Law & Order

Season 13 Episode 2

Shangri-La

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 09, 2002 on NBC
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Shangri-La
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The murder of a female high school English teacher uncovers a love triangle that includes a female student and a male teacher, both of whom become suspects. The prosecutors have to deal with the student's multiple identities and refusal to live past adolescence.

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  • A case of Petra (not Peter) Pan.....

    8.8
    This apparently motiveless murder holds the seed for an enjoyable, yet bizarre episode. The intially subdued beginning, gives way to more fluid acts, which set the pace for the rest, of what is a fascinating crime. Infact, it is not to obvious if the writers and directors wanted to convey the amount of confusion that comes over from the screen.



    However, the screenplay remains pedestrian throughout, only really hitting a canter, once Briscoe and Green hit the right trail like a pair of bloodhounds. If you manage to make it past the standard misdirection of dead-ends and 'the usual suspects' and faked alibis, you will be rewarded with a very absorbing story. For it is the central character and her motives that I found to be fascinating. Strange. Unusual. Yet fascinating. Hallie Foote does a fine job of conveying the Peter Panesque syndrome. Even throughout the final act, showing the court case - which find doesn't excel more than enough in L&O, which isn't a criticism of Waterstone and Rohm. Both of whom I like very much.



    All in all, this episode is really one for the subject matter, rather than anything specific with the writing, acting or direction.



    Definitely one of the better examples - specifically in this season.moreless
Elisabeth Rohm

Elisabeth Rohm

ADA Serena Southerlyn

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

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Daisy Hobbs

Daisy Hobbs

Jody Glass

Guest Star

Kevin Nagle

Kevin Nagle

Chuck

Guest Star

Susan Floyd

Susan Floyd

Jessica Sheets

Guest Star

J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Dr. Emil Skoda

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Connie Winston

Connie Winston

Judge Shirley Taylor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: In this episode, Serena suggests that her junior prom date might be guilty of statutory rape. In "Blaze" (14x5), she says that despite returning home at 6 am, "nothing happened".

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Lennie Briscoe: (Arriving at the crime scene) So, Dr. Brody, tell me the story.
      Dr. Brody: What we got here is one very dead lady.
      Lennie Briscoe: You went to school for that?
      Dr. Brody: Made mum proud.

    • Serena Southerlyn (about Fiona Reed): So her sex life's better than mine. So what?

    • Serena Southerlyn: You know, not to get into specifics, but I was escorted to my junior prom by a college senior, I suppose you would lock him up.
      Jack McCoy: That would depend on the specifics.
      Serena Southerlyn: Good, go arrest him, he's in the state senate now.

    • Serena Southerlyn: It's called 'res ipsa loquitor', Mr. Bergen. I'm sure your attorney will explain it to you.
      Attorney: It's Italian hocus pocus for 'they get a belly full of bupkes'.
      Serena Southerlyn: Actually, it's Latin for 'two half-naked people in an apartment are probably not there to play Scrabble'.

    • Jack McCoy: Never get Freudian with a man with a pickle.

    • Arthur Branch: A negotiated deal between two competent attorneys is the biggest step forward in jurisprudence since the guillotine.

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  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Episode title: "Shangri-La"
      Shangri-La is a fictional place in the novel Lost Horizon, written by British author James Hilton in 1933. The word is also used as a metaphor in a similar concept to which "The Garden of Eden" could be used, representing a perfect paradise that exists hidden from mankind. Sometimes it's even used as an analogy for a life-long quest.

    • Lennie Briscoe (the teacher opens the door practically naked): Oh! Calcutta!

      Oh! Calcutta! opened off-Broadway in 1969, and was revived on Broadway in 1976, running for thirteen years. The show was infamous for featuring total nudity for both the male and female stars. Jerry Orbach was once asked if he ever auditioned for Oh! Calcutta! and gave a laughing no.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Treva Throneberry case.

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