Law & Order

Season 20 Episode 7

Boy Gone Astray

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 06, 2009 on NBC
8.4
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A young woman is murdered in her apartment. A security video from the lobby reveals a connection to a drug cartel.

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  • Unlike Stones2009D, this show brought me back to the first few seasons of "Law & Order". A lot of the best episodes the show produced left on a cliffhanger, making the audience assume what the outcome was going to be.moreless

    10
    Unlike Stones2009D, this show brought me back to the first few seasons of "Law & Order". A lot of the best episodes the show produced left on a cliffhanger, making the audience assume what the outcome was going to be. This episode was well written and I think Alana de la Garza should receive an Emmy nomination for her efforts in this episode. After Annie Parisse was killed a few seasons ago, I was worried about de la Garza's safety in the episode.



    At 20 years, this show does not seem like it is slowing down. It is constantly getting 7-8 million viewers per week, which is in the top 5 for NBC (which is sad), and it is only usually .5 million behind SVU for the week. I think it warrants another year (or 20). Based off this episode, I believe L&O is here to stay.moreless
  • What a lousy ending!!!!

    4.0
    I expected that the second episode would have been the conclusion of the first since the first was a cliffhanger. What happened with Connie? What happened to the family? It just "ended". Pretty disappointed. The second ep had nothing to do with the previous episode! I stayed up special to watch this and NBC decided to give us an episode unrelated to the previous. I would have expected that from CI or SVU, but not from the mothershow. I hope that someday NBC will make the second half to the episode that they cut off. It would have made sense if it were a cross-over show to SVU, since the defendants were kids!moreless
  • A brilliant, unflinching look at the Mexican cartels.

    10
    This has to be one of the best episodes Law and Order has ever done. The plot was brilliant. An intriguing, unexpected look into the horrors of the Mexican cartel. The acting was superb. Despite what another review says, even the children. No they weren't perfect, but in particular Mario Quinonez Jr. playing Rafa was great. The ending, although bound to not be liked or understood by everyone, was pure Law and Order genius. What this show gets that so few others do is that you don't have to completely rap up all of the loose straws. We knew/know what is going to happen next. And the way it ended, with the shot of Rafa totally closed up playing ball, was beyond powerful. Okay, so they haven't followed up on the storyline especially Connie's bit, but there really wasn't a need to. You knew they weren't going to kill her off, so why go any further? Basically she'll have to have protection every where she goes for a while. Okay, we got that. There's nothing to see there. I don't see what the big deal is.



    Overall I am very impressed with NBC. They mustered a lot of guts throwing in plot lines like a very pro-medical marijuana plot line with Anita. A great episode, highly recommendable.moreless
  • L and O, and Mexico.

    7.4
    I hate child actors. I have said this in the past, and I hate to sound like an ageist (?) but they just butcher the true meaning of their lines so often that I think such a stereotype is warranted. Most kids just cannot act.



    And it ruined a strong episode of Law and Order. This was a good story with a scary concept, if you think about it. Imagine kids tricking people, killing them, living on their own as criminals? It is a scary thing to think about.



    It was good to see Michael Cutter really get pushed for the first time as well in two years, struggling to put together a case that should have been a lock. Good to see his continued development in the Law and Order ranks. I won't put Linus Roache among the top ADAs in show history, but he is up there.moreless
  • Slow start, picked up speed and delivered.

    8.0
    The Law half was a little bit underwhelming but the Order portion finished things right. Spoilers to follow: Their attempt to deprogram a boy who had been brainwashed by a drug cartel really distinguished this episode. I am so used to the over-used law and order ending where the last few seconds of the episode are them receiving a phone call telling them that their witness has been murdered or is 'missing' i.e. murdered. It was much more clever the way they handled it: intimidating the witness by means of his friend's surprising jailhouse assassination, and leaving us wondering what the chances are of the boy having a change of heart and testifying before the judge throws out the case. It works because the boy is in a difficult position- either choice puts him and his family in harm's way.



    Other than the awkward handing of Connie's cultural heritage and hispanic culture in general, I enjoyed the plot- the scenes with the boy humming the ominous tune to Connie in the empty court room and her breaking down on the street when the boys passed by with the basketball really created a sense of foreboding at the end.moreless
S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita van Buren

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

Det. Kevin Bernard

Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto

Det. Cyrus Lupo

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

D.A. Jack McCoy

Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. A.D.A. Michael Cutter

Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa

Jonathan Cake

Jonathan Cake

Marcus Woll

Guest Star

Mario Quinonez Jr.

Mario Quinonez Jr.

Rafael Alvarez

Guest Star

Manny Perez

Manny Perez

Ricardo Alvarez

Guest Star

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Frank Gibson

Recurring Role

Peter McRobbie

Peter McRobbie

Judge Walter Bradley

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Mr. Woll arrives in court to represent the three young males, he states, "We have three juveniles, two 14-year-olds and a 16-year-old without records." In New York state, all 16-year-olds are considered to be adults and are always tried as such for any crime, including misdemeanors.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Michael Cutter: A firefight over a couple of songs, unbelievable.
      Connie Rubirosa: As if these cartels need a pretext to kill.

    • Connie Rubirosa: These guys are folk heroes.
      Jack McCoy: Not to mention pushers and murderers.
      Connie Rubirosa: Well, you'd have to know Mexico's colonial history. Banditos fought the power. Banditos like my ancestor, Juan Cortina. People revered them.
      Jack McCoy: Your ancestor, maybe I should keep a closer eye on you. So the Vela cartel targeted Nina Wilshire because she was in a song that extolled the virtues of a rival cartel.
      Kevin Bernard: Yeah, well, it's called talking smack with a semi-automatic.

    • Jack McCoy: A Mexican drug cartel is relying on children to carry out their murders?
      Michael Cutter: These children are trained assassins.

    • Cyrus Lupo: Skunk weed. Forget interiors, our gal was designing drug deals.
      Kevin Bernard: That's a hazardous occupation.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the ongoing armed conflict between Mexico and drug cartels, along with its casualties across the border.

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