Law & Order: Season 20, Episode 18

Brazil (29 Mar. 2010)

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When an environmental scientist, Dr. Oscar Silva, is poisoned during a global warming symposium, Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard initially suspect competitors from Dr. Silva's field... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Phillip Shoemaker
Michael Tucker ...
Nelson Lehman
Julie Boyd ...
Sharon Lehman
Michele Pawk ...
Attorney Marks
Dr. Everett Brown
Cindy Katz ...
Family Court Judge
Judge Marc Kramer (as Stephen McKinley Henderson)
Mark Nelson ...
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When an environmental scientist, Dr. Oscar Silva, is poisoned during a global warming symposium, Detectives Cyrus Lupo and Kevin Bernard initially suspect competitors from Dr. Silva's field of study. It is soon discovered that Dr. Silva is involved in a messy custody battle with his wife's ex-husband, Phillip Shoemaker and the focus of the investigation quickly shifts to the victim's family. Meanwhile, the case becomes personal for Cutter as it stirs up unpleasant memories from his own past. Written by NBC Publicity

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Too many headlines in this one
31 March 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This series loves to say its stories are "ripped from the headlines." That's usually fine if you rip one headline at a time. But this episode goes for everything but the kitchen sink. We start with the Climategate scandal (the e-mails exposing the global warming fraud), then we jump to the story of the father's whose child was taken to Brazil by his wife (they couldn't even be bothered to change the country) and then a little later comes the New York version of Balloon Boy. All of this might still be okay if the overall story was satisfying, but this one ends with a examination of a witness that is totally ludicrous. The man on the stand would have to be a complete imbecile to have made the statements he makes. At the end of the episode, Cutter comments it was "not a good day." Well, he got that right.

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