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Law & Order

7 Seasons

Season 2
4.6 out of 5 stars (135) 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:
S. Epatha Merkerson, Sam Waterston

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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: September 17, 1991
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: September 24, 1991
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: October 1, 1991
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: October 8, 1991
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: October 22, 1991
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: October 29, 1991
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: November 5, 1991
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: November 12, 1991
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9. Renunciation

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

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: November 19, 1991
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: November 26, 1991
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: December 10, 1991
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: January 7, 1992
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: January 14, 1992
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: February 4, 1992
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: February 11, 1992
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: February 18, 1992
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: March 3, 1992
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: March 31, 1992
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: April 7, 1992
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: April 14, 1992
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: April 28, 1992
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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.

TV-NR CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: May 12, 1992
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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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Law & Order's Season Two is even better than its previous season for many reasons. The budget was bigger so the episodes were produced in better lighting and were acted in more settings. The core characters continued to develop, yet they were not larger than the surroundings or each other. Ben Stone, Paul Robinette, and Adam Schiff raise great questions of social issues as they prepare for trial. Lt. Cragen leads his detectives, Logan and new member Cerretta, admirably through a sea of speculation and instinct. It was nice to see Paul Sorvino play a good guy again. His character wasn't unlike George Dzundza's character from season one, but his acting experience led to a better product. I enjoyed this season more than the first because you could see the actors were becoming comfortable in their roles, even as they addressed heady issues. This DVD set is worth a viewing because you will not find it on cable TV.
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This review is for the Amazon Instant Video version, a terrific bargain at $14.99 for 22 episodes. The photography is less grainy than Season 1, the color sharper. I don't know if that's a technical issue or a deliberate change of technique from the gritty version of the first season. George Dzundza, the affable but somewhat dogmatic detective Max Greevey, is replaced by Paul Sorvino, a highly distinguished actor who yet lacks enough presence, so the partnership with Chris Noth, who plays the hotheaded detective Mike Logan, is less compelling. There are fewer "ripped from the headlines" story lines, but the plots, as always, are tightly knit with some real surprises. Interestingly, some of the endings are not what the viewer would want, and leave a feeling of being roiled up instead of satisfied. This edgy approach is very good and prevents a devotee from becoming complacent. You really never know whether good will triumph. The casting is as good as ever, and it's fun to see actors show up who will later reappear, either as mature versions of the same character (a lawyer who in later years appears in the series as a judge) or a totally different role. Steven Hill as the head of the D.A.'s office is predictably irascible, Michael Moriarty is a determined prosecutor, and Dann Florek is the same harried Captain who, a decade later, will reappear as the seasoned head of the Law & Order: SVU squad. Plots usually involve murder, but there are a few exceptions. There is a great emphasis on acting rather than special effects. In fact, there are practically no special effects, which is a refreshing change from current series which lean too heavily on high technology. All of these episodes have been rerun endlessly on various tv stations, but I thought the series was worth buying and have not been sorry I did so. There is no need to watch them in order. They're almost like potato chips...bet you can't watch just one!
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