"TBJ's" replacement yanked, to be replaced by "CI"
It looks like NBC made a huge mistake cancelling Trial By Jury after all:
Inconceivable, which replaced "TBJ" in the Friday 10:00 PM ET/PT time slot has been yanked after just two episodes and will be replaced for now by Criminal Intent repeats.
I'm wondering how NBC Entertainment head Kevin Reilly, who cancelled "TBJ" feels about that move now?
Review of "Red Ball" (Wednesday 9/21 original series episode)
Realized I never posted my reviews of the original and "SVU" for the episodes after the "SVU" opener here, so I will post them now. No spoilers on these EXCEPT for "9-1-1", this past Tuesday's "SVU" episode.
This is "Red Ball", the original season opener:
What a way to open the season, and for the first time in a while, one that didn't open with a dead body!
It opened at Tompkins Square Park with a mother (Denise Clark) who's daughter was abducted with Denise falling off the car. Joe and Ed manage to nail the man who did it (Dwight Jacobs), who then uses the fact he's in jail to make it as difficult as possible on Jack and Alexandra to get it without a walk, with Jacobs' girlfriend (Charlene Dowd) apparently holding down the girl. Love how Jack was then trying to get Jacobs' attorney (Charles Graham) to reveal where Denise's daughter Jennifer was.
In court, Jack is reamed by Judge Deidre Hellstrom, with his motion to force Graham to talk denied, and then after Jack ordering Graham arrested, with Graham all over Alexandra for Jack's conduct. The body of Charlotte is then found, brutally bludgeoned to death, with no sign of Jennifer.
Joe and Ed then head for an apartment building, where it turned out a man (Bernard Hines, a known sex offender) in the apartment claimed to defend himself from Charlotte. Jacobs' then refused any offers of a sentence with his new attorney. Arthur then correctly reams Jack in that he really didn't have a choice in what happened. Jack then decides to go behind Arthur's back and make a deal to find Jennifer Clark.
Like how Arthur then talks with Judge Hellstrom, trying to force her to reverse Jack's deal after that. Jacob then allocutes to sentencing by saying he kidnapped the girl to sell for money, saying he put the girl in a garage in the garage of his mother's home, with the girl found alive and unharmed. The judge then goes over Jack's head and will not honor the sentence, with the maximum sentence allowed, then wanting a trial.
Arthur then walks in on Jack, reminding Jack that there was a much bigger concern than Jennifer Clark, but also basically told Jack he would not fire him because he was too good a prosecutor.
A great episode to start the season!
Review of "Design" (Tuesday 9/27 "SVU" episode)
This is my review of "Design", which was the first half of a crossover with the original:
It looked like this was another episode that may have been held back from last season to this, as it was filmed during cold weather, possibly as early as last fall seeing leaves on the ground. This would appear to make three episodes ("Black", which is known to have originally been scheduled for last season, "Demons", which appeared to originally have intended to be the season six finale and this one) that were likely held back from last season to this, possible so NBC would have as many as 28 episodes of "SVU" this year to counter the 27 new episodes of "Boston Legal" that ABC will be airing this season (including five held back from last year).
The story began with a woman on a ledge named April (Troost, played by Estella Warren), who was looking to kill herself and the unborn baby she was carrying, with Olivia called in after April said she was raped. Like how April then came down, and was talking with Olivia in the hospital and then April then saying how she had snapped.
After naming Barclay Pallister as the man who raped her by April, I love how he denies the fact he raped her, with his then in custody, claiming he lost his memory.
They went to trial almost immediately (first time in a while that came up early in the episode), with April then saying how Barclay had tried to kill her.
April nearly lost it in court, and once back in there, April, looking at Olivia was composed until Barclay's defense attorney brought up her calling about a settlement. That led to Olivia being disappointed in April, and her appearing to kill herself with her car running off the road and Olivia blaming herself, only to later discover it was a murder when Elliot and Olivia went into April's apartment after they thought she killed herself.
