Law & Order

Season 20 Episode 7

Boy Gone Astray

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 06, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Fan Reviews (5)

8.4
out of 10
Average
30 votes
  • 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.
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