Law & Order

Season 17 Episode 7

In Vino Veritas

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Nov 03, 2006 on NBC
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A has-been actor wearing blood-stained clothing arrested for drunken driving reveals religious prejudices during his rantings.

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  • Chevy did a great job

    Chevy Chase did a fantastic job in being an antisemitic actor who is a big coward at heart. The most offensive person in the show was the Jewish lawyer. He has the gall to call out the judge who is married to a Jewish woman while wearing a yamulke. Jack McCoy wisely remarked that he is a putz.
  • For those who thought Chevy Chase could only do lame comedy features? You're as wrong as I was!

    This isn't the first time an alumnus of "Saturday Night Live" has made an appearance on this series. Joe Piscopo has made three (once, as himself). But, Chevy? Playing a heavy? I didn't think it was possible. Boy! Was I wrong! This re-run, obviously based on the Mel Gibson bust nearly three years ago, proved to me that Mr. Chase has the right stuff to do dramatic parts. Because, as "Mitch Costello," he shocked the heck out of me with that tirade during the prologue! That shock gradually turned to incredulous disgust during the trial half of the episode. Because, McCoy asked a good question: "Love of your son; or your hatred of Jews? Which is more important to you?" It might have been more accurate, however, to phrase it this way: "Who do you love more; your son or yourself?" And, "Mitch Costello" proved to everyone concerned that it was the latter. Bravo, Mr. Chase! As far as I'm concerned, you have indisputably proven that you have a previously untapped genius for dramamtic acting.moreless
  • drunk actor with blood on clothes pulled over murder, racism and poor parenting follow

    BOOOOORING! Reused plot with son comminting murder to protect father. They used it a few years back with the sniper episode. Chevey wasn\\\'t horrible but not great either. The new actresses are still bad, especially the detective. She is wooden, might as well have a puppet up there. I lost interest in the show before the halfway thru. The writing is still below par. Still Love Sam Waterston, Epatha Merkerson and Jesse L. Martin. Did like the scene with Jesse Martin and the nurse trying to get blood from Chevey. That was real. Nothing worse than trying to talk sense to a drunk that doesn't realize they are drunk and obnoxious.moreless
  • If the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, who do you punish? The apple, or the tree?

    Pretty much everyone knows about the Mel Gibson anti-Jewish scandal that was in the tabloids for months, as the media created an overblown riot over his offensive remarks while under the influence. It was pretty much a safe bet that "Law & Order" would cash in on it at some point, and they did, with this case revolving around the anti-Semitic murder of a film producer.

    At first it seems the father did it, then it turns out that his son was actually responsible, and the prosecutors must build a case against them both, one as a manipulated murderer, and the other as the raging parent whose remarks and actions prompted the killing. This is not the first time the show has blamed a parent, and indeed, in some circumstances, parents should be at fault for their children's actions. The old adage "the apple doesn't fall far from the tree" is true, although as Jack points out in a momentary reference to his abusive, drunken, bigot-spewing father, it's not always the case.

    Do parents have an influence on their children's lives? Absolutely. Do they always determine the outcome of their child? No. That's a decision the child makes, and this one chose the wrong path. The crime itself is not as impacting as the unsurprising decision by the son to protect his father, in hopes of gaining his respect and love. What is also not surprising but ultimately chilling is the father's complete disinterest in his son, to the point of letting him take the fall for them both. To see the disgust on Connie and Jack's faces when they figure out what a self-centered bigot the man is pretty much underlines the audience's feelings. Think of any eloquent foul name to call him, and it was passing through our minds at the time.

    Bigotry and racism do still exist, though in somewhat of an outdated form. This episode got in some solid punches (and probably included one of the most offensive slang terms in the history of television) but doesn't carry as much weight as it should, probably because the case has been done in some form before.moreless
  • Chevy Chase pulls out all the stops in this close to reality episode or taken from the headlines with his Emmy-caliber performance in this dramatic role.

