Law & Order

Season 18 Episode 4

Bottomless

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 16, 2008 on NBC
9.0
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Episode Summary

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The investigation into a pair of missing pants leads to the murder of a young lawyer. Lupo and Green soon turn their suspicions to a businessman who works for a shady multinational corporation called SavingsMart.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Out Of Control

    1.0
    Law & Order has been pushing their liberal agenda for years but with the exodus of Fred Dalton Thompson and the promotion of Sam Waterston's character Jack McCoy Dick Wolf and NBC went out of control. The prior episode was targeted against Christians with an anti gay message and now Walmart. It was no wonder that L&O was losing a lot of viewers. They are catering to an extreme left wing audience and calling it entertainment. By the way Walmart does not sell toothpaste and mouthwash from China it is the 99 cent stores that is very common today. If you are going to bash something get it right.moreless
  • Good episode and combining two ripped from the headlines cases was a great step. Dealing with the evil of money grubbing corporations with the China tainted products scandal and the

    8.5
    Good episode and combining two ripped from the headlines cases was a great step. Dealing with the evil of money grubbing corporations with the China tainted products scandal and the infamous million dollar paints civil suit and the need for tort reform. Like a Law and Order episode things were embellished with a murder. The lawyer defending the dry cleaners is killed because the pants link two corporate workers to a sex scandal. Even though I didn't like the jab at companies that have moral codes for their employees. I still like the complexity of mixing the two types of stories.moreless
  • What some companies won't do...

    9.6
    Very good insightful episode about morals, lying, corporate greed...well 2 out of 3 aint bad. Van Buren and her mentor had good chemistry but her wisdom came through in the end at the second motion hearing which spelled the end for the murderer (and some of the company profits me thinks). Linus Roache is growing on me as the ADA after his first episode which was so-so. And McCoy is a good DA, I hope they leave him in that spot (Thompson was a big bore). Jury is still out on Lt. Lupo (with sister-in-law as recurring character at the precinct).moreless
  • Great combination of headlines

    9.0
    The writers rip several headlines and combine it into one story pretty well, from the SavingsMart (can we just say "Wal-Mart"?) quality-control, big company ethics, and the Roy Pearson dry cleaners lawsuit. The only story that sort of disappointed was the missing pants storyline -- it only mattered to start off the detectives' case, but the two guys suing the dry cleaners? The missing pants just bled right into the SavingsMart case with no wrap-up on what happened with the lawsuit.



    Other than that, this was really well written, and I liked how the ADAs met up with the SavingsMart execs. Seems like L&O is still a bit apprehensive about giving Linus Roache a lot of courtroom scenes (for mainly two reasons: we like McCoy and Roache is not Waterston in the courtroom). That meeting was a good way to give Cutter some good screen time.



    The SavingsMart story from the secret relationship to the whole toothpaste scandal was really good, in my opinion. Even if it was totally "ripped from the headlines," the story was believable, despite the twists and turns.



    Also ... try imagining Jack McCoy shopping for a pink tricycle for his niece. Hmmm.moreless
  • Show on the rebound!

    10
    The show is on the rebound and glad that it is back on Wednesdays and not in the dead Fridays like it was last year. As I was afraid that McCoy's less screen time would hurt the show. But it hasn't as Jeremy Sisto has become quite a strong presence. As Cuttler is good taking McCoy's place but never will be a McCoy that's for sure. Good to take on companies that try to sellout and do things at people's expense. Even where the person dies, in this case, in this episode. Really glad that the show is making a comeback as of recently.moreless
Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

ADA Connie Rubirosa

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

DA Jack McCoy

Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto

Det. Cyrus Lupo

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. ADA Michael Cutter

Will Chase

Will Chase

Derek Cahill

Guest Star

Roxanna Hope

Roxanna Hope

Rachel Monroe

Guest Star

Kaitlin Hopkins

Kaitlin Hopkins

Cahill's Attorney

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Ed Green: Now all we need to do is look for one black guy and one white guy together in New York City.
      (Pause)
      Cyrus Lupo: Well, there's us.
      (Later, spotting suspects)
      Ed Green: Look, look--one black guy and one white guy.
      Cyrus Lupo: And it's not us!

    • Connie Rubirosa: You shop at SavingsMart?
      Jack McCoy: A child's bicycle costs 150 dollars on Columbus Avenue, 35 dollars at SavingsMart.
      Michael Cutter: You ride a child's bicycle?
      Jack McCoy: My nephew's daughter does.

    • Cyrus Lupo: Four years overseas chasing terrorists, now I'm the pants police.

    • Ed Green: They had a pleat and a cuff. Wrong pants.
      Anita van Buren: Well, that's worth 20 million.

    • Jack McCoy: Why would they be lying? SavingsMart believes all murderers should be freed so they can shop?

    • Fuller: We have our employees' DNA on file, in case of medical emergency.
      Ed Green: Like what, a kidney transplant during office hours?

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of recent problems with Chinese-made products. Several times in 2007, lead and anti-freeze tainted toys, toothpaste, pet food and other products from China were found in retail stores in the US. Just like the Chinese plant supervisor's suicide in this episode, in real life Zhang Shuhong – the owner of Lida Toy Company in Foshan, China – hung himself.

    • SavingsMart appears to be based on real life retail store chain Wal-Mart. Both are "big box" companies, spending billions on merchandise in China each year, founded by a man known for his moral values, and with thousands of stores in the US. The SavingsMart name tags even look like the Wal-Mart ones.

    • A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa: If the pants fit, they can't acquit.
      This is a play on what Johnnie Cochran said during the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial: "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit." In that case, he was talking about a glove.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Roy Pearson case. Roy Pearson sued a dry cleaners called Custom Cleaners for over 67 million dollars for the loss of his pants. The pants were from several suits that Pearson had brought to the cleaners to be cleaned in May 2005.

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