Law & Order SVU finishes its 9th season this week with the episode “Cold,” which appears will be Adam Beach’s and Diane Neal’s last with SVU. In the case of Beach, this is not a moment too soon.
The original Law & Order still has 2 more episodes, one of them being this week’s “Personae Non Grata” with guest star Tom Everett Scott. There is still no detailed episode information at all on Law & Order Criminal Intent – all I know is that it will be premiering on Sunday, June 8 at 9:00 PM. I am not sure why the USA Network is so close-lipped or so slow on releasing the details. They are billing this as the “second half” of CI’s 7th season.
Here’s what’s up for the franchise this week:
Law and Order SVU “Cold” Airdate May 13, 2008
THE TABLES ARE TURNED WHEN DETECTIVE CHESTER LAKE (ADAM BEACH) REOPENS A CLOSED MURDER CASE, AND BECOMES THE PRIME SUSPECT CAUSING CHAOS WITHIN THE SQUAD.
An old murder case of a teenage girl is reopened, when Detective Lake (Adam Beach) is caught in a gunfight and wounded by the case’s former investigator, Detective Mary Kralik (guest star Eva Kaminsky). The shooting leaves Kralik dead, and Lake’s uncooperative answers lead to confusion in the squad room. The case intensifies when Lake escapes from the hospital, and takes hostage the original case’s only witness, Celina Cruz (guest star Victoria Cartagena). The SVU squad is left to revisit the original murder case, as Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Chris Meloni) search for Lake and his hostage. Also starring: Dann Florek, Ice-T, Diane Neal, Tamara Tunie, Richard Belzer, and BD Wong
NOTE: The NBC synopsis above is not entirely accurate. Please see my recap and review of this episode here for all the updated details.
Law and Order “Personae Non Grata” Air Date May 14, 2008
A FRAUDULENT ONLINE RELATIONSHIP IS EXPOSED, LEADING THE DETECTIVES TO A BIZARRE CASE OF BLACKMAIL AND LAUNDERED MONEY.
Automobile mechanic Eric Greenwood is found murdered outside of a bar leading Detectives Cyrus Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Kevin Bernard (Anthony Anderson) to question the victim’s boss, Bob Munsen (guest star Barry Del Sherman). Lupo and Cyrus discover Munsen was involved in an online relationship that Greenwood had sabotaged. Munsen profited over $60,000 dollars of stolen money, and laundered the money to his young, online lover, "Jenny Cheponis." The case takes some strange twists and turns, as "Jenny" turns out to be an older woman, Donna Cheponis (guest star Melissa Leo), with a missing daughter. Greenwood exposed the online relationship between Munsen and Cheponis and ended up dead, but "Jenny" remains missing. The detectives struggle to solve the case of murder and deceit in this online murder mystery case.
Also Starring: Sam Waterston, S. Epatha Merkerson, Linus Roache, and Alana De La Garza.
Special Guest Star: Tom Everett Scott
My recap and review of “Personae Non Grata “ can be found here.
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