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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

  • 2008
  • Season 9
  • 19 episodes
  • Drama

Summary

In the criminal justice system, sexually based crimes are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of the Special Victims Unit. Following the investigation and prosecution of these crimes may not only grip you with suspense - but change your life.

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Episode 17: Authority

Summary

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.

Review

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. 

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Det Elliot StablerChristopher Meloni
Det Olivia BensonMariska Hargitay
Capt Donald CragenDann Florek
Merritt RookRobin Williams
John MunchRichard Belzer
Casey NovakDiane Neal
George HuangBD Wong
Odafin TutuolaIce-T

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DirectorDavid Platt

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  • Episode 17

    Authority

    Summary

    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.

    Review

    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. 

    How to watch

    Loading

    Streaming

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    Det Elliot StablerChristopher Meloni
    Det Olivia BensonMariska Hargitay
    Capt Donald CragenDann Florek
    Merritt RookRobin Williams
    John MunchRichard Belzer
    Casey NovakDiane Neal
    George HuangBD Wong
    Odafin TutuolaIce-T

    Crew

    rolename
    DirectorDavid Platt
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