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"Law & Order" Consultation (1992)

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Different Cultures

Author: s_l_wood from Canada
26 May 2010

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This was a good episode, which made an important point about the world we live in, and how cultures in our world are vastly different. A drug smuggling ring in NYC is uncovered, and it appears that a very prominent member of the Nigerian community is running it. He is both a diplomat and a chief in a tribe in his homeland, and of course has many character witnesses praise him as a man of tremendous integrity. The investigation is interesting, as is the result in court, which I will not spoil. Most interesting for me, however, is a point made about the cultural differences between the USA and Nigeria. A man suspected of smuggling drugs insists he is innocent, and it looks as though may go free. However, all the prosecutors have to do is suggest he might be extradited to Nigeria to face justice there, and he suddenly cooperates with the District Attorneys and is desperate to do whatever they want. This shows the extreme differences between the two cultures, and, not to offend anyone from Nigeria, but how lucky we are in the free world to have a high standard of living and basic human rights. This episode made me think.

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Power disjoined from remorse.

Author: Robert J. Maxwell ( from Deming, New Mexico, USA
20 December 2010

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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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