Benjamin Bratt back on the beat at Law & Order
by Kona Gallagher, posted Oct 25th 2009 11:06AM
I started watching Law & Order during the Briscoe and Green days, so I don't know a whole lot about Detective Rey Curtis, Briscoe's former partner from '94-'99. What I do know is that Benjamin Bratt is pulling a Chris Noth and returning to the show that gave him his big break.
Bratt, whose A&E series, The Cleaner, was just canceled, is reprising his role as Detective Rey Curtis on the original Law & Order. However, it doesn't look like the current crime-fighting duo of Lupo (Jeremy Sisto) and Bernard (Anthony Anderson) have anything to worry about: Bratt is only signed up for one episode.
Apparently, Curtis's return figures heavily into Lt. Van Buren's (S. Epatha Merkerson) current cancer storyline, which is an interesting reason for him to come back after ten years. I would have thought it would be an old case, or something along those lines that would cause a detective to return.
While Bratt's role is only scheduled for one episode, I get the feeling that this could maybe be a test run for future appearances. While I would love to see Bratt on the show in some capacity, the Lupo and Bernard pairing has made the show the best it's been since Jerry Orbach left back in 2004. What would be great would be if Bratt was reintroduced on the original, but then joined SVU or Criminal Intent. CI can certainly use the help, but I'd kind of love to see him work with Olivia (Mariska Hargitay) over in Special Victims.
What do you hope happens? Do you want Bratt to stick around, or is a "one and done" appearance better?