Law & Order

Season 18 Episode 8

Illegal

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 13, 2008 on NBC
9.3
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Episode Summary

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A riot at an immigration rally ends in murder, and the political climate causes McCoy to assign a special prosecutor increasing tensions at the office.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Jack McCoy Uber Liberal

    2.5
    After years of his extremist left wing ideals Jack McCoy finally gets called out on it. The verdict is guilty. It is this why I started hating this character.
  • A peaceful protest rally takes a devastating turn, and Jack McCoy learns why Adam Schiff was always so grumpy.

    9.7
    Terrific episode with all the things we've come to expect from Law & Order - great interaction between the police and the lawyers, a few red herrings, and terrific court scenes. Throw in a some character development and you've got a winner!



    I particularly enjoyed Jack McCoy going toe to toe with the various parties unhappy with his performance as DA, including the IAB and his former ADA Mr. Lathem. It's nice to see that Jack hasn't lost any of his righteous indignation since his promotion. We also got some more background on the new EADA, Michael Cutter and some continuity on Cyrus Lupo (once again studying for his law class). Couldn't have asked for more!moreless
  • Jack McCoy shows his teeth!

    9.5
    While the case is central to this episode, it takes a back seat to the political quandrys Jack McCoy faces as District Attorney.



    An auxilairy cop shoots an innocent protester. The Police want this case taken lightly. The ADA who handles the case (character actor John Pankow) treats it lightly to the grand jury and no indictment is given.



    McCoy fires this man who it turns out didn't get the DA job, so he has axes to grind. As it turns out, other evidence is procured and an indictment is finally passed. WHile we knew the cop would be convicted, it's McCoy who shines here. First outside the courtroom telling the police brass that he will not let this aux. cop go away. Then in the courtroom when he is under attack by witness-the fired ADA. McCoy, while having a somewhat liberal slant will treat justice as a two way street, equally for citizens and those behind the badge. We see Jack McCoy for what he is.



    This was great episode.moreless
  • Great show!

    9.7
    Law and Order is really having a great season. This was a terrific show - several good laughs, like the one about Adam Schiff being "grumpy", and we got to see more of the going's on inside the District Attorney's office.



    I think the new ADA is really very entertaining - and the ending from this show, with him giving Jack McCoy a Bobby Kennedy tie pin - was an interesting touch.



    It seems that this season we are getting to know the characters better than in a while and seeing more behind the scenes stuff. I have been watching this show for many years, but this season is some of the very best!moreless
  • Very good episode nice take on police brutality and Mccoy is forced to face his controversial past. It was nice how the show differed from the typical police abuse case. Showingmoreless

    8.8
    Very good episode nice take on police brutality and Mccoy is forced to face his controversial past. It was nice how the show differed from the typical police abuse case. Showing us the tension between the volunteer police and the real cops was interesting. The revolving cast of bad guys was done well but I think the gangbanger was a cheap move it was so obvious it wasn't him. I also liked the fight in the DA's office with Jack having to fire an ADA. This was followed by the great attack on him by the defense. It's amazing how easily one can be labeled but Jack fought back brilliantly with the best line of dialog i've seen on tv in a while. "Where there is a law I'll enforce it, where there is a victim I'll speak for them"moreless
Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

A.D.A Connie Rubirosa

Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto

Det. Cyrus Lupo

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

D.A. Jack McCoy

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita van Buren

Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. A.D.A. Michael Cutter

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

John Pankow

John Pankow

A.D.A. Josh Lethem

Guest Star

Joseph Barbara

Joseph Barbara

Sgt. Sloan

Guest Star

Christina Rouner

Christina Rouner

Attorney Sanders

Guest Star

Joe Forbrich

Joe Forbrich

Det. Cormack

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Nitpick: When the defense attorney Ms. Sanders cross examines Jack McCoy she accuses him of not liking policemen. In his reply defending himself McCoy fails to inform her that his father was a cop, a powerful counterpoint.

