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Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 12:04 AM

From TV Guide:

During a video chat with his wife, a businessman witnesses an intruder break in and abduct his wife; the SVU detectives catch the missing housewife when she returns to the house to collect the ransom money. Starring: Mariska Hargitay (Det. Olivia Benson), Danny Pino (Det. Nick Amaro), Kelli Giddish (Det. Amanda Rollins), Ice T (Det. Odafin "Fin" Tutuola), and Dann Florek (Capt. Don Cragen). Special Guest Star: Diane Neal (ADA Casey Novak).


Well, it was a shame to see that case get deadlocked due to a corrupted juror, but at least it was nice to see some actual courtroom scenes again.

Ooh, Maria's cheating on Amaro? That should be interesting. Maybe it's with someone she worked with in Afghanistan?

Edited by TDWT Kristen, Apr 19, 2012 @ 2:17 AM.


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Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 1:05 AM

I think that the husband was played by a minor character from Mad Men.

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Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 6:30 AM

I don't watch this show (hate procedurals) but tuned in because of Chloe Sevigny + a glowing episode write up in Entertainment Weekly. Sevigny was wonderful as always but I thought the whole episode was really mediocre. The regular cast made no impression and the plot was very tired. There were a few "where have I seen that guy before" moments but overall? Pedestrian.

Edited by Quickbeam, Apr 19, 2012 @ 6:32 AM.


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Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 7:55 AM

Well, I thought it was probably the best episode of this season to date.

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Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 9:29 AM

The regular cast made no impression and the plot was very tired


This pretty much sums up Season 13 for me although I would also add plodding and anti-climatic.

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Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 9:40 AM

Saw the "twist" as soon as I heard the episode description and I stopped watching because I'm a Shawn Hatosy fan that's tired of watching him play criminals.

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Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 10:27 AM

Why didn't Casey, or the Judge for that matter, ask to poll the jury? When it came out that the male juror, who more than likely got head in the stairwell, was the lone holdout from a guilty verdict they would have dismissed the juror. That aggravated me to no end!

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Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 12:32 PM

My problem was the Valentine's Day timeline. I know they show eps out of order all the time, but two months?

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Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 12:42 PM

Meh! That was so incredibly predictable. What exactly was Chloe being charged with anyway? Another episode for me without tension or really interest, Apparently I am not alone in my opinion because . . . the ratings fell again to a series low. 1.5 adults 18-49 vs. last week's 1.7.

It was an all men are idiots episode.

And I doubt Amaro's wife is really cheating. I think she's attending the same PTSD ing support group that Olivia frequents.,

Edited by HarleyJane, Apr 19, 2012 @ 12:49 PM.


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Posted Apr 19, 2012 @ 7:34 PM

Why didn't Casey, or the Judge for that matter, ask to poll the jury? When it came out that the male juror, who more than likely got head in the stairwell, was the lone holdout from a guilty verdict they would have dismissed the juror. That aggravated me to no end!

You can't dismiss a juror for being a hold out.

By the end of it, I thought the husband got what he deserved with that wife of his. I mean, I understand denial, but that's like crazy denial. Three separate guys testified they had affairs with your wife. One had no motive to lie, and her story about what happened is completely nonsensical. If you are still going to believe her, and go on with your marriage, then I think you kind of have that stuff coming to you.

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Posted Apr 21, 2012 @ 2:51 PM

You can't dismiss a juror for being a hold out.



No, but at least by polling the jury they would have known they were right about the juror, and I don't know, looked smugly at the judge or something (maybe going "nyah nyah nyah nyah").

But this episode. Just. Seriously? I knew what was going to happen and that it was set up by the wife as soon as she answered the door in her underwear - really, as soon as she started talking to hubby on skype and sounded really surprised that he was coming home early.

Then, when she started with her three-black-dudes-did-it schtick, and they did this to me, and that, and the other, at the same time even!, I thought, "Dear Penthouse, I never thought this could happen to me!" I mean, it was so obviously a fantasy, but I respected the fact that Olivia caught on fairly quickly. Usually she sticks with her victim to the bitter end.



It was an all men are idiots episode.


And women are sometimes evil! It's that horrible woman's daughter I feel sorry for. Her mother obviously doesn't give a shit about her.

Also, I kinda miss Dr Emil Skoda - some profiling would have been welcome here: narcissistic personality? Or something?