Barclay was then claiming that April took a cash settlement for $500,000, with hydrogen peroxide on the couch and walls of the apartment. It appeared that April's friend Roger and his wife were going to adopt April's child. It then turned out that April was bilking a number of people for the child. Love how the mother (Lorraine Dillon) then comes in and says how April had stolen things as a child, and after Lorriane tells them about a safe deposit box, they find Barclay's picture among those of many who were wealthy that April appeared to be stalking.
Like how Munch and Fin were then talking with many of the men who appeared to have trists with April (including one played by Bobby Flay). One of them was a baseball player who had failed a drug test, with it turning out to be a drug that erased people's memory of any sex they could be done.
Loved how Elliot and Olivia head to a sperm bank that April it turned out used to work at as an accountant, and with a doctor wanting a former paitient arrested for trespassing wound up being arrested himself for stealing sperm. The doctor then tries to talk his way out of the stealing sperm charge by claiming how he was impregnating the sperm of geniuses to those who would pay for it, with the Doctor then arrested for April's murder. This doctor then claimed to be April's father, with April then as it turns out alive and arrested for fraud among other things.
Loved how April then tries to get out of the charges by claiming she was brainwashed by her mother since birth, and while with Huang explaining how her mother was married six times and how she taught her about trying to con people, also saying how she was "too beautiful for prison." I should have realized something was up when we saw the building April lived in.
I then loved how Lorriane then claimed she didn't raise her daughter the way she was, with Lorriane then refusing to tell where the baby was. I love how April's father (Dr. McManus) tried to convince April to tell them where the baby was, but Lorraine refused to tell until Casey gave April the deal she wanted.
The last scene was hillarious, with Lorraine then carrying the baby and about to leave on the train, and was not arrested for taking the baby, but was given fair warning. Olivia was very upset, but Don reminded her that the baby was most important, and the scene with Olivia, Elliot, Barclay and the baby was a great one.
A great episode that was done in a way that unless you knew it was part one of a crossover, you wouldn't thik so (and it wasn't, as this episode was filmed last fall with an original airdate last spring and was not intended to be part of a crossover originally).
Review of "Flaw" (Wednesday 9/28 original series episode)
This is my review of "Flaw", which was a follow-up to "Design" and the second half of the crossover:
This story began with a very loose scaffolding holding up window washers, finding the body of a man (Patrick Sullivan) who as he was shot was trying to call (of all people), OLIVIA!
Olivia doesn't know the victim, but she and Fin came to the 2-7, and are figuring he's involved indirectly with an earlier case.
It turned out that Patrick Sullivan had in a locker freezers that had the bodies of five elderly people (who all lived in the same nursing home) who's Social Security checks were all sent at his address.
They then find a male nurse who revealed that Patrick was gay, and they were living together, only that Patrick was cheating on Eduardo with someone named Dr. David Glass. He then says he's a witness to Patrick being show, but he couldn't testify to it out of fear for being killed. The woman turned out to be April Troost, who was with Patrick when this happened when he claimed an SEC agent who actually was Lorraine Dillon, April's mother.
Joe was right about it being personal for Olivia, and Lorriane and April were waiting for Olivia, Joe and Ed.
We next see the Lorraine in the interrogation room with Joe, and Lorraine was really trying to work Joe with her sweet talk. Lorraine is with Ed, trying to work her over as well before her attorey comes in. It turned out that Patrick Sullivan faked his own death, which would be confirmed the next morning at the bar he was at, Patrick was also a guest of the mother-daughter duo at the hotel. After going through things there, Joe and Ed find Dr. Glass having committed suicide, with his secretary saying he didn't normally hang.
Joe and Ed then find a gun in Lorriane and April's apartment, with Lorraine saying she did it, but in self defense.
Jack is then with Arthur, noting Lorraine had a relationship with Patrick 10 years ago and molested April at that time, with a motion to supress fraud upheld by the Judge. Like how Jack then decides he can work around the supression by proving it was related on cross when Lorraine testified. That testimony included the claim of April being molested by Patrick at 14, with her claiming Patrick admitted it, and she snapped and killed him. She then claimed he would kill him, but the next thing was Patrick being dead in the hotel room. Love how Jack then breaks down Lorraine on the stand, especially on the fraud, including that of Dr. Glass. Jack then tried to force Lorraine to admit to killing Patrick for his share of a fraud scheme, but she would not do it. Jack then decides to have Alexandra cross April.
