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Two Different Creeps
bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
27 March 2013
Actor Lothaire Blutheau in two different stories in the Law And Order
franchise played a pair of creeps. In a good SVU episode from the first
season, Blutheau played a professor of French literature at St.
Raymond's University which Dann Florek's alma mater. He was crushing
out on a popular coed and when he witnessed her killing, he dragged her
body out to some bushes and then shagged the corpse. Angie Harmon's
reaction to this was priceless.
In this final Trial By Jury story Blutheau is now a doorman in a ritzy
building and he saves one of his tenants who was being attacked by a
homeless man and beats him to death. He's acclaimed a hero and Tristine
Skyler is grateful and she even pays for his defense when he's
Fred Dalton Thompson figures let him go before a Grand Jury and they
will vote no true bill and that would be the end of it. But the crack
ADA team of Bebe Neuwirth and Amy Carlson uncover some evidence that
doesn't make Blutheau look so heroic. In fact he's worse than he was in
the SVU episode.
After his first lawyer quite on him, Blutheau gets Ron Silver as a
lawyer who does pretty good for a while, impeaching at least one of the
DA's witnesses. In the end though Blutheau pleads out, but the story is
how the Neuwirth/Carlson team got him to do it.
I wish Trial By Jury had been given more of a chance, but I suspect
that the audience wanted no one but the beloved Jerry Orbach and when
he died the series really died with him. I'm also surprised that the
regulars here weren't used on other Law And Order shows. Only the theme
was cannibalized and used on Criminal Intent.
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