Law & Order

Season 20 Episode 6

Human Flesh Search Engine

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 30, 2009 on NBC
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An investigation into the death of a fashion company owner leads to a threatening website.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A little disappointing...

    6.0
    Spoilers Ahead:



    I was somewhat let down by this episode. It seemed really promising in the commercials- that someone was going after the people listed on a blog. If it had literally been that... and the blogger didn't even realize someone was carrying out vigilante justice based on his web rants... that sounds pretty solid. Very mysterious- and isn't that kind of frightening? And the big twist could have been that the blogger eventually realized what was happening and purposely put someone on his blog to be killed. I could see Cutter arguing conspiracy, or at least reckless endangerment, and the defense attorney pleading his client's ignorance. I could keep going... because there is a lot of potential in that story line.



    Instead, we unfortunately experienced the strange lady with the delusions of people on cell phones cavorting with the devil and a web community which has so much time on their hands they apparently enjoy enabling murderers.



    Some neat revelations about Det. Bernard... unfortunately, at what price? The bad man put him up on the magical website and suddenly he's public enemy number one. Internet culture doesn't work quite like that- it just seemed as if logic didn't follow- just like Cutter shouldn't reasonably expect any judge to allow him to charge everyone who posted something nasty on a blog with manslaughter!



    Love my L&O, so I expect a little better.moreless
  • Nothing happened.

    6.5
    Well, up until the revelation that Detective Kevin Bernard has a child, nothing happened in this episode. You got the sense of "been there, done that" a generic plot involving a crooked internet millionaire, just jacked up in voltage to involve him plotting to have people killed. Considering the fact that I am a huge fan of guest star Rob Corddry this was also disappointing. Lately Law and Order seems to be bringing in all these comedians for guest spots (like Jim Gaffigan recently) but they're trying to have them as serious people, which simply put, does not work with this show.moreless
  • Continues in the tradition of thought-provoking drama

    8.5
    "Human Flesh Search Engine" is a provocative look at the dangers of the "information superhighway" as the investigation into a murder reveals that a website may be responsible for encouraging a deranged woman to commit the crime. The investigation by Detectives Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Bernard (Anthony Anderson) lead to the latter being "targeted" by the website, revealing a "blemish" out of his past that he preferred remained private.



    The installment also further explores Lt. Van Buren's (S. Epatha Merkerson) cancer. Ernie Hudson plays her seldom-seen husband.



    This is a very good episode, featuring the usual great acting from the principal stars and the guests.moreless
S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita van Buren

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

Det. Kevin Bernard

Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto

Det. Cyrus Lupo

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

DA Jack McCoy

Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

ADA Connie Rubirosa

Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. ADA Michael Cutter

René Ifrah

René Ifrah

Sid Maxwell

Guest Star

Jeremy Beiler

Jeremy Beiler

Terry Clark

Guest Star

Christopher McCann

Christopher McCann

Judge Colin Gerard

Guest Star

Carolyn McCormick

Carolyn McCormick

Dr. Elizabeth Olivet

Recurring Role

Ben Shenkman

Ben Shenkman

Nick Margolis

Recurring Role

Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson

Frank Gibson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jack McCoy: You're lucky the judge didn't throw your case out entirely.
      Michael Cutter: She's living in the 20th century, words on the Internet have consequences.
      Jack McCoy: Actually, she's living in the 18th century, when the Bill of Rights was written, which on balance is a good thing.

    • Nick Margolis: If I yell, "Kill the umpire!" and some psychotic does it, I'm not guilty of murder.
      Michael Cutter: The website went beyond exhortations to kill Mr. Maxwell, it gave instructions on how to do it.

    • Michael Cutter: Did you see the file on Flashposse.net?
      Jack McCoy: That place on the World Wide Web?
      Connie Rubirosa: Actually, they don't call it that anymore.
      Jack McCoy: Excuse me, should I have said wireless telegraph?
      Michael Cutter: Flashposse whipped up a frenzy against Sid Maxwell, it was a virtual lynch mob.
      Jack McCoy: A lynch mob, sitting at computers, typing things?
      Connie Rubirosa: Yeah, things like, "This guy ought to be killed," and, "Here's how to get into his apartment," all delivered into the hands of a crazy woman.

    • Jim Leary: Do you know how dangerous texting while driving is?
      Kevin Bernard: Yeah. "Somebody should kill this guy." From your website. I didn't realize it deserved the death penalty.
      Jim Leary: You never heard of hyperbole, detective?
      Kevin Bernard: It wasn't hyperbole. Todd Bissell was murdered.

    • Jim Leary: It's not a blog. It's a forum for corrective social action.
      Kevin Bernard: Yeah, well it struck me like a well-chummed shark tank.

    • Bonnie Allman: That son of a bitch. He pulled my top off at a photo shoot at the St. Patrick's Day parade. No warning, just, "Oops, you're naked."
      Kevin Bernard: And that was more than what you bargained for?
      Bonnie Allman: My job description didn't say, "Get raped by leprechauns."

    • Kevin Bernard: (answering the phone) Who is this? Screw you!
      Anita van Buren: I'm guessing that wasn't your mother.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Some aspects of this episode appear to be ripped from the headlines of the death of David Carradine by auto-erotic asphyxiation. Elements of the victim also loosely resemble Dov Charney, the controversial founder of American Apparel, who, like the victim, was the target of three separate sexual harassment suits, which resulted in American Apparel's requiring all new creative employees to sign a document acknowledging that, in the words of the plaintiff in the episode, they will be in contact with "sexually charged" language and visual images. The episode's title also references the Chinese name for online virtual mobs who strike back at corrupt government officials by providing information relative to corruption cases that is otherwise censored by the Communist Party.

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