Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 10 Episode 6

Babes

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 2008 on NBC
8.2
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When a homeless man is castrated then burned to death, Stabler and Munch follow the clues to a high school with two groups: one composed of teenage girls who have formed a pregnancy pact, and another whose members have organized their purity vows into a chastity circle. As the investigation continues, more lives and families are destroyed by a suicide and a vengeful parent, all leading back to an unlikely suspect.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Kudos to Olivia for the reality check...

    9.5
    Very well handled episode on very delicate subject (teens having babies) based on the pregnancy pact case earlier this year. Eliot and Munch handle the preliminaries but Olivia (back from a seminar of some sort) really socks it to these girls with a dose of reality. The mom of one the of girls gets in over her head several times and ends up making things worse than her evil emails did; assaulting an ADA. Not smart. And the mother of the girl who was murdered should be held for parental negligance. A very nice gesture by one of the future grandparents at the end.moreless
  • Stabler and Munch investigate a young man who is burned to death by the brother of a pregnant teen, who's best friend (also pregnant) is killed by her boyfriend. Olivia is at a conference for battered women and comes back in the middle.moreless

    7.5
    This episode was fine. It was better than a lot of other ones, but there wasn't much interaction between characters, and why was Olivia cut out of the first half? The episodes in the show don't really connect to each other very well and this one seems out of place. Elliot's life is falling apart in the last few episodes but that doesn't show one bit in this episode. Him and Olivia barely talked to each other. It wasn't 'bad' compared to others, as in, it was well written (but slightly confusing because of all the characters and names) Personally, I would have liked to see Olivia and Elliot talk about something other than work, which is why I'm much more looking forward to Wildlife!!moreless
  • Ripped from the headlines OK; Ripped from 17 Different Headlines Bad

    4.0
    Man, what has happened to this show? They used to occasionally have an episode that was "ripped from the headlines" -- they'd take a real life case but apply an interesting twist to it.



    But this? This was ripped from about 17 different headlines, bouncing from topic to topic so fast I was getting whiplash. One minute, it's pregnancy pacts. Then it's cyber-bullying. All punctuated with lots of "acting" that consists of shouting. Zero interest in staying with a particular character before ZOOM it's off to the next headline stealing.



    And as for the final resolution? **spoiler warning** I'll just say that SVU must have the most incompetent medical examiner on the planet. There is a huge difference in the post-mortem signs of someone who hung themselves and someone strangled to death with bare hands. Just pure laziness from the writers.



    This show used to be good.moreless
  • A pregnancy pact, leads to the death of a young girl

    9.5
    In this episode of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit, the following happens. When a man who is burnt to death is found missing his privates the SVU team are called in. When his prints are run we learn that his name is Josh Galli. We learn from his father that he had a metal health problem. From his father the team learn of website where attacks on homeless people are posted. The team set up a trap and the 2 attackers fall right into it. One of them is a woman; we learn that her father was killed by a homeless person, who had already attacked a few other people. But both of them have an alibi for the time of the attack. Stabler and Munch soon learn that one of the items used in the attack belongs to the Blessed Heart High School. They soon find a suspect in the school, who they take in for questioning. We learn that the victim raped his sister and now she is pregnant. When they ask the sister, she says that she wasn't raped and that she and Josh had sex and he didn't force her into anything. She also admits that she wanted to get pregnant. We then learn that 3 of her other friends are also pregnant and they all planned it.

    Olivia goes to see all of the girls. They soon learn that one of the girls got pregnant by a 22 year old man, when they go back to take her to the hospital to get the baby tested, they find her hanging from the ceiling. We then learn from the mother that someone was emailing her which upset her and so the team take the laptop away. We soon learn that one of the mothers's emailed the girl and taunted her into killing herself as she believes that she has ruined her family. She is then put on trial for a number of crimes, but not murder. We soon learn that Max, the girl who killed her self's boyfriend, is involved in her death. He soon confesses that he strangled her with his own bare hands and then tied the belt around her neck to make it look like suicide. After the charges are dismissed on Tina's mother, she attacks the ADA. We then see Tina in family court waiting to find out what is going to happen to her now that both her mother and brother are in prison. We then see that Josh's father says that he will be there for Tina and his grandchild.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Sgt. John Munch

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Michaela McManus

Michaela McManus

ADA Kim Greylek

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Jesse McCartney

Jesse McCartney

Max Matarazzo

Guest Star

Philip Ettinger

Philip Ettinger

Alec Bernardi

Guest Star

Erica Bradshaw

Erica Bradshaw

Court Clerk

Guest Star

John Cullum

John Cullum

Judge Barry Moredock

Recurring Role

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran

Recurring Role

Joel de la Fuente

Joel de la Fuente

TARU Tech Ruben Morales

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Olivia Benson: Fidelia, this is a baby we're talking about, it's not an accessory, it's not a bracelet or a pair of earrings or a slamming pair of jeans. This is a living breathing human being you're bringing onto this earth.
      Fidelia Vidal: You think I don't know that?
      Olivia Benson: If you did you'd be petrified about your future. Do you know the odds of a teen mom finishing high school? Forget college, or any other dream you might have. Life as you know it is over. There's no going to the mall or hanging out with your friends. I mean you might see them but it'll probably be in line waiting for food stamps, or all of you going to the doctor trying to get an appointment at the free clinic.
      Fidelia Vidal: Daddy, make her be quiet.
      Gordon Vidal: That's enough, detective.
      Olivia Benson: Do you know the health risks to babies of teen moms? Dyslexia, retardation, um, increased risks of blindness, cerebral palsy.
      Fidelia Vidal: Daddy!
      Gordon Vidal: Don't you blame my daughter. She's just a child.
      Olivia Benson: That is my point exactly.

    • Olivia: Josh suffered from schizophrenia, you're not worried that your baby might be predisposed to it?
      Tina Bernardi: No way… what does predisposed mean?

    • Elliot Stabler: (watching Munch act like a crazy homeless man) Gotta admit, he does crazy good.
      Fin Tutuola: What are you talking about? It's the same crap he spouts every day, just louder.

    • Fidelia: So what's your story?
      Olivia Benson: Excuse me?
      Fidelia: You have kids? You're pretty old.
      Olivia Benson: I'm here to talk about you.
      Fidelia: I bet you're jealous. Old chicks are totally jealous of me. Is that it? Did you wait too long? Tick-tock…

    • Elliot Stabler: What's on the menu tonight?
      Melinda Warner: Barbecue.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • This episode is ripped from the headlines of the Gloucester High School pregnancy pact that unraveled in June 2008, where 17 teenage girls made a pact to get pregnant together and raise their babies together, and the MySpace hoax suicide that broke out in 2005 when Megan Meier hanged herself after Lori Drew, mother of Megan's rival, Sarah Drew, posed as a teenage boy on MySpace and sent Megan emails saying she was fat, a slut, and that the world would be better off without her.

    • The email site B-Friendz.com used in this episode was the same email site used in the Law & Order episode "Avatar".

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