Wow, I hate Our Guys in "Popular." Like, a lot. Like, Season 5 levels here. Elliot is on some kind of quest to make up for the fact that he's "a paycheck not a parent," and everyone else is enabling him.
Olivia: Sure, let me go to the hospital and put my ass on the line for you while you hang out in the squadroom and eat donuts!
Cragen: Don't go behind my back ever again. Because if you do, I'll do absolutely nothing, like the ineffectual Muppet that I am.
StepfordKathy (Now with 100% more Mousy Brown #63!): You played me like a cheap violin, but I can't get mad because I'm hopped up on Prozac.
Carol the Nurse: You almost got me fired. Please allow me to divulge more confidential information I have no business sharing with you.
Shut up, all of you. Please.
And of course, they none of them seem to appreciate the irony when they tell the various kids "Whatever you tell me stays in this room." At least the victim called them on it when they questioned her in the nurse's office. Jesus Murphy, I feel bad for her. She's getting it from all sides, so she makes up a story, then Cragen gets in her face because "As soon as she came forward blahblahblahfalsereportcakes." You mean, as soon as your detectives badgered her into coming forward, right? New promo: "They want justice for every victim. Even the ones who, frankly, would rather just be left alone."
I also don't think they should have let Cynthia's parents watch the interview with her boyfriend. Aren't they supposed to keep details of an open investigation confidential? Oh, haha, I forgot what show I'm watching. "Confidential" means as much to these guys as "Continuance" means to Casey. And is the hospital really allowed to tell the girl's parents that she has an STD? That sucks.
I also feel really bad for the actress playing the victim, because everyone in this episode kept talking about how ugly she was. She really wasn't, although how did she end up with curly hair when both her parents had straight hair?
They re-cast Kathleen Stabler. Bummer. Because the original actress really looked quite a lot like both Kathy and Maureen.
I'm convinced that the theme for this marathon is "Takin' it Personally." Which is one of the few themes you could use for a 12-episode marathon.
I like how at the end of "Execution," Elliot says "Stop, it's what he wants!" Not "Stop, it's wrong to beat the crap out of a man once he's been subdued." They want justice for every victim...except those who also happen to commit crimes. (See also: Nocturne, Control)
And what's up with Jesrsey ADA? For someone who "can't stomach the reality" of the death penalty and "doesn't have to like it," he was sure egar to see the guy die. He fought hard not to stay the execution, was upset when he found out that it couldn't happen, etc. Dude, the guy's in a coma. That's not enough for you?
I love Alex, and I love the law, but going after the mother? "It's not always about justice." Preaching to the choir, baby.
I was sad that Alex caved on that one. On the one hand, yeah it was nice to see that Olivia totally has her wrapped around her little finger. :) But on the other hand, I was hoping that someone would stand up for the law after they all basically said "Laws? Rules? Procedure? Screw that!" in "Popular." (And I'd probably find the mom guilty, according to the law) I really liked it when EarlyAlex didn't give into pressure from the squad to make a deal in "Runaway." I sometimes feel the detectives are like whiny childern, and it's good for them when someone says "Sorry, can't have it your way this time. Suck it up."
Happy New Year, y'all! May your life in 2004 be as easy as Casey after a softball victory. (tm Learned Hand
Edited by add_duck, Jan 1, 2004 @ 2:06 PM.