Law & Order

Season 13 Episode 21

House Calls

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 07, 2003 on NBC
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The suspicious death of a Russian model leads the detectives to suspect medical malpractice.

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  • Not the most exciting episode

    8.9
    This "rollercoaster" of an episode sees Briscoe and Green, et al trying to discover how and why a immigrant model wannabe is found death in an uptown store changing room.



    Frankly the plot isnt that great. There are numerous twists and turns that will keep you guess as to the real culprit, but the subject matter doesnt really lend itself to excitement.



    The message behind the episode does show a mildy interesting view of medical services in present day western world - where a substantial many need to seek the medical services of non-standard provided entities in order to cope with aliments. Anyone who has suffered with an acute injury for medium-long term, will know that services dont really cure you and just fob you off with a short-term "fix". People will however go elsewhere and to whomever can relieve them of some of their suffering. Something that Ive experienced, so the doctor who appears to be the main antagonist is someone I could imagine seeing. With all the probs that this springs up and his apparent perchant for being paid off its not to unrealistic to imagine that hes the culprit.



    However, as it turns out this episode is basically about trust and the family. I have to admit that I did see the ending coming and guessed who the real culpit was. I gues in that respect it paints a pretty spot on view of the nature of society and personal relationships in the modern day.



    You can safety give this one a miss if you want.moreless
Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

ADA Serena Southerlyn

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Alexis Dziena

Alexis Dziena

Lena Parkova

Guest Star

Michael Boatman

Michael Boatman

Marion Seaver

Guest Star

Jonathan Hogan

Jonathan Hogan

Doctor Ellis Heinz

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Doug Stender

Doug Stender

Arraignment Judge Joseph Flint

Recurring Role

Iris Little-Thomas

Iris Little-Thomas

Judge Barbara Lusky

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Police are interrogating Dr. Heinz about his unusual treatment methods)
      Lennie Briscoe: I don't know who disgusts me more, doctors or lawyers.

    • (Detectives meet Dr. Heinz in a cafe, Lennie pretending to be a patient seeking help.)
      Dr. Heinz: Excuse me? You know him?
      (Looks at Lennie)
      Lennie Briscoe: Well, sometimes I wish I didn't, but yeah, he's my partner.
      Ed Green: Maybe, you'd like to come down to our office for a little chat.

    • Jack McCoy: Call me crazy; if I paid a doctor two hundred thousand dollars in twelve months, I'd expect two kidneys--minimum.
      Mr. Seaver: That's so not funny, it's insulting.

    • Lennie Briscoe: (arriving at the crime scene late) I'm tired, I'm hungry and I'm cranky. Mom forgot to pack my morning snack.

    • (A male salesclerk stares at a client.)
      Female Salesclerk: Back in Minnesota, you'd be locked up for staring like that.
      Male Salesclerk: In New York, you get a dental plan and a pension.

    • (Speaking to McCoy and Southerlyn.)
      Arthur Branch: You know what I want? I want this guy stopped before he kills somebody else. Find something to charge him with. Anything.

    • Lennie Briscoe: You know, I heard about this, but I never thought it could happen.
      Ed Green: What's that?
      Lennie Briscoe: She shopped 'til she dropped.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Winona Ryder case. During Ryder's trial for shoplifting, it was claimed that she had been using prescription drugs that had been written by twenty different doctors under six different aliases in a three-year period.

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