Law & Order

Season 19 Episode 18

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 29, 2009 on NBC
8.1
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Episode Summary

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The detectives investigate the vicious beating of an Hispanic illegal immigrant who may be linked to a series of other hate crimes.

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  • Not impressed!

    1.0
    This episode was fraught with false information and bigotry. When Sam Waterston questions the mother of one of the boys, she answers by saying that they are proud of their Spanish ancestry. Argentina has been independent of Spain for the last two hundred years. Her response was as ignorant as American stating he/she is proud of his/her English ancestry after two hundred years of U.S. independence! Additionally, the majority of Argentines are of Italian ancestry! As usual there is the presumption that all Latin American aountries are the same, with the same ethnic makeup. If the U.S. can have such diversity, why can't other countries? Do any of these writers do any research before writing an episode?moreless
  • As usual, when they choose to portrait foreigners, they don't really investigate what they are supposed to be showing. Very much as Kyle Chase, they seem to think everyone and everything south of the Rio Bravo is "yeah, whatever..."moreless

    5.0
    As usual, when they choose to portrait foreigners, they don't really investigate what they are supposed to be showing. There is no such thing as a "latino" race. Latin America has a collection of countries with a wide variety of cultures, several languages and different ways of pronouncing Spanish, and people that come in very many colours. In Argentina, "Groncho" is a word that, I am glad to inform, is slowly being forgotten. It is short for "cabecita negra", which used to be the way our ancestors referred to working class people with little education. It is a very disgusting, diminishing word which was not used openly: well educated people (as Juanita pretends to be) would have never ever said it in public in front of people they were not acquainted to (most certainly not in court!). I wish script-writers would inform themselves before writing about people they know nothing about. Very much as Kyle Chase, they seem to think everyone and everything south of the Rio Bravo is "yeah, whatever..."moreless
  • I had already seen the ending!

    9.0
    The problem I had with this episode was that the ending was "ripped" from a recent episode: Angelgrove (Season 18, Episode 13). During jury deliberations, the judge finds out that a juror has been doing something improper (watching a video about illegal immigration/reading a Bible) that could have an effect on their impartiality. Cutter asks for a mistrial but the judge doesn't allow it because the jurors swore that their judgment was not going to be influenced by what they had seen. Finally, the jury returns with a "not guilty" verdict.

    I also found pointless the scene after the Mexican immigrant testifies and is about to be deported: nothing comes out of it. Even when they say they are going to try the kids again, this time for the murder of Oswaldo, no one mentions that they are going to be one witness short.

    Besides these two gripes, I enjoyed the episode.moreless
  • Law & Order had a good episode for once!

    8.5
    For once, Law & Order which has been on the decline for years. As Jerry Orbach's death from cancer really has in a sense, did the series in. And think that they want to get to the 20th year. In order to break records, for being on the longest ever, in primetime. Had a good episode for once. About Hispanics being targetted all because of their race. And that the prosecution lost a case. As they haven't been losing for years it seems. But you win some, you have to lose some. Too bad that woman had to pull the plug on her family member. Rather see them suffer.moreless
  • Another great episode.

    8.0
    Law and Order continues to tackle a plethora of moral and ethical issues, yet manages to do it in a tactful and classy way (as opposed to say Family Guy, for example).



    What I liked was that there was not a significant number of red herrings, a Law and Order specialty, which enabled me to easily follow the story from start to finish. In addition we also had "The People" lose, a rare, but always enjoyable treat on this program.



    Law and Order is a bubble show, meaning it may not return next season, but after episodes like this you really have to question why that is.moreless
Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto

Det. Cyrus Lupo

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

Det. Kevin Bernard

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. ADA Michael Cutter

Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

ADA Connie Rubirosa

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

DA Jack McCoy

Hector Javier Munoz

Hector Javier Munoz

Oswaldo Morales

Guest Star

Rosa Arredondo

Rosa Arredondo

Juanita Stratton

Guest Star

Josh Pais

Josh Pais

Attorney Mosley

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Thomas Galantich

Thomas Galantich

Joe Chapell

Recurring Role

Tijuana Ricks

Tijuana Ricks

Sergeant Royce

Recurring Role

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