Law & Order: Season 20, Episode 12

Blackmail (15 Jan. 2010)

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The death of a journalist who worked for a celebrity gossip website leads detectives to her publisher, who sought to use information she gathered for a story to blackmail a well-known talk show host.

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When Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard find journalist Megan Kerr dead in an abandoned apartment, the detectives learn of a relationship between the victim and daytime talk show host Vanessa Carville. Upon further investigation, the detectives encounter Carville in a meeting with DA Jack McCoy, and Carville admits to a series of workplace affairs and a blackmail threat leaving the detectives suspicious of Carville and her co-workers. Written by NBC Publicity

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When Vanessa, the talk show host, tells Detective Bernard "No more sandwiches for you", he drops the sandwich on the table. When Vanessa's husband enters the room, Bernard is holding the sandwich again, Vanessa leaves, and Bernard drops it down on the table. See more »

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The first "turkey" in an exceptionally outstanding 20th year
15 January 2010 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

Loosely based on the recent David Letterman blackmail scandal, "Blackmail" tries to take a different route by having a FEMALE talk show host being blackmailed because of her frequent affairs with subordinate FEMALE staffers. One of the host's former employees and lover is murdered and that is the catalyst for which the investigation begins.

A twist involves the blackmailer himself being blackmailed by an accomplice and, in turn, DA McCoy's crew has to resort to a similar tactic to get a conviction on the murder.

This is a rather dull episode, only "enlivened" by S. Epatha Merkerson's "Van Buren" still coping with her cancer as well as making a humorous observation about the physical appearance of cops Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Bernard (Anthony Anderson).


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