Law & Order

Season 14 Episode 15

Veteran's Day

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Feb 18, 2004 on NBC
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Veteran's Day
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A decorated Gulf War veteran grief-stricken over the Afghanistan combat death of his son murders an anti-war protester, claiming at trial that he acted under extreme emotional distress.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Good try to dramatise relevant events

    7.7
    A fairly slow-paced affair but a plot with alot of meaning given the [not to recent] GW2 and its aftermath. A fairly good opening scene leaves alot of possible antagonists. Green and Briscoe investigation provides some of best of these types of scenes on this occasion, showing alot of the "nomral" Americans and their conflicting views on the subject of the war.



    This leads onto a fairly interesting if unintensive court case, which will only be interesting if you have any investment tied to the subject matter. The real conflict portrayed in this episode is the schizo nature of the American society's view of war and particularly the execution of the last Gulf War.



    The ending is somewhat satisfying and so its a worthwhile watching, but I dont think it will rate above a good episode unless you are interested in the plots subject matter.moreless
  • An anti-war protester's death causes McCoy troubles in the courtroom.

    9.0
    Pretty much everyone has an opinion on the war, and Dick Wolf knows his audience well. He skates through the tough issues without coming away with powder burns. The perpetrator is the enraged father of a soldier killed in Iraq, who stalked down the aggravating, offensive victim outside a bar and strangled him with an army choke-hold. It becomes an issue of Extreme Emotional Disturbance in the courtroom, where the defense attempts to justify the crime through the victim's anti-war sentiments. It has an influence on a jury divided by public opinion and winds up at a stalemate. The conclusion of the trial in a mistrial pretty much represents Wolf's opinion of the nation: that it is locked in an impasse between the families that honor their children's sacrifices overseas, and those willing to drag veterans through the mud in order to prove their point.



    While it's obvious the defendant deserved a conviction, it is also understandable why the jury couldn't reach an agreement on his sentence. People bring baggage and opinions into the courtroom, and there really is no such thing as a "fair" trial. To be fair, the jury must be objective, and in this climate no one can look at the facts without pre-formed conclusions. It's an interesting and courageous, if not extremely memorable, episode. The best moment is at the conclusion, when Arthur Branch quips that McCoy had too many jurors that identified with the defendant. "The same people that get out of jury duty," he says, "get out of serving in the army." A truer statement has never been made.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

Saundra Santiago

Saundra Santiago

Mariela Silva

Guest Star

Wayne Duvall

Wayne Duvall

Ron Gibbons

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James Lurie

James Lurie

Paul Teague

Guest Star

Joel Leffert

Joel Leffert

Harold Griffin

Recurring Role

Selenis Leyva

Selenis Leyva

Nila Cabrera

Recurring Role

David Sajadi

David Sajadi

Uniform Officer

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  • QUOTES (6)

    • Tina: Vodka makes me a lot chattier than I ought to be, you know?
      Lennie Briscoe: Really? I thought it was our good looks and charming demeanor.

    • Mariela Silva: Matt could have been the first one in our family to go to college.
      Leon Chiles: What did his father want?
      Mariela Silva: Kenny wanted him to go. He said the Army would pay for college. I told him he could get a scholarship.
      Leon Chiles: What did Matt want?
      Mariela Silva: (In a whisper.)To be a soldier ... like his dad.
      Leon Chiles: Did you blame your husband for Matt's death?
      Mariela Silva: Yes, but not as much as he blamed himself.

    • Rehana Khemlani: Brian was just trying to have an effect.
      Leon Chiles: And he was good at pushing people's buttons. Getting them all riled up.
      Rehana Khemlani: Sometimes you just have to make a lot of noise to get people to listen.

    • Rehana Khemlani: The mailman went ballistic. Told Brian he was lucky to be living in the good ol' U.S.A.
      Serena Southerlyn: Why was the mailman so gung ho about renaming the street? Was the soldier someone he knew?
      Rehana Khemlani: His son.

    • Ed Green: Hey man what you got?
      Jeff Dawson: Contents of the pockets, no wallet but we're still looking.
      Ed Green: House keys, spare change and crushed pack of smokes.
      Lennie Briscoe: Well, that's one way to kick the habit.

    • Lady Officer: You think I killed him?
      Lennie Briscoe: A, you're too young to know the choke hold that killed the kid, and B, you're too short to use it even if you did.
      Lady Officer: And what, C, I'm a woman?
      Lennie Briscoe: I wasn't gonna say that.
      Lady Officer: You think I shouldn't be a cop.You old school are all alike.

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