Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 8 Episode 20

Annihilated

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 08, 2007 on NBC
6.0
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Stabler faces some truths about his own family life during the investigation into the murder of a CIA agent's fiancée.

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  • A man leading a double live kills everyone in his families.

    1.5
    Just based on the preview it shows Det. Stabler seems unable to control his rage. I believe that had been the premis of about half the shows so far. At least last week we got to deal wtih Olivia a litte bit. Nevermind that we only get to see Belzer and Ice-T in like one scene per episode. And keep his personal life out of it. My least favorite episdoe was when he finalized his divorce, now he is back with her??!!moreless
  • Great, I get to see another stupid episode about revenge a terrorism between suicide and bad family relationships.

    1.3
    This was seriously a horrible episode. Please avoid it at all costs!!! It had lots of dog droppings, huge major plot holes, made absolute zero sense and the storyline was absolutely abysmal. Last week episode was much better than this piece of garbage. Anyways, I get to see Stabler come home to his wife and his daughter Kathleen comes into the living room and tells him that he is becoming a booty call. Come on, he was just trying to be family again. That was just wrong and ridiculous. Please avoid this episode!!!moreless
  • I got some odd things out of the episode.

    9.7
    Okay, this is really crazy. But this episode really really left me craving a George Huang centric episode. I mean, don't get me wrong, B.D. Wong is one of my favorite actors alive already. But the way they used him in this episode just left me craving more. He just appeared, watching the interrogation out of nowhere, made a few comments about family annhialators, and then was gone for the rest of the hour. I just wanted to see more of him. Can we please learn more about the character besides that he used to try to rehebilitate sex offenders, that he is a FBI agents, and that he speaks fluent Chinese? I want more Huang!moreless
  • down hill?

    6.0
    WOW! ok a man leading basically a double life kills his family? meanwhile everyones watching to see what will happen between elliot and olivia. or as it may be elliot and kathy. havent seen elliots kids much lately, but this episode changes that alittle. I think it was crazy when elliot put the chair in front of the door after cragen asked him to step out. hes got a one of a kind temper that could kill a person! either way he has his softside. he still loves his family, both wife and kids. and he couldnt care more about his partner, olivia. the drama is going up, leading to the final few moments of SVU. is the show losing it? its starting to become more drama then law and order. i miss the court room scenes, that are now replaced with elliot or olivias personal lives. alittle personality-ok. a lot of drama-not.moreless
  • Stabler is back

    10
    It is probably just me but during this entire season Stabler doesn't seem to have been himself. Maybe it has something to do with Kathy or maybe it was work related and had something to do with Olivia and Dani... well whatever the reason he just wasn't the usual Stabler and I think this is the episode where he returns back to normal. It was amazing to see how much this case affected him and you could see him thinking about what life would be like without Kathy and the kids and it broke his heart. Stabler is a good husband,a good father and a good cop. It's nice to see the old Elliot return. This was a fantastic episode.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Shelby Adamowsky

Shelby Adamowsky

Jennifer Royce

Guest Star

Kelly Deadmon

Kelly Deadmon

 

Guest Star

John Douglas Thompson

John Douglas Thompson

 

Guest Star

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran

Recurring Role

Deep Katdare

Deep Katdare

Dr. Parnell

Recurring Role

Isabel Gillies

Isabel Gillies

Kathy Stabler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Nitpick: The autopsy should have shown that Malcolm slipped his children sleeping pills because, even with the official cause of death being a gun shot wound, there would still have been an autopsy.

    • Nitpick: The Verrazano Bridge does not have a toll booth going eastbound (out of Staten Island). So the E-Z Pass records would not have shown the Royces' car going into Brooklyn. It would, however, pick up the car as it went through the tunnel into Manhattan.

    • In the opening scenes, the housekeeper is vacuuming before making the bed. Since vacuuming is the last chore a housekeeper performs, the only reason to vacuum first would be to destroy evidence.

  • QUOTES (4)

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • This episode also appears to be ripped from the headlines of the David Miller case. Miller juggled a wife and a mistress-turned-wife, eventually murdering the latter, by claiming to be a CIA agent.

    • This episode also appears to be ripped from the headlines of the John List case. List, facing financial and personal crises, murdered his wife, mother and three children in 1971 before going on the run. The May 21, 1989 episode of America's Most Wanted assisted in his June 1, 1989 capture, whereafter he was convicted and sentenced to five consecutive life terms. He died in prison in 2008.

    • This episode appaers to be ripped from the headlines from the Spy Who Stole My Life Story in the UK. Robert Freegard first befriended two women and one man, three agriculture students of the Harper Adams Agricultural College in Edgmond. He would quickly tell them that he was an undercover MI5 agent, persuade them to part with their money, tell them the IRA wanted them dead, move them around the country, subject them to hilarious loyalty tests and seduce the women over a period of ten years.

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