Law & Order: Season 11, Episode 15

Swept Away - A Very Special Episode (28 Feb. 2001)

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A reality show cast member kills one of his castmates during a heated argument. But was the confrontation staged, and who is ultimately responsible?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Byron Stark
Melanie Kaufman
Corey Kaufman
Paul Wyler
Lauren Klein ...


A reality show cast member kills one of his castmates during a heated argument. But was the confrontation staged, and who is ultimately responsible?

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Detective Lennie Briscoe: The last time we spoke, you gave us the impression that everybody more or less got along.
Melanie Kaufman: Everyone more or less does.
Detective Ed Green: And that's not what it sounded like in those one-on-ones.
Corey Kaufman: Everyone gets along perfectly, you have a flat line.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: And if, by chance, they do happen to get along, you turn them against each other?
Corey Kaufman: Well, I prefer to call it stirring the pot. We take whatever conflicts are already under the surface and tweak them, that's all.
Detective Ed Green: Well, do you think this "stirring the pot" led to one of ...
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Detectives Briscoe and Green get called to a homicide of a young man who went off a rooftop in Manhattan. The deceased was part of the cast of a reality show and as it turns out was killed by another cast member. The deceased had a reputation as a provocateur and did deliberately create conflict situations in the show.

I might just be not the one to write a review on this particular episode since I shun reality shows. I've never understood with all the films and literature available for our entertainment some of us just choose to watch ordinary people with no discernible talent just acting like our normal stupid selves. If that passes for entertainment they can have it.

In the end when responsibility is parsed out after getting a plea from the actual doer, Sam Waterston and Angie Harmon decide to go after the network as the real responsible party. Though that was not their intent a man's life was lost and a network vice president played by Adam Trese gets put on trial.

Newton Minow called television the 'vast wasteland' many years ago. What would he think of reality TV?

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