Law & Order

Season 5 Episode 2

Coma

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 28, 1994 on NBC
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A comedy-club owner comes under suspicion for having shot his wife, now comatose with a bullet in her head, after it's discovered he was abusive and she was about to divorce him.

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  • Jack McCoy, in his second episode, brings a circumstantial evidence case against a night club owner accused of shooting his wife into a coma.

    9.0
    This is one of my favorite episodes (obviously, because I'm taking the time to review it). 1- The plot is wonderful. It doesn't need to be extended by having the police chase after innocent suspects, and it doesn't need an emotional argument in the Family Conference Room to give it a "kick". The dialogue is witty, too. Jack and Logan back-and-forth about grand juries and ham sandwiches was great.



    2- We get to see Jack's human side in this episode. Waterson hits all the notes perfectly, especially when the victim dies under the knife, and the ending scene. Also, we learn that his dad was a policeman.



    3- Although Waterson's performance stands out, the acting was good all around. Especially the funny-yet-not-funny Michael Dobson.



    4- Lastly, this episode explores the nature of circumstantial evidence. I love the way Kincaid sums up the evidence against Dobson. She said something to the effect of:



    Kincaid- The fingerprints, the gun, the jacket, the blood, the abuse, the divorce, the deposit box, the lying, no alibi, and Dobson's attitude...Arrest him.



    Although it sounds good, each piece either has an innocent explanation, or isn't worth much. The fingerprints only show that Dobson, at some point, reached into his wife's car. The gun is the same caliber as the murder weapon, but so are many street guns. Ectera, ectera.



    The ending also shows this. We are left with the question of whether or not the meeting between the two suspects is the product of coincidence or cleverness. Is Dobson innocent?



    Personally, I would have preferred Dobson's story to have ended on that note, with us never sure what happened. But, if they had to bring Dobson back for another go, they couldn't have done better than they did in Encore.moreless
  • L&O's best murder mystery

    10
    What seems so obvious is still so hard. Michael Dobson's wife lies in the hospital, in a coma with the ullet still lodged in her head.



    The detectives arrest Dobson, who is uncooperative to say the least. But there's just enough lingering doubt to make McCoy question whether he can win the case.



    He convinces the wife's sister to allow an operation to remove the bullet, knowing the high chance of fatality. She agrees, wanting to lock Dobson up.



    The bullet is removed, and Mr's Dobson dies as a result. But the bullet doesn't match Dobson's gun. McCoy is stricken.



    As he leaves the courtroom, McCoy is stopped by Logan, who has discovered a videotape of Dobson introducing someone at his comedy club with criminal ties. Was Dobson guilty all along?



    Season 6's "Encore" features the return of Dobson, one of the rare times a perp returns for a second go round.moreless
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Steven Hill

D.A. Adam Schiff

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. A.D.A. Jack McCoy

Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy

A.D.A. Claire Kincaid

Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Det. Mike Logan

Larry Miller

Larry Miller

Michael Dobson

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Debra Monk

Debra Monk

Kathleen O'Brien

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Heather Gottlieb

Heather Gottlieb

Susannah

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Donald Corren

Donald Corren

Medill

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John Fiore

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Tony Profaci

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David Rosenbaum

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Judge Alan Berman

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