Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 23

Bound

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 04, 2004 on NBC
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A nurse, whose brother owns the home-nursing company she works for, takes her childhood abandonment frustrations at her mother out on the rich elderly women the company cares for, leaving the detectives to believe they have a money-hungry serial killer on the loose. The detectives know the nurse has committed the murders of what they thought were six people, but they cannot prove it, that is until Benson and Stabler do a little roleplaying and get the nurse to confess that she has killed numerous elderly women and framed the murders on her brother as a way to get back at her mother and brother.

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  • Hello Agatha Christie!

    6.3
    I love the show, but someone had an off day when they produced this episode. At the opening credits I recognized a name, Jane Krakowski, so I presumed she played an important role. When she didn't appear for a long time, the only logical conclusion was that she had to be ... the killer. She showed up halfway through the episode, in a very small scene. No-one could believe that this was some kind of cameo (as she was mentioned in the opening credits.) If you are going to use (and announce) a famous actress, don't expect the audience to ignore her character. From her first appearance on we knew she was the guilty one, so that only left two questions: why did she do it and how could the detectives prove it? The background story was melodramatic, the trick to make her confess unbelievable. It reminded me of a Agatha Christie plot. But in the movie versions of those books they introduced some suspense by having all the characters played by famous actors, not just the murderer ...moreless
  • This show rocks

    9.8
    I bought the fifth season of DVD and I watched this episode today, wow, it was amazing my favorite part was when Wong told Elliot and Olivia to fight to get a confession and so that girl walks in and Olivia escorts her into an interview room and they talk and then Elliot comes up Screaming at her all about her interviewing 'his' witness and that he was the lead on that case, being a major jerk about the whole deal, and he said that women shoudln't be an officer (all in front of the witness) and so Olivia shuts the door and is bawling about it and the girl (Emma)was being sympathetic because the way her brother treated her, and it leads back to her mom and Olivia brought up her mom and eventually gets a confession out of her. . . she is good, so is Elliot



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  • Great writing!

    9.0
    Although we knew the killer's identity well before the episode ended, the final scene was especially wrenching.



    It started with the trap laid by Elliot, his patronizing Olivia and readying Emma for her confession. Next was the final disclosure when Emma calmly states that the "fatal air embolism" had worked so well before.



    Then Olivia, working to maintain her composure, gives a single tiny gulp, and gently asks the names of some of the earlier victims.



    Finally, in a masterful moment of poignancy, the writer has our killer say, with a tear running down her cheek and looking slightly perplexed at the question, "they were all just called mama".



    OMG, that single revealing comment, showing Emma's genuine conviction that her actions were truly altruistic; and your heart had to go out to her. Superb writing!moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.5
    70 year old Donna Brooks and her boyfriend Richard Sutton are found in Brooks' brownstone. Donna had been strangled to death, while Sutton is alive, but suffering from a heart attack. The markings on her neck are very distinctive and the Detectives of the Special Victims Unit are able to find two other cases in which elderly women were strangled, with the same markings. Each woman had cancer, and was receiving at home care from RDH. Benson and Stabler suspect the owner of RDH, Matt Spevak, but when he is found murdered during the course of their investigation, they turn their sights on his sister, Emma. This is a good episode of SVU. You don't see cases very often that invovle the elderly. Not many people know that the SVU unit does handle cases such as these. It was also nice to see Anthony Rapp. He is a favorite of mine, because of his role in the musical Rent. The end scene with Benson and Stabler fighting in order to get Emma to confess is another personal favorite. I love the dynamic those two have with each other. It shows that they are capable of great teamwork and make great partners.moreless
  • very good

    9.2
    very good episode. sdf sdf sdf sdf sdf sdf sdf sdf sdf sdf f f ff f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f f ff f f ff f f f f f f f f ff f f f f f f f f f f ff f f f f f f f f ff f f f f f f f f ff f f f f fff f f f f f f f f f f f f f fmoreless
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

Jane Krakowski

Jane Krakowski

Emma Spevak

Guest Star

Anthony Rapp

Anthony Rapp

Dr. Matt Spevak

Guest Star

Richard Easton

Richard Easton

Richard Sutton

Guest Star

Tom O'Rourke

Tom O'Rourke

Judge Mark Seligman

Recurring Role

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

O'Halloran

Recurring Role

Caren Browning

Caren Browning

Judith Siper

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Every time they show the board of the pictures they are in slightly different places. Some of the pictures shown are clearly not of actual people.

    • Goof: When they show the strangulation pattern, first it is straight on either side but when Huang demonstrates it later to the picture it is slanted downwards.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Casey Novak: (following Judge Terhune into his house) I just need Your Honor's signature.
      Judge Ritenour: You just hit the jackpot, dearie.
      Casey Novak: (finds a bunch of the regular judges playing cards) Good evening Judge Ritenour, Judge Petrovski, Judge Wiler, Judge Bradley… I've had this nightmare before, only I was naked.

    • Dr. George Huang: The way she used the rope, she hates her brother, but she's bound to him.

    • Dr. Matt Spevak: I started this foundation to give something back.
      Olivia Benson: Well, you gave these women back to God. Does that count?

    • (Benson and Stabler in doorway of the interrogation room.)
      Olivia Benson: Elliot, leave her alone.
      Elliot Stabler: (Turns to speak to Olivia) Shut up! You know what the problem is? Women shouldn't be cops, they shouldn't be doctors, they're too weak and stupid.

    • (Looking at tombstone.)
      Olivia Benson: What kind of family engraves the name of their kids into their headstone before they die?
      Elliot Stabler: A really close one.

    • Ben Pawler: Donna has a lot of dough, definitely sweetens the pot.
      Elliot Stabler: Had a lot of dough, ass-wipe. Donna was murdered last night.
      Ben Pawler: She was fine when I left her. No, take that back. She was satisfied.

    • Dr. George Huang: (hands Stabler a piece of rope) Strangle me.
      Elliot Stabler: (grins and takes the rope) I'll try.
      Dr. George Huang: (takes back the rope) I'll hold the rope.

    • Judge Terhune: What is so important that it couldn't wait until morning?
      Casey Novak: An exhumation order.
      Judge Wyler: You better sign it, Joe. The corpse might be a flight risk.

    • John Munch: (after learning Spevak is drowning in gambling debts while searching his apartment) Answering machine's blinking.
      Fin Tutuola: Probably a collection agency.
      (Munch plays the tape)
      Man's Voice: (angry, with heavy gangster accent) Yo, Spevak, ya' late again. You betta pay up, Doc, or we're comin' over!
      Fin Tutuola: Doesn't sound like Mastercard.

    • Judge: I hope you have a good reason why I should disrupt the sanctity of the dead.
      Casey Novak: I have a convincing but lengthy argument that would disrupt the sanctity of your poker game.

    • (Nurse Spevak is confessing to murders she committed in nursing school.)
      Olivia Benson: How many?
      Emma Spevak: Dozens of them.
      Olivia Benson: Do you remember any of their names?
      Emma Spevak: They were all called "Mama."

  • NOTES (3)

    • Company Credits: Lynn Kressel Casting (Casting), Grant Wilfley Casting (Background Casting), Panavision (Panaflex Camera and Lenses)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Bobby Mancuso (Assistant Cameraman)
      Keri L. Lederman (Assistant Property)
      Jessica Burstein (Still Photographer)
      Tracy Sivertsen Devere (Set Costumer)
      Mick Rossman (Scenic Charge)
      Jerry DeTitta (Leadman)
      Tom Ford (Best Boy)

    • International Air Dates:
      Finland – Nov 18, 2009 on YLE TV2

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

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