Law & Order: Season 19, Episode 10

Pledge (21 Jan. 2009)

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The prime suspect in the murders of the son and housekeeper of married university researchers is a journalist who appears to be obsessed with girls from a particular sorority.

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Lupo and Bernard investigate the death of 12 year-old Eric Foley and his housekeeper both of whom were shot in the Foleys home in the middle of the afternoon. Eric's parents were university researchers both working that day. Several people saw a man leaving the house and the police learn that a science journalist, Ned Lasky, had been pestering them for information on their medical research. In fact Lasky is a magazine fact checker looking for a break but when a poison pen note with a lock of her dead son's hair is sent to Joyce Foley, it's traced back to Lasky. He clearly has a thing about the Foleys but it's his antipathy towards Joyce's college sorority that seems to be behind his irrational crimes Written by garykmcd

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Pushing his buttons
8 April 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The murder of a 12 year old boy and a housekeeper of a pair scientists is the case that Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson catch in his Law And Order episode. The murderer in this case does return almost to the scene of the crime to gloat over his handiwork. He also snipped a lock of the victim's hair and sends it to the mother of the victim in a condolence card.

The sick puppy that did this is played by Martin Malloy who really dominates the episode. Convicting him will be a problem because the person who really gives them the evidence they needed is Malloy's daughter Brooke Bloom. She does it because L&O's mythical Hudson University offers a $100,000.00 reward. That certainly taints her testimony though without the reward Bloom has ample motive to rat her father out. He's that lovable a guy.

It all goes back to college days where the mother of the victim kicked him out of their snobbish sorority party. As one who was never part of the crowd that blue collar kid Malloy aspired to he's almost a sympathetic figure. I say almost because we never forget that he killed a child to hurt her. People get rejected, but we don't get so twisted as to do what this guy did. And there's hints out there Malloy might have done more. This guy could have been the protagonist for some slasher flick.

If he didn't have a client who couldn't control himself, Malloy's attorney Jefferson Mays might have gotten a dismissal. But Linus Roache really comes up with a legal strategy that presses Malloy's buttons in open court. The expression Mays's face in the end is priceless.


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