Law & Order/Cherished

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Season 9, Episode 1
Airdate September 23, 1998
Production Number E0203
Teleplay by Kathy McCormick
Story by Carl Nelson &
Scott Tobin and
Kathy McCormick
Directed by Ed Sherin
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Cherished is the first episode of the ninth season of Law & Order, and the one hundred eighty-second episode overall.

Starring (Law): Jerry Orbach (Detective Lennie Briscoe), Benjamin Bratt (Detective Rey Curtis), S. Epatha Merkerson (Lt. Anita Van Buren)

Starring (Order): Sam Waterston (E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy), Angie Harmon (A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael), Steven Hill (D.A. Adam Schiff)

Guest Stars: Joe Grifasi (James Linde), Jeanne Ruskin (Connerys' Attorney), Graham Winton (Mr. Waring), Spencer Breslin (Nicholas Waring), Lisa Bostnar (Elizabeth Waring), Monique Fowler (Megan Connery), Edward Conery (Edward Connery), Victor Steinbach (Dr. Andre Kostov), Tom Stechschulte (Judge Harold Rockwell)

and J.K. Simmons (Dr. Emil Skoda)

with Leslie Hendrix (M.E. Rodgers), Laurie Kennedy (Judge B. Shields), Mike Burstyn (Kevin Yates), Amy Resnick (Dr. Maureen Atkins), William Paulson (Samuel Holtz), Glynis Bell (Dr. Elaine Spencer), Deborah Cresswell (Martha Robertson), Mark Rosenthal (M.E. Charters), Keely Eastley (Judge Lillian Barone), Joseph Jamrog (George Bigelow), Katie C. Sparer (Martha Davies), Dan Snook (Jim Sullivan), Angela Pupello (Patricia Sullivan), Teresa Yenque (Angela Cruz), Gary Evans (Officer Blackledge), Kevin Elden (Oscar Castellano), Joseph Priestly (Jury Foreman)


Plot Overview

After a baby girl is found dead, her adoptive older brother is initially named a suspect in her death, but the investigation uncovers a conspiracy involving a Russian adoption agency and a doctor who is responsible for putting sick children up for adoption.


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The Show

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