Law & Order

Season 4 Episode 2

Volunteers

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Sep 29, 1993 on NBC
8.2
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A disruptive, unbalanced homeless man is found severely beaten in an alley of the middle class neighborhood he calls home, leading Stone to try and prosecute one of the residents for premeditated murder.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A crazy homeless guy is beaten, and the community doesn't want to talk. Intriguing episode.

    8.5
    By a strange coincidence, I saw this episode as a re-run shortly after two soldiers were convicted of murdering a homeless man in Toronto. The man they killed was not a menace to the neighbourhood, as Roland Kirk clearly was, but both cases illustrate how easy it is for people to fall through the cracks in a society. I don't know whether this was 'ripped from the headlines' for any particular incident, but the moral questions it brings up are intriguing. A victim's character isn't supposed to matter under the law, but does it in this case? Can the people of Bedford street be expected to follow the law when this man flew in the face of it? Can he be held responsible for his actions?

    I liked how the man's position in society (he fell in the space between homeless, crazy, and addicted) was mimicked by the community's commission of/response to his assault (almost no-one knows the whole story) He was neglected on a societal scale, and then on an individual scale. The man, Roland Kirk, was an interesting character- sympathetic because of his insanity, less-sympathetic because of his obvious drug use and odious personality (I loved the reactions at trial)

    I was suprised by Ben Stone's reaction to the case- that he empathized with the attacker. That wasn't the position I figured he'd take, and I like what Schiff said to him about how, considering the fickleness of fate, he could easily be in Kirk's position. One of Schiff's better talks. Stone didn't let his feelings get in the way of his work, however-the takedown of the attacker at trial was great. (I love it when defendants burst out angrily during cross-ex, A Few Good Men style.)

    I found the jury's ruling pretty fair, although I was unhappy about the judge's conclusion. Remind me not to sleep in THAT alley...moreless
Chris Noth

Chris Noth

Det. Mike Logan

Jerry Orbach

Jerry Orbach

Det. Lennie Briscoe

Jill Hennessy

Jill Hennessy

A.D.A. Claire Kincaid

Michael Moriarty

Michael Moriarty

Exec. A.D.A. Ben Stone

S. Epatha Merkerson

S. Epatha Merkerson

Lt. Anita Van Buren

Steven Hill

Steven Hill

D.A. Adam Schiff

Nicolas Coster

Nicolas Coster

Reid Mullen

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Kent Broadhurst

Kent Broadhurst

Dr. Creighton

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Stephen Mendillo

Stephen Mendillo

Leon Proskey

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Joan Copeland

Joan Copeland

Judge Rebecca Stein

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