Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 12

Brotherhood

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 06, 2004 on NBC
8.2
out of 10
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104 votes
5

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The murder and sodomy of a local fraternity pledge master leads the detectives to his pornographic web site, which features college girls at a local bar. Further investigation points back to the fraternity, whose members are not cooperating, and their code of conduct for prospective pledges.

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  • Perhaps a little too sick...

    6.0
    One of the great qualities of this show is the ability and chance that it has to explore any topic without leaving out a single detail. However, that is also sometimes a bad scenario.



    This episode, while original, was one of the sickest and more perverted episodes of SVU that I have ever seen. One of the only, if not THE only episode in the series, that was perhaps TOO original. I can't even talk about this without shuttering in disgust.



    Of course, you'll have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about if you haven't seen the episode and you're reading this. Trust me, you're going to want to skip it.moreless
  • Um...wow.

    8.5
    First of all I have to say that this is a good episode. It is quite interesting though rather perverse and has some nice funny moments. That being said, this is not one for the squemish. Though I would argue that SVU in general is not exactly for the squemish this episode is particularly graphic in it's descriptions of acts commited against boys in a fraternity.



    If you can handle descriptions of forced sodomy with foreign objects you're okay and I think the episode is worth it. Well acted and generally well written (though I did have a tough time following who exactly raped Will...) Not the best episode by far but a good one.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    7.5
    When the body of Tao Omega fraternity's treasurer is found at a waste treatment facility, the Detectives of the Special Victims Unit begin to dig into his life. Tyler Henry is known for his abilities with money and the Detectives find that he ran multiple web sites in which he made money through advertising. At first Benson and Stabler thing that the suspect in his murder could be one of the girls that he exploited on his website, but soon change their mind when they discover that Tyler was pledge master and had a taste for using violence against the new pledges.



    This was a good episode. It shows another reason why I don't like the idea of fraternities and sororities. It bothers me that you basically have to prove yourself through stupid stunts and brainless activities.moreless
  • LAW AND ORDER SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT :D

    8.3
    This episode was really graphic. If you can handle detailed descriptions of rape attacks then you will like this episode. I was disgusted when it was discovered that a violin stick was used to rape that guy. I am a bit confused as to who raped Will but this episode was good. It was well written, had a few funny scenes. It was also disturbing how the boy (can't remember his name) had sex with all those people. What would an episode of SVU be without the suspect trying to kill themselves in an attempt to not be caught. Overall, I enjoyed watching this episode.moreless
  • Par for the course: Realism, but not a lot of it.

    7.0
    Yes, the descriptions of the hazing are pretty graphic and not really for the strong of imagination but weak of stomach. Too many stupid mistakes on the part of Benson and Stabler, too much scenery-chewing with the evil daddy defense attorney, but that's nothing more than should be expected.



    The problem that I have with this episode is not so much the arc or the twists, but more the sensationalization of the most extreme behavior, which tend to bring out the most negative reactions towards all Greek organizations, even those who actually toe the line regarding hazing.



    Apart from quibbling details (what serious collegiate musician has time to pledge a social frat, anyway?), it was another "take the side of the outsider pushed to the brink" episode that Wolf's team seems so good at.moreless
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Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

ADA Casey Novak

Gary Cole

Gary Cole

Xander Henry

Guest Star

Toby Moore

Toby Moore

Rob Sweeney

Guest Star

Noah Fleiss

Noah Fleiss

Nathan Angeli

Guest Star

Ned Eisenberg

Ned Eisenberg

Roger Kressler

Recurring Role

Caren Browning

Caren Browning

Captain Judith Siper

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Audrie Neenan

Audrie Neenan

Hon. Lois Preston

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Dr. Huang's name is mispronounced during a courtroom scene, but it is unclear whether it was a mistake on the actor's part, or a deliberate action on the part of the character.

    • Nitpick: Tyler was listed as Treasurer of the Panhellenic Council, which is actually the national organization of women's fraternities and sororities. The organization for men's fraternities is the Interfraternity Council.

    • Nitpick: Evidence previously excluded can be used to challenge perjured testimony, but in this instance, the notebook had no corroboration and couldn't be used as a challenge. The defendant could have claimed the writings were fictional.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Elliot Stabler: Rob Sweeney, you're under arrest for aggravated sexual abuse.
      Rob Sweeney: I didn't abuse anybody.
      Olivia Benson: What do you call beating up a pledge with a hockey stick?
      Rob Sweeney: Pledge hockey?
      Elliot Stabler: You have the right to remain silent, smart ass. You give up that right, anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to an attorney. In the unlikely event that Daddy can't afford one for you, the court will appoint one to you.

    • (In the crime lab.)
      M.E. Warner: Plate 'A' is a strand of hair.
      Elliot Stabler: The killer's?
      M.E. Warner: Only if he's related to Seabiscuit.

    • (In the SVU Squad room)
      Elliot Stabler: What ever happened to keggers anyway? I mean college kids don't even party anymore. They're too busy makin' money organizing strip shows and selling porn on the web.
      John Munch: We live in perverted times my friend.

    • M.E. Warner: (to Benson and Stabler) I found your John Doe in the fraternity Facebook. My husband's Alpha Phi Alpha. He keeps his Greek Directory right next to his Harry Potter hard covers.

    • Elliot Stabler: Whoever dumped our victim really knew their crap.

    • Elliot Stabler: You have the right to an attorney. In the unlikely event that Daddy can't afford one for you, the court will appoint one to you.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • "Pledge Master Dahmer" seems to be a reference to Jeffrey Dahmer, who was a serial killer in the late 1980's to early 1990's. Dahmer was convicted in 1992 for the murders of fifteen men. Before that, he was a convicted sexual offender. Dahmer was murdered in prison in 1994 while serving a life sentence.

    • The Rack Menagerie (the website run by Tyler) is an allusion to the play The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams.

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