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"Law & Order" Boy Gone Astray (2009)

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Based on this episode, young actor has a long career ahead of him

8/10
Author: Reginald D. Garrard from Camilla, GA
7 November 2009

In "Boy Gone Astry", Mario Quinonez, Jr joins the long list of young performers that have made impressive guest star turns on "Law & Order." The fifteen-year-old actor is quite convincing as a young man who, along with others, has been trained as a hit man by members of a Mexican drug cartel. With his innocent face and small stature, he delivers a performance that is both harrowing and sympathetic.

The scene where his character salivates over ADA Rubirosa's lunch, prepared by his mother, shows the actor's skills. In the scene, only his eyes "talk" and they do a wonderful job of conveying the character's confusion, being a boy yet committing an adult crime.

Quinonez deserves an Emmy nomination, at least.

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7/10
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
9 December 2012

This episode marked the first of two appearances by Jonathan Cake as Marcus Woll the kind of smarmy defense lawyer that lawyer jokes are made about. But this guy is no laughing matter as the second episode showed very clearly.

After a stint in the DA's office Cake now is a very expensive criminal attorney who is in court representing three juveniles who are charged as adults in the killing of Susan Pellegrino. This woman an interior designer by day makes a nice untaxed income moving drugs big time for a Mexican drug cartel. But I won't tell you the reason why she's hit. That's something you have to see for yourselves.

And the shooters are these three Chicano kids, spirited away from bordertowns and given training as assassins. That's why they're being charged as adults.

One of them Mario Quinonez, Jr. is being offered a deal by Linus Roache to turn and being encouraged by his parents as well to take the deal. Still the cartel and Cake have their own methods of persuasion.

Cake and Quinonez are both memorable in this episode.

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