Re. Amaro's wife - I can honestly say that I don't know if it's an affair, and I don't care. Do not care. If I want soap opera storylines and complications I'll watch One life to live (is that even still on).

Edited by Arjumand, Apr 21, 2012 @ 2:55 PM.


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Posted Apr 22, 2012 @ 4:35 AM

Chloe has a great rack and that above the bed camera was a little "risque" for tv. Not that I minded.

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Posted Apr 22, 2012 @ 9:30 AM

Re. Amaro's wife - I can honestly say that I don't know if it's an affair, and I don't care. Do not care. If I want soap opera storylines and complications I'll watch One life to live (is that even still on).


I wholeheartedly agree with this, and sadly OLTL was cancelled, but I don't watch this show for that and I wish they'd give it up already.

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Posted Apr 24, 2012 @ 7:38 AM

I enjoyed the episode. It wasn't unpredictable, but it went off to enough different directions that it stayed fun. I mean, when Chloe was like "it was 3 black guys!" I cracked up. And I enjoyed Benson's incredulous look throughout the episode, she didn't want to be openly dismissive but she was constantly like "rly?".

As for Amaro's wife, I seem to recall a previous episode that had another male soldier who served with her, a friend of hers, who needed Amaro's help? Or something? And Amaro thought she was cheating on him with that guy? And so did I? I don't remember how that ended, but clearly Amaro still thinks she's cheating. But the guy she met in this episode didn't seem like a boyfriend, to me it felt like she may have been going at a meeting (AA?) or to group therapy of some kind:

And I doubt Amaro's wife is really cheating. I think she's attending the same PTSD ing support group that Olivia frequents.


Exactly. I thought the cheating in this episode may have been a red herring. But by the time it gets resolved I will have forgotten about this week's episode too so I don't know how I'll feel.

Oh and Casey looked amazing. I love her. And the looks Rollins and Fin exchanged when watching the (indeed risque) video were hilarious. Those two are awesome together.

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Posted Apr 25, 2012 @ 10:41 AM

You can't dismiss a juror for being a hold out.


True. That's why they have mistrials/hung juries.

I remember the Tim Guinee episode--where he'd killed this woman, and she had a ring that belonged to another woman he'd killed. He was clearly flirting with the jury forewoman, and they were dating and he..got off.

But she killed him in the end, so...

The mothership had two episodes in two different seasons where a juror was flirting/would be a holdout, and Abbie and Connie were more quick on the uptake than Casey was in this one.

By the end of it, I thought the husband got what he deserved with that wife of his. I mean, I understand denial, but that's like crazy denial. Three separate guys testified they had affairs with your wife. One had no motive to lie, and her story about what happened is completely nonsensical. If you are still going to believe her, and go on with your marriage, then I think you kind of have that stuff coming to you.


For reals. Even when confronted by one of the affairs on tape, he was like, she was being forced to say those things. Really? Really? I was going to first say what would it take, for him to see it happening? But then I remembered it did, and he still didn't believe it.

And really, being shallow here, she was fugly. There was nothing about her, in any stereotypical look that would warrant one thinking she's telling the truth.

The one thing I'm finding very offputting whenever I watch this season is Leight showing us the rapes. The struggle, the screams, the actual...act, if you will. I much preferred it in past seasons when the cops showed up AFTER. Too pornish for me.

And I see that this show is still L&O:CILite.

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Posted Apr 26, 2012 @ 1:19 PM

Didn't like this one much at all, but like Scorpiosrule, I am over the "audience sees what the cops don't" schtick. They're doing it not just with the crimes, either-- no one else saw Chloe Sevigny and Holdout Juror in the stairwell.

I'm a Shawn Hatosy fan that's tired of watching him play criminals.


Heh. And here I was thinking, "No, Detective Sammy Bryant is a good guy!"

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Posted May 15, 2012 @ 8:13 PM

Yeah, I thought Sammy did a good job. The other delivery guy they located looked familiar, too.

Late post - clearing out the dvr. Half-asleep when I saw this but didn't they leave a major loose end with the 250K? Any connection to the other partner (besides the implied affair) to explain the ransom amount and the SEC fine?

A little soft-core porn on a 10 p.m. drama??

ITA, that dh's delusional.

Edited by gazerguy, May 15, 2012 @ 8:42 PM.