Law & Order: Special Victims Unit


Series 12 - Episode 6 Branded



“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.


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 & Crew

Det Elliot Stabler Christopher Meloni
Det Olivia Benson Mariska Hargitay
Capt Donald Cragen Dann Florek
Det Odafin `Fin' Tutuola Ice-T
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
Director Peter Leto
Executive Producer Ann Donahue
Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn
Executive Producer Anthony E Zuiker
Executive Producer Jerry Bruckheimer
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