Law & Order

Season 17 Episode 15

Melting Pot

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 16, 2007 on NBC
8.3
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Episode Summary

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After an actress is found dead in her apartment, Green and Cassady attempt to prove that her death was not a suicide.

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  • Very mediocre. Good potential plot and storyline, poorly executed.

    5.0
    This could have been a pretty good episode. Some good twists in the plot, some interesting characters and motives, etc.



    However, poor dialog, direction and editting turned this into a dull mish-mash. Each twist, which could have been a surprise, instead plods along into the next. The players seem to be uninterested in their characters or the plot; they seem tired of the whole thing.



    Dick Wolf has definitely taken his eye off the ball lately; perhaps he has labor problems?



    Not much else to say, really.



    After an actress is found dead in her apartment, Green and Cassady attempt to prove that her death was not a suicide.moreless
  • Character development for Connie Rubisoa but Jack came off a jerk!

    8.5
    Good show as the cops and prosecutors prove that a

    Hanging wasn't a sucide but a murder when a contruction

    Company hiring illegal ailens may have been part of the murder plot. This I thought was a character development for the new ADA Connie. She isn't as pushy like other ADAs before her like Jamie Ross and sometimes Abbie Carmichael. But she is polite but firm like Claire Kincaid. Jack kind of was a jerk as he has usually been not that pushy lately.moreless
  • Good episode for Rubirosa, not so good for minorities in general...

    8.0
    This episode was well done. The opening was memorable, the investigation good - Det. Cassady may even be improving- and the chemistry between the characters ( in this episode mostly volatile) certainly gave it some freshness. I was happy to see the new ADA get more screen time and attention than usual.



    What I don't understand is why so many episodes are politically and racially charged these days- there are many twisted killers out there who don't have a controversial speech to give- but in terms of the case, atleast, none of these sidestories were complete deadends. All in all, I could see the events of "melting pot" having an effect on the rest of the season. If ADA Rubirosa abruptly quits or is fired, I don't think it will be quite as shocking as when Serena Southerlyn was outed... no puns intended.moreless
Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

D.A. Arthur Branch

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Milena Govich

Milena Govich

Det. Nina Cassady

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. A.D.A. Jack McCoy

Adam Trese

Adam Trese

Carl Easton

Guest Star

Reza Salazar

Reza Salazar

Julio Rodriguez

Guest Star

Sanjit De Silva

Sanjit De Silva

Ali Mohammed

Guest Star

John E. Cariani

John E. Cariani

Beck

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Carl Easton: If I didn't hire these people, what else were they gonna do? How else were they gonna support their families?
      Jack McCoy: That might be a defense in a labor violation, not a murder!

    • Connie Rubirosa: I used to think this was about an immigrant chasing the dollar, but maybe it's just good old-fashioned American greed.

    • Anita van Buren: I'm sure Mr. Mohammed is used to being a scapegoat by now.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Ed Green: Looks like her acting career was doing all right.
      Nina Cassady: Yeah, so was Marilyn Monroe's.

      When the legendary actress Marilyn Monroe died in 1962 from a drug overdose, it was ruled a probable suicide but some people speculated that it was accidental. Some conspiracy theorists have suggested that she was murdered. Erin's manner of death in this episode is similarly ambiguous at first.

    • The title of this episode, "Melting Pot", refers to a term used to describe a place where residents come from a variety of different cultures, but all come together and lose their individuality while becoming part of the masses. It is often used to describe the United States.

    • Connie Rubirosa: Theo van Gogh was murdered by a fanatic because he made a blasphemous film.

      In 2004, Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh and Somali-born Dutch MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali made a film called Submission that accused Muslims of oppressing women. Ayaan was raised Muslim and she had undergone female circumcision as a child and later been forced into an arranged marriage, which led her to question the faith in Submission and in various writings. Theo was murdered by a Muslim extremist. Ayaan also received death threats and she left Holland as a result.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Diego Pillco case. In November of 2006, Pillco got into an altercation with actress and director Adrienne Shelly and murdered her, staging her death to look like a suicide. Her final film, Waitress, premiered on January 21, 2007, at the Sundance Film Festival. Shelly appeared in the Law & Order episode, "High & Low".

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