Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 10 Episode 18

Baggage

3
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 07, 2009 on NBC
8.4
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A turf war ensues when Stabler and Tutuola link an artist's murder to a serial killer, and the detective assigned to that case focuses more on their involvement in an investigation he believes belongs solely to him than on identifying the killer.

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  • Delroy Lindo (Det. Moran) comes in to seemingly steal the glory on another solved SVU case, but as it turns out, a teaming up for this detective may have been exactly the thing his case files needed.moreless

    8.0
    I personally think this was a great episode. I have always enjoyed Delroy Lindo as an actor, and although he may be a bit monotone in his delivery, it fits with his persona. I loved seeing him in this episode, as he is very believable as a detective.



    I did have a few problems with this episode overall, with certain actors'/actress' performances; however, I feel that these problems paled in comparison to some of the acting present in Det. Stabler/Det. Moran's partnership as they attempted to solve this case. The scene towards the end, in which Det. Stabler and Det. Moran speak for the last time, is very emotional. It almost brought a tear to my eye.



    Acting aside, the episode itself was pretty good; there weren't a huge amount of plot turns, but enough to keep the case going throughout the show. I would definitely recommend this episode; SVU is always a pretty good show, and Delroy Lindo really brought a lot to the episode with his presence.moreless
  • Learning to work together as a team, not turfwars solves a case.

    7.5
    Delroy Lindo is really an underrated but awesome character actor. And wished that he could appear on more tv shows. Hope that he can come back on the show. As she and Stabler have great chemistry. But wouldn't trade him for Benson, not at all. They must put aside their differences and turfwars and work together. In order to solve a killing. And not try to claim credit. Really it is sad at the end, when Delroy's character has died. And that she was donating her body organs, to a needy person or persons. But glad that the show still shows Stabler. Love Benson but they are showing way, way, too much of her in the past, couple of years.moreless
  • A gruesome look into the rivalry between cops of different precincts and jobs - in this case, in the hunt for a sadistic serial killer who is raping and torturing women in New York.moreless

    9.0
    The murder of an up and coming artist, tied up and tortured in her apartment, is quickly linked to another gruesome murder, and then to three others, tying the murder to a serial killer.



    Problems are quickly established when Detective Victor Moran, a major case detective who made the connection between the murders, refuses to work with SVU, who believe him to be a glory-hogger. But when his true motives are revealed, it makes it all the more interesting.



    The other story is the hunt for the main killer is also interesting. This episode is ripe with gruesome crime scene photos of an extremely graphic nature. And the main suspect - played wonderfully by Nelson Vasquez - is a slimy sort of character who appears to be perfect for the crime...a link to all the victims, and even more perfectly he is caught attempting to assault a potential victim. But, unfortunately for the detectives, he has an alibi and when he is released, Moran and the SVU team together to try and stop him before he kills again.



    A thrilling episode that never lets up in its suspense and chilling scenes.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Sgt. John Munch

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Delroy Lindo

Delroy Lindo

Det. Victor Moran

Guest Star

Nelson Vasquez

Nelson Vasquez

Mark Occurro

Guest Star

Judith Delgado

Judith Delgado

Elaina Occurro

Guest Star

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot

Recurring Role

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

Judge Lena Petrovsky

Recurring Role

Caren Browning

Caren Browning

CSU Captain Judith Siper

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Early in the episode, Delroy Lindo's character (Det. Victor Moran) yells at Munch, telling him "I don't need convincing, Detective!" Detective is a rank lower than Munch's current Sergeant (and a former commanding officer). Munch is therefore being extremely patient (or more likely ironic) when he politely responds "Yes, sir." to the lower-ranked Detective Moran.

    • Goof: During the interrogation, Fin refers to suspect "Stefan Henriques" as Vincent, which is the real name of the actor who plays this character.

    • Goof: When the witness to one of the murders describes the alleged attacker she says that he is a black man, however both suspects they pick up afterwards are Hispanic.

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  • NOTES (3)

    • International Episode Titles:
      Czech Republic – "Pouto" (Bond)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia – July 15, 2009 on Channel Ten
      Czech Republic – July 18, 2011 on TV Nova

    • This episode was originally scheduled to air one week earlier, but a press conference by President Obama was scheduled on March 24th. This caused the previous episode "Hell" to be moved back a week, in turn causing this episode to also move back a week.

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