Best Wishes to Jesse
We have exciting new episodes coming up in the next few weeks for Law & Order and Law & Order SVU. Sorry, nothing new on the horizon for Criminal Intent until possibly June when its season premiers on USA network. Of course, we have the big episode on April 23, which will be Jesse L. Martin’s last and Anthony Anderson’s first.
Here’s what’s coming up for Law & Order over the next few weeks.
Law & Order “Burn Card” Airdate April 23, 2008 10:00 PM ET
THE DEATH OF AN AVID GAMBLER PUTS DETECTIVE ED GREEN’S (JESSE L. MARTIN) BADGE IN JEOPARDY FORCING HIM TO REVEAL HIS TROUBLED PAST. INTERNAL AFFAIRS DETECTIVE KEVIN BERNARD (ANTHONY ANDERSON) IS ASSIGNED TO THE CASE.
A part-time referee is found murdered, and Detectives Ed Green (Martin) and Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) investigate the victim’s gambling habits. The detectives are led to notorious hustler, “"Bunny” (guest star Bobby Jones), a familiar face from Detective Green’s past. When "“Bunny” is found dead, Detective Lupo is called to the scene and discovers his partner, Detective Green, is the shooter causing confusion in the department and disbelief in the DA's office. The case is turned over to internal affairs Detective Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) and Sergeant Gregory Cole (guest star Peter Bradbury), leaving Detective Green to face his dark past and in danger of losing his badge. Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache and Alana De La Garza also star.
Starring: S. Epatha Merkerson, Jesse L. Martin, Sam Waterston, Alana De La Garza, Jeremy Sisto, Linus Roache
My recap and review of “Burn Card” can be found here.
Burn Card Recap
Law & Order “Bogeyman” Airdate April 30, 2008 10:00 PM ET
THE DEATH OF A NOVELIST LEADS THE DETECTIVES TO SUSPECT SOME INVOLVEMNT FROM A CONTROVERSIAL CULT BUT PROSECUTING THIS CASE PROVES TO BE A CHALLENGE
A novelist is found dead in her car, which appears to be a suicide at first inspection, but Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) have reason to believe a cult known as “Systemotics” is involved. The victim’s husband, Bradley Cameron (guest star Daniel London) explains to the detectives that he and his wife were paranoid that members of the cult had been trailing them recently. However, Bradley comes under suspicion as the detectives begin to chip away at his alibi. When the case goes to trial, ADA Michael Cutter (Linus Roache) has trouble prosecuting his case when several members of the jury fear for their own safety. Sam Waterston, Epatha Merkerson, and Alana De La Garza also star.
NOTE: My recap and review of Bogeyman can be found HERE.
Law and Order “Strike” Airdate May 7, 2008 10:00 PM
A LEGAL AID STRIKER IS KILLED ON THE PICKET LINE. THE TRIAL HAS ADAS MICHAEL CUTTER (LINUS ROACHE) AND CONNIE RUBIROSA (ALANA DE LA GARZA) DEFENDING OPPOSITE SIDES OF THE CASE.
When legal aid striker Frank Dresner (guest star Justin Hagan) is killed outside the courthouse, the sand in Dresner’s wounds lead Detectives Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Bernard (Anthony Anderson) to investigate a greensmen at a local golf course. Greensmen Ted Sanderson (guest star Brad William Henke), who had already served nine years in prison for the murder of his wife, claims he is innocent once again. Due to the legal aid strike and the shortage of defense attorneys, ADA Connie Rubirosa is ordered to represent the defendant, pitting Rubirosa and Cutter against one another. Also starring: Sam Waterston and S. Epatha Merkerson.
My recap and review of “Strike” can be found here.
NBC also announced that an upcoming episode will be named “Personae Non Grata”, but the details have not been released. It was also previously reported weeks ago that Law & Order was planning an episode called “Righteous Shoot”, but since there has been no information given on that episode, I’m assuming it may have been a working name for “Burn Card.” But you never know. It isn’t the first time NBC has changed a name of an episode after they initially released the name.
Here’s a summary of what’s on tap for Law & Order SVU in the coming weeks.
Law & Order SVU "Closet" Airdate April 22, 2008 10:00 PM ET
THE MURDER OF AN INVESTMENT BANKER UNCOVERS A HIDDEN AFFAIR WITH A PRO FOOTBALL QUARTERBACK AND PUTS DETECTIVE OLIVIA BENSON’S (MARISKA HARGITAY) JOB IN JEOPARDY.
When money manager Jeremy Grandon is found murdered in his loft, detectives Benson and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) initially suspect troubled teenager, Freddie Ramirez (guest star David Del Rio). A hidden video camera leads the detectives to the victims secret lover, Lincoln Morse (guest star Bailey Chase), a star-studded pro- football player whose agent, Gary Lesley (guest star Rick Hoffman), may go too far in protecting his client’s persona. Morse’s history of memory loss brings defense attorney Rebecca Balthus (guest star Beverly D’Angelo) into the case, while Detective Benson finally finds a boyfriend, Kurt Foss (guest star Bill Pullman, left), an editor at the Ledger who unfortunately clashes with her detective wor k. Also starring: Adam Beach, Dann Florek, Ice-T, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie, Richard Belzer, and BD Wong.
Cast: Chris Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Dann Florek, Richard Belzer, Ice T, Diane Neal
My recap and review of “Closet” can be found here.
Law & Order SVU " Authority" Airdate April 29, 2008 10:00 PM ET
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.
My recap and review of “Authority” can be found here.
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