Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Conned

Series 11 - Episode 19 Conned

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Review

Why do SVU episodes so often begin with lovebirds in the midst of an argument (or a seduction) stumbling on a corpse? It’s almost as if the writers are determined to convince us that all romance is doomed, all desires warped. 

There’s certainly plenty of the dark side of love in this episode, though it’s not until near the end that we discover the disturbing back story that led to a young man being found dead in a hotel storage room after gatecrashing a wedding reception. 

Summary

Benson and Stabler are called to the scene when a young man is discovered bludgeoned to death in a storage room at a hotel and a wallet found nearby identifies him as 16-year-old Andrew Hingham. However, when the teenager inexplicably contacts his mother while the detectives are questioning her, it quickly becomes clear this is a case of mistaken identity, and the real Andrew was with the murder victim in a romantic capacity. They propose that he murdered his boyfriend in a jealous rage - a possibility that becomes more likely with the news that Andrew spent time in a psychiatric ward for schizophrenia.

Cast & Crew

Det Elliot Stabler Christopher Meloni
Det Olivia Benson Mariska Hargitay
Capt Donald Cragen Dann Florek
Det John Munch Richard Belzer
Det Odafin `Fin' Tutuola Ice-T
Dr Melinda Warner Tamara Tunie
Dr George Huang BD Wong
Andrew Hingham John Magaro
Jack Robinson Pressly Coker
Joyce Hingham Kristin Griffith
Mallory Sidwell Alexandra Ingber
Dr Stanton Ally Walker
Director David Platt
Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn
Executive Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
Executive Producer Anthony E Zuiker
Executive Producer Ann Donahue
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