Law & Order: Season 20, Episode 23

Rubber Room (24 May 2010)

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Lupo and Bernard believe they are in a race against time to find a student threatening on an Internet blog to blow up a school--only to discover that they be looking for a disgruntled teacher instead.

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Detectives Lupo and Bernard investigate a threat by a teenage blogger going by the name of Moot. He's threatened to blow up his high school, bragging that he could take out as many 600 people in one incident. He also puts up a video where he sets off a pipe bomb. Despite the fact that everyone believes this to be a credible threat, the police and the DA's office are blocked at every turn. Moot has left very few clues in his blog and the the Department of Education will not provide information on students. Cutter tries to get subpoena power from a grand jury, but they turn him down flat. It's only when they learn about so-called 'rubber rooms' - offices where teachers who have been removed from the classroom foe alleged misconduct spend their days - that they realize they've been on the wrong track. Written by garykmcd

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D.A. Jack McCoy: Just how far up your ass is your head? A member of your union is threatening to shoot up a school!
Mr. Kralik: Really? I find it hard to believe any teacher could be pushed over the edge. What do you think did it, Mr. McCoy? Is it being micromanaged by the Department of Education, or having all the responsibility and none of the authority? Or, is it having to dig into their own pockets to pay for classroom supplies, or maybe it's being abused and assaulted daily by students and their parents?
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Meeting A Perceived Danger
30 September 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Law And Order's last show managed to combine both the legal issues that the show was famous for and one great action sequence in a show that was normally known for the dogged way the police made their cases and arrests. In this instance Detectives Jeremy Sisto and Anthony Anderson solved their case and prevented a terrorist act from being a lot worse than it could have been.

Our guys manage to stumble on to a blog where someone is making some very specific threats to do some really big terrorist act against a school. The legal issues here are just how far government can go in terms of meeting a perceived danger. The District Attorney's office goes before a grand jury that properly refuses to give them sweeping subpoena powers to investigate student blogs.

Still the detectives do manage through other means to shift the focus on to a teacher and when they find a common link they go after a teacher who can identify the blog's author. Still she in this litigious society brings her union lawyer to the DA's office. The dressing down that Sam Waterston gives that UFT lawyer is a classic.

This was a great finale for a great show that addressed so many issues in this hour, the rights and struggles of teachers in an urban setting, the responsibilities of their teacher's unions, how far we can go to investigate a terrorist threat.

Finally S. Eptha Merkerson playing Lieutenant Van Buren gets engaged to Ernie Hudson who had a recurring role in this season. She also has a struggle with breast cancer, a recurring theme. It ends with the struggle unresolved as it is with so many cancer survivors because of recurrence.

Not an episode to be missed.


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