Law & Order

Season 19 Episode 4

Falling

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 26, 2008 on NBC
9.8
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A crane falls and kills a man and the detectives find evidence of foul play.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A terrifying reality.

    8.5
    This is something that has always troubled me: The fact that parents practically own their children's body. I mean, I realize this is fiction but even on TV, seeing a child forced to a procedure they don't want sickens me for some reason.



    I realize children at certain age might not have the maturity to make certain decisions, but that doesn't make situations like the one portrayed tonight any less repulsive.



    I really like the fact that they referred to that case back on season 4 when Jack moved to have a woman sterilized because she systematically murdered her kids. He regrets that decision but I think he was right, some people simply don't deserve to have reproductive rights.moreless
  • A crane accident leads to a trial about the care of a child.

    8.0
    Law and Order continues to tackle controversial issues in entertaining fashion this season. In another great episode we saw the role of parents being questioned in regard to cutting-edge medical philosophies that could permanently stunt the growth of a young girl.



    We also got a great heated confrontation between Michael Cutter and Jack McCoy that led to the latter asserting his authority in court claiming that Michael will "become better" because of this.



    The courtroom drama seems to be fading away with Boston Legal wrapping up production this season and there being very little talk about Law and Order but the show is still dishing out very strong episodes. This was no exception.moreless
  • A dissapointment.

    1.0
    Everyone on TV.com said this episode was awesome. I went onto my iTunes account and purchased it from the store, expecting an amazing episode. What I got was a regular Law and Order episode. The thing with the kid was very nice, and Linus Roache is a great actor, but I mean, really, the writers really couldn't do anything better? This show is awesome, and while many of these episodes are B material, still some of these episodes arn't B material and this episode really is B material. I think that this episode just really really sucked badly. It needs to be a bit better it wasn't like the best Law and Order episode of all time RUBBBBBBBBBBBBBEEERR ER EROOOOOMmoreless
  • Different but predictable

    7.5
    This episode was nowhere near as intense as I thought it would be. And the story they started with they never did get around to finishing. The story moved along, albeit in slow steps. Crane kills man whose wife is in a coma. Suspicion centers around the foreman and his wife who had employed the woman part time as a caregiver for their handicapped daughter (and as a lover for the husband as we find out). Cutter goes a bit far in trying to force the couple not to do a questionable medical procedure on the girl but McCoy, remembering the effects of a case he did from years ago, "yanks his leash" and drops the condition.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

D.A. Jack McCoy

Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. A.D.A. Michael Cutter

Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa

Frank Converse

Frank Converse

Wayne Hardy

Guest Star

Geraldine Hughes

Geraldine Hughes

Sandra Talbot

Guest Star

Ed Moran

Ed Moran

Carl Nolan

Guest Star

Peter McRobbie

Peter McRobbie

Judge Walter Bradley

Recurring Role

Joe Forbrich

Joe Forbrich

Detective Cormack

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Cutter tries to make a case to prevent the Talbots from providing the controversial surgical procedure for their daughter as a condition of the plea agreement, he refers to the Season 5 episode "Precious" ('People v Willick' case). In that episode, McCoy attempted to make a tubal ligation a condition of a plea agreement.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jack McCoy: (To Michael Cutter.) Pulling the plug in the middle of an allocution? I hope you didn't snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    • Connie Rubirosa: (referring to Mrs. Talbot.) She put her caretaker in a coma, and now she begs mercy because she has no caretaker?

    • (Looking at financial records)
      Cyrus Lupo: "Who needs math?" I told my teachers, "I'm gonna be a cop."
      Kevin Bernard: Don't feel bad, I said the same thing about biology. Now I spend half my life lookin' at autopsies.

    • Eddie O'Connor: I spent 20 years watching guys take bribes, and get promoted while doing it. That's not me.
      Cyrus Lupo: Right. You is the guy that took bribes but never made it to supervisor.

    • Cyrus Lupo: Faxes from the city inspector approving the night shifts, the heavier loads.
      Kevin Bernard: Check this out. The number that this was faxed from doesn't match the number on the cover sheet.
      Cyrus Lupo: 631 area code. A city inspector faxing from the Hamptons on a weekday afternoon.
      Kevin Bernard: Nice work if you can get it.

    • Anita van Buren: The forensic accountant is very anxious to talk to you.
      Cyrus Lupo: Great, after a morning of forensic engineering, nothing beats a little forensic accounting.

    • (At the scene of the crane collapse)
      Cyrus Lupo: We're homicide with the 27.
      Wayne Hardy: Homicide? What do we need homicide detectives for?
      Kevin Bernard: (looking at Carlos Lazaro's body) You don't, but he does. And until we know happened, sir, this is a crime scene.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be partially ripped from the headlines of two construction crane collapses, both in Manhattan during 2008: One on 2nd Avenue and 51st Street on March 15 and another two and a half months later on 91st Street and 1st Avenue. This also appears to be ripped from the headlines of the case of Ashley X.

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