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'Law & Order: SVU' fan recap: Ferguson, revisited

Season 17 | Episode 4 | “Community Policing” | Aired Oct 14, 2015

Once more, SVU decided to torture me with yet another insightful, fraught-with-seriousness-and-tension episode that I can’t mock, pick apart, or satirize. DAMN YOU, SVU. What is this, the thousandth time they’ve done this to me?!? Season 17 has had nary a “John Stamos impregnating 35 women,” “Fred Savage punching Liv,” or even a “Shirley from Laverne & Shirley making her granddaughter sick on purpose” storyline so far. It’s all timely topics and little-to-no camp. I need camp! I need to pitch a tent and chuckle at the wife obviously having done it for the grandmother’s embryos. That came out wrong.

Here’s something fluffy. Mariska Hargitay’s flat-ironed hair is ON POINT this ep. Whew! That felt good. Anyway, back to the depressing.

In recent times, Ferguson, Baltimore, and way too many other places in the U.S. have witnessed tragic incidents of unarmed men of color gunned down by police officers. “Community Policing” finds Liv and the gang caught between supporting their brother and sister officers and making sure that justice is done.

He’s called “The Push-In Rapist,” and his crimes are horrendous. He attacks women as they’re entering their apartments. The squad is on hand for the aftermath of the latest attack. The perp shoved the wife inside, pistol-whipped the husband, raped the wife, and then kidnapped and raped their 12-year-old daughter. She was found in the building’s laundry room, bloody but alive. Can anyone suggest a Care Bears ep I could watch right now?

The suspect has been described by the victims as a black male with a short Afro wearing a vintage basketball jersey. He’s armed and dangerous. The squad also has a sketch of the perp. They’re assisting the other precinct’s squad (including an old friend: Detective Joe “Doom” Dumas) and they’re aided by several uniforms. A victim’s credit card has been flagged as used at a bodega near a project. The security-cam footage shows a man with a short Afro wearing the described jersey.

We also learn that latest rape victim’s husband and father have ties to the NYPD.

Next thing we know, the suspect has been spotted entering the aforementioned projects. The police follow. The suspect boots. Everyone at home starts shifting uneasily on their couches because, unfortunately, this is a familiar story. Shots fired! Liv, Fin, Carisi, and the rest find a dying young black man, three shocked officers (including “Doom,” which is an unfortunately apt nickname in this case), and no gun.

Liv and Capt. Reece begin issuing orders. Locate the gun, and find out if Terrence Reynolds (the downed suspect) lives in the projects. If so, search his place and find anything linking him to the rapes. Capt. Reece has to keep telling the officers that shot the suspect (Doom, Det. Louise Campesi, and a Sgt. Donlan) to keep their mouths shut and get to the hospital for a tox screen.

SVU Rollins tells Declan he

Residents begin recording everything with smartphones and demanding to know what’s going on. Reynolds’s apartment turns up little but a couple of joints despite Carisi getting heavy on Terrence’s bewildered roommate. At the hospital, Reynolds’s parents arrive demanding to know what’s going on. Liv tells them the bad news. The 35 bullets that were fired at their son caused his death. Overkill much? Our friend Tucker from the rat squad—I’m sorry, Internal Affairs—shows up, as one does when the cops look shifty. Doom, Det. Campesi, and Sgt. Donlan all testify that the suspect reached for something in his belt and turned toward them. They all repeat the same line (that was obviously fed to them by their union delegate): “At that moment I felt that my life, and the lives of my fellow officers, was in danger.” Tucker shuts the deposition cam off to suggest to Doom that maybe he and his coworkers shouldn’t parrot each other so precisely when testifying about why they killed an unarmed black man.

The city is up in arms over what is being perceived as yet another example of black lives NOT mattering to police. Our old friend Rev. Curtis has teamed up with Terrence’s grief-stricken parents and their lawyer to launch a separate investigation so there isn’t a cover-up. That super-gross Assistant Commissioner Hank Abraham shows up to Barba’s office to make sure he investigates and prosecutes to the fullest extent of the law. A grand jury is called after it’s discovered that: a) The rapist’s DNA in no way matches Terrence Reynolds’s and b) There is footage of the three cops shooting him in the doorway of his building—it looks very much like an execution and the very definition of overkill.

Liv spends the episode trying to convince Barba to see it as cops just doing their job, and a tragic mistake that wasn’t reckless endangerment, negligent homicide, or even murder. Barba, after seeing the tape, is pretty much looking at our three officers as an officer of the courts would at a drug cartel hit squad. Fin, Carisi, and Rollins are also trying to be there for their fellow officers. Rollins has something of a history (he’s not the dad, hold on for that news) with Doom, and it’s pretty obvious that he knows he’s going down for the killing.

Barba convenes the grand jury. He antagonizes Liv and Carisi on the stand. They both try to stand by the officers, but Barba is unflagging. Liv is arguing that it was a brutally hot summer night, the fleeing man matched the description of the suspect, they were in the projects (she doesn’t elaborate on that one), and it did look like he might have had a gun from their angle. The grand jury isn’t buying it. Doom isn’t either. Barba wants to know why he only fired three shots while Campesi and Donlan fired 32. He gets Doom to haltingly admit that he ceased firing because he realized they had probably made a mistake. The grand jury is so sure that the cops straight-up murdered Terrence Reynolds that they ask if they can include homicide on the bill.

The cops are indicted on manslaughter charges. (Doom for reckless endangerment). The rapist is still free. And none of this has done squat to solve our country’s race problem.

Oh, and in interesting baby daddy news, Donal Logue shows up! Remember Declan? He briefly headed up the squad and saved Manda’s bacon when she was undercover and falling into a bottle of whiskey whilst clutching poker chips? He did more than save her bacon. He porked it! I apologize for that one, but he’s the dad. Amanda promises they’ll talk, because she hadn’t told him yet. In her defense, he was in Serbia. In his defense, telecommunications are pretty much ubiquitous in 2015, right?

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TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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