Law & Order (1990–2010)
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Blood Is Thicker... 

A man from an old-money New York family is accused of killing his wife over an affair. The man she was seeing is reluctant to testify, and the case rides on the positive identification of a family heirloom.


Peter Levin


Dick Wolf (created by), Ed Zuckerman (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Sorvino ... Phil Cerreta
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Michael Moriarty ... Ben Stone
Richard Brooks ... Paul Robinette
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Nancy Marchand ... Mrs. Barbara Ryder
John Bedford Lloyd ... Jonathan Ryder
Joel Polis ... Dr. Joel Friedman
Sam Freed ... Kent Meeker
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Kim Hamilton ... Judge Vivian Jackson
Alan Manson Alan Manson ... Arraignment Judge Eric Bryan
John McMartin ... Larry Webber
Nicholas Turturro ... Poletti


After the wife of a wealthy husband is found with her skull bashed in outside of a nightclub, Cerretta and Logan think it's linked to a serial killer using a baseball bat until it leads back to the husband, who is then protected against prosecution by his domineering mother and an unlimited amount of money. Written by danny gonzalez

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Release Date:

4 February 1992 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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"We're Ryders"
24 March 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

With those two words Nancy Marchand sums up her view of the world. Her upper class family has its own set of values and standards and it sure doesn't involve associating with people of different backgrounds and religion. Values she instills in her idiot son John Bedford Lloyd.

It's both a good and a bad thing that Lloyd is born so wealthy. He's got mother Nancy Marchand's money, influence, and connections to keep him away from prosecution in the beating death of his wife and mother of his children which by the way he tries to fake as part of a mugging pattern. I will say though that Paul Sorvino and Chris Noth get very lucky in finding a witness that can swear Lloyd knew about the other crime so as to fake it.

With Ryder connections though both Michael Moriarty and Richard Brooks have a bad time trying to get this one prosecuted. Let's say some severe justice is given to more than one Ryder.

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