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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.
S. Eptha Merkerson's health issues and a visit from a former cast
member share this Law And Order episode with the regular story about a
right wing journalist going undercover in a left wing activist
organization. The plot is borrowed quite liberally from ACORN expose in
The victim is found beaten to death and it's learned he was a member of the left wing organization doing voter registration. But an investigation by Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson reveals that he was in 2004 working for the re-election of George W. Bush. As the robot on Lost In Space used to say, 'that does not compute.
The deceased did not have any kind of come to Jesus moment. He was an Andrew Breitbart type looking for a story.
Two suspects develop. A right wing yahoo played by Boris McGiver and people in his own office who caught on. That could lead to the millionaire who founded this group called Rights Alliance.
A little continuity from the past is here as S. Eptha Merkersson attends the funeral of Benjamin Bratt's wife whom as we remember had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis back then. The nostalgia talk was touching and special between Merkersson and Bratt. It also is the only reference to the late Jerry Orbach and his passing in the show.
That alone makes this worth watching.
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