    Law & Order proves time and again why this show is still around 16 years later, with fine writing, truth, direction and the amazing talents of the cast. This episode might be distasteful to alot of people but the issues are very real and that might not sit well with some.
Jaymie Dornan

Jaymie Dornan

John Carroll

Guest Star

Todd Gearhart

Todd Gearhart

Attorney Rosenthal

Guest Star

José Zúñiga

José Zúñiga

Detective Borough Investigator

Guest Star

Ami Brabson

Ami Brabson

Judge Cale

Recurring Role

John E. Cariani

John E. Cariani

CSU Beck

Recurring Role

Mark Kenneth Smaltz

Mark Kenneth Smaltz

Judge William Koehler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Jack McCoy has previously discussed his father's alcoholism and tendency towards violence while drinking, but here he also reveals that his father was bigoted against blacks, Ukrainians and others and that he once hit Jack for 'dating Sheila Kowalski'.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Mitch Carroll's apartment gets searched)
      Nina Cassady: Bachelor pad of the rich and famous. He's gonna LOVE our redecorating.

    • (Arresting Mitch Carroll a second time)
      Ed Green: You have the right to remain silent.
      Nina Cassady: You might want to try it this time.

    • John Carroll: You want me to betray my dad?
      Jack McCoy: Hasn't he already betrayed you? How many times has he come to see you in here, John?
      Connie Rubirosa: We checked the visitor's logs. Not once.

    • Mitch Carroll: You work for leeches, Detective Green! They suck the money out of this town and send it to Israel so they can make bombs and matzoh!

    • (Mitch Carroll claims amnesia.)
      Nina Cassady: Are you just saying that because you don't want to talk to a Jew cop?
      Mitch Carroll: What?
      Nina Cassady: Detective Sugar Tits? Jews control the world? Any of that ring a bell?
      Mitch Carroll: I never said those things.
      Ed Green: She's Irish, by the way, in case you wanna to get anything else off your chest.

    • Mitch Carroll: Jews are always playing the victim, but all this time I'm the one who's been victimized.
      Nurse Esposito: Would you tell him to SHUT UP?
      Ed Green: Mr. Carroll, shut up please.

    • Mitch Carroll: Are you a Jew? You're a Jew, right? I shoulda known they'd stick me in a room with a Jew cop. I'm not talking to a Jew! I know the law as good as any Jew!
      Anita Van Buren: (watching with Green behind the two-way mirror) Does he know he has the right to remain silent?
      Ed Green: I mirandized him myself.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Barry Bishop: When we return, a tribute to croc hunter Steve Irwin.
      Australian wildlife expert and television personality Steve Irwin was killed in 2006 after he went swimming and got stung in the chest by a stingray.

    • Judge Nathan Murphy: As Hank Greenberg used to say, counselor, 'Three strikes and you're out.'
      Henry Benjamin "Hammerin' Hank" Greenberg (1911-1986) played baseball for the Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was the American League MVP in 1935 and 1940 and he was the first Jewish player to be voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

    • The pretty blonde white supremacist pop duo Dresden Angels is based on Lamb and Lynx Gaede, two young American teenagers who record racist songs under the band name Prussian Blue. Some of Prussian Blue's critics accuse their mother April Gaede (who has ties to well-known hate groups) of indoctrinating them with her beliefs.

    • The title of this episode, "In Vino Veritas", is a Latin phrase meaning "in wine there is truth". An appropriate choice, considering the lead character (who is inspired by the recent scandal involving Mel Gibson) reveals his anti-Semitic leanings while intoxicated.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Mel Gibson scandal. On July 28, 2006, the actor was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. When Gibson was arrested he was said to have uttered numerous anti-Semitic statements, and the sheriff's department came under fire for having apparently removed information relating to the actor's inflammatory comments from the official reports. Mitch Carroll even calls Nina Cassady "sugar t*ts," which is what Mel Gibson allegedly called a female police sergeant during his arrest.