Law & Order: Season 4, Episode 12

Snatched (12 Jan. 1994)

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Briscoe and Logan investigate when the son of a wealthy friend of Adam Schiff is kidnapped.

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Sol Bregman
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Shep Watson
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Jason Bregman
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Detectives Briscoe and Logan investigate when a patrol car comes across Sol Bregman sitting alone in his car in a seedy part of town and find several million dollars in cash in the trunk. On the advice of his lawyer, Bregman tells them the truth - he was there to pay the ransom demanded by his son Jason's kidnappers. Bregman is a friend of Adam Schiff's and the police soon arrest Shep Watson and Helena Navarro and subsequently find the younger Bregman alive, but shot. Watson and Navarro claim however that Jason was in on the kidnapping to get money out of his father. Jason vehemently denies any participation in the scheme but breaks down and eventually claims Watson tried to kill him. Jason testifies but fails to appear at his sentencing. Sol Bregman refuses to to tell the DA where his son is leading to the elder Bregman being arrested for hindering prosecution. Written by garykmcd

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EADA Ben Stone: Mr. Bregman, you are possibly the stupidest criminal I have ever met.
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It's Good To Be The Victim.
30 November 2010 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

All of the episodes from the first years of this series projected an air of reality. The bums looked like bums, not like Hollywood extras wearing clean rags and a few smudges on their faces. The cops sounded cynical, as cops sometimes do. And although there were "bad guys" and "good guys," the bad guys often had complex motives which couldn't be dismissed out of hand. (The good guys were on the side of law enforcement. I imagine they had to be, otherwise you could kiss the cooperation of the NYPD good-bye.) Theodore Bikel, a friend of District Attorney Adam Schiff, is an extremely wealthy entrepreneur who is found face down in his limousine with four million bucks in the back seat. The cops first suspect a drug deal but it soon emerges that Bikel was trying to pay off a ransom to get his grown son back.

There are two problems. One is that Bikel will do literally anything for his son, including trying to talk Schiff out of pursuing the case. The second problem is that the son is complicit in the crime. The kidnapping was staged with his help in an attempt to bilk the money out of his own father. The arrangement went wrong and the son winds up with a bullet wound, sealed in the basement of an old building, and discovered just in time to save his life.

It puts the viewer in an ambivalent position. The kid is rotten, yes, but would the viewer -- as the boy's parent -- want him prosecuted and sent to the slams? When does a child's misbehavior cross the line that takes responsibility out of the hands of the primary institution (the family) and put it into the hands of the impersonal secondary institution (the justice system).

It's a series made for grown ups, rather than children. I recall one episode of a contemporary crime series, "Pepper Martin," in which poor Angie Dickenson is given a line like, "The crooks must have gone out that way." Straight out of a comic book. There are occasional "perps" in this series but outright "crooks" are hard to find.


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