O'Morrison, Anne O'Sullivan, Larry Attile, Gwen Shepherd, Frank Adu, James Michael McCauley, Marylouise Burke, W. Benson Terry, Billy Van and Paul Singer
308"Out of Control"John WhitesellS : David Black & Robert Stuart Nathan;
T : Jack Richardson
November 12, 1991 (1991-11-12)6740319.3[8]

The detectives investigate the gang rape of Andrea Fermi a college student during a fraternity Halloween party, but when her own testimony can't be supported by the evidence, it becomes hard to prove rape.

Guest starring: Noëlle Parker, Cynthia Harris, Brian Tarantina, Geoff Pierson, Joe Grifasi, David Burke, Danny Zorn, Mark Kiely, Isaiah Washington, Barbara Beckley, Patricia Mauceri, Matthew Arkin, David Andrew MacDonald, Welker White, Néstor Carbonell, Bellina Logan, Brad Kane, Greg Naughton, Jennie Ventriss, Star Jasper, Billie Allen, Jayce Bartok, Todd Louiso, Harry S. Murphy, Robert Poletick, Becky Borczon, Michael Wadler and Charles Joseph Margiotta
319"Renunciation"Gwen ArnerMichael S. Chernuchin & Joe MorgensternNovember 19, 1991 (1991-11-19)6741416.0[9]

When a gambler Lawrence Kealey is killed, the hit-and-run investigation leads to the discovery of a schoolteacher Jenna 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.

Guest starring: Ashley Crow, David Seaman Jr., Victor Arnold, Dan Desmond, Cheryl Giannini, Jean De Baer, Sam Coppola, Laurinda Barrett, Herman O. Arbeit, Adrian Williams, Clement Fowler, Robert LaSardo, Stephen Singer, Cullen O. Johnson, Ben Lang, Donald Corren, Frank Biancamano, Lisa Beth Miller and John Ottavino
3210"Heaven"Ed SherinT : Nancy Ann Miller;
S/T : Robert Palm
November 26, 1991 (1991-11-26)6741519.1[10]

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 starring: Jose Perez, Lisa Emery, Luis Guzmán, Victor Campos, Robert Hogan, Phyllis Somerville, Tom Tammi, Gil Rogers, Raul Aranas, Nelson Landrieu, Mateo Gómez, Carlos Espina, Bárbara González, Miguel Sierra, Murphy Guyer, Marta Vidal, Donald Corren, Theodora Castellanos, Cookie Rufino, George Bass, Kim Chan, Mark Werheim, Robert Vazac, Felipe Gorostiza, Iraida Polanco, Mel Gorham, Anibal O. Lleras and Louis Perez

3311"His Hour Upon the Stage"Steve CohenRobert Nathan & Giles BluntDecember 10, 1991 (1991-12-10)6740718.3[11]

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

Guest starring: Finn Carter, Frank Converse, John Cunningham, Alan Feinstein, Alberta Watson, Bruce MacVittie, Mike Starr, Dylan Baker, Alan Mixon, Tony Darrow, Marilyn Sokol, Robert Sevra, David Cryer, Walter Bobbie, Larry Block, Renée Lippin, Ras Teska, Karen McLaughlin, Dick Seltzer, Mark Casella, Peter Bucossi, Cliff Weissman, Ron Ostrow, Michael Rush and Marc Plastrik
3412"Star Struck"Ed SherinS : David Black & Alan Gelb;
T : Robert Nathan & Sally Nemeth
January 7, 1992 (1992-01-07)6740621.3[12]

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.

Guest starring: Blanche Baker, Stephen Joyce, Bradley White, Jordan Charney, Lenka Peterson, Werner Klemperer, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, David Drake, Kimberley Pistone, June Stein, Currie Graham, Allison Janney, Pippin Parker, Adam Redfield, Eda Seasongood, Julie White, Jessica Weglein, James Colby, Michael Arkin, Adam Heller, Ivan Kronenfeld, Paul Malluk, Ed Jupp Jr., Paul Albe, Ashley Carin, Ashley Chase, Norman Levy and Joseph Mosso
3513"Severance"Jim FrawleyS : Michael Duggan;
T : Michael S. Chernuchin;
S/T : William N. Fordes
January 14, 1992 (1992-01-14)6741817.4[13]

Stone faces Arthur Gold 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.

Guest starring: Maureen Anderman, Sam Groom, Steve Rankin, Joe Urla, Elisabeth Ryall, Ralph Bell, J. Smith-Cameron, Jay Devlin, Jack Davidson, Rita Gardner, Edmund Genest, Frank John Hughes, Samaria Graham, J. Michael Patterson, Lil Henderson, Gareth Williams, Joseph Mosso and James Pyduck
3614"Blood Is Thicker"Peter LevinS : Robert Nathan;
S/T : Ed Zuckerman
February 4, 1992 (1992-02-04)6742217.6[14]

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.

Guest starring: Nancy Marchand, John Bedford Lloyd, Joel Polis, Sam Freed, Kim Hamilton, Alan Manson, Nicholas Turturro, Jude Ciccolella, Laura Klein, John Heffernan, Stephen De Fluiter, Allen Williams, Mike Cicchetti, Mario Arrambide, Arthur Halpern, Philip Levy, Nick Sandow, Jaclyn Berrie, Josh Philip Weinstein, Saul Stein, Frank Muller, Gretchen West, Emma Tammi, Brian Williams, Glenn Taranto, Venida Evans, Stephanie Trudeau, Jay Spadaro and Steven Martini
3715"Trust"Daniel SackheimS : Michael Duggan;
S/T : René Balcer
February 11, 1992 (1992-02-11)6741717.6[15]

Stone is determined to see that Jamie Maser a teenage boy does not get away with murder twice when the young man is brought to trial for the shooting death of one of his friends.

Guest starring: Tom Mason, Michael Constantine, Lizbeth MacKay, Harley Cross, P.J. Barry, MacIntyre Dixon, Ben Hammer, Bruce Katzman, Michael Harney, Will Friedle, Karron Graves, John Juback, Lynn Niederman Silver, Roderick Garr, William Charlton, Judd Trichter, Steven Brooker, Kennan Scott, Edward James Hyland, Bjørn Johnson, William Duffy, Sandra Bowie and Michael Dalby
3816"Vengeance"Daniel SackheimS : Peter S. Greenberg;
T : René Balcer;
S/T : Michael S. Chernuchin
February 18, 1992 (1992-02-18)6742019.2[16]
The parents of a murdered woman Judy Bream contest Stone's prosecution of her killer Albert Lawrence Cheney so that he can be extradited to their home state, where the death penalty still exists.
3917"Sisters of Mercy"Fred GerberS : Robert Palm;
S/T : René Balcer
March 3, 1992 (1992-03-03)6742316.4[17]
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)6742418.1[18]
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.
4119"The Fertile Fields"Ed SherinMichael S. Chernuchin & René BalcerApril 7, 1992 (1992-04-07)6742517.5[19]
The brutal murder of Ezra Shore a Jewish jeweler 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)6742614.9[20]
When Tim Chong a Chinese-American honors student is killed, the investigation uncovers a racist mother Marian Borland whose son Randy 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)6742711.1[21]
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)6742812.1[22]
The murder of Marshall McFadden a Wall Street legend begins a case involving ailing union worker Simon Vilanis, and Dwight Corcoran, a former governor and old friend of Schiff's.

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