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Law & Order 7 Seasons 1992

Season 2
4.6 out of 5 stars (109) IMDb 7.7/10

When Law & Order premiered in its first season, it represented a conscious shift away from many of the conventional one-hour dramatic series of the era. Each powerful episode follows one case through the criminal justice system by telling the story with two separate sets of stars. Each hour-long episode consists of two halves. As season two begins, Emmy-Award winner Michael Moriarty and the critically acclaimed Paul Sorvino head the cast of this unique crime-drama series shot entirely on location in New York.

Starring:
Paul Sorvino, Chris Noth
Original air date:
May 12, 1992

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Season 2

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1. Confession

Detective Max Greevey is murdered, and his partner crosses the line to find the killer.

CC TV-NR September 17, 1991 46 minutes
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2. The Wages of Love

Assistant D.A. Ben Stone has before him the case of a woman who is accused of having killed her husband and his girlfriend.

CC TV-NR September 24, 1991 48 minutes
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3. Aria

A young actress dies from a drug overdose when she realizes that her mother is trying to run her career.

CC TV-NR October 1, 1991 48 minutes
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4. Asylum

A homeless man's murder conviction is threatened by questions on the extent of the Fourth Amendment and search warrant rules.

CC TV-NR October 8, 1991 47 minutes
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5. God Bless the Child

Parents whose religious beliefs forbid medical treatment are on trial for letting their daughter die of a strep throat infection.

CC TV-NR October 22, 1991 47 minutes
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6. Misconception

The mugging of a pregnant legal secretary leads to a case involving her lover, her boss and charges of fetal murder when she loses the baby.

CC TV-NR October 29, 1991 48 minutes
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7. In Memory Of

When the remains of a boy who disappeared 31 years ago are found in an old building being renovated, the question is which of the tenants killed him.

CC TV-NR November 5, 1991 48 minutes
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8. Out of Control

A female college student, dressed in a Halloween costume, collapses in the street, is picked up by the police and claims she was raped by two men she knows.

CC TV-NR November 12, 1991 48 minutes
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9. Renunciation

A student kills his teacher's husband in order to continue an affair with her.

CC TV-NR November 19, 1991 47 minutes
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10. Heaven

A deadly arson fire in an illegal night club uncovers a scam involving phony green cards for illegal aliens.

CC TV-NR November 26, 1991 47 minutes
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11. His Hour Upon the Stage

When the body of a long-missing Broadway producer turns up, it leads the police to a drug conspiracy.

CC TV-NR December 10, 1991 47 minutes
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12. Star Struck

An obsessive fan is charged with attempting to murder a soap-opera actress and his lawyer enters a plea of temporary insanity.

CC TV-NR January 7, 1992 47 minutes
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13. Severance

Stone faces 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.

CC TV-NR January 14, 1992 46 minutes
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14. Blood is Thicker?

An apparent mugging ends in the death of a wealthy woman but the case comes to hang on a silver pin that may have been in the victim's possession.

CC TV-NR February 4, 1992 47 minutes
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15. Trust

A youth claims to have killed a friend accidentally but this is not his first incident with a gun.

CC TV-NR February 11, 1992 47 minutes
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16. Vengeance

The parents of a murdered woman contest Stone's prosecution of her killer so that he can be extradited to their home state, where the death penalty still exists.

CC TV-NR February 18, 1992 47 minutes
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17. Sisters of Mercy

Cerreta and Logan investigate the accusation that a nun in charge of a shelter for teens molested a young addict.

CC TV-NR March 3, 1992 46 minutes
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18. Cradle to Grave

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.

CC TV-NR March 31, 1992 47 minutes
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19. The Fertile Fields

The brutal murder of 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.

CC TV-NR April 7, 1992 47 minutes
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20. Intolerance

When a Chinese-American honors student is killed, the investigation uncovers a racist mother whose son was competing with the victim for the same scholarship.

CC TV-NR April 14, 1992 46 minutes
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21. Silence

A politician opposes the prosecution of his son's murderer because it might mean revealing that his late son was gay.

CC TV-NR April 28, 1992 47 minutes
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22. The Working Stiff

The murder of a Wall Street legend begins a case involving an ailing union worker and a former governor and old friend of Schiff's.

