Law & Order

The Wages of Love

Season 2, Ep 2, Aired 9/24/91
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  • Episode Description
  • A double homicide of an older man and his younger lover casts suspicion on both the ex-wife and the former boyfriend of the murdered duo, with the dead man's murdered son holding the key to the mystery.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dann Florek

    Capt. Donald Cragen

  • Richard Brooks

    ADA Paul Robinette

  • Michael Moriarty

    Exec. ADA Ben Stone

  • Steven Hill

    DA Adam Schiff

  • Paul Sorvino

    Sgt. Phil Cerreta

  • Fan Reviews (1)
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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • (Deciding whether or not to arrest the suspect.) Phil Cerreta: I wish we had a gun... Don Cragen: I wish I had a girlfriend named 'Lola'.

    • Don Cragen: Phil, I know it looks obvious, but before we sentence the wife, remember we do have two victims here, and one of them is still wearing a tag on her toe: ‘Jane Doe.’ Mike Logan: Maybe she had an enemy. Don Cragen: Maybe she had a name.

    • Paul Robinette: Never seen you like this before. Ben Stone: I have never done anything this potentially stupid before.

    • Adam Schiff: ‘Pride goeth before a fall.’ I’ll send you flowers in the intensive care unit.

    • Frank Lehrman: Criminally negligent homicide. She does no time. Ben Stone: No time ... why don’t we throw her a tickertape parade? Manslaughter one, eight and a third each count. Frank Lehrman: It's called plea bargaining, not plea scalping. Pass.

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    Notes (1)

    • International Episode Titles: Germany: Mord oder Todschlag (Murder Or Manslaughter) France: Un flic assassiné (A Killed Cop) Czech Republic: Žárlivost (Jealousy)

    Trivia (2)

    • Robert Stanton (Jed Knox in this episode) would later return as other characters in episodes 8x04 ("Harvest"), 13x19 ("Seer"), and 17x02 ("Avatar"), not to mention one appearance each in L&O: Criminal Intent and L&O: Special Victims Unit.

    • Jerry Orbach (attorney Frank Lehrman in this episode) would later return in Seasons 3 through 14 as Detective Lennie Briscoe.

    Allusions (3)

    • The title of this episode, "The Wages of Love", is inspired by the song "The Wages of Love", the Irish entry in the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest, sung by Muriel Day. The song cautions listeners that while love is a wonderful thing to experience, there are prices to be paid, a potential for heartbreak and pain, and that people should be aware of that at the onset of a relationship.

    • Mike Logan: 86 and 3rd – the papaya place. In the early half of the 20th century, Greek immigrant Gus Poulos, with his store established on 86th Street and 3rd Avenue, came up with the idea to combine selling tropical drinks (inspired by vacations to Miami and Cuba) with hot dogs (influenced by the largely German-Polish demographic of the neighborhood at that time). He was subsequently dubbed the “Papaya King.” The success of his “Papaya King” establishment spawned other competitors (e.g., “Gray’s Papaya,” “Papaya World,” “Papaya Paradise,” “Papaya Jack”). These hot dog shops can be found throughout NYC.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Betty Broderick case. Five years after a very acrimonious divorce in the late 1980s, Betty Broderick, a mother of four, broke into her ex-husband Dan's home and shot him and his wife, Linda, in their bed. In the years leading up to their deaths, Dan and Linda Broderick had felt so threatened by Betty they had even hired guards to protect themselves. Betty was sentenced to thirty-two years in prison.

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