Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Series 12 - 6. Branded

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Radio Times
Review by:
David Butcher

“I don’t want to watch that dumb show where celebrities do the tango,” moans a child to her mother as they return home. And from that casual aside, another episode of SVU begins its grim journey to the dark side.

Because they soon find the father of the family has been trussed up under the kitchen table and, this being SVU, the assault also involves ketamine, coat hangers and one of those little egg timers you get with board games. (Whatever you’re picturing, it’s worse.)

The plot whirls us along, via a searing confession scene, to an ending that, after all we’ve seen, is really moving.

About this programme

6/24. Businessman Bill Dixon is attacked in his apartment and Stabler and Benson arrive to find that he has been drugged, stripped, tied up, sexually violated and had the word `ruiner' carved into his chest. They discover a large box had been delivered to the apartment block two hours beforehand, which was probably how the assailant gained access, and then another man is attacked in a similar way.

Cast and crew


Det Elliot Stabler
Christopher Meloni
Det Olivia Benson
Mariska Hargitay
Capt Donald Cragen
Dann Florek
Det Odafin `Fin' Tutuola
Dr George Huang
BD Wong
ADA Gillian Hardwicke
Melissa Sagemiller
Bess Rous
Camille Walters
Bill Dixon
Michael Gladis
Joyce Dixon
Meredith Patterson
Jonas Rothenberg
Ben Sinclair
Victor Ramos
Kevin Alejandro
Alexander Gammon
Jason Wiles
Hannah Milner
Odeya Rush
Judge Andrews
Lindsay Crouse


Peter Leto
Executive Producer
Ann Donahue
Executive Producer
Carol Mendelsohn
Executive Producer
Anthony E Zuiker
Executive Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer