Law & Order

Season 1 Episode 9

Indifference

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 27, 1990 on NBC
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Indifference
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During the investigation into the death of a little girl in a respectable, middle-class family, Greevey and Logan uncover a myriad of family secrets involving abuse, molestation, and murder.

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George Dzundza

George Dzundza

Sgt. Max Greevey

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Brooks

Richard Brooks

ADA Paul Robinette

Michael Moriarty

Michael Moriarty

Exec. ADA Ben Stone

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Det. Mike Logan

Marcia Jean Kurtz

Marcia Jean Kurtz

Carla Lowenstein

Guest Star

Louis Zorich

Louis Zorich

Judge Milton Erdheim

Guest Star

John Seitz

John Seitz

Dr. Babcock

Guest Star

Lorraine Toussaint

Lorraine Toussaint

Shambala Green

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Ben Stone: Mrs. Lowenstein, tell the court why you struck your daughter hard enough to kill her.
      Carla Lowenstein: Well, I was loaded, and I really didn't think I had any strength left.
      Ben Stone: Why would you do such a thing?
      Carla Lowenstein: My husband-- He convinced me to.
      Jacob Lowenstein: (jumps out of his seat) She's out of her mind!!
      Judge Erdheim: Dr. Lowenstein! One more outburst, and I'll have you shackled for the remainder of this trial!

    • (Judge Erdheim sentences the Lowensteins.)
      Judge Erdheim: (to Carla) As eloquent as your counsel was in your behalf, you are not the victim here, Mrs. Lowenstein. The victim was an innocent 6-year-old girl who couldn't defend herself. On the count of manslaughter in the first degree, the court sentences you to 7-10 years in a women's correctional facility. (to Dr. Lowenstein) As for you sir, from this seat, I thought I had witnessed every degradation, every monstrosity possible, but you, Doctor, are beyond contempt. You have helped a woman destroy herself. You engineered the tragedy of a little girl's death. But you took pretty good care of yourself, didn't you?
      Jacob Lowenstein: Your Honor, I've lost my family.
      Judge Erdheim: Yes, you have. Jacob Lowenstein, having been found guilty of murder in the second degree by depraved indifference to human life, this court sentences you to 25 years to life in a state penitentiary.

    • Mike Logan: My mother, yeah, she always said she was cut out for something greater than being a wife of a cop from the Lower East Side. God, she was a bottomless pit, it was always, "Give me your undivided attention," but when the old man couldn't take any more and gave her a whack, then she would turn around and whack me -- huh, huh, huh, she always got this look in her eye, you know, then I saw it coming.
      (Max Greevey hangs his head in shock)
      Mike Logan: And that witch in there... she's got that same look.

    • Ben Stone: I didn't hear you knock.
      Shambala Green: That's because I didn't. If I'd have knocked, you would have heard me.
      Ben Stone: I don't doubt that.

    • Eugenia Rawlings: (refering to Logan) Are you in charge of this ape?
      Max Greevey: My cross to bear.

    • Adam Schiff: All right, what bothers you most about this?
      Ben Stone: Well, (shakes his head in utter disbelief) my own rage.
      Adam Schiff: What does your gut tell you?
      Ben Stone: Put 'em in a dungeon, put 'em on a wheel, and annihilate 'em.

    • Mike Logan: Everything's a mirror to her. She holds a dying kid up to it, and all she can see is herself and how it affects her. Now you give her sympathy, she's gonna want to fight. You give her a fight, she's gonna want a kiss. You give her a kiss and I swear to God she'll bite your tongue out.

    • Jacob Lowenstein: Please. That was therapy.
      Mike Logan: For her or for you?
      Jacob Lowenstein: For her! In Reichian therapy, the patient has to--
      Max Greevey: Really get to know the therapist, hmmm?

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Max Greevey: (after listening to Mike Logan's explanation of why a mother abuses a child) You saw this on Oprah or what?
      This is an allusion to The Oprah Winfrey Show where subjects like these are discussed on occasion.

    • Shambala Green: Ethically, I'm Snow White.

      This is a reference to the popular fairy tale character Snow White, written by the Brothers Grimm, meant to suggest purity and innocence.

    • Rudy: Mommie Dearest was dancing around like a whirling dervish.
      Mommie Dearest is a movie about Joan Crawford and her abusive relationship with her adopted children.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Lisa Steinberg murder case. In 1987, six-year-old Lisa Steinberg was beaten to death by Joel Steinberg, the man who had illegally adopted her. Both Steinberg and his wife were originally charged.

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