verdict: not guilty, yr’honor

1/12/05

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Okay, I am going to step up to the plate and say it: I really liked Elizabeth Rohm. For those of you without cable (or an appreciation for the Dick Wolf oeuvre), she played the assistant D.A. Serena Southerlyn on “Law & Order” for the last four years, and thus will be seen ad infinitum on TNT until the Sun turns into a “red giant” star and dwarfs us all.

The internet is a perfect place for shit-talking, and the brave anonymous souls over at Television Without Pity have been heaping opprobrium on her since tonight’s episode, where her character came out as a lesbian, and was summarily fired for being a loose cannon. First off, that’s a ballsy move by “L&O” to actually fire somebody rather than have them quit or get killed off, and the lesbian thing seemed like a perfect choice.

I was always drawn to Elizabeth – she looks a little bit like my wife, for one, and her mother is close to my stepmom. I thought she was sexy on “Angel,” and her stint as Serena added a little confusion to the fire. I do know she was roundly disliked by many of my friends as something of a robotic actor, but I think the female assistant district attorney du jour is always a hard role to pull off without being too cute (Jill Hennessey), a trifle dull (Carey Lowell) or scarily skeletal (Angie Harmon).

Personally, I was charmed by her weird delivery, and in the context of her character’s sudden lesbianism, it might be interesting to look back at the past few episodes and see if her blank exterior was actually masking volcanic rage. She didn’t seem to have chemistry with Sam Waterston, but in the end, I think that turned out to be a good thing – he’s at his worst when he has a cute lapdog to waggle tail the minute he fixes up a nice dinner of righteous indignation.

And so now we’re on to Annie Parisse as our new female A.D.A. – does it seem a little sexist that “L&O” eats up little hotties and spits them out after 2-4 years? Why can’t another woman besides the venerable Epatha Merkerson chew the scenery for a decade like all the rest of the guys?

12 thoughts on “verdict: not guilty, yr’honor

  1. oliver

    I thought she was sexy on “Angel” too, but I thought it was because she looked like my fiancee. I’m confused.

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  2. Peter Rukavina

    I swear that I sat beside Jill Hennessey’s twin sister on the high-speed ferry from Maine to Nova Scotia about ten years ago. Catherine, though, says I was imagining the whole thing.

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  3. kenny

    Wow, every L&O fan I know hates Elizabeth Rohm (don’t forget the umlaut) except me and now, you. I’m talking the type of venomous hate usually reserved for our current head of state, but not me. I personally think she’s the hottest of the Asst. D.A.’s they’ve had and I too will miss her. I’ve never seen her in anything else, but hope to see her again. Too bad NYPD Blue is leaving the airwaves, Elizabeth could’ve joined the cast of endless hottie female detectives.

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  4. M

    I saw the episode. She was fired for being a poor DA (too passionate, I guess) and THEN she came out as a lesbian, asking Fred Thompson if it had anything to do with that. Maybe I missed a previous episode where her sexual preference was foreshadowed, but I thought it came out of left field and perhaps was the writers’ way of taking a swipe at identity politics.

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  5. Sean

    It did come out of left field, and it was as bad a piece of writing as I’ve ever seen on Law And Order. And she’s bad on the show. A lot of people talk about a “lack of chemistry” but it almost always happens because one of the two actors sucks.

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  6. block

    way to go ian. nice entry. can you comment on “everyoneloves raymond” tomorrow…
    hope you’re feeling better…
    i think you owe me $100 bucks!

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  7. CL

    See? You lost the girls here. Although saying you like her ’cause she looks like your wife gets you megapoints.
    Mr. Block, you made me laugh out loud.

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