Lupo and Bernard discover that a murdered member of a progressive community activist group may have been a conservative trying to expose the group's wrongdoings. Meanwhile, Van Buren gets bad news from former detective Rey Curtis.



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Detectives Lupo and Bernard investigate the murder of James Landy who had been going door to door registering people to vote. The following day, Landy was found on the hood of his car with "FED" written on his chest with a black magic marker. They arrest Jerry Gans, a right-wing anti-government activist on whose door Landy had knocked that night. Landy worked for the Rights Alliance but research shows he had a history of being conservative and he may have been planning some type of smear against them. They realize they may have been looking in the wrong direction when two married Rights Alliance employees, Courtney Owens and David Webb, are shown to have been having an affair. Meanwhile, Lt. Van Buren attends a funeral when a former colleague's wife dies. Written by garykmcd

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The building described in the opening scene as the "Federal Reserve Bank" is the Old Customhouse on Bowling Green, now a Federal building that houses a branch of the Museum of the American Indian and US Bankruptcy Court. See more »

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Merkerson deserves an Emmy nod for this one!
11 December 2009 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

With the possibility that this, the 20th season of the long-running drama, may be its last, producer Dick Wolf seems determined to go out with a bag, drawing more controversy with the story lines and allowing the veteran cast members a chance to shine.

"Fed", which makes commentary on the "right" and the "left", gives S. Epatha Merkerson as Lt. Anita Van Buren the lion's share of the installment, giving her significant scenes with Sam Waterson (D.A. Jack McCoy) and Benjamin Bratt, making his return as Detective Rey Curtis. Curtis is back to bury his now-deceased wife and he and Van Buren share a poignant reunion, making a touching reference to Lennie Briscoe, played by the late, brilliant Jerry Orbach. Merkerson also has a tear-jerking scene at the show's end as Van Buren breaks down in the arms of her husband (Ernie Hudson), thinking about her fight with cancer.

The story itself is engaging but the episode is more a showcase for the Golden Globe and Emmy-winning actress.

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