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I have to say that this Law And Order episode shows that Wall Street
can breed some truly carnivorous animals. And ones who carefully plan
as well. It took quite a bit of digging before Jerry Orbach and Jesse
Martin uncover the truth.
This story involves an apparently crazed investor who comes in and shoots a receptionist and a stockbroker at some firm. The stockbroker was the target and it looks like he was pressuring the higher ups in the firm about some insider trading and some pump and dump activity that was going on. The investor held on when he should have dumped and lost considerably.
It would be almost impossible to describe the layer of cover-up insulation the man responsible for all of this put between himself and the law. The perpetrator was Danny Mastrogiorgio who was in the second tier of supervisors at the firm. What he was doing working the pump and dumps on behalf of one of the crime families. And when our victim started pressuring Mastrogiorgio for more after an elaborate scheme involving a sexual harassment suit, the mob was a good and convenient answer for who was doing the killing.
Mastrogiorgio was a frightening human being, someone who was truly amoral in the pursuit of wealth. He should have been a made mob guy for what he pulled off. This was an idea he cooked up with an old high school buddy Frankie Dellarosa who was the son of the head of one of the crime families. But Mastrogiorgio rips them off too.
The highlight of this intricate episode is when Samuel E. Wright as Mastrogiorgio's defense attorney cross examines Mafia Don Vincent Curatola on the stand. Curatola is a guy who's seen the courtroom and been on a witness stand more than once. He is who he is and no apologies, but he's been ripped off and if the court doesn't find Mastrogiorgio guilty, Curatola will settle it his way. He and Wright have an incredible battle of wits, one of the best Law And Order ever had in one of their episodes.
Will Curatola have to do it his way? For that you watch this episode.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I think the Jerry Orbach and Jesse L. Martin partnership was one of the
best things of Law and Order, and I never tire watching their chemistry
at work in solving a murder.
In an ironic twist, Michael Gross plays a wall street warrior, in contrast to his famous Steven Keating role in Family ties!
Also, one of the techies in this episode referred to the famous Y2K.
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