A young hip-hop performer is accused of murdering a rap mogul, but his friend testifies during the trial that he is the killer. Serena objects to prosecution tactics, and Branch fires her.



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Richard Sheridan Willis ...
Neal Freedman
Pete Andretti
Anthony 'Psycho' Harrison
Shawn Foreman
Teagle F. Bougere ...
Attorney Nelson
Steven 'Four Strike' Foreman
Nan-Lyn Nelson ...
Janet Foreman (as Nan-Lynn Nelson)

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A young hip-hop performer is accused of murdering a rap mogul, but his friend testifies during the trial that he is the killer. Serena objects to prosecution tactics, and Branch fires her.

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12 January 2005 (USA)  »

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Serena's Last Stand Could Have Been Better
22 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I loved this episode as I have all other Law and Order episodes over the past seven or eight years.

With this last episode involving Serena prosecuting this specific case, she ran into a very serious ethical dilemma regarding her position as a prosecutor. But I don't understand what the crime is in finding evidence or suspecting that a criminal defendant may not be culpable for the crime he was charged with.

Why couldn't Serena have tried harder to convince Jack and Arthur that she could find the person who really committed the murder through the guy they thought they had pegged as their perp? It's beyond me.

At any rate, Serena ended up getting fired by Branch for essentially doing her job -- zealously representing the State of New York by trying to find the true killer in this specific case.

What I found especially lame was how Serena suddenly suspected that Branch and McCoy discovered she was a lesbian long before she admitted it out of the blue. Whaaaaat the hell was that woman thinking? I can understand where some people come from by becoming briefly irrational and using their emotions over their common sense when faced with a major life change, and there isn't one person out there who hasn't gone through a similar dilemma. Still, I think Serena could have gone out far better than she did.

Who knows? Serena Southerlyn may not have gone as quietly as some people think she has. When Branch lectured her implicitly about being more cut out to be a defense attorney than a prosecutor, she may very well take that to heart and become one.

If Wolf and the other producers of the show were to invite Rohm back as a special guest star, she would make a great foil against McCoy in any event that cases involving her clients are prosecuted by him. As a former ADA and having worked with McCoy, she knows all his strengths and weaknesses. Plus, if she is the type of attorney who will represent a client she KNOWS is absolutely innocent, she will fight tooth and nail to bury her former supervisor in court.

Again, Law and Order can do so much more with characters like the one Rohm portrayed over the past four or five years she co-starred on the show.

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