Law & Order

Season 18 Episode 10

Tango

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 27, 2008 on NBC
8.8
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A high school party turns tragic when a teenager is found dead, and the detectives end up playing games with the two leading suspects to find out the real story. Unfortunately, unwanted attention from a juror for A.D.A. Rubirosa may disrupt the trial.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Really not a good show!

    5.5
    Show is gone way, way, too political. Like going green as one reviewer has said. Knowing that everything is environmental as well. As both Green and his new partner begin to play games with two suspects to get why a party turned deadly when one teen ends up dead. Meanwhile, Connie has problems of her own and that she has a juror giving her unwanted attention. Makes you think that he was on the jury in the first place just to stare at her and making her feel uneasy. They don't kick him off the jury which is even more surprising. Not a good episode!moreless
  • Good character development, though it seemed they couldn't decide whether to advertise the case or the Ribarosa/juror subplot.

    8.9
    I have to admit, I've become very intrigued by the chemistry between Ribarosa and Cutter, and this episode only wets the appetite more. The case of a party girl who's raped and murdered by a little rich girl junkie and her boyfriend, was typical L&O, solidly written and had a typical outcome. But the B plot - a juror who develops a crush on ADA Connie Ribarosa is set up to titilate and grab the viewer's attention. Which is probably why they pushed that plot in the promos. But ultimately, unless they plan to being up the "creepy juror guy" again later, this was unsatisfying. I liked the character development between Cutter and Ribarosa - since we get precious little of this in L&O, I sat up and paid attention. I almost couldn't believe that Cutter was flirting with her; I almost laughed giddily at the tease. hey, I know, L&O is about the cases and the persuit of justice. But a little chemistry openly bantered between two attractive lawyers, that's not so bad, is it Dick Wolf? I would have really liked to have seen the juror angle developed more, or brought back up in another epsiode. I think there is potential for great character development in Cutter and Ribarosa's relationship there. I guess I'll have to wait for the crumbs Dick Wolf and balcer give me until then.moreless
  • Drunk girl gets raped and killed; the only witnesses are pimps and junkies but the cops still didn't give up on the investigation when it seemed they already had their man.moreless

    8.4
    I like ADA Rubirosa but in this particular segment she kind of made me mad. While she says that she was just conducting a 'regular' interview with Timmy the "opportunistic piece of crap"; she lied. And then to get indignant when ADA Cutter used Juror Campbell's (almost stalking) infatuation of her to his advantage; come on-you can't play it both ways; you either use your sexuality Connie or you don't.



    However, despite the "I don't like to be pimped out drama"; the episode offered humor and another look at drugged out, parental attention starved junkie girls who can kill and will if their scummy boyfriends push all the right buttons.moreless
  • It's good to know that L & O is going 'Green' and protecting our environment by recycling. Between the plot, guest appearances and the old 'you scratch my back and I'll scratch yours' routine, this ep was 90% rehash.moreless

    5.5
    This reminds me of the kinds of stories we saw in - oh, I don't know, 1993 or '94. I think Wolf (and writer Stephanie Sengupta) don't realize that a lot of us can watch up to 15-20 reruns of L&O a week - if we want - so just by chance we might see a 'remake' that they think is 5-10 years old just days apart in syndication. I've seen the same guest star three times in 10 days (in completely different roles). And this story was from L&O Writing 101.



    There was recycling of plot lines (young girl gets involved with hookers and druggies) and special guests (the DA from the Bronx has been a political 'fixer' and a cop who raped his wife in recent years), and this was about the slimmest premise I have seen since - well - 1993 or '94. The 'pimping out' of ADA Rubirosa was nothing compared to what some of the previous assistant 'prosecuties' have gone through across the past 10 or 12 years.



    It does seem like they are expanding Rubirosa's role this year, though. She's come a long way since being a non-speaking bimbo on '2.5 Men' a few years ago.



    All and all... most lackluster new episode I've seen in years.moreless
  • Pimp my ADA!

    6.9
    I don't know, this was such a formulaic, predictable episode. You see it all the time where the perps are turned against each other, but in this episode, "Tango", I felt as if I had read the script ahead of time.



    I did like the dynamic between Rubirosa and Cutter. There is a little sexual tension, and reality sets in when she realizes she's being used. But their job as ADAs is to get the conviction by any means. Lupo on the other hand is another detective who will do anything he can to get the perp. But like all cops on this show, he pushes the envelope from time to time and evidence or confession is held out of a trial.



    I also agree with a nother reviewer...you would have figured the juror would have had a bigger role in the show. His part only brought out a little character development between Rubirosa and Cutter.



    Not the worst episode, but certainly not the best.moreless
Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. A.D.A. Michael Cutter

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto

Det. Cyrus Lupo

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

D.A. Jack McCoy

Molly Ephraim

Molly Ephraim

Anne-Marie Liscomb

Guest Star

Maria Dizzia

Maria Dizzia

Melinda 'Sugar' Whitman

Guest Star

Pedro Pascal

Pedro Pascal

Tito Cabassa

Guest Star

Jeffrey DeMunn

Jeffrey DeMunn

Norman Rothenberg

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Joe Forbrich

Joe Forbrich

Detective Cormack

Recurring Role

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