Law & Order
Called Home / Darkness

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Called Home / Darkness

On a laptop at the precinct, Lupo watches the TV interview that got Lingard convicted. The interviewer, Bill Nolan, is played by Michael McKean, which made me worry on first viewing that we were in for a modified version of the talk-show-host-murder ep starring Robert Klein, because why get a big name for that role if he's a herring of the red variety? Then Green turns up a record of a pay-phone call that Thomas received, from a diner on the same block where Driscoll died.

Over they go to show the counterman some pictures, and Lupo does some of that old-time Goren mind-reading to elicit the information that Driscoll used to come there with a nurse named Mila; she works at a nearby hospice. Green shoots Lupo an impressed look, but mark my words, we'll be seeing those patented Eames "oh, of course you know Sanskrit, jackass" eye-rolls by February.

At the hospice, Mila is saying that Driscoll had a friend who died at the hospice, so when Driscoll decided he wanted to die, he came to Mila for advice. She sort of mealymouths around whether she actually helped Driscoll, but uses some of the same rhetoric Lingard did, and it comes out that she's Lingard's daughter; she uses a different name professionally, for obvious reasons. Questioned about Thomas, she claims that Thomas contacted her through Driscoll; saying they can't trick her like they did her father, she denies any indictable involvement in the suicides: "There are videos to prove it." Bill Nolan has them, because he's doing another special on Lingard.

At the studio, Nolan gives up the videos easily enough. Green says Nolan should work with them, given how smoothly he got Lingard to confess on-camera. "Smooth enough for an Emmy," Nolan glibs. Lupo glares holes into Nolan's back as he takes his leave.

On Driscoll's suicide tape, Nolan asks him why he's taking his own life now. Driscoll sensed that his family had been keeping the truth about his illness from him, but thanks to Nolan, he got his "real medical report," and he now knows he has ALS -- Lou Gehrig's disease. (Everyone else who just flashed on that "you think he'd have seen that coming" Denis Leary line can come sit next to me in Hell.) Driscoll makes sure to say that nobody helped him kill himself, before he administers the lethal dose. Lupo, standing in the doorway, almost can't watch. Rubirosa is also looking on, and sighs that Driscoll exonerated Mila. "But it's bull," Lupo grunts, and Rubirosa reminds him that "it's a dying declaration," so they can't prosecute. Green's like, hold up -- the autopsy says Driscoll had spinal muscular atrophy, not Lou Gehrig's. Lupo confirms for the radio audience that Driscoll only thought he had Lou Gehrig's because of the report provided by...Nolan.

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