Law & Order (1990–2010)
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23

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Rubber Room (24 May 2010)

TV Episode   |  TV-14   |    |  Crime, Drama, Mystery


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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 are looking for a disgruntled teacher instead.

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30 September 2012 | bkoganbing
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| Meeting A Perceived Danger
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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