Law & Order

Season 20 Episode 8

Doped

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 06, 2009 on NBC
8.7
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29 votes
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Episode Summary

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A nasal spray that can disorient its user is found at the scene of a terrible car crash and the detectives become suspicious of the victim's boss.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Self Serving and Exploitive

    1.0
    This episode took a tragedy of a woman who was drunk and high and caused the deaths of innocent victims and twisted it to make it against the pharmacitical company to serve Dick Wolf's uber liberal agenda and made the woman driver into an innocent victim. Since this was in L & O's later years and was losing its audience cause they went too far left they got away with it.moreless
  • 2 x the law; 2 x the order

    8.5
    What a great night- two episodes of L&O... and they weren't awful. Liked this one because it began with something cringeworthy and ripped from the headlines, but proved to be a worthy starting point for a mystery. The widower of the victim/perpetrator (depending how you look at it) was well acted and greatly understated, as was the Lieutenant's reaction to the Cancer related case- it would be really terrible if they had tried to tie her story line into it, instead she seemed deep and thoughtful as she subtly contemplated whether marketing a drug that can add even a month of life is really a crime... The scene with Sam Waterston giving the drug executive an ultimatum was mesmerizing- his reduced screen time only adds to the impact when he does carry the scene. All in all, the villain's motive was an interesting one and the twisted corporation angle helped the intrigue. A good offering.moreless
  • An extra L and O.

    7.2
    Law and Order had a doubleheader tonight as NBC ran the long running procedural from 8 to Jay on Friday night. Unfortunately, the ambiguous ending to the first episode was not answered in the second (not that Law and Order has multi-episode arcs too often, but I would have liked some resolution) which left me scratching my head.



    Mad Men's Rich Sommer guest starred, and while he was a step above some of the previous guest stars the show has been bringing in, he couldn't save a pretty generic story tonight. Stick to one episode a week guys. This was fun, but just mediocre by Law standards.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

Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

ADA Connie Rubirosa

Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. ADA Michael Cutter

Chris Bowers

Chris Bowers

Matt Sawyer

Guest Star

Rich Sommer

Rich Sommer

Zach Marshall

Guest Star

Brennan Brown

Brennan Brown

Attorney Hoyt

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When the TARU Officer tells ADA Cutter that all the files had been erased from the laptop, Cutter asks if he can take a look. The TARU Officer steps back, but as Cutter sits down, we see a new camera angle and the TARU Officer has just vanished.

  • QUOTES (0)

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the the 2009 Taconic State Parkway crash involving Diane Schuler, who was driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol, killing five in her vehicle and three in the vehicle she hit. In this episode, the motivation for the killing is presented as provoked by the huge settlements in recent cases against pharmaceutical corporations under the False Claims Act, most pointedly the case of Pfizer, wherein it was alleged that the company had encouraged its sales force to recommend off-label prescribing of drugs such as Bextra, settlements from which company whistle-blowers received large portions.

    • Michael Cutter: Jeffrey Wigand. The king of the whistleblowers. He blew the whistle on Big Tobacco.

      Jeffrey Wigand is a former vice president of research and development for the tobacco company Brown & Williamson. The CEOs of Brown & Williamson and other tobacco companies had sworn under oath before Congress that they did not believe nicotine was addictive and did not know whether cigarettes caused disease. After being fired, Wigand appeared on 60 Minutes and stated that tobacco companies were fully aware that nicotine was addictive and that they manipulated tobacco to increase the amount of nicotine in cigarettes and ignored the health risks presented by cigarettes and secondhand smoke. Wigand was portrayed by Russell Crowe in the 1999 film The Insider, a film that also mentions the Tylenol Murders referenced by Cyrus Lupo earlier in the episode.

    • Cyrus Lupo: Another Tylenol scare. Great.

      In the fall of 1982, seven people in Chicago died after taking Extra Strength Tylenol capsules that had been laced with cyanide. This led to Tylenol being removed from stores across the country and it encouraged Johnson and Johnson (the makers of Tylenol) and many other companies to develop tamper-proof packaging for their products. As of 2009, the Tylenol Murders remain unsolved despite an intensive investigation.

    • Anita van Buren: Propofol? An anesthetic, right?
      Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers: Yeah. Powerful one. Also known as milk of amnesia. It's been in the news.

      Propofol has been implicated in the June 2009 death of pop star Michael Jackson. Jackson died of a cardiac arrest after his doctor, Conrad Murray, gave him a combination of propofol and benzodiazepines as a remedy for his insomnia. Propofol is frequently given to patients undergoing surgery in hospitals, but it is not recommended as a sleep aid. The Los Angeles County Coroner ruled that Jackson's death was a homicide.

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