Law & Order

Season 17 Episode 22

The Family Hour

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM May 18, 2007 on NBC
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When Nicole Bailey, the ex-wife of a respected former senator, is found murdered and brutalized in her home, Green and Cassady look first at the senator, but follow the trail of clues to a dysfunctional family with a number of potentially embarrassing secrets. McCoy finds himself in the hot seat when he is forced to argue the case in front of a judge more interested in public relations than justice.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Season 17 finale.

    9.0
    This is actually the first episode I have watched of Law and Order and it was really good Cassady gets really involved in this and making sure the senator is found guilty mostly because he beat his family and because she saw him stab his daughter but the senator says it was self defense When it went to court even with a good lawyer the senator was found guilty after Rubirosa showed that the victim was stabbed 13 times and that was through rage not self defense I really enjoyed this episode maybe should have watched this show sooner.moreless
  • Makes you wonder..

    9.5
    The ending makes me wonder, just how many strings did Branch pull to get McCoy named as interim DA?
  • The season for Law & Order ended on a high note.

    9.2
    The season for Law & Order ended on a high note. McCoy found his ethics being tested, Cassady found herself not being believed because of her reputation, and Dr. Rodgers was crucial to winning the case for the prosecution. The episode will fit perfectly with Milena Govich and Fred Thompson not returning for the new season.
  • WOW! What a way for Cassidy and Branch to go out!!!

    5.0
    In case you weren't clear, the above summary was complete sarcasm!!!



    Yet another disappointing 'Law & Order' season finale sees both of the characters who apparently leave simply go on as normal. No storyline revolving around them. Not even a short scene in which they leave. Well, not even any clues to the fact that they may be leaving. For 'Law & Order', it seems the departure of two main characters (one of whom had been part of the show for a grand 5 years) is just an after-thought.



    Well, that being said, for an average episode it would have been very good. Especially Connie's courtroom scene. Overall though, a disappointing finale yet again! (When will they learn that finales are meant to be special?!)moreless
  • Sequel to "...And Justice For All"??

    7.2
    Anyone who's seen "...And Justice For All" will want to see this episode. If you've ever wondered what happened to Jay Porter after that incident with the dishes in the hall will get an amusing insight into what can happen. I only wish that the writers of Law & Order had actually used the name Jay Porter for Jeffrey Tambor's character. This would be an excellent reprisal of that role. This is especially true considering how just about every other character in this episode seemed out of their minds as well. This episode was nowhere near as "compelling" as many other episodes ever seen in this series, but it was a joy to watch.moreless
Alana De La Garza

Alana De La Garza

A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

D.A. Arthur Branch

Jesse L. Martin

Jesse L. Martin

Det. Ed Green

Milena Govich

Milena Govich

Det. Nina Cassady

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Sam Waterston

Sam Waterston

Exec. A.D.A. Jack McCoy

Annika Boras

Annika Boras

Trina Bailey

Guest Star

Erik Heger

Erik Heger

Jim Kirkpatrick

Guest Star

Jamison Stern

Jamison Stern

Phil

Guest Star

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Senator Bailey: (to the judge after his conviction) You're a hack, Dilwynn! You're a pinheaded idiot! I'm gonna make it my business to see you thrown off the bench!

    • Ed Green: It wasn't an intruder; he knew her. She probably invited him in. Then he comes at her with a poker, and rapes her with a wooden spoon. Can't wait to catch this guy.

    • Connie Rubirosa: (her closing argument) There is nothing imagined about the wrongs of Trina's childhood. Whatever she was in her adult life, she learned from a master. Randall Bailey had a pathological need to abuse his daughter. A need that he finally took to its logical, deadly conclusion. And thanks to a tricked-up claim of self-defense that has been a staple of crime fiction for decades, he thinks he can get away with it. But consider this. 6-foot, 180 pounds vs. 5' 5", 110 pounds. Consider 13 deep, devastating stab wounds vs. 8 pin pricks. Consider what it took to drive this knife through meat and bone into the body of his own daughter. (stabs a book with Randall's knife repeatedly) Not once. Not twice. But 13 times! This was not paternal love, or instinct! No! It was murderous rage! (stabs once more)

    • Arthur Branch: You know, one of these days, Jack, this chair will be empty.
      Jack McCoy: I'm no politician, Arthur.
      Arthur Branch: That's what they all say.

    • Asst. M.E. Kendra Washington: There's a foreign object in her vagina. That looks like a wooden handle, so I'm gonna guess a wooden spoon.

    • Jack McCoy (describing Trina's childhood injuries): These are the injuries she sustained between the ages of 6 and 11. Broken ribs, broken limbs, bruises across her back . . .
      Senator Bailey: Playground injuries.
      Jack McCoy: All of them? Who was she playing with, the New York Giants?

    • Jack McCoy: (about Judge Dilwynn) This man is not qualified to judge a pie-eating contest. We'd better make sure we get all our ducks in a row.

    • Jack McCoy: [Senator] Bailey must be claiming self-defense.
      Arthur Branch: Still the brilliant campaigner.

    • Chas Bailey (after showing Green and Cassady his bruises and scars): The ultimate fighting Baileys. I'm a dues-paying member.

    • Nina Cassady (to James Kirkpatrick): Your alibi for the murder is that you were home beating your wife?

    • Nina Cassady: He was beating his wife and banging his stepmother. Our ski instructor is on a slippery slope.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When the ME wrongly identifies a book that may have influenced the suspect in this case, it may have been taken from the trial of Andrea Yates, who killed her 5 children in Texas. In her trial, a psychiatrist testified that a short while before Andrea killed her children a Law & Order episode ran showing a mother drowning her children and being acquitted for it. He later recanted his testimony saying he had been mistaken, no episode exists.

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