Law & Order

Season 18 Episode 18

Excalibur

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 21, 2008 on NBC
9.0
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Episode Summary

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A jeweler's murder may have ties to a prostitution ring, and once the case goes to trial, D.A. McCoy's job is on the line as favors are called in.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Great Finale / Great Season

    9.6
    'Excalibur', was a refreshing return to form, after last week's 'out of character' episode 'Persona Non Grata' and a worthy finale to an exceptional season.



    The Spitzer ripped-from-the-headlines elements didn't overwhelm the overall story- if anything it really made this episode. It would have been an open and shut case were it not for the power struggle between McCoy and the corrupt Governor- his ultimatums- and the threat to Jack's job. But far more than losing his DA position, McCoy stood to lose himself- nearly sacrificing his values and principles to acheive a compromised justice. I don't think anyone actually thought that Jack McCoy would give in to the Gov's demands, however, it was interesting to see him tempted by the dark side.moreless
  • McCoy centered episode!

    9.5
    This is taken from the Eliot Spitzer episode as Tom Everett Scott is cast against type as the NY Gov, who tries to pressure McCoy to do bad things for him. As McCoy has made an enemy out of him. Wonder how McCoy will try to do this if this continues to haunt him next season. Everybody from the feds and the state government want in on it. But despite the pressure that he is facing, it is stil neat to see McCoy want justice done and to do the right thing with morals and values to it. Nice to see Mike Cutler trying to take the load of Jack's hands. Poor ole Jack, what will happen next if this odes get played out next year!moreless
  • A jeweler is murdered by his brother-in law because of the b-in-lawran a high priced prostitution ring. The governor, McCoy's mentor, gets the guy to plea bargain and will commute his life sentence to avoid the governor's ties to the ring.moreless

    9.4
    An excellent episode loosely based on the Elliot Spitzer case in New York. The governor will do anything, as will his wife, to keep the governor's ties to the prostitution ring a secret. McCoy is outfoxed. The muderer pleads guilty with the implication the governor will commute the sentence. McCoy's dilemma ... he has made an enemy of the governor who put him in office with an election looming next year. McCoy hates to play politics and increasingly sees that the job of D.A. is inherently political. Can McCoy maintain his principles oor give in to politics as usual? Next season will tell the story.moreless
  • Spitzer should have followed this script...

    9.5
    A fine ending to a better tham most lately season. Jack McCoy gets caught in a power struggle between the governor and justice. Governor wins this round but come next season he may be in for more than he "shannangained" for. The chemistry between the two ADA's really makes their characters click and am looking forward to more seasons of the two of them. The jury is still out on Bernard; needs a few more episodes but Lupo can stay as can his ex-sister in law; would like to see more of her in some kind of semi-regular role. See you in Sept. for season 19.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

Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa

Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. A.D.A. Michael Cutter

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

D.A. Jack McCoy

Alison Elliott

Alison Elliott

Rita Shalvoy

Guest Star

Katheryn Winnick

Katheryn Winnick

Sarah Shipley

Guest Star

Len Cariou

Len Cariou

Edgar Beezley

Guest Star

Tom Everett Scott

Tom Everett Scott

Governor Donald Shalvoy

Recurring Role

Patricia R. Floyd

Patricia R. Floyd

Judge Rochelle Desmond

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In the episode "Fame" (17x1), Jack's estranged daughter Rebecca is living in Maine. Later that season, in "Fallout" (17x19), they met in NYC to reconcile. However, in this episode, she "drove up from San Diego" to meet him while Jack was in Los Angeles.

    • Jack McCoy's daughter is named Rebecca.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Governor Donald Shalvoy: It's thanks to me you have this job in the first place. Nobody wanted you.
      Jack McCoy: I'd rather be an unemployed lawyer than a well-fed pet.
      Governor Donald Shalvoy: You're a fool. I had high hopes for you.
      Jack McCoy: I had high hopes for YOU! How could you do this? To the people who work for you? To the people that elected you? How could you be so reckless with their trust? I respected you, Donald. I respected you.

    • Michael Cutter: (To Jack McCoy) Glad I'm not the one getting his nuts squeezed.

    • Connie Rubirosa: Our witness list looks like a hip-hop video. Hookers, pimps, players…

    • Jack McCoy: (to A.D.A. Cutter) Mike, get mad at me tomorrow. I can't fight you and the governor at the same time.

    • Michael Cutter: Didn't you tell me a few weeks ago that you were Shalvoy's new fair-haired boy?
      Jack McCoy: A few weeks is a long time.

    • Governor Donald Shalvoy: I like seeing that fire in your belly. You're gonna need it when you run for a full term as D.A.
      Jack McCoy: I'm running for D.A.?
      Governor Donald Shalvoy: Stay in touch, Jack.

    • Anita van Buren: Excalibur Exclusives?
      Cyrus Lupo: Mm-hmm, it's an escort service… for guys with really big swords.
      Anita van Buren: They wish.

    • Kevin Bernard: Drug dealers like gold. It's not traceable.
      Cyrus Lupo: So do terrorists.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Episode title: Excalibur

      A legendary sword associated with the legend of King Arthur, the Excalibur is attributed with magical powers and the right of sovereignty of Great Britain.

    • This episode is ripped from the headlines of the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal. Eliot Spitzer, a lawyer and former politician of the Democratic Party, was reported by the newspaper The New York Times to have patronized a high priced prostitution ring called: "Emperors Club VIP."

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