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YMMV / Law And Order Special Victims Unit S 9 E 17 Authority

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  • Harsher in Hindsight: Robin Williams played the Villain of the Week, which ended with the strong implication that his character committed suicide to avoid capture. Williams died in 2014, and his death was indeed a suicide.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Merritt Rook is a former audio engineer whose wife died in childbirth thanks to an error from the doctor. Rook, gaining a hatred of authority figures, manipulated and harassed the doctor into suicide before making calls posing as an authority figure to make others commit crimes for no reason but a voice on the phone told them to. Representing himself at trial to get his views out, Rook manages to get acquitted and keeps his movement going before Detective Benson goes to arrest him. Turning the tables, Rook sets a trap for Stabler where he forces him to torture Benson at risk of a bomb exploding only to reveal Benson was never in danger and her screams her prerecorded. Rook proceeds to flee, with the assumption being he drowns in the river, but the strong possibility remaining he manages to escape justice entirely after proving the points he wishes.
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  • Narm Charm: Robin Williams, particularly his Villainous Breakdown where he takes huge bites out of the scenery and chews it. Loudly. With his mouth open.

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