Law & Order

Season 19 Episode 15

Bailout

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 11, 2009 on NBC
8.3
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Episode Summary

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The mistress of the CEO of a failed bank is killed in a hit-and-run and the investigation leads to a kidnapping and extortion plot.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Clear story

    9.5
    I felt 'Bailout' was an exceptional addition to this season. It felt like a season finale- it was relevant, the crime was clear, yet you could understand why it would be a difficult case to prosecute. After all, the offender in this case was much more sympathetic than the victim and his crime was in the name of a good cause.



    I've liked a lot of the episodes this season but some I felt were overly complicated. This one was stood out because the bad guy's motives were simple... the complicated part was that the bad guy wasn't that bad a guy at all. Its the kind of contradiction you need every once in a while.moreless
  • The accidental death of the mistress of a failed bank ceo , exposes a possible kidnap gone wrong between a youth advocate and the mistress or is it a plan by a conniving man gone wrong. there is no black and white in the truth here only shades of greymoreless

    10
    This episode was as rest of the episodes this season topical and well written, Personally i feel it continues a trend in the series were the prosecutors tend to lose sight of the human aspect of the crimes choosing to exact maximum punishment for every crime.i cant imagine offering 15 years for kidnapping and murder in the second degree when this highly sympathetic defender obviousy had nothing to do with the womans murder.this good man as zealous in his own way as the district attorneys office in his pursuit of the best for his boys could have pinned the whole crime on the boy carlos But he choose not to from the very start.



    Jack McCoy and his office were like the proverbial 'blind justice' following justice to the letter and not the spirit in most of his cases.

    all in all a nice episode and Carlos walking out of the court room without his orange jacket is food for thought. Mr. Cutter in his zeal to bring down the defendant obviously didnt think abt the effect his words would have on this young man who confessed the defendant was the closest thing he had to a father.

    i mean fathers disappoint us once in a while. a father thats say a doctor and misses his son's basketball game according to Mr Cutter is a bad father.



    i wish these prosecutors will save their zeal for less sympathetic defendants. am glad they lost this case truth be toldmoreless
  • A kidnapping gone wrong causes the death of a CEO'S Mistress

    8.5
    I just wrote this review once before but forgot to make a score and once i did i had to write the whole review all over again. Well here it is this was a great law & order episode no unnecessary plot twists just straight to the point, it also danced around a current issue you wait and see what it is. Though this episode isn't one of the best law and order episodes of the season it is pretty close. Oh and this episode really made me appreciate ADA Mike Cutter more, it shows even though he won't bend the rules like Jack, he can still get the truth. Well That's it folks gotta fly!moreless
  • Decent episode, most of their episodes reflect with recent issues in the world, this one dealt mostly around kidnapping, extortion, and today's economy. However, the new episodes are not what they used to be..moreless

    8.0
    Detectives find a girl who seemed to be hit by a truck in Harlem. They eventually are led to believe extortion was involved and she was kidnapped. They come across a man who runs a shelter that helps the youth around the area, and eventually arrest him because he admits to kidnapping the girl. During the trial, the defendant claims the girl wanted to be kidnapped, as apart of a scheme, to get money from Mr.Gardner - the person who said he'd give him a few hundred thousand dollars for his organization. Mr.Dibbins (the defense attorney) did a good job with poisoning the jury with thoughts about how others should be held responsible.



    This episode dealt with many things that are occurring today in the economy - bankruptcy, "dow jones", bailouts, and companies going under. It was sad to see the guy running the shelter was swindling his boys with promises that he couldn't keep. I love when McCoy deals with those on trial, that's one of the main reasons I've ever watched the show. The last few episodes have been good because it's dealt a bit with his political campaign.



    All in all, was a decent episode, pretty sad to be honest.moreless
S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita van Buren

Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto

Det. Cyrus Lupo

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

Det. Kevin Bernard

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

DA Jack McCoy

Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. ADA Michael Cutter

Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

ADA Connie Rubirosa

E.J. Bonilla

E.J. Bonilla

Carlos

Guest Star

Michael Gaston

Michael Gaston

Pete Gardner

Guest Star

Jon Prescott

Jon Prescott

Davey Burke

Guest Star

Patricia R. Floyd

Patricia R. Floyd

Judge Rochelle Desmond

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Michael Cutter: He's going for jury nullification. He wants the jury to ignore the rules and vote their emotions.
      Connie Rubirosa: Yeah, their emotions on lost jobs, and busted retirement savings.
      Michael Cutter: He's insinuating Ronnie Aldridge's ransom request was justified by Gardner's greed.
      Connie Rubirosa: The Robin Hood defense.
      Michael Cutter: It worked before.

    • Jack McCoy: If you refuse to testify, you'll be charged with contempt and you won't get out of it by writing a check.
      Pete Gardner: Put me on the stand. I'll take the fifth.
      Jack McCoy: Take the fifth, and I'll give you something other than a few lawsuits to worry about. I have a building full of broke prosecutors who'd love nothing more than to put you in their sights.
      Pete Gardner: What do I get out of it?
      Jack McCoy: Have you ever done something for nothing? Here's your chance.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the global financial crisis of 2008-2009 and the controversy over corporate bailouts.

    • Cyrus Lupo: That kid's a regular Otis Redding.
      Kevin Bernard: Otis sat by the bay.

      This refers to American soul singer Otis Redding (1941-1967) and his posthumous hit song "Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay," which was written on a houseboat in California.

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