Saturday, April 12, 2008

Law & Order SVU “Authority” Episode Summary

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Finally – NBC has made available the official summary for the upcoming episode “Authority”, starring Robin Williams. It is also being billed as SVU's 200th episode. Here it is!

Law & Order SVU "Authority" Airdate April 29, 2008

ENGINEER MERRITT ROOK (GUEST STAR ROBIN WILLIAMS) PLAYS DANGEROUS MIND GAMES WITH HIS FOLLOWERS PUTTING DETECTIVE OLIVIA BENSON'S (MARISKA HARGITAY) LIFE AT RISK IN SVU'S 200TH. EPISODE

When restaurant manager Dwight Lomax (guest star Scott Adsit “30 Rock”) is caught molesting a female employee, he claims that he was following orders from a “Detective Milgram” over the phone. As detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) delve into the case, they discover “Detective Milgram” was a hoax by engineer, Merritt Rook (guest star Robin Williams). Rook later turns his trial into a media circus by using the courtroom as a soapbox. Rook’s courtroom antics set him free, and with a group of followers, detective Benson and Stabler fall prey to another one of Rook’s psychological schemes leaving the SVU department vulnerable. Also starring: Adam Beach, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie, Richard Belzer, and BD Wong.

Note:My review of “Authority” can be found here.

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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Who wrote the ep, do you know?

All Things Law & Order said...

The credits listed Neal Baer and Amanda Green as writers.

Anonymous said...

Rook recited a poem in the court room. Do you remember the author of the poem or a line from it? Anything? I'm trying to find it online, but I'm drawing a blank.

All Things Law & Order said...

I'm drawing a blank too on the poem. Sorry!

tom said...

the poem by Wendell Berry is actually a passage from his writing, Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front. He quotes a passage from the opening paragraph, the entirity is here: http://www.context.org/ICLIB/IC30/Berry.htm

Anonymous said...

do you know what the detective was talking about after he ended up at the no sheep rally? He said something about growing up in the 60s and thinking acid and peace would cure the world but I dont kno the exact quote

jim said...

I just saw this episode today for the first time. If you like trivia, you'll enjoy this.

The episode (very loosely) followed the story of the strip searches that occurred at McDonald's.....and most prominently at a McDonald's in Bullitt County, Kentucky.

Robin Williams stars as the accused and chooses to act as his own attorney at trial. In his summation to the jury he offers a quote from "great American poet Wendell Berry". Wendell Berry is my cousin's father-in-law.

I don't know if the Bullitt County, Kentucky incident coupled with reference to a Kentucky author was intentional by the writers or just a strange coincidence. The show is based in NYC and Mr. Berry taught at NYU a million years ago....so who knows.

Jim Carter