The original Law & Order show had an all-male regular cast. There was a recurring pathologist named Rogers who was female, but other than that, the only women were guest stars. They later introduced female assistant district attorneys for the sole purpose of sleeping with Sam Waterston’s character – and flashing their stunning legs under mini-skirts and swishing their spectacular $500/week hair. Eventually, they brought in Epatha Merkerson to play the boss to the boys in blue, who filled two slots on the affirmative action card, being an African-American woman. And then there was that spin-off, SVU, with that lead woman with the collagen lips and the hair no New York City policewoman could afford.
Imagine my shock when Law & Order: Criminal Intent gave us Detective Alex Eames (Kathryn Erbe). Eames looks like women you know. Her hair is nice, but she’s not going up for L’Oreal commercial auditions anytime soon. Her makeup looks like what average woman wear rather than what professional makeup artists put on runway models. She’s not particularly tall, and her lips and breasts appear to be what nature gave her. She looks like she could be a real live New York cop.
Scratching below the surface, from what I’ve seen she also has the personality of a woman who would choose to be a New York cop. She’s a normal woman who just happens to share more common interests with men than with women, and so chose a career path that’s still thought of as male. And she’s clearly distinguished herself, making it to the elite branch known as Major Case.
Of course, if producers are right and there really are boys out there who can’t stomach a show featuring normal hot women instead of walking Barbie dolls, don’t fret: every episode features at least one guest star who looks like an expensively coiffed whore. Even if the character is a crack-addicted hooker from rural Arkansas with hep-C, your guest actress is guaranteed to look like a plastic-enhanced Vogue ad. Try to suspend your disbelief.