Law & Order

Season 15 Episode 2

The Dead Wives Club

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 22, 2004 on NBC
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The Dead Wives Club
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When a woman abandoned by her firefighter husband for his partner's widow is threatened with also losing custody of her children, she murders her romantic rival, claiming that 9/11 post-traumatic stress syndrome prompted her actions.

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  • There's a name for Jack McCoy, and it's not pretty.

    7.0
    This was the first time that I had seen this episode, and I wasn't happy with it. I didn't like the storyline, though I am not always happy with the juries' decisions. In this case I wasn't happy with Jack McCoy's decision to prosecute this case so vigorously. First of all, the husband in the story was one of NYFD's firemen in Tower 1 who made it. His best friend didn't. To console the widow, he spent all his time with the widow who received BUCKS because of her fireman/husband, who died on 9/11. The living fireman divorces his wife and marries his best friend's widow. Then the rich newly wed/widow and rat ex-husband want to take the children from the ex-wife, who had been totally left alone to cope with the aftermath of 9/11. She didn't have a hero fireman to console her. Prior to 9/11 she had a husband that she loved and was a stay-at-home mom. Post 9/11, she lost her husband, had to go to work, put her boys in daycare, and was possibly going to lose her twin boys to the ex-husband and the witch who took him from her. The police's psychologist agreed that the ex-wife saw all of this as a continuing event tied to 9/11.



    Serena and the DA wanted to cut the lady a break, but not Jack McCoy. He gets so self-righteous at times that it is more than irritating. What a jerk! I love Law and Order. I miss Lenny. But I could have done without the Jack McCoy in this story.moreless
Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

ADA Serena Southerlyn

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

Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina

Det. Joe Fontana

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Amy Carlson

Amy Carlson

Collette Connolly

Guest Star

Roma Maffia

Roma Maffia

Vanessa Galliano

Guest Star

Joe Murphy

Joe Murphy

Ed McClean

Guest Star

Maggie Burke

Maggie Burke

Judge Georgina Franklin

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Robert Hogan

Robert Hogan

Judge Hugo Bright

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (9)

    • Jack McCoy: (Cross examining the defendant) In fact, as far as I can tell, the first time you mentioned this problem to anyone was you raised it as a defense for killing Donna McClean.
      Vanessa Galliano: Objection!
      Jack McCoy: That's alright. She doesn't have to respond. We all know the answer.

    • (Defense attorney examines the defendant's ex-husband)
      Vanessa Galliano: Let me get this straight, Mr. McClean. You left your wife, the mother of your children, by your own testimony depressed and emotionally traumatized by the events of 9/11, so you could marry her newly rich best friend, your best friend's widow.
      Ed McClean: It wasn't like that.
      Vanessa Galliano: Wasn't it?

    • Serena Southerlyn: (Talking about the Collette Connolly case) You don't think that there is some room for leniency here, Jack?
      Jack McCoy: Absolutely, from the judge, at sentencing.

    • Joe Fontana: When you were a kid, did you ever call your dad by his first name?
      Ed Green: Not unless I wanted to smell the Aqua Velva on the back of his hand.

    • Jack McCoy: It's a run-of-the-mill murder with a headline defense.

    • Colette Connolly: I swear, sometimes I wish I had died on September 10th.

    • Joe Fontana: You ever been married?
      Ed Green: Hell no, too young. You?
      Joe Fontana: Too old.

    • Colette Connolly: Every time a plane flies overhead, I get a knot in my stomach. And every time they raise the threat level, I think, my children will never see the end of this.

    • Det. Joe Fontana: Gin. See what I mean? Okay, let's go talk to Captain Tanqueray.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the 2003 Staten Island Ferry crash.

    • Firefighter: They were a regular Frick and Frack.
      Frick and Frack were the stage names of Swiss comedic skaters Werner Groebli and Hansruedi Mauch, who came to the US and became famous performing in the Ice Follies. Their names became synonymous with people who shared a close work partnership, becoming a common slang term for such a pair. Mauch died in 1979; Groebli continued performing as Mr. Frick for many years before retiring from skating.

    • Ed Green: She doesn't look like Marion Jones to me.
      Marion Jones is a former American track star and Olympic gold medalist. Unfortunately, she has recently admitted to using steroids and been forced to return her Olympic medals. Green was saying that Collette Conolly would have had to run extremely fast for her alibi to hold up.

    • The title of this episode, The Dead Wives Club, is a play on The First Wives Club, a novel by Olivia Goldsmith about a group of 'first wives' who get even with their ex-husbands. It was later made into a movie starring Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn as the vengeful ex-wives.

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