Law & Order

Season 1 Episode 5

Happily Ever After

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 23, 1990 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Max Greevey: I hate horseback riding. Scares the hell out of me.
      Mike Logan: Scary for the horse, too.

    • (Referring to the murder weapon.)
      Max Greevey: ... and guess who it was registered to?
      Ben Stone: Himes, Gilbert?
      Mike Logan: Nope. And not to Ralston, Janet, either.
      Ben Stone: (surprised) Ralston, Alan? (leans his head in his hands) Great. He was killed with his own gun.

    • Max Greevey: That's amazing. I know cops who been in shooting cases that can't remember their badge numbers afterwards. (Referring to the suspect.) Her husband gets shot, she gets shot, victim of a horrible crime, she remembers every second.

    • Ben Stone: True love. They'd sell each other out for a nickel.

    • Ben Stone: I thought you didn't believe in evil.
      Adam Schiff: That's before I met Janet Ralston.
      Ben Stone: Either she's evil, or she's two years old. She wants what she wants when she wants it.

    • Janet Ralston: You don't scare me, Mr. Stone.
      Ben Stone: Oh, yes, I do, Mrs. Ralston. I scare you a great deal. And I should.

    • Gordon Schell: It's a crime of passion, Stone. Pure and simple.
      Ben Stone: A crime of passion is never pure, and it's certainly not simple.

  • Notes

    • This is actress Doris Belack's first appearance as Judge Margaret Barry.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Germany: Mord - Der Eintritt zum Paradies (Homicide - Entrance To Paradise)
      Czech Republic: Šťastní až do smrti (Happy Till the Death)

  • Allusions

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Chuck Stuart case. In 1989, Chuck Stuart and his pregnant wife Carol were both shot. Carol Stuart died after her son, Christopher Stewart, was delivered two months early by caesarean section. The infant suffered seizures due to oxygen deprivation and died 17 days later after his father authorized discontinuing life support. The police suspected Willie Bennett (which led to inflamed racial hatried in Boston), but the case fell apart when Charles committed suicide less than three months after the murder on January 4, 1990 by jumping from the Tobin Bridge. His younger, Matthew, brother was able to clear Bennett by making a confession of his own that identified Charles Stuart as the killer.