Law & Order

Season 16 Episode 22

Invaders

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 17, 2006 on NBC
9.2
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Episode Summary

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The family of a man who once turned in his customers to the police is slain, and the ensuing fracas pits McCoy against a corrupt D.E.A. agent.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Perfect season Finale

    10
    This is practically the most impressive character replacement in L&O period. Makes you glad they didn't kill McCoy earlier in the season... That being said while they did explain Borgia's departure, they didn't explain much about Det. Fontana...
  • Murder, Entrapment and some good acting.

    9.6
    I loved this episode. The set-up for A.D.A Borgia's death was so fast and unpredicted. Disregarding the preview ads run before the show I had absolutely no idea it was going to happen. That's one of the things I love about the Law & Order series and all it's other branches. When a character leaves there's no fanfair. No prolonged goodbyes. One minute they're there, doing their job, the next they're gone. Like real life.



    This episode was so raw and had my heart pounding from the moment I realised things weren't going to end up happily ever after. That, in my opinion, is good TV.moreless
  • This is an amazing show!

    9.3
    Just when you think that you have this Law and Order thing figured out, they throw a huge sinker at you! I watched this episode as a re-run, but it was amazing. It has to be in the top ten episodes of all time. It's always sad when you lose a character on this show. In all the years I've been watching Law and Order, I can't think of a bad character. Because the show is formulaic, my heart normally isn't racing. In this episode, it was after the abduction of the ADA. Of course, it's always riveting to see Sam Waterston's emotions run almost out of control. I like to see him on the edge. Great episode.moreless
  • upon further review....

    9.5
    rather than rehash all that the previous posters said, all of which I agree with, I want to point out the only two things in the episode that bothered me.

    One - McCoy, even when upset, and out of control, never seems to have levels of anger. hes voice becomes more staccato and slightly more shrill, but it doesnt ever seem he can be moved to seriously raising his voice. Wouldnt it have been called for at some point in this episode? at points, I thought, why are you so restrained? No emotion? Maybe this is who he is, I just think it limits him a tad.



    Secondly, this is an amazingly logically written episode except for one thing. One of the other reviewers talked about how Borgia simply opened the door at midnight without checking who it was. I thought that immediately. But I could let that pass because she did have the chain on, and frankly, she had no reason to think her life was in danger.



    But the real logical canard in this episode was when they released the DEA agent from custody and he immediately went home, got armed, and was clearly on his way somewhere (on the way to where he thought the perps were?). Wait a minute! this guy, who even went as far as to drop 8K (how'd he pick THAT number) into Borgia's account to cover himself (among several other astute police-thwarting maneuvers) and who was basically browbeaten into giving information about the perps, suddenly forgets that the police would tail him? no way. It didnt end up interfering in the resolution, but it certainly was a glowing and nagging issue in an otherwise flawless episode.moreless
  • The death of ADA Borja proves to be an excellent and creative episode.

    9.6
    As a long time fan of Law & Order, the removal of an actor always comes with a measure of trepidation. Will she die in a car wreck or quit to spend more time with her children? Or perhaps, will the writers fake her death so she can go into witness protection and later come back to confront her red-headed replacement? This time, though, halfway through the episode my heart began racing, as the abduction of Alex began a roller coaster of excellent writing, plot-driven scene transitions and legal prestidigitation. I married a lawyer, so whenever fun stuff like staging a fake trial comes up, I have a ready Lexis-Nexis expert to let me know what *could* actually happen. Unfortunately, it seems only crazy judges (non-partisan remark) will stage a mock trial. It reeks of communism. But we watch Law & Order for the fiction, no matter how loosely or closely based on real life events, and this episode lives up to the death of Claire.moreless
Annie Parisse

Annie Parisse

ADA Alexandra Borgia

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Dennis Farina

Dennis Farina

Det. Joe Fontana

Ritchie Coster

Ritchie Coster

Kevin Almonte

Guest Star

Bruce MacVittie

Bruce MacVittie

Frank Andreas

Guest Star

Karen Young

Karen Young

Attorney Milford

Guest Star

Lynn Cohen

Lynn Cohen

Judge Elizabeth Mizener

Recurring Role

Lou Martini Jr.

Lou Martini Jr.

Sgt. Van Fleet

Recurring Role

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