Law & Order

Season 14 Episode 21

Vendetta

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 21, 2004 on NBC
8.1
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Vendetta
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The investigation into a bar room brawl fatality reveals a detective's decades-old vendetta against a petty criminal turned murderer who was falsely accused of one murder after evading conviction on another.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Determined

    8.6
    An interesting story forms the basis of this particular epsiode - obviously your classical vendetta. The variant angle sees a cop with a lot to lose do his utmost and go beyond the law to beat his longstanding nemesis. This leads to two resulting conditions that affect the progression of this story. The first is the cop's corruption in subverting the rule of law to frame a person for a murder. This is further complicated by the fact, that the "innocent" person was framed because they got away with someone elses murder.



    The second is regarding the the way society regards a person on trial given or not given their history. How can anyone make sense of the things they see in a courtroom w/o context.



    This episode is mostly occurs in the courtroom and we see alot of Serena doing the digging into the past. The other bulk of the scenes revolve around the viliginate cop.



    Good story that does register on the interest scale mainly through circumstance and dialgoue, not settings or action.



    Worth a watch.moreless
  • A simple homicide turns up corruption in the police force.

    9.0
    It seems a simple enough case. A ball player universally hated throughout New York for losing the local team their opportunity to win at the championships is knocked over the head in a bar and killed. The police assume it's a straightforward assault by an infuriated fan, but it leads them to a can of worms revolving around the wrongful conviction of a murderer from the eighties. Forensic evidence has exonerated him for his crimes, but the defense wants to use the theory that prison made him animalistic in order to prove him not guilty for his actions in the bar. When McCoy attempts to disprove this using juvenile records, he turns up evidence that the policeman on the early murder trial planted the evidence because he could not get the defendant on another homicide.



    What issues the episode raises are whether or not justice was served, how far society should go in letting guilty parties walk with the police become too "over-zealous" in the interrogation room, and what penalties should be applied for cops that abuse their authority. The policeman involved has no guilt over what he has done, and only speaks up to make sure the defendant doesn't get off a second time. They never address who really killed the first girl, nor what will be done in order to seek justice for her. It truly becomes a vendetta and one wonders if the defendant, despite being a murderer, doesn't have a point about the police force using simple dislike of someone in order to harass them. The best single moment comes near the end, when McCoy is attempting to wrangle the defense attorney into accepting a deal, and reminds him that this isn't about the policeman and his wrongdoing, it's about a man who killed two people, and should pay for it.



    Not one of the more surprising cases, but excellent nevertheless.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

John Michael Bolger

John Michael Bolger

Kenny Daniels

Guest Star

Ken Cheeseman

Ken Cheeseman

Jeffrey Bowerman

Guest Star

Ira Hawkins

Ira Hawkins

Det. Adams

Guest Star

Carolyn McCormick

Carolyn McCormick

Dr. Elizabeth Olivet

Recurring Role

Mary Lou Mellace

Mary Lou Mellace

Judge Antonia Mellon

Recurring Role

Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz

Judge Janice Goldberg

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Melissa Donner: People treated Brendan like he was Osama bin Laden, but any one of them would have tried to catch that damn ball.

    • CSI Tech: This guy got killed because he reached for a foul ball?
      Lennie Briscoe: And the suspect list is the Greater New York phone book.

    • Jack McCoy: You sound paranoid, Mr. Grimes.
      Walter Grimes: It ain't paranoia if someone's really out to get you.

    • Rodney Fallon: Are there any amendments the people HAVEN'T violated?

    • Lennie Briscoe: I'll bet you could count the number of people in jail who are truly innocent on one hand. Do you have any idea how many felonies the average criminal commits before they're caught, let alone convicted?

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The error committed by Brendan Donner during the baseball game is similar to the mistake Steve Bartman made during a 2003 game between the Chicago Cubs and the Florida Marlins. He is a Cubs fan who ended up getting blamed for the Cubs not getting to the World Series that year.

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