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Family Values 

During the investigation into a wealthy publisher's death, the victim's daughter claims to be having a relationship with her mother's new husband.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), Rene Balcer | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Chris Noth ... Mike Logan
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Stephen Shellen ... Steve Martell
Sarah Paulson ... Maggie Conner
Thomas Kopache ... Defense Attorney Boden
Victor Raider-Wexler ... Defense Attorney Wheeler
Anna Holbrook ... Christine Whitburn
Will Lyman ... Victor Conner
Cynthia Hayden Cynthia Hayden ... Miss Vincent
Bill Cwikowski Bill Cwikowski ... Painter
E. Katherine Kerr ... Sally Markham


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the disappearance of Laura Madsen, a successful editor at a book publishing firm. Her car is found parked near a bridge with her shoes and other effects on the front seat. Her body is eventually found in the river and the medical examiner concludes that she was dead before she hit the water. The police initially suspect her ex-husband, Victor Connor, who of course denies having anything to do with her death. He has an alibi for the time she disappeared however. When they learn that her new husband Steve Martell is something of a philanderer he becomes their new prime suspect. Laura's 17 year-old daughter Maggie gives her stepfather an alibi and tells the police they were having an affair. He denies having the affair with his stepdaughter and determining just which of the two is telling the truth is is ADA McCoy's major challenge. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

12 October 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Chris Noth (Mike Logan) & Bill Cwikowski (Painter) also worked together on episode 5.9, The Good Wife: Whack-a-Mole (2013), of The Good Wife (2009), as Peter Florrick & Ronald Keyser respectively. See more »


Mrs. Conner's doctor says that she accidentally took 24 mg of hydromorphone (Dilaudid) once, that she was taking the standard therapeutic dose and then forgot she had taken a dose already and took the second pill. Which means her prescribed dose was 12 mg, which is quite a bit higher than the standard dose that would be given to someone with no tolerance to opioids, unlike Mrs. Conner who appeared to be a long time user which explains why she was taking such a large amount but it certainly isn't a "standard therapeutic dose". Hydromorphone is about four times more potent than morphine, the usual oral dose is 2-4 mg every four to six hours, 24 mg would actually be a dangerous dose for someone with no opioid tolerance to take all at once, it probably wouldn't be fatal to most people but it would certainly cause respiratory issues and severe disorientation and sedation. See more »


Mike Logan: [speaking of a possible suicide] The East River? I'd ratrher swallow my gun.
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Featured in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Shadow (2010) See more »

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No limit to his involvements
30 January 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Someone dumps a body off the Manhattan Bridge into the East River and it turns out to be the wife of Stephen Shellen, contractor and quite the seducer. He's married to the victim and stepfather to Sarah Poulson and also involved with Poulson. And that's hardly the limit of his involvements.

It's either one or the other who is the doer though one might have been an accomplice or a witness. No way Poulson could have gotten her dead mother in a car and dumped her by herself.

I can't say what it is but Sam Waterston draws to an inside legal straight and might put his career in jeopardy with this one. In a similar situation in an episode where a daughter actually confessed to shield her guilty father, Waterston declined to take the route he takes here.

Look also for another of Shellen's involvements portrayed by Anna Holbrook. She has three very critical scenes.

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