Law & Order

Season 14 Episode 8

Embedded

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 19, 2003 on NBC
7.6
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After a reporter accused of causing the deaths of soldiers with whom he was embedded in Iraq by reporting on their troop movements is shot and wounded on the eve of his return to the front, the ballistics report indicates that the gun belonged to one of the dead soldiers, leading the detectives to uncover who brought the gun back from the front and committed the crime.moreless

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  • Law and Order Continues to feature incisive writing, and excellent acting

    9.2
    They could go for the easy 'go along to get along' but they don't. You see the chief detective getting very rough on some of the suspects and witnesses, not exactly the picture of PR the NYC cops would like to have out there....but true.

    The dead bodies are shown, but are not gruesome, which makes you wonder why dead bodies of our own children in Iraq are not allowed to be seen. Maybe series like this one will hasten the return of our children from that hellhole called Iraq.moreless
  • Recent politics collide with a shocking twist that leaves viewers gasping at the sheer courage of the writing team to flout popular opinion.

    9.9
    It's a rare show that can be as hard-hitting and controversial as "Law & Order" without stepping on more than a few toes. I admit, when I started into this episode for the first time I wasn't completely sure whether or not it was making a political statement. After all, the dynamics of the case tread heavily on the thin ice the public walks concerning recent developments in Iraq. The case seems fairly simple: a reporter accused of giving away troop movements that caused the deaths of three American soldiers is shot in the back on a public street. All the evidence leads to a soldier reluctant to participate, and a battle between the district attorney's office and the military in order to gain jurisdiction.



    In the midst of it, we have arguments. Pro-war, anti-war. Pro-Bush, anti-Bush. Tempers flare up just long enough to get the audience overheated, then die down again as the episode comes to a dramatic final five minutes, in which the truth finally comes out. That the anti-war, anti-government, anti-military journalist had himself shot in order to slander the military and make a statement against happenings overseas. With the plethora of programming recently going out of its way to rub suburban America's noses in anti-war propaganda, it's surprising and certainly refreshing to see Dick Wolf and his writing team do such an about face. It's something we can expect of them, because they're never mainstream, they never pander to public opinion, they just throw the dice and let it turn up a powerful conclusion as contently as if they had just pulled the rug from beneath their viewers. It's why the show has lasted so long, and why it'll still be around in years to come.



    Whether or not you stand on one side of the fence or the other when it comes to recent politics, "Embedded" remains one of the most intriguing and certainly courageous episodes of the franchise.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

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Nick Chinlund

Nick Chinlund

Frank Elliott

Guest Star

Keith Nobbs

Keith Nobbs

Sergeant George Henry Meacham

Guest Star

Bess Wohl

Bess Wohl

Gia Whitchurch

Guest Star

Michael Medeiros

Michael Medeiros

Stewart Griffin

Recurring Role

Robert Hogan

Robert Hogan

Judge Hugo Bright

Recurring Role

Libby George

Libby George

Judge Iris Chapman

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Lennie Briscoe: Sounds like someone in uniform would rather have Elliott entombed than embedded.

    • Lennie Briscoe (arriving at the crime scene): We're always a nickel late and a dime short.
      Ed Green: What the hell does that mean?
      Lennie: Hey, what do you want from me? It's two o'clock in the morning.

    • Jack McCoy: Did you shoot Mr. Elliot, Sgt. Meacham?
      George Meacham: No, because if I'd have shot him, he'd be dead!

    • Det. Lennie Briscoe: A shooter nobody saw, a bullet everybody uses and a guy half the world wants dead.
      Det. Ed Green: E.M.T. says he's probably gonna make it.
      Det. Lennie Briscoe: Yeah, only the good die young.

  • NOTES (0)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Frank Elliott: I believe this to be a fictitious war, waged by a fictitious president...
      When Michael Moore won an Academy Award in 2003, he said, "We live in the time where we have fictitious election results that elect a fictitious president. We live in a time where we have a man who's sending us to war for fictitious reasons." Elliott's statement is similar to Moore's controversial acceptance speech.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Geraldo Rivera scandal during the war in Iraq. During a Fox news Broadcast, Rivera disclosed an upcoming military operation in Iraq and went as far as drawing a map on the sand for his audience.

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