Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 9, Episode 17

Authority (29 Apr. 2008)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A man accused of impersonating a police officer over a telephone and telling a fast food manager to sexually assault an employee is found not guilty, and as a result becomes a vocal crusader telling other people to defy authority figures.

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A man accused of impersonating a police officer over a telephone and telling a fast food manager to sexually assault an employee is found not guilty, and as a result becomes a vocal crusader telling other people to defy authority figures.

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This story based on a number of actual phone hoaxes, especially one that happened at a McDonald's restaurant in Mount Washington, Kentucky on April 9, 2004, where a phone caller claiming to be a police officer manipulates the staff of a business to sexually abuse innocent people as "interrogation." See more »

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It is supposed to be late May, yet most of the trees are bare and everyone is wearing heavy clothing, like overcoats or sweaters. See more »

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Detective Elliot Stabler: The Milgram Experiment.
Merritt Rook: You've done your homework. Yes, only this time its for real.
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Featured in The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards (2008) See more »

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Below-Par Script Results in Disappointing Episode
30 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While a worthy ''ripped from the headlines'' story idea, the script had four plot holes large enough through which to drive Mack trucks.

Robin Williams listed first as guest star in the opening credits was a pleasant surprise, but would prove disappointing when he merely reprised his creepy role from the 2002 movie, ''One Hour Photo.''

The IMDb cast list for this episode is incomplete at this writing (the day after the episode aired), but watch for who appears to be Didi Conn (from the 1977 movie ''You Light Up My Life'') as a nurse.

The ambiguous ending was a cop-out--''The Twilight Zone'' TV series did it first and did it much better. As a whole, this episode was not up to the usual high standards of ''SVU.''


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