Law & Order: Season 10, Episode 24

Vaya Con Dios (24 May 2000)

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The DA's office prosecutes a Chilean colonel for the murder of a New Yorker working with the Communists during the Pinochet military coup. But has the office overstepped its jurisdiction?

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Colonel Emilio Pantoya
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Mrs. Whitman
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Briscoe and Green are investigating the death of an elderly man who appears to have fallen down the stairs. But the ME thinks he was pushed. They learn that the man was ranting about how his son who was an activist who was killed during the Chilean coup in 1973. And they learn he was not crazy. It appears he was looking for an American military man who may have been involved with what happened to his son. They learn that the man at the apartment where he died was the son of the officer he was looking for. The man told the man looking for his father that he was dead but didn't believe him and that's when they fought and he fell down the stairs. He also confirms what the man claims that his father was involved with what happened to the man's son. After pleading the man out, McCoy decides to look into what happened to the man's son. And it turns out that the Chilean man who may have been involved with what happened to the man's son, is now a high ranking government official and is in New... Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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This marks the final appearance of Steven Hill (D.A. Adam Schiff) on the series. See more »

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In Jack McCoy's office (Thursday, March 11) Det. Green tells Jack about the confession, and begins shaking Jack's hand. In the next shot, Jack should be seen finishing the handshake, but, he is not. See more »

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Colonel Emilio Pantoya: I'm a Colonel and a Senator, and I do not recognize your right to judge me.
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Final Adam Schiff episode is also most important one!
1 November 2014 | by (Northwest, USA) – See all my reviews

I've seen most of the original Law and Order episodes and just saw this one. I would say it's the most significant episode of the series, and also marks Steven Hill's (Adam Schiff's) final episode.

This seems to be based on the subject of the film, "Missing", which was based on the true story of how an American was killed in the CIA backed 1973 Chilean coup. Not sure if this was based on that or a similar story, or a synthesis thereof. Anyway, it takes on the most important subject there is: human life and when and if to draw a line in pursuit of justice for murder.

It begins with the usual discovery of a body, that turns out to be a man seeking the ones who killed his son in the coup. It leads to a Colonel who ends up on trial and goes all the way to the Supreme court, where McCoy (Waterston) gives the most important argument of his Law and Order run. Namely should murder be protected by diplomatic immunity, juridiction, etc. The court decision is wisely withheld from the viewer.

Marks the last episode containing all 3 of the best actors of the series: Waterston, Hill, and Orbach.

Note: only inaccuracy is when it mentions that Allende was killed by the Chilean military, but there is pretty solid evidence that he commit suicide.


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