Law & Order: Season 10, Episode 6

Marathon (17 Nov. 1999)

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Detective Briscoe's integrity is brought into question more than once as he pursues a Hispanic robbery/murder suspect.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ms. Torres
Richard Barboza ...
Flaco Ochoa
Peter Davies ...
Mr. Harrison
Bobby Sabo
Michael Cullen ...
E. Katherine Kerr ...
David Rosenbaum ...


Detectives Lennie Briscoe and Ed Green investigate the murder of Eva Harrison who appears to have been shot on the street in an attempted purse snatching. Eyewitnesses say it was a Hispanic kid on a silver mountain bike but can't agree on much else about him. The investigation leads them to Bobby Sabo, who has a long history of purse snatching. The detectives are under a lot of pressure to solve this case and Lennie in particular want to get evidence against Sabo. When they arrest him, Sabo tells Lennie the woman got what she deserved but no one else heard the confession. After crucial evidence is thrown out, Lennie begins to overreact when his credibility is called into question. Written by garykmcd

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Diego Garza: Should I say how I didn't mean to do it?
Det. Lennie Briscoe: You mean how you only killed him because he wouldn't give you his watch? Yeah, put that in there, the D.A. would really like that.
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Blue Line Fractures.
23 September 2012 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

The show must have hired new writers or Dick Wolfe decided some sort of change in the formula would pep up the show in its tenth season. The alternative is that age is turning my brain into tofu.

The plot is anfractuous and it's burdened with an unpleasant confrontation between Lenny Brisco and everybody else in the department, including his partner, Green.

I don't think it holds together very well. Something about a "gang" of purse snatchers pops up early in the game and then is dropped without further mention. It's not just dismissed. It's not another of the familiar and endearing red herrings. It's just never mentioned again, as if the writers had forgotten about it.

But that's a minor example. The whole plot is hard to follow. I don't mean any single scene. Each scene is understandable on its own terms. But the links between scenes, though they may make perfect sense on paper, are weak on the screen.

And Brisco's anger -- he was the only guy to hear the murderer blurt out a confession -- isn't characteristic of the character. In earlier years, Brisco had been there before and so had his partners, and they'd handled doubt and suspicion with resentment that was understated, if not exactly with aplomb. Ray Curtis actually had to contradict Brisco on the stand at least once. Here, the absence of corroboration leads Lenny to slam the suspect around in interrogation and turn snotty towards his colleagues, which generates a lot of alienation.

It ends on a note of ambiguity, not resolution. It's all a little unpleasant although it has the expected virtues of local color and well-drawn ancillary figures. Isn't S. Epatha Merkeson the embodiment of irony and nurturance? I'd rather talk to Lieutenant Van Buren than a shrink.

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