LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME Post-Mortem: Brent Antonello on Jamie's 'Life-or-Death' Undercover Twist - Give Me My Remote : Give Me My Remote

LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME Post-Mortem: Brent Antonello on Jamie’s ‘Life-or-Death’ Undercover Twist

January 5, 2023 by  

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LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME — “Trap” Episode 310 — Pictured: (l-r) Brent Antonello as Det. Jamie Whelan, Danielle Moné Truitt as Sgt. Ayanna Bell — (Photo by: Will Hart/NBC)

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for the Thursday, January 5 episode of LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME, “Trap.”]

Jamie’s (Brent Antonello) undercover assignment got rocky pretty fast on the Thursday, January 5 episode of LAW & ORDER: ORGANIZED CRIME.

After winning over the street racing gang and getting vital information—thanks, in part, to Jamie punching a cop—he was firmly embedded with the crew. But he got spooked while meeting new people and ditched the wire…a good thing, given he was promptly checked.

And then when they went to meet the Big Boss, the other passengers noticed their car was being tailed—by OCCB’s Reyes (Rick Gonzalez) and Jet (Ainsley Seiger)—and suggested they take out the cops. Instead, Jamie (using his skills as a former driver) got away. Unfortunately for the detective, it left him, essentially, backed into a corner.

“He doesn’t have the wire. He’s not too sure where everyone’s at. And it’s just him, going down with instinct,” Antonello tells Give Me My Remote. “‘How are you going to handle this? You know who these people are, the danger that’s involved’…I think that’s what makes this episode fun, too.”

Despite getting himself (and his real team) out of a sticky situation, things don’t exactly deescalate in the second episode of the two-part arc. “There’s some tension between the crew with things that he [does] in the following episode, which we’ll see coming to fruition,” Antonello previews. “It’s definitely a life-or-death type situation. And you’ve got to keep your cool and carry on.”

One of Jamie’s tasks is facing off with the mysterious boss. And in doing so, he’ll have to channel the man Antonello previously referred to as Jamie’s “head coach.”

“[Jamie meeting the boss is a scene] where you’re watching like, ‘Is he really doing this? Is this really the smartest situation?'” Antonello admits. “I think that’s where you’ll probably see a little bit of Stabler—where [Jamie] meets the boss. The boss really wants to bring his drugs and his drug enterprise to New York. And seeing Jamie across from him, basically, not caring, looking at him right in the eyes, saying, ‘You know, you need me more than I need you,’ there’s definitely that Stabler vibe that we get from Jamie. So we’ll see how that plays out.”

Of course, this is also the man that just got shot while working with OCCB. So how far will he go?

“He would put it all on the line for his team to solve a case,” Antonello says. “He’s the wild card. But seeing him act this way, and perform this way, the way he carries himself, has been a fun thing to do.”

Antonello also applauded the “different” kinds of cases the show has been tackling. “[We’re playing with] different types of crime organizations that we hadn’t really had before,” he says. “It’s a fun episode. It’s different. It’s a cool little dynamic that we’ve got going on for these two episodes.”

Potentially a little less for the OCCB? The new cops who might be sharing the task force’s headquarters in the near-future.

“I would say it all [depends on] what they’re there for,” Antonello acknowledges. “If they get in the way of an operation, I think he would get upset. But if they’re helping him, in any shape or form, he’ll be up for it. Just don’t stay long.”

“It’s an interesting vibe when they come in,” he continues. “They come from Miami. It’s not just me, but there’s a few people on this squad who aren’t really too fond of [their guests]. So we’ll see why.”



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