Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 8 Episode 11

Burned

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 09, 2007 on NBC
9.0
out of 10
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219 votes
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Stabler and Benson find themselves on opposite sides when Valerie Sennet accuses her estranged husband, Miles Sennet, of breaking into her home and raping her. Because Miles has no history of violence and Valerie refuses to allow detectives to use her daughter Tessa as a witness, he is soon released, and Stabler and Benson continue to clash as Benson remains convinced that Miles raped Valerie and is a danger, and Stabler believes it may be a case of a wife crying foul to punish her soon-to-be ex-husband.moreless

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  • Over The Top

    7.0
    It was sad to see the end of Elliot and Kathy' marriage ending and it was good to see some conflict in Elliot and Olivia partnership but showing the wife getting horribly burned was so horrific and unnecessary and then her still lying about being raped is so over the top.
  • Finally, SVU appears to be getting back to its core.

    10
    "..When love warps to hate..." That's as good a phrase as any to describe "Burned". Unlike in previous episodes so far this season, the personal storylines didn't overshadow the core storyline (which is usually how SVU has been). There was enough tension in the squad room between the detectives to make it what has made SVU great: human beings trying to come to terms with yet another helping of the worst of humanity while dealing with their own personal lives. The resulting complexity is what has made SVU "must see TV" for me through its run.



    Clearly, "Burned" is the best episode so far this season, and here's hoping it will continue.moreless
  • Better than I thought it would be or could have hoped for. My absolute favorite episode!

    9.9
    When the fans thought the issues between Benson and Stabler were over, the writers come through with the talk they needed to have. The classic arguing between them kept me wondering if they would ever agree on this case or any other case ever again. The insults being hurled in both directions were consistently \"below the belt\" keeping me wondering if one of them was going to blow. I was so preoccupied with them I forgot the hospital scene was coming. Kathy and Benson talking was insightful. The writers out did themselves with this one. If this is any indication of how the rest of the season will go, I know I will be glued to my seat every week.moreless
  • well, i'm still so giddy/ shocked that i can't even...i...speechless, right now.

    10
    amazing. this is THE SVU episode. the one. it's perfect. there have been others that came close. but no. complete perfection. which is crazy, because i bet they'll get better. o my gosh. i can't even put into words....whew. olivia and kathy talking. the perfect conversation. the conversation we've wanted them to have for years. elliot and olivia hurling insults at each other. they were vicious. but still perfect. the case was so gut wrenching and hideous, but it perfectly fit the elliot and olivia plotline. valerie wasn't raped. o my god. and o, the screams in the burn unit. wow. the text message! she knew he was awake. of course she would. "things change." yes, elliot, they do, and i've never been happier.moreless
  • E0 L0VERz dREAM!

    10
    Did you see that?OMG!I love Kathy now!!She was so pushing Liv to reliese how much she really loves Elliot and then the fighting omg It was too cute or me!I wanted them to fight and all my riends thought I was stupid but you see?Olivia and him got closer because of it!Ha I knew they would now jst wait for \"the kiss\" lol!Im typing alot so I can fill the hunderd word thing up because this episode only needs one word:Fabulaus!!Olivia and Elliot belong together and this was the best episode ever!I loved when they were fighting and Elliot said the longest relationship thing than Olivia used that at the end!Well It was brillent!moreless
BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Fin Tutuola

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Alok Tewari

Alok Tewari

Doctor

Guest Star

Connie Teng

Connie Teng

Denise Fielding

Guest Star

Tim Miller

Tim Miller

Court Clerk

Guest Star

Jill Marie Lawrence

Jill Marie Lawrence

Cleo Conrad

Recurring Role

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

Judge Lena Petrovsky

Recurring Role

Isabel Gillies

Isabel Gillies

Kathy Stabler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: At the end of the episode, when Benson and Stabler talk on the stairs outside Stabler's apartment, Stabler takes a sip of his drink, but later has to remove the lid from the drink that had been placed on the ground.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Kathy Stabler (to Benson, about Elliot): You know things about him I will never understand.

