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The Dead Wives Club 

A "9-11 Widow" who received a lucrative settlement after her firefighter husband's death is murdered. Another firefighter's ex-wife, who was dumped for the victim after 9-11, is charged.


David Platt


Dick Wolf (created by), Nick Santora


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Farina ... Detective Joe Fontana
Jesse L. Martin ... Detective Ed Green
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Michele Santopietro ... Lisa Turro
Sam Waterston ... E.A.D.A. Jack McCoy
Elisabeth Röhm ... A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn
Fred Dalton Thompson ... D.A. Arthur Branch
Roma Maffia ... Vanessa Galiano
Joseph Murphy Joseph Murphy ... Ed McClean
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Robert Hogan ... Judge Hugo Bright
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Emil Skoda
Amy Carlson ... Collette Connolly
Maggie Burke Maggie Burke ... Judge Georgina Franklin
Laurence Lau ... Pancho Diamond


A death of a woman on a boat at first seems accidental but is found to be foul play. The detectives find out that the woman's husband, a firefighter, was killed during the September 11th attacks. She has since received a large pay-out, and has since re-married her husband's best friend (who is also her best friend's husband). Written by Henrietta G. Molgardy

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22 September 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Pancho Diamond: What the hell is this?
Detective Joe Fontana: I'm gonna tell you what it is, Agent Diamond. It's my tailor made, Italian silk shirt with his blood on it. A little thing we like to call evidence. You take it, and you run a toxicology screen. And by the way, I'm billing the FBI.
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References The First Wives Club (1996) See more »

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We have a great family. She'd never leave us on purpose.
11 December 2017 | by CeccacciPaolo1977See all my reviews

A ferry hit violently the dock, causing two deaths, some car damages and many injured people. The case was not under NY jurisdiction, so the pilot fault and what happened to him right away was all a maritime FBI matter. Anyway one of the casualty was actually killed shortly before the accident: she was a 9/11 firefighter's widow who received a great amount of money after the terrorist attack as a compensation for her loss. Detectives started questioning all the firefighter's wives, realizing that the one widowed raised a lot their life standard, while the others had to deal with the hardship of depression and sickness without any compensations. A fireman left his wife (Amy Carlson) for the victim, getting even their sons custody. The grieving former wife was the prime suspects and all proofs were against her, but if you looked in her eyes, you couldn't have felt a little pity for her.

Fontana is a character so different from Briscoe. At the beginning he was really in anger after some blood stains ruined his 300 dollars shirt, then he pretends to be a family man before a suspect.

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