"Sonata for Solo Organ"
L&O, Episode 1.21
Production number: 66226
First aired: 2 April 1991
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Schiff Sonata for Solo Organ
Teleplay By
Joe Morgenstern & Michael S. Chernuchin

Story By
Joe Morgenstern & Michael Duggan

Directed By
Fred Gerber

Plot Edit

Stone and Robinette prosecute a surgeon and the wealthy father of a transplant patient for illegally obtaining a kidney.

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

Guest cast Edit

References Edit


Quotes Edit

"People talk about feeling violated when some punk breaks into their apartment and steals a TV set. I felt raped."

- Drew McDaniel

"The public must understand that the Organ Transplant Network is the one true democracy. One of the few instances where money doesn’t talk. At all."

- O.T.N. Executive

"If you prosecute him, he’ll die. I know he will. And for what? Mr. MacDaniel is going to be a very wealthy man."
"With only one kidney."
"Just like I have, Mr. Stone. The hope is we’ll both live long and happy lives."
"Please believe me, I’m glad you’re healthy again. I know how close to death you were. But, Ms. Woodleigh, do you really think your father would have acted any differently, if you had needed a heart instead of a kidney?"

- Joanna Woodleigh and Benjamin Stone

"It’s easier to bust out of Attica then to leave a hospital without paying."

- Max Greevey

"Whoa! Talk about getting your pocket picked!"

- Mike Logan

"Grand theft kidney. Terrific."

- Donald Cragen

"What's it going to take to make you happy, Stone?"
"The Mets in the Series, peace on Earth, and Dr. Reberty in Dannemora."

- Reberty's Attorney

Background information and notes Edit

  • This episode was inspired by the "Kidney Thief" urban legend. The legend tells the story of someone who wakes up with only one kidney, which was surgically removed for transplantation.
  • This episode was later adapted into the Law & Order: UK episode "Sacrifice".

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4

Amsterdam Hospital
2196 1st Avenue
Wednesday, March 4

Office of
Dr. James Reberty
Friday,March 6

Offices of
Mr. Philip Woodleigh
Park Ave.& 73rd Street
Monday,March 11

Office of the Organ
Transplant Network
Tuesday,March 12

5 6 7 8

Elaine Hale's Apartment
92 W.80th Street
Tuesday, March 12

Rikers Island Jail
Monday,April 8

The Woodleigh
Thursday,April 11

Office of Assistant
District Attorney
Ben Stone
Wednesday, August 21

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"The Troubles"
"Sonata for Solo Organ"
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