Police dive into an underground world of self-mutilation and ritual amputation while searching for a missing woman. When a cleanly severed leg is found, the detectives look for links between their current investigation and a possibly similar cold case. 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). Guest Starring: Tamara Tunie (Medical Examiner Melinda Warner).
Wow, all the amputation and mutilation talk (plus actually seeing severed legs!) freaked me out and almost made me sick. And I really thought the brother who'd turn out to be the perp was Gene, not Hal. But man, Hal turned out to be a big ball of crazy. Even Olivia and Rollins looked sickened by him!
That whole scene when Hal was basically revealed to be Nina's killer was so "Goren's lengthy exposure of the perp scenes" in CI, but it was very well-acted. Mariska and Kelli played their double-team well very well.
Pretty decent episode, but I fail to see how it fell under "Special Victims."