This week’s episode of “Law and Order: Los Angeles” was entitled “Harbor City” and it was all about the beach. The beach is supposed to be a nice, relaxing locale for people to visit — or get murdered! Didn’t the victim in the last episode get murdered on a beach too? Do all California killings have to do with surf and sand? Check out our review…

The Players:

  • Director: Nick Gomez
  • Written By: Judith McCreary
  • Cast: Alfred Molina, Terrence Howard, Skeet Ulrich, Corey Stoll, Regina Hall, Megan Boone

Episode Title: “Harbor City”

This week Detectives Jaruzalski and Winters stumbled across the body of a pro-surfer who also ran a hemp shop off the beach. After surfing the waves in the coveted area of Moon Bay, he’s found dead at his store with his safe emptied. What looks like a typical robbery and homicide is actually gang related, and takes the detectives into the lives of the Campbells, a group of rich, snobby residents who’ll do whatever it takes to keep their beach-front property exclusive.

The Good:

  • My Beach, My Money: This week “Law and Order” put snobby elitists on the spot by showing the extremes some will go to to keep a beach private. Throughout the episode we saw several rude and rich residents throw around their money and power to hide their unethical behavior (including murder). It was great to see them finally get what they deserve (15 years to life).
  • Alfred Molina: ADA Morales had something to prove this week when it came to convicting members of the M.B.C. (Moon Bay Crew). He shared a story early on about how his father used to pack him up every week, and take him to the beach to enjoy the surf. You could tell that he may have encountered some bigots during his time and when he met the Campbells he was ready to make them pay. He wanted to set an example.

The So-So:

  • Detectives Rolling Joints: Did anyone else seem uneasy when they showed Detective Jaruzalski roll that old woman’s joint? Sure, it was a helpful gesture but it was weird to watch. Who would have thought we’d see the day when one of the “Law and Order” cops showed off their weed rolling skills followed by them indulging in food to cure the “munchies.”

The Bad:

  • Is This CSI: Miami: What was with that unnecessary quip before the opening credits to this episode? Jaruzalski described their victim as a laid back surfer dude and Winters replied with, “What’s more laid back than dead?” At that moment he could have put on some sunglasses, and it would have officially been “CSI: Miami.” Leave those gimmicky lines to David Caruso please.
  • The Defense Attorney: The actress who played the defense attorney to Mr. Campbell was horrible. I don’t usually let guest stars get under my skin but she was less than impressive. It’s no wonder that ADA Morales was able to push his charges to trail. Part of being a good lawyer is being able to convince and act the part — she could do neither.


This week’s episode wasn’t as boring as the last. It was a slight improvement, emphasis on the slight. They really need to amp up their writing because, I easily find myself distracted by other things when the show is on. All the characters seem to blend into one, and the acting as of late has been very subpar.

Rating: 6/10

“Law and Order: Los Angeles” airs Wednesdays at 10 pm on NBC.

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