I’ve been watching L&O on WE today, and I saw Nora Lewin’s first episode, Endurance, and what a massive drop off it was from having Schiff as DA to having Nora - right off the bat in Nora’s first episode, it showed how she lacked authority as well as personality with how McCoy basically tanked the case against the mom who set the fire/killed the disabled son. I personally believed that they should’ve allowed the manslaughter count to be added so the jury would likely convict on that, I think McCoy was wrong to just tank the case, and I don’t think he would’ve done that if Schiff or Arthur Branch were DA, they had the authority to reign him in, Nora just stands aside, and then at the end Nora said she would’ve tried to get a conviction but that she was glad it was McCoy trying the case, well Nora could’ve ordered McCoy to include the manslaughter charge or she could’ve removed him from the case since he didn’t even want to win it, Nora was the boss in the office, but she did nothing but show that she was weak and indecisive and that she could easily be run over.
I did wonder what McCoy said in his closing argument, since he didn’t even want to win the case. How could he be so sure the jury wouldn’t convict on murder 2? His handling of the case just annoyed me, and Nora’s do nothing but stand on the sidelines and pontificate stance annoyed me more.
I did like Rudy Giuliani introducing Nora, it was always cool when they got a real life prominent figure to appear as themself on the show, and I liked that they talked about what Schiff was up to in his retirement and it made sense for Schiff to be both traveling and active in social issues in his retirement.
The case was good, especially the investigation part, that part was almost always good with Briscoe and Green, but I was annoyed with McCoy and was puzzled as to how he handled the case and Nora was such a soft DA and such a dropoff from Schiff.