Law & Order: Season 3, Episode 10

Consultation (9 Dec. 1992)

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The death of a pregnant drug mule leads to the discovery of a Nigerian heroin smuggling ring that leads all the way to a diplomat who is also a Nigerian tribal chief.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet (credit only)
Sir Idris Balewa
Phillip Marietta
Chief Ola-Gimju Nwaka
Harry Sibelius
Babatunde Amoda
Robert Katims ...
Beatrice Winde ...
Sarah De Witt


Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate the death of a Nigerian woman, Kelani Amoda, who died soon after her arrival in New York City. She was a drug mule and had ingested packets of heroin but one obviously burst killing her and her unborn child. Her husband was already in New York and she had arranged a job with a Nigerian oil company's US offices. Her visa was sponsored by her tribal chief Ola-Gimja Nwaka who also holds diplomatic status in the United States. ADA Stone has every intention prosecuting Nwaka and receives some cooperation from the Nigerian Embassy's lawyer, Sir Idris Balewa. Stone's case is shaky however but Sir Idris has a solution for that. Written by garykmcd

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Detective Mike Logan: Hey, suppose Kelani isn't the only smuggler on the plane? You think Transmission Travel gives frequent swallower miles?
Detective Lennie Briscoe: All I know is, 20 years ago, two Cuba Libres and I'd have the passenger list.
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Power disjoined from remorse.
20 December 2010 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

A pregnant young wife arrives from Nigeria and in the taxi to the city pops a condom full of heroin in her digestive tract and kills herself and the fetus. Brisco and Logan track down the people responsible for her immigration status -- Andy Robinson, who works for Nigerian Petroleum and sees to it that mules are recruited from the streets of Lagos, and Wendell Pierce as the Oxford-educated dandy who is a consular official for Nigeria, who funds the smuggling, and who has diplomatic immunity.

It looks like a dead end. The evidence against Robinson is weak, and Pierce can't be prosecuted for crimes in the United States. But all is not lost. Stone and Robinet manage to roll Robinson, who testifies against Gilliam in return for a reduced sentence. And Roscoe Lee Browne shows up as some kind of high Nigerian muck-a-much and deports Pierce back to Nigeria where he'll meet a harsher fate than he would at Sing Sing, if that's possible.

The usual cast does its usual professional job. Andy Robinson, who was the psychopathic killer in "Dirty Harry," is suitably snotty and contemptuous. Roscoe Lee Browne doesn't have much screen time but with that crackling resonant voice he dominates the screen. He was a remarkable guy, an academic, an athlete, and an unforgettable actor. Talia Balsam doesn't have much screen time either, which is too bad because she has the kind of facial features that are so pleasant that you could fall into them. She was named after Thalia, the muse of comedy or one of the three graces of Greek Mythology. Thank the gods that she resembles her mother, Joyce Van Patten, more than her father, Martin Balsam. This role as the usual kind of tough-as-nails defense attorney must have been difficult for her because she simply doesn't fit the part. Seth Williams has a prominent role as the husband of the dead girl but he fails to clear the authenticity bar, not quite having gotten the Yoruba accent down.

A solid entry in the early years of a good show.

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