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Law & Order

Season 19 Episode 2

Challenged

2
Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 12, 2008 on NBC
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  • A Mother's Love Wins Out (includes spoilers)

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    When a man turns up dead in a park frequented by drug dealers, suspicion immediately falls on two of the dealers. The investigation leads to a home for mentally challenged persons and the caretaker of the home identifies two of the drug dealers as having been around the body at the time of death. When the witness turns up dead, the drug dealers are arrested and charged with both murders. What appears to be an open and shut case takes a turn when both men confess to the second murder, but insist on their innocence in the first.

    The detectives eventually discover that one of the home's residents knew the victim and was seen with him in the park. Further investigation reveals that the mentally challenged man (Pete) and the murder victim are brothers who were separated at a very young age when Pete was placed into a state hospital at age three.

    When Pete identifies one of his brothers as the murderer, his family convinces him to take the blame for the murder thinking that he will get off because of his mental state.

    In a touching closing scene in the D.A.'s meeting room, the father begins listing off reasons as to why they should let Pete take the blame for a murder his brother committed. In the middle of his speech, his wife interrupts him and tells him that he did the same thing 44 years ago: list off logical reasons as to why they should give their son up. She says she sold her son out once and cannot do it again.
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