Law & Order

Season 18 Episode 12

Submission

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Mar 12, 2008 on NBC
8.9
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When the police shut down a dog-fighting ring, the investigation becomes a murder case after a woman's finger is found inside one of the dogs; things get more complicated as the case deepens, and the interest of a pushy reporter is sparked.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Great story

    9.8
    While some thought this episode was predictable, I do not agree. It starts with police officers accidentally stumbling on to a terrible dog fighting operation. When the dog fighting bad guys are arraigned, all of the animal rights people are out and Dets. Lupo and Green lamented that more people were there for the animals than when people are murdered. Great commentary on the priorities of our society today. Then, as any good L&O episode is bound to do, it twists into a murder mystery when a woman's finger is found in one of the dead dogs. Lara Flynn Boyle makes an appearance as a reporter who we think is sleeping with a murder suspect to get her story. However, we later realize she is much more diabolical. On a side note, Lara is really scary looking. I almost didn't recognize her. Someone needs to tell her to lay of the Botox. Her upper lip was seriously deformed. I thought she'd been stung by a wasp or something. As for the rest of the episode - the real murderer is trapped by Rubirosa and Cutter. It was well played. Definitely an episode worth watching.moreless
  • Great Episode.

    9.9
    The episode starts when police officers stumbling upon many citizens partaking in a dog fighting ring/operation. The dogs & men are apprehended and Detective Lupo & Green look into the situation. The story eventually twists into something deeper due to the detectives finding a womans finger in one of the dead dogs. Lara Flynn Boyle guest stars as the reporter who leads us to believe shes seeing the murder suspect to produce her story. The story gets into more twists and turns, and more investigating, and setting traps on the murder suspect & the reporter. This episode had great dialogue (or at least it interested me). The part when Cutter talks about the "submission signal" was really good. This episode was one of my favorites as Cutter being the EXEC A.D.A.moreless
  • Best episode I've seen in a long time.

    8.5
    This was the best episode I've seen in quite a while. Maybe it's because I actually sat down and paid attention to it instead of just halfway watching an L&O like I usually do. I heard a lot of people say the plot was convoluted, but I didn't think it was at all. It's nice to see Lara Flynn Boyle might actually register on a scale now. I remember the year the media spent bashing her for being the thinnest person in Hollywood. The only real problem I had with this episode was the fact that the ADA was actually drinking wine on the job. Very odd.moreless
  • It's a dog eat dog world.

    7.4
    The episode originally begins as seemingly the cracking of a dog fighting ring.But of course it turns into murder.



    The episode plodded along and it was predictable. We could tell it wasn't just the dogs but maybe the wine too. It was too obvious that they were letting the reporter (Lara Flynn Boyle) hear the conversation between Cutter and Rubirosa. You just knew they were being set-up to get caught and someone would crack. It's as if this one was phoned in. I was disappointed because not much seemed to happen. Lackluster...I hope this is not how it's going to continue this season.



    (I noticed it is registering 8.5 for me, but I actually rated it 7.5)moreless
  • Best episode of the season!

    9.3
    Really good season and that glad to see that the show that we have known and love for so long despite having a lackluster season last year is finally coming back to showing the case of the Michael Vick thing but it has nothing to do with athelete but rather a city. As in an ironic twist. Both the white and the black parents are put on trial for all of this turmoil being played out and the tragic shooting of a young child. Doesn't matter what race they are, a shooting is tragic and sad. And lives are being lost in the process. McCoy sees his role as DA really begin to grow.moreless
Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

DA Jack McCoy

Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto

Det. Cyrus Lupo

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

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

Adam Rothenberg

Adam Rothenberg

Marty Vance

Guest Star

David Harbour

David Harbour

Jay Carlin

Guest Star

Lara Flynn Boyle

Lara Flynn Boyle

Dawn Talley

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Joe Forbrich

Joe Forbrich

Detective Cormack

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Ed Green: Hey my partner wants a dog. Any up for adoption?
      Det. Justin Cabrera: If he wants to get eaten, sure.

    • Jay Carlin: I'm calling my lawyer.
      Det. Justin Cabrera: Let's watch a movie until he get here.

    • (to Carlin about entertaining his friends with dog fights)
      Cyrus Lupo: Ever considered taking your friends to a Knicks game?

    • (The trial has been delayed because Cutter has another "important" motion but is purposely delaying it to get more time)
      Connie Rubirosa: Where are you going?
      Michael Cutter: Motion hearing.
      Connie Rubirosa: What's so critical?
      Michael Cutter: To disqualify a juror who used to date the defendant's mother.

    • Reporter: Dawn Talley here, why did you ask those men to show you their fingers?
      Cyrus Lupo: Ah...to see if they could count to ten.

    • (about a sex tape between Jay Carlin and Dawn Talley)
      Michael Cutter: (to McCoy) That first part of the tape, you're not old enough to see.

    • Connie Rubirosa: (to Lupo) You want a dog?
      Cyrus Lupo: Yeah, I'm thinking about it.
      Ed Green: He's lonely.
      (Lupo gives Green an unimpressed smile)

    • (Lupo and Green have followed Dawn Talley to an apartment building)
      Cyrus Lupo: Pretty big windows, we'll probably be able to get a better view over there.
      Ed Green: Are we Peeping Toms now?
      Cyrus Lupo: Hey, you're the one that said to follow her.

    • Ed Green: This is her nail polish. What do you think? Red?
      Cyrus Lupo: Actually somewhere between fuchsia and pink.

    • Ed Green: You look good on TV, Lupes.

    • Det. Justin Cabrera: This is Mr. Mackie?
      Cyrus Lupo: Yeah, he volunteered to show us where he lives.
      Ed Green: He's trying to convince us his dogs didn't eat anybody.
      Mr. Mackie: Yeah, I think I would have noticed.
      Ed Green: Yeah, you probably fed somebody to them yourself.

    • Dawn Talley (choked up, pleading): I didn't kill anybody. I'll tell you whatever you want to know.
      Michael Cutter: I guess that would be the submission signal ... But I'm not like the other dogs. I don't stop.

    • Dawn Talley: Isn't that the guy with the dogs?
      Michael Cutter: Yeah. He's been begging for a deal since day one.

    • Ed Green: Hey, you sure this is kosher? We got a search warrant for body parts.
      Connie Rubirosa: So, look for body parts. Let's start with Carlin's date book.
      Ed Green (looking through the notebook): No fingers in between the pages.

    • Connie Rubirosa: Would you sleep with a witness to convict a murderer?
      Michael Cutter: I might go on a date.

    • (Mr. Vance offers a $100 000 reward for information about his wife)
      Ed Green: Maybe the husband will turn himself in; make the accounting easy.

    • Cyrus Lupo (about Mr. Vance): He's filling out the missing-persons report now.
      Anita van Buren: After his wife's been gone a week? Worried sick about her, huh?

    • (Protesters are at the courthouse for the dog fighting arraignment)
      Ed Green: You remember that arraignment a month ago? Guy killed a mother and her daughter. No crowds for that one. But you mess with a dog . . .

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Amy Jacobsen scandal. Amy was documented online wearing a bathing suit in the backyard of Craig Stebic while covering the story of his missing wife.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the recent scandal involving NFL QB, Michael Vick, who bankrolled a dog-fighting operation, run by others.

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