This week’s episode of “Law and Order: Los Angeles” is entitled “Hondo Field” and it centers on “murder by sea.” The detectives go on the search to find the killer of an oil rig worker, who’s later accused of sexual harassment by the prime suspect. With a dead man in the grave, and no one to vouch for what happened between him and the accused, the L&O team have their work cut out for them.

Check out what happened in our review…

The Players:

Episode Title: “Hondo Field”

Detectives Winters and Jaruszalki  investigate the murder of an oil rig worker, Freddy Ramirez, whose body was found floating at sea. They question the usual suspects including his co-workers, which leads them to his boss Valerie Roberts. Roberts is the only woman aboard the ship that holds 150 men, who all complain about her overbearing nature. Once evidence begins to surface that Roberts might be Ramirez’s killer, she uses the men’s dislike for her as a defense. She claims that the murder was in self defense and a way to stop an attempted rape.

The Good:

  • Natalie Zea: Zea guest starred as a defense attorney known for sensationalism and bending the facts to win a case. The difference between her and the rest of the lawyers we’ve seen on this show thus far is her history with Deputy ADA Dekker. She actually got under his skin with her tactics because they both attended law school together. Even though her methods were discriminatory and offensive, they made her an interesting foil.
  • Courtroom Showdown: Valerie really thought she was going to get away with murder by using sexual harassment as her get out of jail free card. But when Dekker brought up her text messages to Freddy, including the ones asking for sexual favors she had no choice but to crack. From there on, the guilty verdict was in the bag.

The So-So:

  • Freddy and Stephanie Sitting in a Tree: Who was really shocked to discover that Freddy and the daughter of his mother’s boss were dating? I spotted that from a mile away but the folks over at LOLA probably thought it would be an interesting twist. The only thing good about it was the new light it shed on Freddy and Valerie’s relationship.
  • Woman/Victim/Perpetrator: I’m all for women’s rights and equal opportunities but why must someone who’s being subjugated to harassment be painted as a villain by subjugating someone else to the same treatment? This episode really could have shed a light on sexism in the workplace but that story played second fiddle to the manipulation of an illegal immigrant afraid of being deported. I guess LOLA will leave the sexism cases to “Law & Order SVU.”

The Bad:

  • The Oil Jokes: We get that Freddy was covered and filled with oil when his dead body was found but did we really need to hear all those lame oil jokes? After a while it came off as a bit insensitive to the deceased. Is this “Law & Order” or “CSI: Miami?” We don’t need those David Caruso zingers here.
  • The Acting: Last week, the show had some pretty astonishing guest stars who had some solid talent, but this week, not so much. What happened? The acting was terrible, especially coming from the oil rig workers.


“Hondo Field” wasn’t a worthy follow up to last week’s episode, which featured notable talent and great performances. The storyline was decent but nothing about it makes you want to root for the victim because in this case everyone’s been assaulted or harassed in some way. You can blur the lines of good and bad and still make a coherent story but here it came across as muddled.

Ratings: 6.5/10

“Law & Order: Los Angeles” airs Wednesdays at 10 PM

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