Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Series 9 - 17. Authority

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Robin Williams is peerless when it comes to characters that are outwardly pleasant, polite and reasonable, but downright creepy at the same time (his role in the 2002 film One Hour Photo, for instance). Here he plays Merrit Rook, an audio engineer who quietly rails against society’s blind obedience to authority and, inspired by Stanley Milgram’s electric shock experiments, cleverly manipulates others because they think they’re following orders.

The detecting part is over in a flash, but there’s a cracking scene where Rook defends himself in court and an intense final showdown.
Williams won an award for Favourite Scene-stealing Guest Star for this performance. 

About this programme

17/19. Benson and Stabler are drawn into a series of psychological games by Merritt Rook (guest star Robin Williams), an engineer whose obsessive hatred of authority proves popular with the public and wins him a cult following. Hard-hitting drama, with Christopher Meloni.

Cast and crew


Det Elliot Stabler
Christopher Meloni
Det Olivia Benson
Mariska Hargitay
Capt Donald Cragen
Dann Florek
Merritt Rook
Robin Williams
John Munch
Richard Belzer
Casey Novak
Diane Neal
George Huang
BD Wong
Odafin Tutuola


David Platt