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'Law & Order' First Episode: THR's 1990 Review

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Season 18, Episode 18. "Excalibur" - Review

The show brings the eighteenth season to an ending with one of the strongest episodes ever. The case-of-the-week is good. A man murders his brother-in-law as a means towards getting back into the family business. He's also hiding a dirty little secret: he runs a prostitution ring on the side. And, in the second half of the story, this takes centre stage as Jack and the team discover that one of the clients is the governor (who has appeared on the show before as a political friend of Jack's). This is where the story heads into A+ territory, as we see Jack caught up in all sorts of political games as he tries to see justice done. READ MORE...

Season 18, Episode 17. "Personae Non Grata" - Review

Law And Order normally doesn't make me laugh, but this episode had me laughing out loud all the way through. Why? Partly because the events of the story are so absurd and partly because the guest stars are fantastic. READ MORE...

Season 18, Episode 16. "Strike" - Review

Superb. Rubirosa takes centre stage when a judge compels her to defend a murder suspect. It's a strong case-of-the-week, the main guest star is great, but the episode belongs to Alana De La Garza. Connie makes a great lead character. I've loved the scenes where she had conflict with Cutter (who is hopelessly in love with her) and it's a no-brainer that I would love an episode where she goes up against him in court. And runs rings around him. Even better, towards the end, she finds out that her client is very, very guilty and has to figure out how to continue her defence in good conscience. READ MORE...

Season 18, Episode 15. "Bogeyman" - Review

It's great to see Nicki Aycox in a good guest role, but this is a weak story. It's mostly about a crazy religious group which is very similar to a story from two weeks ago, and the killer is too much of a nut to be believed. He shoots his wife for very odd/fuzzy reasons, he throws himself out a 4th floor window to frame somebody and he is tricked - at the very end - by some very wacky logic. I bought none of it. Too early, also, to see if I am warming to Lupo's new partner. READ MORE...

Season 18, Episode 14. "Burn Card" - Review

GREAT. A script with a very difficult job. Since this is the last episode for Jesse L. Martin, the story has to service him and his character (Ed Green) so that his fans won't feel short-changed. It succeeds. Green shoots a criminal, appears to have planned the murder to cover his own dark deeds (as if!) and is cleared with the revelation that he is covering for someone that he feels responsible for. At the end, he walks out as even more of a hero. Nice. READ MORE...

Season 18, Episode 13. "Angelgrove" - Review

In a show without continuity and character development, fans jump on any moment of either. Such it is with me in this latest episode. McCoy and Olivet had harsh words in a previous episode (when he engineered it so her affair with a cop would come out) and in this one there's a line of dialogue where he attempts to mend the bridge between then (thanking her for helping out on the current case). She declines to respond and leaves the room. READ MORE...

Season 18, Episode 12. "Submission" - Review

An unrecognisable Lara Flynn Boyle can't save this episode from mediocrity. She's good. But it's an average tale of people plotting a murder and framing their friend. Average fare for a quality show like this. READ MORE...

Season 18, Episode 11. "Betrayal" - Review

The highlight of this episode is a very strong story with a great twist ending. Basically, when you boil it down to essentials: A woman shoots and kills her husband when she finds taped messages from him to a woman he loves. In the end, it is revealed that the messages were to her. The story is a lot more complex than that, but that's the essence of it, and it's a heartbreaking twist. Moira Kelly (who I normally don't like) is very good as the wife whose husband, a therapist, has a history of seducing underage girls (her!) and is suspected of doing it again. READ MORE...

Season 18, Episode 10. "Tango" - Review

Michael Cutter has a hopeless crush on Connie Rubirosa and it's part of the reason I am in love with this show (all over again). This is the one that has Connie getting an email praising her technique in the courtroom. Her technique and her legs. Cutter comments that he agrees. I don't blame him. READ MORE...