Law & Order

Season 12 Episode 13

DR 1-102

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jan 30, 2002 on NBC
8.2
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DR 1-102
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The bludgeoning of two women in their apartment leads the detectives to a suspect who has taken a hostage while demanding legal representation ... and Southerlyn's actions, while heroic, result in disbarment proceedings against her for violation of Disciplinary Rule 1-102.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Congratulations to the writers on this one.

    9.5
    Congratulations to the writers on this one. Here we see the flip side of the legal system, wherein one of the good guys gets the shaft for doing the right thing. It gives one pause to consider the flaws in the system, ranging from false convictions to reverse persecutions like the one depicted here.



    We have situations where one state, Illinois, declared a moratorium on the death penalty based on the high rate of false convictions, and another in Texas were a man who was executed was later proved innocent.



    Law & Order (bothe this and the other series in the franchise) often depicts the police using deception and other forms of coercion to get confessions (in one episode, they humiliated a suspect by preventing him from using a toilet until he wet himself). Apparently this is ethical for the cops but not the attorneys - an interesting paradoxmoreless
  • Basically this guy comes murders these two girls then later in the episode takes another hostage. He then asks for a lawyer. There were none in the area so ADA Southerlyn offered to help. As a result she was ordered to apear before the disipline commitee.moreless

    9.5
    While I did not see the whole episode I did see the good stuff. All of the actors did a great job. The hostage stand off was terrifying. I was afraid the guy would find out Serena Southerlyn was really a district attorney and kill her and his hostage. Sometimes I get ticked off with Jack but I loved him in this episode with the way he defended Serena. (I have yet to see the episode with him apearing before the disipline commitee.) The only thing I didn't like about this episode was Nora. While she was a help to Serena on the stand, she was totally unsuportive outside the courtroom. All in all- a great episode.moreless
  • Come together...over me

    9.7
    This is probably Serena's most memorable, and best, episode. She helps talks a suspect holding a hostage to give up by implying she is his counsel.



    When the suspect's defense attorney expresses surprise when her client thought that Southerlyn was his lawyer, Serena ends up facing a disciplinary hearing.



    McCoy defends her, and Erwin bears witness, and dutifully points out Serena's bad judgement.



    While not disbarred, Serena is repremanded. McCoy and Erwin know she was wrong, but accept that she tried to accomplish a greater good.moreless
Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

ADA Serena Southerlyn

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Dianne Wiest

Dianne Wiest

Interim DA Nora Lewin

Gene Silvers

Gene Silvers

Raymond Hobbs

Guest Star

Susan Blackwell

Susan Blackwell

Lydia Fernands

Guest Star

David DeBeck

David DeBeck

Captain Bolland

Guest Star

Shawn Elliott

Shawn Elliott

Judge Manuel Rivera

Recurring Role

John Benjamin Hickey

John Benjamin Hickey

Aaron Solomon

Recurring Role

E. Katherine Kerr

E. Katherine Kerr

Chairwoman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The name of the first victim, Cynthia Hall, is the same as Playboy's Playmate of the Month for March 1971.

    • Nitpick: The police officer tells Serena to protect her face and neck against a knife thrust with her hands and that "...the Kevlar will protect the rest." This is not entirely true. Kevlar protects best against blows such as punches or bullets. It can protect against a knife cut or slash, but will only slow, but not completely stop, a thrust.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jack McCoy: (in his summation at the disciplinary committee) This was a unique situation where the assistant district attorney put her life on line to protect us. When it was over, everyone walked out alive. This lawyer had a moment to choose between being a lawyer and being a person. What would we have all thought if she'd made a different choice?

    • Nora Lewin: (responding to Southerlyn's thanks) And I appreciate what you did, but if you wanted to save people, you should've become a doctor.

    • Raver: There's an after-hours club down there.
      Lennie Briscoe: After what hours? It's ten in the morning!

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