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Posted by Tom Coombe at 04:42:44 PM on February 2, 2007
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Blogger Lance Mannion has a great piece on the history of Law & Order's detectives, specifically Lenny Briscoe, the standard by which all L&O detectives are judged. It's really brilliant stuff, a lot deeper and more eloquent that I could get about the show.

Tonight's episode seems to be prompted by Ann Coulter getting people all worked up at one of her speeches, and I think Mannion's prediction about the episode is dead on here as well. I'll be very surprised if the episode doesn't play out like this:

1. The Coulter character gives a speech that riles people up, and somebody gets shot.

2. The detectives look for the killer.

3. They catch him (or her, but most likely him), and cut a deal.

4. The DA decides to prosecute the Coulterish character for setting the killing in motion, and -- as happens so, so often these days -- we get to see the celebrity defendant convicted and sent to jail.

When did L&O become about wish-fulfillment story-telling? Don't like Kevin Federline, Bernard Kerik, or Michael Jackson? Don't worry: we'll throw their fictional counterparts in jail. Law & Order's formula is such that it can exist as long as NBC and Dick Wolf want it to. But as well all know, "can" and "should" are two different things.

Tom Coombe

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