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This must have been a very difficult episode for the Law & Orders
writers to do because it went against their extreme politically-correct
bias. They actually made a woman politician - one which had a scumbag
husband - part of cover-up in having her husband murdered. Of course,
she wasn't part of the murder plan but she knew about it and stayed
silent so, at the end of the episode when this is reluctantly divulged
(last 30 seconds) you know she'll arrested, too.
"Det. Eames" shows her bias in this story, being so prejudiced for the female candidate she can't judge correctly. Thank goodness she has a more objective partner in "Det. Robert Goren," who winds up putting two-and-two together while Eames just frowns. She contributed nothing to the case, in this one.
Nonetheless, the focus of the story is really the husband, played by a George Carlin-lookalike: Xander Berkeley. He was fascinating, as "George Pagolis" and did a terrific job playing him, sounding very natural. Meanwhile, Donna Murphy was convincing as his political wife "Maureen." The whole story starts with a unique aspect: two men re-enacting the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.....but in this updated version, a sniper from a long ways away interrupts the festivities - and shoots the wrong man!. Later, it's discovered why the wrong guy was shot and who was involved. Overall, it's interesting and certainly is a comment on the slanted TV news reporting of the day, as well as how our own bias enter into how we look at people.
With Eric Bogosian bringing his family to witness a re-enactment of the
Hamilton-Burr duel over in Weekhawken and seeing 'Hamilton' get himself
shot really dead even though it was New Jersey you know it would be
Major Case involved. The fact that the actual murder shot was fired
from across the Hudson makes it New York case in any event.
Anyone who did not see that the characters that Donna Murphy and Xander Berkeley were based on Geraldine Ferraro and her bad boy husband John Zaccaro had to be living under a rock. The third prime mover here is her chauffeur and aide Mike Colter.
The case brings a bit of a rift between Goren and Eames as Kathryn Erbe makes no bones about the fact she sees Murphy as true feminist idol. Who sadly has feet of clay. Sad that these two just didn't divorce.
Murphy and Berkeley are outstanding as the troubled married and very prominent couple
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