Law & Order: Season 18, Episode 6

Political Animal (30 Jan. 2008)

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A fugitive con artist working as a political fund-raiser is charged in a triple homicide. In order to cast reasonable doubt during the trial, he points the finger at several prominent politicians he supported.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Victor Vargas
Michael Genet ...
Franklin Slater
Josh Perlberg
Sylvia Standish
Dee Hoty ...
Judge H. Kifner
Reedy Gibbs ...
Todd's Assistant
Peter Elliott
Jim Gilles
Melanie Carver


A fugitive con artist working as a political fund-raiser is charged in a triple homicide. In order to cast reasonable doubt during the trial, he points the finger at several prominent politicians he supported.

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13 January 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

What was potentially a good Law And Order episode is spoiled as the story meanders into unnecessary territory to take advantage of some scandalous headlines. Nevertheless John Ortiz gives a fascinating performance as a political fundraiser/conman who murders three people and makes a rather clumsy attempt to cover it all up.

It's three young men who Ortiz kills after he ghosts out of fundraiser he arranged to do the deed. The three are an Iraqi war veteran, a lawyer, and a financial planner all 20 somethings. The last one was known to be gay and Ortiz tries to make it look like a gay love affair gone bad.

What it is one of his confidence schemes gone bad. In fact Ortiz isn't even who he said he is. He has a bench warrant from Florida where he swindled some folks in some traditional con game without a political overtone.

His current thing though is political fundraisers where he plans them for candidates he likes, takes a percentage off the top and they provide him some glowing character references when he's caught.

One of them is a closeted gay member of the state Assembly from Staten Island who votes against gay interests including marriage. Acting on a tip Jeremy Sisto and Jesse Martin entrap this poor jerk in the headline grabbing style of what happened to Larry Craig. Turns out to be a blind alley and they let him go. But there really was no reason to drag this in, it added nothing to the real story.

And ironically currently sits an openly gay Assemblymember from Staten Island named Matt Titone. How prophetic or not is this depending on your point of view.

Ortiz though dominates the episode. It's a fascinating performance of a man who loves moving and working for the real movers and shakers in New York City. As his world collapses around him he truly loses it.

Too much extraneous material in this one.

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