CC TV-NR May 12, 1992 47 minutes
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The second season of "Law & Order" marked the beginning of the "revolving door" with regards to the cast. The very first departure is prominently featured in the very first episode: Det. Max Greevy (George Dzundza) is killed. Enter Det. Logan's (Chris Noth) newest partner: Det. Phil Cerreta played by the dominating Paul Sorvino. The chemistry is different between the two officers, but it works well, perhaps even a little better than what previously existed.
Returning once again are the other members of the ensemble cast including: Michael Moriarty as Ben Stone, Richard Brooks as Paul Robinette, Steven Hill as Adam Schiff, Dann Florek as Donald Cragen, and as mentioned above Chris Noth as Mike Logan. Reruns on most of the cable channels feature more recent episodes. It is nice to be able to go further back in time to see the early episodes that defined L&O as a remarkable series that would continue for 14 seasons and counting!
Many of these episodes are "ripped from the headlines", though not all. This DVD features fresh new interviews from cast members such as: Paul Sorvino, Chris Noth, and Jerry Orbach (who would join the cast next season, but appears for the first time this season). The packaging is somewhat different. On the exterior, it appears very much the same, though the box is reduced in size. Inside, instead of 6 discs with 4 episodes per disc, there are 3 discs with 8 episodes per disc front and back. I guess that feature helps save space. Also of note, the artwork beautifully featured on the discs of the first season boxset are not on these 3 discs. They bare no artwork at all.
If you're a "Law & Order" fan, this boxset is a must. And the interviews with cast members (I won't spoil the details) definitely make it worth the purchase price. So, sit back and watch some of your favorite early moments in the series that made it the smash hit that it is today!
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Season 2 of Law and Order saw the first departure of one of the main characters. The series was originally set to film in Los Angeles, but when creator Dick Wolf won his fight to shoot it in New York, actor George Dzundza did not want to relocate his family there, and this led to Dzundza leaving the show. Thus Dzunda's character, Max Greevey, is murdered at the beginning of the first episode of the season, "Confession", an episode that deals much more with the main characters' personal lives than is typical. For example, this is the only episode in which we actually see Greevey's wife. It also deals with the effect that the murder has on Greevey's partner, Mike Logan. This episode is the first appearance of Dr. Elizabeth Olivet, a clinical psychiatrist who performs consultation work for the 27th Police Precinct and District Attorney's office in Manhattan. In this case, she is working as a grief counselor and helping Logan deal with his partner's death. Her's is a recurring role that makes guest appearances until 1997. This episode is also the first appearance of Logan's new partner, Phil Cerrata, played by veteran actor Paul Sorvino.

Because of sponsors pulling support due to the controversial subjects tackled in the first season, the network suits got involved and demanded that the show be toned down. Thus the heated discussions on topical subjects that so commonly occurred between the various cast members during the first year's episodes and made for great dialogue were largely eliminated. Instead, the "ripped from the headline" format became much more commonly used. Often, starting in this season, you'll see a particular episode that is clearly borrowed from a prominent murder case.
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What a neat feeling it is to watch these older episodes and to experience the days when Law & Order was original and unique. The format of the program has never changed in the 14 years the show has been on the air. The first half of the program is dedicated to the police investigation (usually a murder.) The second half was dedicated to the prosecution of the criminals involved. Many fans of the early years like myself appreciate the subtle characterizations that the writers and actors brought to their parts. That kind of authenticity is lacking in today's cliché-ridden scripts with cardboard characters.

The best episode is, "Confession," in which Mike Logan (Chris Noth) crosses the line after his partner from the first season is murdered. Logan's struggle through the grieving process does not detract from the show's format, but only enhances it as Logan meets his new partner, Phil Ceretta (Paul Sorvino.) Other standout episodes include, "God Bless the child," "Heaven," "Vengeance," and "The Fertile Fields." Its strange to see Jerry Orbach playing a slick defense lawyer in, "The Wages of Love," a year before he would become the show's corner-stone character, Lenny Briscoe. Some of the content was watered down a bit after advertisers bucked the idea of hot-button story lines that were common in season one. Still, the material is gritty and realistic and the writing feels fresh.

The bonus documentary will appeal to old-school fans like myself. It includes interviews with Chris Noth, Michael Moriarty, George Dzundza, Dan Florek, Richard Brooks, Paul Sorvino and Jerry Orbach. Its neat to get inside of their heads a bit, though it is sometimes sad when you see the shape that Mr. Moriarty is in now.
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