The Drowned and the Saved (Law & Order)
|"The Drowned and the Saved"|
|Law & Order episode|
|Episode no.||Season 19
Episode 22 (#433 overall)
|Directed by||Fred Berner|
|Written by||Dick Wolf (creator)
René Balcer (developer)
Richard Sweren & Gina Gionfriddo (story)
|Original air date||June 3, 2009|
The murder of a charity executive leads detectives on a trail of political intrigue. Inspired by the corruption charges against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, the episode concludes the storyline begun in "Excalibur."
The murder of a prominent charity executive leads Detectives Lupo and Bernard down a twisted path of political intrigue. The detectives discover a connection between the murdered executive's secretary, her ex-boyfriend and a top politician's wife. The investigation takes a turn when claims of stalking and blackmail surface, revealing a secret desire for a newly vacated seat in the US Senate.
- Inspired by the Rod Blagojevich corruption scandal, where the former governor of Illinois was impeached after it was uncovered he allegedly committed numerous crimes of corruption, including trying to sell Barack Obama's senate seat after the latter was elected as President.
- This episode pulled 7.99 million viewers in the Nielsen ratings.
- This episode is the third Law & Order episode to include actress Francie Swift, After "Switch" (Season 5, Episode 22) and "Merger" (Season 10, Episode 4).
David Hinckley writes that the "subtly titled 'The Drowned and the Saved,' feels at times self-indulgent. The drama itself, by 'L&O' standards, gets a little heavy-handed and clunky."
- David Hinckley, "'Law & Order' finale is a fight over the real McCoy," New York Daily News (June 2nd 2009).