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The Drowned and the Saved 

A murder investigation uncovers connections to the governor's wife, and perhaps a scandal involving the governor and an appointment for an open US Senate seat. But can Jack McCoy ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jeremy Sisto ... Detective Cyrus Lupo
Anthony Anderson ... Detective Kevin Bernard
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Lieutenant Anita Van Buren
Linus Roache ... E.A.D.A. Michael Cutter
Alana De La Garza ... A.D.A. Connie Rubirosa
Sam Waterston ... D.A. Jack McCoy
Francie Swift ... Caroline Reeves
Luke Kirby ... Bobby Amato
Susan Kelechi Watson ... Thea Curry
Kevin O'Rourke ... Amato's Attorney
Jodie Markell ... Lorraine Flockhart
Leslie Hendrix ... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
Tom Galantich ... Joe Chappell
Alison Elliott ... Rita Shalvoy
Tom Everett Scott ... Governor Donald Shalvoy


A murder investigation uncovers connections to the governor's wife, and perhaps a scandal involving the governor and an appointment for an open US Senate seat. But can Jack McCoy successfully prosecute and not risk his chances at being elected? Written by

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The scandal in this episode where Governor Shalvoy is trying to sell a US Senate seat parallels former Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich who went to prison over a similar act. See more »


When DA McCoy, ADA Cutter, and ADA Rubirosa are connecting the Shalvoys, Curry, Rita Amato, Caroline Reeves, and Charles Whitley, the suspects are written on a whiteboard. Rita Amato's name is written first over last. However, as McCoy opens the door to leave the room, her name is written last over first. See more »

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Political and Legal
13 June 2010 | by viv_harvSee all my reviews

It took me a while to realize that there is a reason this series has survived for so long. The best thing I like is that personal lives have been kept to a minimum, and the legal aspect, binded by laws and manipulating or fitting the case in the rules to serve justice, is what keeps the boat afloat as in many cases, disappointing as it is, the right thing is not done.

This particular episode takes a sleaze based homicide to a surprising political twist which is refreshingly fascinating for a telly version. I never watch West Wing but I do like the window view on a ferris wheel, where you are carried from ground level to a surprising height. Fantastic though the position of the main characters are, this series seems to carry a little less of the non-sense and superfluous gimmicks of most other contemporary series of this genre.

I would recommend this episode to most fans of law & order series, svu is like cartoon when compared to this series, not disrespecting the subject matter of the former.

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3 June 2009 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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