    • Elliot Stabler: You said he was escalating, you were right.
      Olivia Benson: You think that's what I want to hear? He set her on fire, Elliot. Who could have anticipated that?
      Elliot Stabler: If I had listened to you, we could have prevented this.
      Olivia Benson: How?
      Elliot Stabler: Have Novak push for remand, get a blue and white on him. Anything but make excuses for the guy.
      Olivia Benson: Miles Sennet chose gasoline and a match, not you. He didn't just want her to kill her, he wanted her to suffer.
      Elliot Stabler: He said he wanted her dead. I just wasn't listening.
      Olivia Benson: Well, you weren't the only one in that room. I was there, too.

    • Olivia Benson: You hungry?
      Elliot Stabler: I could go for a bite. Who's buying?
      Olivia Benson: Well you are going through a divorce, and you do have four children, so I guess … you are.
      Elliot Stabler: That's what I thought.

    • Kathy Stabler: (to Benson about Stabler) You're his partner. You give him stability. Elliot can't move on until he feels like he's on solid ground.

    • Elliot Stabler: ... I'm the longest relationship you've ever had with a man. You've no idea how bad things can get when a couple goes south.
      Olivia Benson: And eight years in this unit tells me that I don't need to be married to know when an abusive man is escalating.

    • Miles Sennet: (as Benson arrests him) I swear I didn't touch her ...
      Olivia Benson: Swear on what? The Bible? God? Your daughter? You have the right to keep your mouth shut.

    • Olivia Benson: So, are we okay?
      Elliot Stabler: I just need space to disagree with you so that I don't feel like it's going to cost me our partnership.
      Olivia Benson: You never been gun-shy before.
      Elliot Stabler: Yeah, well, you know, things change.
      Olivia Benson: Well, like you said, you're the longest relationship that I've ever had with a man. Who else would put up with me?

    • Casey Novak: Valerie Sennet says she was raped, her husband admits to assaulting her, and there's evidence of intercourse.
      Elliot Stabler: Maybe she had sex with someone else. This is a hostile divorce ... crying rape is a pretty efficient way to get rid of an unwanted husband.
      Casey Novak: When did you start working for the defense?
      Elliot Stabler: The moment you were more interested in an easy close than the truth.
      Casey Novak: My only interest is in being an advocate for rape victims. Now I thought that's what we do here.
      Donald Cragen: We all do.

    • Elliot Stabler: It's our job to believe the victim, your honor.
      Judge Harrison: I work in family court, and it's my job to believe whoever's lying the least.

    • Olivia Benson: Valerie Sennet has no reason to lie!
      Judge Harrison: Sure, she does, for the spoils of war. Accuse the husband of abuse and tip the balance in your favor ...

    • Olivia Benson: Miles! (gunshots are heard)
      Miles Sennet: Ah! Oh ...
      Olivia Benson: Your ribs will probably hurt. Plastic bullets will do that to you.

    • Olivia Benson: Kathy. What's this about?
      Kathy Stabler: I just want to know how everything is going?
      Olivia Benson: With Elliot?
      Kathy Stabler: He's what we have in common.

    • (Talking to Cragen about Benson and Stabler.)
      Casey Novak: I thought you said they were working it out?

    • (While arresting Miles Sennet.)
      Olivia Benson: You have a problem?
      Elliot Stabler: Just nice to see someone else with an anger issue.
      Olivia Benson: You want to read him his rights?
      Elliot Stabler: No. He's all yours.

    • Olivia Benson: I grew up with an alcoholic mother, and abuse doesn't have to be physical to cause damage.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Roger Hargrave case. In September of 2005, Judge Richard Palumbo had dismissed a protective order barring Hargrave from going anywhere near his estranged wife, Yvette Cade. Less than a month later, Hargrave entered the cell phone store where she worked and doused her with gasoline before setting her on fire. Cade survived, with burns over 60% of her body and years of rehabilitation ahead of her, and Hargrave was charged with attempted murder. Yvette Cade has since become a well-respected advocate for the rights of abused women.

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