Law & Order

Season 15 Episode 13

Ain't No Love

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 12, 2005 on NBC
8.0
out of 10
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55 votes
5

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Ain't No Love
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When a rap producer is found shot to death in his studio, detectives focus on his protege, whose demos link him and a friend to a second murder. As the investigation unfolds, Southerlyn's opinions put her sharply at odds with both McCoy and Branch.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Bad Plot,Very Good Ending

    8.5
    Branch's speech on prosecuting saved this episode. Serena's "Is this because I'm a Lesbian?" line while not heavily foreshadowed worked...And really it was only a matter of time before she got sacked anyways, her views were polar opposites of her boss(Arthur) and let's face it she would be a better defense attorney. It's a bit disappointing she didn't reappear as one, however...
  • Not a classic for the "because I'm a lesbian..." remark that seems to have everyone's attention, but rather the "Justice is cold" discourse. I only wish I could remember the whole thing. If anyone can, i'd appreciate it.moreless

    6.3
    A much better show for a different reason. Removing ADA Sutherland and Fred's speech on what a Prosecutor is. Top Notch writing. Unfortunately, this particular episode will always be known as the "outing of Sutherland" show when it should be the explanation of why she was no good in her role. It was a lot better than the writers thought, I believe - If hey believed in themselves, they would not have had to fall back on the weak, "I'm a lesbian" remark. The only way I may hear or read that great group of words again is if Fred goes up higher in the polls.moreless
  • Elisabeth Rohm's Southerlyn leaves the show with a shock in store for viewers...

    7.5
    Elisabeth Rohm has always been a favourite of mine - and when she joined 'Law and Order', it was great. Her character - Southerlyn - seemed to represent the 'morally correct' side of things, which worked very well - especially against the hard-nosed attitude of Branch. And yes, she did have sympathetic views on gay marriages/etc in previous storylines - but her last few words in this episode came as a shock! Never did we see a scene depicting her character as a lesbian - and in any case, her words weren't really consistent with the 'firing' scene anyway. It turned a powerful story ending - into a ludicrous and unbelievable final scene for her character. A disappointing end to the story and to this character.moreless
  • I didn\'t think her coming out came out of the blue.

    7.8
    I really have to disagree with the view that Serena\\\'s coming out came completely out of the blue. If you watched \\\"Gov Love\\\" earlier this season, it hinted majorly that she may have been a lesbian when she refused to work with Jack on anulling a series of gay marriages. My mum even said \\\"Is she a lesbian?\\\" after watching that episode. So thats my two cents.
  • The famous "Is this because I'm a lesbian?" episode, mostly notable for this out-of-the-blue quote and not so much for Serena Southerlyn's firing.

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    D.A. Arthur Branch: [to Serena] "You're fired."

    ADA Serena Southerlyn: [pauses, shocked] "Is this because I'm a lesbian?"

    D.A. Arthur Branch: "No, no... of course not."

    ADA Serena Southerlyn: [staring blankly out the window] "Good... that's good..."



    Nobody remembers anything else that happened in this episode, and perhaps it's just as well. It would be nice if the show had laid some groundwork and provided some backstory for this line (delivered without irony--or emotion--by Elisabeth Röhm), but they did not; that just makes it even funnier.



    Viewers received it with a resounding "Huh? Come again?" and the Internet chat rooms and discussion forums lit up like Christmas trees. If Ms. Röhm has contributed nothing else to the show (and opinion varies on that point), she has certainly created one of its' most memorable moments.



    Thanks to "Is this because I'm a lesbian?", "Aint No Love" is now one of the best (or worst) episodes of "Law & Order" (including the spinoffs) of all time, and also deserves to be ranked as one of the "Most Shocking TV Moments Ever". My rating: 10/10.



    P.S. I also considered these classifications:



    Silly

    Out of character

    Alternate reality

    Adventurous

    A very special episode

    Character development

    Painful to watch

    Dream sequence

    Series classic

    Bottom of the barrel

    Nerve-wracking



    But I think "Jumps the shark" says it all, don't you?moreless
Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. A.D.A. Jack McCoy

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina

Det. Joe Fontana

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

D.A. Arthur Branch

Funda Duval

Funda Duval

Club Manager

Guest Star

Carey Reilly

Carey Reilly

Detective Jenny Gant

Guest Star

Sheree Ladove-Kent

Sheree Ladove-Kent

Jury Foreperson

Guest Star

Selenis Leyva

Selenis Leyva

Detective Rivera

Recurring Role

Merwin Goldsmith

Merwin Goldsmith

Judge Ian Feist

Recurring Role

Nan-Lynn Nelson

Nan-Lynn Nelson

Janet Foreman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Ed Green: Most of his music was just about laying back and partying.
      Anita van Buren: Well, that party's over.

    • (closing scene)
      Arthur Branch: You know, Serena, if you were right, you were right for the wrong reasons.
      Serena Southerlyn: Meaning?
      Arthur Branch: Emotions, not facts. What was it you said, everyone you talked to said they couldn't have killed that man?
      Serena Southerlyn: My emotional responses make me...
      Arthur Branch:...an advocate. You're a superb attorney; you ought to be involved in cases that feed your passion.
      Serena Southerlyn: Well, that would be wonderful.
      Arthur Branch: Serena, you must know, that will not happen in this office. It can't. Now, a prosecutor can be zealous, but not passionate. Advocacy is warm-blooded, enforcement's got to be cold-blooded, and blind, and even angry.
      Serena Southerlyn: Does Jack feel as strongly about this as you do?
      Arthur Branch: No, but it's my office and my decision, and he accepts it.
      Serena Southerlyn: Decision? You've already made a decision?
      Arthur Branch: I have. You're fired.
      Serena Southerlyn: (stunned) Is this because I'm a lesbian?
      Arthur Branch: No, of course not. No.
      Serena Southerlyn: Good.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the shooting of Jason William Mizell. Jason, who was well-known to the music community as Jam Master Jay, groundbreaking DJ for the seminal hip hop group RUN-DMC, was shot inside a New York music studio on October 30, 2002.

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