CI, Episode 4.07
Production number: E5414
First aired: 7 November 2004
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Paul Whitlock
Teleplay By
Diana Son

Story By
Diana Son & René Balcer

Directed By
Frank Prinzi

Detectives Goren and Eames investigate the deaths of three boys and injury to their mother and older brother when a car exploded. It leads to a very questionable family relationship with the father.




Main cast

Guest cast


Dysgraphia; Windale Electronics; Concordia Cable Company; Landmines; Egypt


Robert Goren: I see why you're not angry at her. Because she's a reflection of everything that you've done to her.
Paul Whitlock: I did nothing but help her.
Robert Goren: No, you terrorized her! You got kicked around at work, you came home, and you crushed her.

Paul Whitlock: I never laid a hand on her!
Robert Goren: You didn't have to!

"I don't know about you, but that guy's starting to stick in my craw."
Alexandra Eames
"We don't all get what we deserve"
Doreen Whitlock

Background information and notes

  • This episode seems to be based on the Andrea Yates case. Yates is known for killing her five young children on June 20, 2001, by drowning them in the bathtub in her house. She had been suffering for years with severe postpartum depression and psychosis. Although the prosecution had sought the death penalty, the jury refused that option. The trial court sentenced Yates to life imprisonment with eligibility for parole in 40 years. When questioned as to her reason for killing her children, Yates gave the reason that they were still innocent and would burn in Hell if she did not kill them. On January 6, 2005, the Texas Court of Appeals reversed the convictions, because California psychiatrist and prosecution witness Dr. Park Dietz admitted he had given materially false testimony during the trial in 2002. Dietz stated that shortly before the killings, an episode of the original Law & Order had aired featuring a woman who drowned her children and was acquitted of murder by reason of insanity. Author Suzanne O'Malley, who was covering the trial for Oprah magazine and had previously been a writer for Law & Order, immediately reported that no such episode existed; the appellate court held that the jury may have been influenced by his false testimony and that thus a new trial would be necessary. On July 26, 2006, after three days of deliberations, Yates was found not guilty by reason of insanity. The Law & Order episode "Mother's Day" mentioned Andrea Yates during a case when a mother killed her son. (Source: Andrea Yates at Wikipedia)

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