Law & Order

Season 20 Episode 11

Fed

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Dec 11, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A community organizer who was working on voter registration is found dead with the word "FED" written on his chest. The detectives initially suspect an anti-government motive for the murder, but the case gets more complicated when they learn that the victim was secretly gathering incriminating information about the organization he worked for.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Decent.

    7.0
    Much hype went into Benjamin Bratt's return to Law and Order, but very little of it was actually warranted. There was not much at all to his appearance from a storyline point, or from an entertainment stand point. Dude needs to beg the people at A&E to bring The Cleaner back and not worry about making dumb appearances on this show.



    The episode's main storyline was solid, but again, at times difficult to follow, something I have complained about Law and Order doing over the years. Definitely not as good as last week's episode.



    Forgettable episode overall tonight, just not much to remember it for.moreless
  • Nice to see some personal lives for a change.

    9.0
    Despite the hype of Benjamin Bratt's appearance, it turned into more than a cameo as Rey Curtis. For we learn he is now a single father and raising his three girls, since their mother died of MS. It was also nice to see Lt Van Buren, who seems to have been invisbile for the past two seasons, finally get a role. Due to her cancer storyline and how it is taking a toll. Also great to see her fighting back against Cutter and McCoy. Glad to see that McCoy apologized to her in the end. And think that out of all of the people she needs to confide in, it would be Jack who seems a lot more understanding of her cancer. He is just waiting for the right time for her to talk with him, as he is trying to be a lot more nicer to her. Though she is trying to lay low about the disease.moreless
  • Icredibly touching

    9.0
    Law & Order has done something they haven't done in a while, intorduce old characters. Det. Rey Curtis has come back to bury his wife who died from complications of Multipe Sclorosis. There is a brief reunion between Rey and Anita. There is also a deeper look at Anita's cancer burden. The criminal part of the episode was kina stale, and emphasis on kinda. There is also alot of tension between the police and the DA. Soon you find out there is alot of scandel and corruption and thats pretty much it. This episode was very touching and I believe very memorable.moreless
  • Good to see you again, Ray

    8.0
    Good, if not a little flawed, episode about a murdered campaign worker who was trying to undermine the liberal Rights Alliance organization which, as it turns out, had more than a few skeletons in their closet. The usual amount of twists and turns kept this one going for me. A very sweet and poignant reunion between Van Buren and Curtis was a rare (for this series) but nice touch and a good break from the prominent story in this episode. He had come back to New York to bury his wife who passed away after being ill for many years and they talk briefly about her current illness. A very moving scene at the end of the episode.moreless
  • This is a whole new law & Order...and I love it!

    10
    This is one of the best episodes of the series. I'm speechless, so its fortunate that I'm writing this review. This show has seen a transformation this year, from the tried and oh so true procedural that we've always loved, to a show that blends in personal stories from time to time, but without turning into a soap opera. This episode in so many ways shows how truly amazing this show has become. The episode where the shopkeeper defends his store was a step in a different direction, but this has changed the completely-in a good way. Everything about it- the case was intriguing, and the story kept twisting and turning in on itself, great mystery writing; the visit from Rey was so emotional, and added a real sense of spirit to a show that on occasion, can be a little detached; this episode in so many ways was all about Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson)and her struggle with cancer, and it was shown to her how it might end in the form of the death of a friend who had been struggling with a disease. I would also like to say that S Epatha Merkerson deserves so many Emmys for this episode, that they can't possibly commend her enough. Its so interesting to see a more serialized show develop from a straight up and down procedural. I can't wait to see where they go with this show next year, and I'm already excited for the season finale. I just hope they don't lay off these character stories. And I hope they don't let them totally take over the show.



    10/10- Really deserves the 10.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

Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa

Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. A.D.A. Michael Cutter

Sam Robards

Sam Robards

Davis Webb

Guest Star

Danai Jekesai Gurira

Danai Jekesai Gurira

Courtney Owens

Guest Star

Boris McGiver

Boris McGiver

Jerry Gans

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Frank Gibson

Recurring Role

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    • This episode is partially ripped from the headlines of the William Sparkman case. Sparkman, a 51-year-old census worker, was found hanging from a tree in Clay County, Kentucky on September 13, 2009. The word "FED" was written on his chest. Police originally suspected that Sparkman had been murdered by someone with a grudge against the federal government, but further investigation led them to believe that he had likely committed suicide and staged the scene as a murder so that his family could collect on a life insurance policy.

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