Law & Order

Season 8 Episode 24

Monster

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 20, 1998 on NBC
8.4
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During the search for a pedophile who raped a 10-year-old, a snitch offers Briscoe a chance to avenge his daughter's death. Meanwhile, Van Buren learns that her job is in jeopardy; McCoy is ordered to appear before a disciplinary committee because of his conduct in a DUI case; and the increasingly political Schiff worries that the rape case may adversely impact his reelection bid.moreless

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  • A young girl is raped, then poisoned into a coma. The media feeding frenzy inclines the police and DA to railroad the pedophile suspect.

    7.8
    This is a fine episode, and one of my favorites, for many reasons.



    1- It was very brave of the writers to show the police and DA in a bad light for once. 2- It spoke of the dangers of sloppy police work and of media circuses when it comes to criminal law. Everyone had a hand in it: The crowd tried to lynch him, the witness misidentified him, the police coerced him to confess and didn't check his alibi, the DA charged him out of politics, and the activist judge purposely allows the coerced confession.



    3- It also wrapped up several loose storylines for the detectives and attorneys.moreless
  • A little girl is raped, and insecticide is poured into her mouth. Because of a looming election, the DA\'s office pressures the cops to make a quick bust but the wrong man is accused at first.moreless

    6.5
    I know politics are in practically everything, especially nowdays. Maybe that's why this episode was personally distressing beyond the pedophilia angle which was itself painful to watch. We like to believe that those who work in our behalf are above such petty things as personal advancement and and politics, right? That's why they go into public service, or so we like to think.



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Steven Hill

Steven Hill

DA Adam Schiff

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. ADA Jack McCoy

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt

Det. Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis

Carey Lowell

Carey Lowell

ADA Jamie Ross

Cliff Gorman

Cliff Gorman

Judge Gary Feldman

Guest Star

Charles Malik Whitfield

Charles Malik Whitfield

Calvin Berry

Guest Star

Paul Calderon

Paul Calderon

Jesse Castille

Guest Star

Ray Anthony Thomas

Ray Anthony Thomas

Owen Stokes

Recurring Role

James Murtaugh

James Murtaugh

Carter Newton

Recurring Role

William Hill

William Hill

Joe Kusevitsky

Recurring Role

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    • This is the first of only two time in the series run where the main star credits remain the same for two full seasons. The other instance of them remaining unchanged for two seasons is in the 13th through 14th seasons.

    • This is Carey Lowell's final contract appearance as Jamie Ross.

    • This episode departs from the usual story format, exploring the running subplots involving the personal issues of every main character on the series. Situations included Schiff's re-election, the death of Briscoe's daughter, Curtis's troubled home life, McCoy's summons to the disciplinary committee, Van Buren's lawsuit and Ross's custody battle with her ex husband. All of these issues converged into cliffhangers that were left unresolved at the end of the episode. Most of these issues were not addressed in the ninth season premiere.

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