Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 12 Episode 19

Bombshell

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 23, 2011 on NBC
7.4
out of 10
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69 votes
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Episode Summary

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Detectives Benson and Stabler go undercover as a married couple looking to spice up their love life in a swingers' club in order to locate suspects in the death of a man found brutally stabbed.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The Worst Episode of SVU EVER!

    0.5
    I am not even going to rate it. Okay, guy got stabbed in the nuts. Was not aware of that till now. But this has got to be the worst episode of any TV show ever. The reason people want to scripted TV shows is because they want to watch shows where the plot elements weren't rejects for a soap opera. When the chef takes them to the swinger's club, stop watching, the shit only gets bigger as it roles down the hill. The Swinger's club was stupid, the characters were stupid, especially the stupid victim and the so called "plot twist" was stupid. If you like Law & Order SVU but don't want to watch shitty episodes, then this is the perfect time to introduce Law & Order and Law & Order Criminal Intent. I'd rather watch Jeff Goldblum and Saffron Burrows on CI (even though they replaced D'Onfrio and Erbe) than watch this shitfully written and shitfully plotted, lazy ass episode ever again. Thank God for the Original, the other SPin Off and season 13!moreless
  • Just the title tells you that they were going to try really hard to make this episode a bombshell - and they tried too hard. *SPOILERS AHEAD*

    2.0
    This show is my favorite, first off. Just let me say that. But this season has been the worst so far (well, second to last season) and this episode is a fine example of the lows this show will go to try to keep our interest. Shock and awe tactics don't work in a show that has a viewer base in people who don't watch reality television, but this is what the writing is throughout this episode.



    Between the spell-it-out-for-us incest ("there was only one bed in the apartment they shared and a used condom nearby" *paraphrasing*) and the fifteen minute long (LONG) sequence at the sex club with cheesy lines and even cheesier characters, I remember little else from this episode. The whole sex club scene was a stunt to play up Olivia and Elliot, together and as individuals, and did little else. Rose McGowan was ridiculous trying to act "sexy" (and her twin looked nothing like her). The "we have nothing to hide" attitude of the victim and his wife in front of their daughter was insane. And the ending only could have been worse if the other twin had killed herself.



    The only redemption for this episode was the acting by the initial victim's wife. She was very good: just the acting SVU is known for. Another plus was the way the twin brother handled his initial interview with Elliot: antagonizing and effective. The original and basic plot to this episode was solid, but somehow it was highjacked and crashed into a brick wall. It really could have been a good episode, but it was handled and ended badly. Similar themes have been used in this show before, and with a much better result.moreless
  • For a show that usually features excellent acting, this episode definitely missed the mark.

    6.0
    Something seemed off right from the start with the acting in this episode, not from the series regulars, but from the guest stars. I'm not used to feeling like I am judging actors when I watch an episode of SVU, but this time is different.



    The concept of the episode was interesting, with someone being stabbed outside a swinger's club, but I couldn't get past the bad acting from the guy who was stabbed, Cassandra ( his love interest) and her boyfriend/brother Doug. They were all TERRIBLE...



    Anyway... I usually love this show. Just not tonight.



    I don't know why they make you write 100 words in these reviews, but I have to keep typing or else I can't post this.moreless
  • bombsh... bomb.

    4.5
    Half-baked story about a cheating married man getting stabbed in the groin, that case being solved halfway through, and then the aforementioned idiot falling in love with his mistress, who he does not realize is both an experienced con artist playing him like a fiddle and carrying an incestuous relationship with her twin brother. Yeah, I spoiled the episode, who cares, I just saved you an hour.



    This episode was clearly built around two things: getting Mariska's beautiful... self into that amazing dress at the swingers' club (well worth whatever amount of time that was), and the 'twincest' gag, definitely the most cringe-worthy line SVU has dropped since the master-baiter thing last season.moreless
  • I was looking forward to this episode because Rose McGowan is in it but I was shocked by the amount of plastic surgery the woman has had since Charmed!!!

    8.5
    Anyway this episode just goes to show that being a swinger can never help nobody - and this episode captured the essence of infidelity, the middle year itch and incest! And I learnt 2 new words in this episode, BROMANCE and TWINCEST - courtesy of Elliot. That bit was super funny. But I still have to say Rose McGowan has lost whatever beauty she had, she looks like MJ in the final scene and her acting eventhough it is awesome, just gets marred by her pouting her silicone lips every chance she got. Plastic surgery doesn't suit some people. Really.moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Rose McGowan

Rose McGowan

Cassandra

Guest Star

Ryan Hurst (I)

Ryan Hurst (I)

Doug Loveless

Guest Star

Kathleen McNenny

Kathleen McNenny

Jane Bullard

Guest Star

Melissa Sagemiller

Melissa Sagemiller

ADA Gillian Hardwicke

Recurring Role

Michael Boatman

Michael Boatman

Attorney Dave Seaver

Recurring Role

Lindsay Crouse

Lindsay Crouse

Judge Andrews

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: When Olivia and Elliot arrive at the Swing Set, Suzette asks who invited them. Olivia says, "A friend of my husband, Jerry Bullard." A few minutes later the couple with Olivia also asks who extended her the invitation and again she says it was Jerry Bullard. Neither Suzette nor the couple corrected Olivia about not using last names and both seemed to know Jerry as Jerry Bullard, but when they question Jerry's wife about the last name of Doug, another member, she says, "No one knows last names there."

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  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada – March 22, 2011 on CTV
      United Kingdom – June 12, 2011 on Universal Channel/Universal Channel HD
      Czech Republic – April 9, 2013 on TV Nova

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