Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 12 Episode 22

Bang

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 04, 2011 on NBC
7.6
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When Benson and Stabler find an abandoned baby, their investigation leads them to a nanny with a boyfriend who has something to hide.

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  • A classic example of too many guest stars spoiling the soup. *SPOILERS AHEAD*

    6.0
    While this episode was moderately entertaining and a solid episode in its own right, it had way too many flaws for me to give it anything higher than a six. Also, it was much too forgettable considering the very original plot line.



    The inclusion of Dr. Audrey Shelton was confusing. Who knew why her inclusion in this episode was necessary? Who knew why she was so invested in this subect that she was willing to throw her life away? Her whole purpose in this episode was muddy.



    However, the Wade character I liked: a straight-forward and basically nice guy just trying to help a baby (one of the most adorable on television, if I may add). He wasn't the smartest guy in the world, but provied a welcome red herring. His tie to the murderr weapon (and the murder weapon istelf!) were great. What a very original muder! Kudos to SVU. One more positive thing I have to comment on is the large number of suspects and the twists this episode had. It's great to have that complexity and interest that SVU used to have so frequently.



    It seemed like Olivia just pulled her accusation of reproductive abuse out of nowhere with little but circumstantial evidence. It was a good thing her hasty accusation turned out to be right. This episode did, however, demonstrate the blind eye of desperate individuals when it comes to manipulative boy/girlfriends, but I felt it was oversimplifed and that the abuser was too obvious. Abusers are usually crafty and subtle, otherwise they wouldn't get away with the abuse for so long.



    The stunts this episode pulled:



    1. The gathering of all of the other children the main suspect fathered and their mothers. I'm not an expert on police ethics, but I'm pretty sure that this would be done never, anywhere. If anything, you think the cops would have been concerned about the well-being of the children being put into that situation and hearing what they heard. Where was the lawyer or Cragen on that decision? I don't remember either even being in the episode at all.



    2. Elliot's interrogation of the suspect, where he tried to make him feel like he has a similar "problem". Why do they keep bringing up the idea of him and Benson being a couple? This is getting old. I've heard it is never going to happen and it is very undignified to hear this being talked about in the manner it was in this episode. 3. The scene where they barge in on the main suspect, catching him in the act of poking a hole in a condom. Oh boy! No need for police work, it's jjust the world's dumbest criminal running around and doing last minute hole-poking. It was unbelievable.



    4. Although I was impressed with the method, the death of the criminal (John Stamos' character) was unnecessary. But the writers knew they couldn't punish him for long on the charges they had, soo he had to be killed off. But what really was in it for Dr. Audrey Shelton?



    This was an okay episode, with an original plot, that was just held back.moreless
  • snooze fest

    4.5
    This was one of the most boring and uneventful SVUs I've seen in a while, and this season, that's saying something. Very little about this episode was entertaining, dramatic, gripping, or anything at all. Every useful plot detail was spoiled before the airing, and with those it's not hard to piece together the rest of the story, especially once they bring in their expert martial abuse consultant, or whatever she was. I honestly can't remember what Noelle Beck's character was supposed to be. At least John Stamos did a decent job. Yeah, skip this. Next episode looks good, let's hope it lives up to the hype.moreless
  • An abandoned baby boy is found wrapped in expensive blankets. Benson and Stabler must find his parents to see whether it is a kidnapping or the dumping of the child.

    9.0
    When a two-month-old baby boy is found expensively dressed but abandoned in an alley, the SVU team have to try and find out who he is and how he got there. Enquiries lead them to an up market baby boutique where the owner is able to identify the little boy and give details of his wealthy mother. Going to the house, they find the child's nanny praying for his safe return, but it seems she was too busy in bed with her lawyer boyfriend to notice the baby whom a neighbour says was screaming.



    When the mother is finally tracked down, we learn that she adopted the baby boy 7 weeks earlier and that his name is Jasper. It was a closed adoption so she knows nothing about the birth mother. Further investigation reveals that the nanny's boyfriend and the mother's fiance are one and the same person and that he has made a career out of deliberately impregnating women by putting holes in condoms before sleeping with them. It turns out he has 20 children in New York alone and another 27 in other places. When he is found dead, the mother of the baby is the first suspect, but she has an alibi. It turns out that his killer is someone who was working on the case in consultation with the SVU and she decided to end his baby making.



    Terrific episode and excellent to see John Stamos and Lori Singer in guest roles. Some quality television.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

John Stamos

John Stamos

Ken Turner

Guest Star

Lori Singer

Lori Singer

Dede Aston

Guest Star

Noelle Beck

Noelle Beck

Dr. Audrey Shelton

Guest Star

Anne James

Anne James

Dr. Jane Larom

Recurring Role

James Chen

James Chen

CSU Adrian ‘Andy’ Sung

Recurring Role

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