Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 6 Episode 1

Birthright

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 21, 2004 on NBC
9.0
out of 10
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131 votes
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The investigation into the attempted kidnapping of a six-year-old girl uncovers a fertility doctor's scheme to steal embryos, and prompts a custody battle between the child's biological and birth mothers.

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  • I am slowly working my way through the years

    10
    I watched this opening episode of season 6 ( yes I know I am 10 years behind here). This was an outstanding episode. You couldn't help but feel for both mothers in this case and the pain that ended up causing Abigail Breslin (who else?) in her terrific portrayal of a child caught in the middle of a embryo clinic snafu (shenanigans/greediness?). The heart breaking ending to find out there were 2 other daughters and a son that were out there only served to increase the likelihood that the egg mother might run into the same situation wherever she moved to.moreless
  • Very debatable episode.

    8.8
    This is a very entertaining episode from season 6. It tackles a very debatable issue which viewers are left to decide whose side to be on. This episode isn't like many others, it's prime focus is on the victims, even after finding out the identity of the 'true' criminal. This episode is definitely a tearjerker, especially for parents, knowing what kind of pain these two mothers are going through. This episode also provides us with a little more story in the court then usual, which is nice because I love watching trials, especially with win-lose topics like this. Above average episode for sure.moreless
  • An episode definitely worth watching, and a plot that could confuse even the most ethically-decisive viewers.

    9.0
    When you first see the opening of the episode, there are many things you can expect. But the least likely is actually the case; when a daughter has two mothers, who gets the child? The first episode of season six, Birthright is everything eye-opening, saddening, and revealing.



    On a technical level, the episode is excellent. There's a car chase that viewers actually get to see, and it lasts more than 5 seconds. The angle shots are superb, especially when you see the unmarked sedan parallel to the squad car across the street. The little window demo given by Elliot to the little girl, Patti, is also fun to watch.



    The story itself is wonderful as well. The allusion to the Bible with King Solomon's story is still brought about in everyday life when discussing the sacrifices made for parenthood. Elliot does not finish the story, but it goes something along the lines of:

    The true mother of the child who is being fought over by the two women loves her child so much, she realizes she would rather sacrifice her own motherhood to save the child from death.



    Casey Novak's questioning is impressive, and, of course, cleverly used. Her aggressive tactic gets the child to cry, which then influences the 'true mother' to let her daughter go so as to not cause her child more pain.



    This episode has all the SVU essentials; drama, melancholy, surprises, and love in all the wrong places.moreless
  • A well written episode!

    9.5
    After a young man attempts to kidnap Patty Branson, it is discovered that her birth parents are not her biological parents. This leads to Patty's birth mother and her biological mother feud over the custody of Patty, leaving Patty in the middle of the fighting. The storyline was amazing! It was so unpredictable, something you would expect from this show. This episode was filled with twists and turns and left me wondering what would happen to Patty. I enjoyed Olivia's determination in this episode. She was so strong-willed and stopped at nothing to find the truth and achieve justice for Patty's birth mother as well as biological mother.moreless
  • Elliot Stabler: King Solomon said, "Bring me a sword. Divide the living child in two. Give half to one mother, half to the other." Casey Novak: Except I can't split the baby. Elliot Stabler: Solomon didn't have tomoreless

    9.2
    Elliot Stabler: King Solomon said, "Bring me a sword. Divide the living child in two. Give half to one mother, half to the other."

    Casey Novak: Except I can't split the baby.

    Elliot Stabler: Solomon didn't have to



    i love this part it made me so emotional and when Casey was in the cuort room with the girl i could see michelles pain for her doughter and when she was like let her go. I could see the joy in Caseys eyes like yes it worked and the pain afterword of what she had to do to that little girl. I really really love this eppy i love season 6moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Abigail Breslin

Abigail Breslin

Patty Branson

Guest Star

Lea Thompson

Lea Thompson

Michele Osborne

Guest Star

Beau Gravitte

Beau Gravitte

Matt Branson

Guest Star

Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Donna Emmett

Recurring Role

Ned Eisenberg

Ned Eisenberg

Roger Kressler

Recurring Role

Sheila Tousey

Sheila Tousey

Judge Danielle Larson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When Elliot plays with his kids, he catches Dickie's shot and then gives the ball back to him. However, when the camera cuts back to the kids, Lizzie's the one who's holding the ball.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Capt. Cragen: $3,000 worth of damage to the car?
      Elliot Stabler: What can I tell you, I zigged when I should have zagged.

    • Olivia Benson: Michelle, this has got to stop now, okay? We know everything. Anna was on the police report from your husband's accident. She died in the car with him.
      Michelle Osborne: No, they never found her remains.
      Olivia Benson: Michelle, they were hit by a gasoline tanker. There was nothing left. I'm sorry. But you know what I'm telling you is the truth.
      Michelle Osborne: I know my daughter is alive!

    • Olivia Benson: Mrs. Osborne, we're gonna have to place you under arrest.
      Michelle Osborne: For what?
      Olivia Benson: Conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
      Michelle Osborne: Go ahead. You'll see I'm right.

    • Casey Novak: The law has to catch up with technology.

    • Elliot Stabler: King Solomon said, "Bring me a sword. Divide the living child in two. Give half to one mother, half to the other."
      Casey Novak: Except I can't split the baby.
      Elliot Stabler: Solomon didn't have to.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Elliot Stabler: King Solomon said, "Bring me a sword. Divide the living child in two. Give half to one mother, half to the other."

      This Bible verse, 1 Kings 3:25, regards the story of two harlots who had gone to King Solomon to have him settle a custodial dispute. Both women, living in the same house, had birthed a son. When one of the boys died, one of the women claimed that the other had switched the children, whereas the other woman maintained that it was the other woman's child who had died. In order to settle the issue, King Solomon proposed cutting the child in half, and was able to determine the real mother by the woman who was willing to give up the child to save its life.

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