    • This episode marks three rare situations-
      1) the district attorney (Jack McCoy) appears in court,
      2) the district attorney (Jack McCoy) shares a scene with a cop (Anita Van Buren), and
      3) the district attorney (Jack McCoy) testifies.

    • GOOF: "Auxiliary" is misspelled in the title card as "Auxilliary Police Headquarters".

    • While on the stand, Jack McCoy also states how he was reigned in for 'prosecuting a bunch of Russian gangsters who killed a prosecutor and almost blew up a police station'. He is referring to the two-part "Refuge" episodes.

    • A lawyer refers to Jack McCoy being involved in a case against a gun manufacturer and the verdict being set aside by the judge. This happened during the episode Gunshow.

    • Cyrus Lupo can read Spanish.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Anita van Buren: Detective Lupo's history is just that -- history.

    • Anita van Buren: I know you've had some rough spots before . . .
      Cyrus Lupo: Rough spots? I fell asleep hung over in my car while my partner was shot getting coffee in a bodega.

    • Ms. Sanders: You're out of control. Isn't that the bottom line on you, Mr. McCoy?
      Jack McCoy (testifying): The bottom line, Ms. Sanders? Where there's a law, I'll enforce it; where there's a crime I'll prosecute it, and where there's a victim ... I will speak for that victim. That's my bottom line.
      Ms. Sanders: No more questions for this witness.

    • Chief Barenko: We don't need more civilian oversight.

    • (Passing the protesters in cages.)
      Cyrus Lupo: This is a hell of an idea, to keep people like this.
      Ed Green: Oh right, you were out of the country … they started this in '04 to control protesters during the Republican convention. (pauses) This ain't the same country you left.

    • Jack McCoy: What an idiot! Where did I get the idea I could do this job without the politics and stay above the fray?

    • Jack McCoy: Now I know why Adam Schiff was so grumpy.

    • Michael Cutter (to Cyrus Lupo): Night law school. Like root canal with a dull drill.

    • CITU Tech Rowland: I gotta get all this stuff ready for IAB, they're coming in tomorrow.
      Ed Green: That's IAB, a day late and a dollar short.

    • Anita van Buren: That's all we need. A bunch of knuckleheads with badges beating up civilians.
      Cyrus Lupo: You buy this as a police riot?
      Anita van Buren: I know what I saw on the news.

  • NOTES (0)

  • ALLUSIONS (5)

    • McCoy "quotes" Dylan Thomas (almost) in this episode. The real quote is "Do not go gentle into that good night." It is from a 1951 poem. McCoy purposely uses "quietly" in his line, "Lathem, I should have known he wouldn't go quietly into that good night."

    • Ed Green: They started doing this in '04 to control protesters during the Republican convention; this ain't the same country you left.
      This is an inaccurate reference to the protesters at the 2004 presidential Democratic convention who were forced to be in a "free speech pen." It has been a common practice for protesters of Bush to be moved to a remote location (a 3rd of a mile away from his path) that would not be seen by Bush.

    • Jack McCoy: No one ever went to jail for shooting four unarmed students at Kent State 37 years ago.

      The students killed at Kent State University on May 4, 1970 were Allison Krause, Jeffrey Miller, Sandra Scheuer, and William Knox Schroeder. They were shot by National Guardsmen attempting to break up an anti-war demonstration. Nine other students were injured. The last two victims were not even involved in the protest; they just happened to be in the area.

    • Cyrus Lupo: You want to see a police riot, go to Pakistan.
      Benazir Bhutto was assassinated on December 27, 2007 while running for Prime Minister of Pakistan. She was a former Pakistani Prime Minister and a strong critic of the country's current government (a military dictatorship led by Pervez Musharraf). Many people in Pakistan blamed Musharraf's government for the assassination; in the days afterward, there were many violent riots.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of a 2007 immigration rally in Los Angeles where police clashed with protestors at MacArthur Park.

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