In testimony, April then says she didn't speak up when the molestation happened because she "didn't want to ruin her mother's relationship." Alexandra in cross then tries to break down April, proving that she never tried to call the police, and in the end basically admitting she was never molested, but April and Patrick were actually lovers. She then admits that Lorraine shot Patrick and then said the molestation idea was her's, and that Lorraine told April to hit her, with an adjurnment for the day.
After that, Lorraine then tries to throw April under the bus by saying Lorraine killed Patrick, with Jack saying he would make Lorraine admit to fraud, with the deal pulled off.
The next day, Lorraine is found guilty of murdering Patrick. Eveything seemed to be in order, however, Olivia is not satisfied with the verdict, and Jack agreed to trace April while Joe and Ed talk to Lorraine's husband at the time April was 14 and pregnant, sent off by her then-father to an agency at Glens Falls in upstate New York after it turned out she was pregant at 14. The Detectives then go upstate to the retreat April was at, with a woman working in the hospital noting that the cook drove her to the hospial and she was never seen again.
We then see Alexandra making the trip north to talk with the cook (Arliss), who then said something was wrong with the baby she gave birth to in her car, and it turned out that April had given the cook the same kind of cocktail that crippled him, with it turning out the baby had been killed by April at 14. The baby was not found, with Alexandra giving Jack the idea of playing the same con game on April that April played on others.
The cook then comes down to the 2-7, with April walking into the interrogation room, with Olivia waiting for her. Olivia played the con game with April, making up phony evidence of the baby's death, with April claiming that she didn't commit that murder as well. Olivia then tries to force April to admit to the murder, only to then have Lorraine show up, with Lorraine telling April how she did kill the baby and April then lunging after her mother. April then admits to the truth about killing her baby at the end (though not shown on screen).
A great finish to a great episode!
Review of "9-1-1" (Tuesday 10/3 "SVU" episode)
Here's my review of "9-1-1", which will repeat Sunday, October 16 at 11:00 PM ET/PT on USA Network. I'm including Spoiler Space for this episode since many people have not yet seen it:
The episode opened with a call at a 911 Emergency Center from nine-year-old Maria Rencios that was forwarded to Olivia, about to go on a date when Don has her come back.
They find out that the call was coming from a man named Ricardo Garcia, who either apparently kidnapped her or was Maria's father (which turned out to be false). Apparently, Maria was one who never went outside according to her.
This turned into a wild goose chase, or at least appeared to be, and it was quite an adventure, with Maria then saying that she was sold to her "new dad" Richard, whom Maria said hurts her a lot.
Casey meanwhile did all she could with the Hondouras Consulate, and Olivia has her hang up and call again, with the cell phone then moving her from near the Holland Tunnel to Queens. Obviously, whoever kidnapped Maria had this well thought out and was to manipulate the cell phone Maria was on, or at least that appeared the case to this point.
Another call comes in at the same time, with that being Munch using a voice changer to prove her point. It then turns out that "Maria" was dead according to her mother, with Maria then saying she was taken by someone who was supposed to take her to her father in Las Vegas, but it turned out to be a child pornagrapher who it was realized was wanted by Montreal SVU, with Maria's picture in it.
Olivia then is trying everything to keep Maria awake when another man comes on the phone and hangs it up before they could find out where they really are.
Love how it turned out to be the original location with Feliepe's on 94th and Broadway with it turning out that Maria had been under an electronics store, only by the time Olivia gets there Maria is gone. The man named Richard it turned out had buried Maria in the empty lot where Felipe's burgers once stood, with Maria buried underneath, but found alive in the end.
This was one hell of an episode that was a showcase for Mariska. It's too bad many people missed the airing of the episode because of the baseball playoffs.