Stone goes after a sensational tabloid talk show host after a child molester is murdered on live television by the father of his victim.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rick Mason
Scotty Fisher
Alexandra Gersten ...
Sarah Fisher
Sid Fisher
David Little ...
Debbie Courio (as Margaret Gibson)
Alice Sutton
Paul Geier ...
Barry Talbott


Rick Mason is the host of a trashy tabloid TV show, the kind that likes to create confrontations among guests, all in the hopes of getting ever better ratings. For his latest program, the guests are a young boy and his mother and the psychiatrist who molested him three years before but has now been released from prison. The show has barely started when the boy's estranged father bursts onto the stage and shoots the psychiatrist, killing him. Detectives Briscoe and Logan seem to have an pretty straightforward case but soon begin to suspect that Mason may have set up the confrontation and was well aware that such a confrontation could be violent. ADA Stone is keen to prosecute Mason but it will be difficult to overcome Mason's popularity and to convince a jury of his guilt. Written by garykmcd

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15 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Based on the November 3, 1988, episode of Geraldo. The episode in question involved white supremacists, anti-racist skinheads, black activists, and Jewish activists. A confrontation between John Metzger (the son of Tom Metzger) and Roy Innis (in which Metzger goaded Innis by referring to him as "Uncle Tom") led to Innis walking over to Metzger and forcefully grabbing him by the neck, and subsequently a full-scale brawl with chairs hurled and punches thrown. Audience members, several stage hands and Rivera himself got involved, throwing a few punches at a white supremacist. In the process, Rivera was struck in the face by a chair and wound up with a broken nose. He did not press charges, saying he did not wish to be "tied up with the roaches", and also claiming "if there ever was a case of deserved violence, this was it". The ratings for this show went through the roof as news of the fight attracted attention to the episode even before it aired.This episode also seems like tragic foreshadowing for future events related to talk shows, including the deaths of Scott Amedure (Jenny Jones), Charlene Burkey (Forgive or Forget, hosted by Robin Givens) and Nancy Campbell-Panitz (Jerry Springer) shortly after they all appeared on the shows. See more »


[after he kills the man who molested his son]
Sid Fisher: Somebody shot an animal. Call a vet.
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18 July 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

It's a sad and curious thing about how television appeals to the lowest common denominator at times. Law And Order in this episode explores that phenomenon and the almighty pursuit of ratings with sensationalism. In real life all that came to a head when Jenny Jones had as guests on a show that never aired, a man who had a long ago gay crush on another and the object of said affection. After the taping the object shot and killed the gay man who had secretly lusted after him when he was a youth. Her career was over, but these shows remain.

Robert Klein is the host of such a show and like Jerry Springer brings together folks for sensationalism. He brings together a kid who was molested and the guy who did the molesting back in the day. And the father comes along and shoots him on camera.

Jerry Orbach and Chris Noth develop the case which is pretty straightforward. But as things move along it turns out that Klein was quite the puppetmaster. He's also shown as one of the sleaziest individuals ever portrayed on Law And Order.

Klein's character as written is over the top, but that does make the point. These folks only exist because we watch them.

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