Samantha Bee Does “Law & Order”

There was a time in my life—let’s call it “being unemployed”—where I watched a terrifying amount of “Law & Order.” It got to the point where I recognized the writers’ favorite tricks (The kids did it! They did it to save the state of Israel!), where the gong/gavel sound invaded my dreams, and where I’d know I’d already seen an episode but re-watched it anyway because I couldn’t quite remember how the story unfolded. Once I got a job, I swore off “Law & Order” and resisted its ripped-from-the-headlines temptations. But I will absolutely be watching tomorrow night. Why? Because Samantha Bee, aka the sugar in the coffee that is “The Daily Show,” will be starring in it as a talk show host who had an affair with a female staffer and opens her car door one morning to find a package from an extortionist. Yes, the story is an obvious play on the David Letterman scandal—only, in true “Law & Order” form, a body drops. In the episode, Samantha’s character even takes words directly out of Letterman’s mouth, saying, “I don’t know about the rest of you, but I’ve been having a pretty lousy week.” [NY Daily News]

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