Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Review

The best and worst of SVU are here in this episode. The worst is a murder case with some gratuitously nasty details and then one of those bullying interrogation scenes where Olivia and Elliot work over a lawyerless suspect to get him to confess. It always feels as if the show basically thinks that brutalising vulnerable low-lifes is fair game in the hunt for criminals.

But then things improve as Maria Bello (once of ER) does a great guest turn as a tattooed alcoholic mum with, perhaps, something in common with Olivia. There’s great chemistry between the two and a twist that looks like it could impact Olivia’s life for a while.

Summary

Benson and Stabler are called to an industrial laundry where an environmental activist has been found raped and murdered, with CCTV footage leading them to a car registered to a man who died nine months previously. The detectives visit his son Jason, who tries to make a break for it with a box containing some very odd items, one of which is linked to the victim. Another artefact leads to a woman who reported being raped back in the 1960s, but she now has Alzheimer's and Benson has to talk to her daughter Vivian. The Crime drama, guest starring Alex Kingston, Maria Bello and R Lee Ermey.

Cast & Crew

Det Elliot Stabler Christopher Meloni
Det Olivia Benson Mariska Hargitay
Det Odafin `Fin' Tutuola Ice-T
Dr George Huang BD Wong
Capt Donald Cragen Dann Florek
Dr Melinda Warner Tamara Tunie
ADA Gillian Hardwicke Melissa Sagemiller
Miranda Pond Alex Kingston
Vivian Arliss Maria Bello
Jason Gambel Joseph Sikora
Calvin Arliss Charlie Tahan
Walter Burlock R Lee Ermey
Director Donna Deitch
Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn
Executive Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
Executive Producer Anthony E Zuiker
Executive Producer Ann Donahue
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