Law & Order

Season 19 Episode 22

The Drowned And The Saved

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Jun 03, 2009 on NBC
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Episode Summary

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A prominent charity executive is murdered and claims of stalking and blackmail surface during the investigation.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • 1.0
    A once fine television show apparently has suffered from the Jeffrey Immelt jinx. It appears as if the writers cannot think of anything original. All season, episodes have ripped headlines and made stories into them. There are too many sub-plots in most. This one mixes the Elliott Spitzer fiasco into the Blagojovich disaster into gay loving. Give me a break! I could write better if I had the chance. This episode, as with most this season, sucked. And get rid of Linus Roache. He is annoying. I sure wish we could clone Jerry Orbach and I wish that Jesse hadn't quit.

    I loved Sisto as Julius Caesar a few years back, but he is unconvincing as a cop.moreless
  • Now that's a finale!

    9.0
    Double Spoiler Alert:



    So for anyone who saw the Special Victims Unit finale last night... this is what subtlety looks like. (yeah, I know atleast one person is going to give me a 'thumbsdown' for taking a shot at SVU)



    Unlike 'Zebras', 'The Drowned and the Saved' had the suspense in the right places, set up its story arcs and recurring characters well in advance (a full season- see episode Excalibur), and while the case was complicated- it made sense. Jack and Mike pulled out a crazy combination of strategy, bluffs, and ultimatums in order to take down long-time nemesis, Governor Shalvoy- a convincing villain. Almost hate to see him go, he really got under Jack's skin.moreless
  • We need more of this...in the real world

    9.5
    Excellent finale to the 19th season of a series that has had its ups and downs over recent years to be sure. Complete with twists and turns galore, it kept my interest the whole way through. When an episode has you thinking that we are actually living this, that it is not just a tv show, that is the mark of a good episode and series and it is my sincere hope that this momentum continues into Season 20 next fall. The writers, actors, and everyone else involved with Law & Order should be commended. I raise my glass to you!moreless
  • A pompous charity executive with a very strange hobby is murdered and the wife of the Governor is implicated in the crime.

    9.0
    As always in any Dick Wolf production, this episode, The Drowned and the Saved, was outstanding. Unlike other series that have undergone cast changes, Law and Order never seems to miss a beat and even gets better in many ways. The 2009 version enjoys not only some great interplay between the two main detectives, but also DA McCoy provides a much more interesting counterpoint to his two ADA's than his three predecessors did.



    Since TV.com didn't reflect a full listing of the guest stars, I am wondering if the young man who conspired with the Governor's wife to take out the charity association executive is the same actor who played the brother/uncle in "Grounded for Life."moreless
  • Not a great season finale.

    6.8
    While Law and Order: Special Victims Unit's season finale was shocking and mind-blowingly exciting, Law and Order's was dull, predictable and uneventful. I am glad the show is returning for a record tying 20th season, but if this is the quality we get next year it will be the show's last. I am tired of Jack McCoy's political aspirations. He needs to go back to being a tough, no nonsense lawyer and needs to stop simply being a patsy for Michael Cutter.



    Not a terrible episode, but the excitement and intrigue just was not there when they needed it to be.moreless
S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita van Buren

Jeremy Sisto

Jeremy Sisto

Det. Cyrus Lupo

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

Det. Kevin Bernard

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

D.A. Jack McCoy

Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa

Linus Roache

Linus Roache

Exec. A.D.A. Michael Cutter

Alison Elliott

Alison Elliott

Rita Shalvoy

Guest Star

Francie Swift

Francie Swift

Carolyn Reeves

Guest Star

Luke Kirby

Luke Kirby

Bobby Amato

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Tom Everett Scott

Tom Everett Scott

Governor Donald Shalvoy

Recurring Role

Thomas Galantich

Thomas Galantich

Joe Chapell

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jack McCoy: There's a mob mentality in this country right now. None of us can afford to be complacent.

    • Jack McCoy: (to Governor Shalvoy.) Your family -- they're campaign props you use to get elected. They mean as much to you as balloons and bumper stickers. Your whoring proves it.

    • Jack McCoy: (to Governor Shalvoy.) Seems like every day we hear about another corrupt civil servant. Corrupt banker, businessman, athlete. It seems that behind every success story of the last ten years, a scandal is exploding. We're facing a rising sea of corruption, and we wonder, who will be the next to be drowned? Who will be saved? And what will become of our good works? When will it stop, Donald, and who will stop it?

    • Michael Cutter: It's hard to believe Rita Shalvoy would go so far off the reservation without her husband knowing about it.
      Jack McCoy: When it comes to the Shalvoys, I've suspended disbelief a long while ago.

    • Jack McCoy: The Shalvoys are running a big game of musical chairs.
      Michael Cutter: And Charles Whitley didn't want to give up his seat.

    • (Charles Whitley is found murdered with a number written on his arm)
      Kevin Bernard: Looks like fresh ink.
      Cyrus Lupo: Bank account, password...
      Kevin Bernard: One thing I know for sure; it's definitely not his lucky number.

    • Michael Cutter: Every time we zig, the Shalvoys zag.
      Jack McCoy: Then go straight at them.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Some aspects of this episode are ripped from the headlines of the Rod Blagojevich scandal. The former Illinois governor was impeached, convicted, and removed from office for, among other things, trying to sell President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat.

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