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doubt anyone will ever read this, but i feel compelled to make a note. unlike the reviewers before me, responded to this episode with a great deal of empathy and compassion for the "criminal". granted it's been forever since i've seen it - and wish i could watch it again now to get a second take. but what i remember is that the episode tried to depict what the chronic, life-threatening illness of depression can do to a person, and thereby those around. i'm not talking the blues, feeling down, having a bad week. i'm talking the dysfunction of the brain and psyche that leads someone to feel their life isn't worth living, and the desire to free oneself through death. *if you have never felt this way, it might be impossible for you to understand, or for someone to convey to you*. all i can say for now is that i myself get it, and i would wish this actual illness on no one in the history of time. please educate yourself on the differences between narcissism and depression. they may overlap in some cases, but what's going on inside of most severely depressed people is simply out of control loathing and despair for themselves/their own lives. and it's very tricky to control the effect this may have on others in their world.
Dennis Farina and Michael Imperioli as his temporary partner draw a
real nasty case in this episode. An SUV is driven on to a commuter rail
track from upstate and the train strikes it going full tilt. 12 people
are killed and dozens injured. No driver found though, he mingled among
the passengers and left after questioning.
Eventually it points to Joseph Lyle Taylor, a recently divorced man with a substance abuse problem who if we had adequate mental health care facilities might not have done this terrible thing though. But no doubt he's legally responsible for his actions.
Taylor eventually decides to represent himself with the inevitable result. But does that show he's nuts?
The unspoken word in this episode is narcissism. This poor loser was just looking for attention, narcissists have to have it, they're addicted to it. I've known many in my life and I'm sure you readers have as well.
No doubt we need better policy for mental health, but it doesn't excuse what Taylor did.
Any episode of Law & Order is worth watching, but some are way above
With the exception of Sam Waterson, this is the worst cast of the series: Dennis Farina, Michael Imperioli, and Annie Parisse are all the least of the characters in their respective roles.
The case was interesting in that a man tried to commit suicide and 12 people ended up dead instead. His lawyer, capably played by Giancarlo Esposito, tried to indict the social services not provided by the State for his client's condition.
It turns out, however, that he was just an alcoholic loser.
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