Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 8 Episode 9

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 28, 2006 on NBC
8.9
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After Danielle Masoner dies in Central Park, Stabler follows the leads to a homeless man who turns out to be a better witness than he thought. Paired up again with Benson, Stabler investigates her death, but it keeps bringing up memories of Dani Beck for him. During the course of the investigation, Benson and Stabler learn that Danielle's husband was sleeping with a friend of theirs, leading the squad to suspect first him, but their suspicion soon turns to the husband of the other woman.moreless

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  • Predictable, boring, and a waste of a great cast

    6.2
    Bob Saget, Catherine Bell and the rest of the SVU cast deserve better writing than this waste of paper. You guessed at the very beginning that Bob Saget was the bad guy. The reason for the murder was plain stupid. You're sleeping with my wife so I'm going to kill yours.
  • Though there was a lot of the case, there was a lot of the characters as well. A nice re-examination of Benson and Stabler. Yes there\'s been drama, but I believe the last two lines prove that they will always be partners.moreless

    9.3
    I\'ve had high anticipations for this episode. After all, this is the episode where Mariska return! It\'s been said that Stabler goes and asks Olivia for her help. That\'s what the buzz has been. It was clear who did it from the beginning. The promos didn\'t help either. (Anyone else think promos reveal too much?)



    Cragen was interesting in this episode. It was crazy that he was all \"you have another chance. Olivia is back.\" He was the one who brought her back. Which by the way, bothered me. Why did he have to go out of his way? E/O shippness aside, she was his partner. He should go for her. Stabler was crazier than usual. Anyone else notice his face was rather red? He looks like he is about to explode. It especially seemed so when he was trying to resuscitate the wife. He did seem remorseful of hitting that homeless man.



    I had hoped that when Olivia returned there would be a small reckoning and that would be that. But instead it seemed as if the entire episode was focused on their uncomfortableness. Prime example: \"dani\" \"danielle\" \"i swear i just said that. something wrong?\" \"no.\" does she sound bitter? And Stabler seemed rather sullen. I did appreciate that Olivia stood up for him when Casey attacked his actions. Loved the moment where Olivia and Elliot are staring at the confrontation with husband and wife. Stabler\'s reflection by the husband, and Benson reflected in front of the wife. I found it interesting. \"I love you.\" \"You wanted to control me.\" On to the episode itself (rather than the characters) Found this case interesting. A man who tracks his wifes moves to prove she\'s having an affair (ironically she felt he was being too controlling- he only proves her point by doing this). A little crazy that the wife almost dies because of the chip he implanted on her. Could see from a mile away that the husband did it, but it didn\'t really seem like an episode about that. it was more a re-examination of the relationships as a whole. After all, as Warner kept mentioning, Stabler has had problems with new partners.



    Loved the bits with Munch. just wish there was more of him and Fin, hopefully Fin can rejoin the cast!moreless
  • Olivia back, An all-star cast, What more could you ask for? Without Olivia and Elliot, there would be no SVU now would there??

    10
    I am so glad that E/O are back and despite some tension and some differences, they will always be partners. Without either of them, there would be no SVU IMHO.

    But the case was about Olivia coming back as you had to love her defending Elliot's actions to Casey, who attacked them. Elliot is always has and afraid will be hot-headed. But that is what makes him great. An all-star cast with Bob Saget, Bernadette Peters, and Catherine Bell. What more could you ask for.moreless
  • Learning to trust again

    9.8
    Benson\'s back baby! I have been waiting for this episode for two months now, and it was awesome! Olivia\'s return did not go as I had imagined however... She just walked into the room while Elliot was questioning a witness, diving right into the interview! It was a bit awkward at first, but by the end of the episode they were back in sync (or heading in that direction) again. I found it hilarious that Elliot slipped and said \"Dani\" Oh the look on Olivia\'s face when he did! Also, the reflection of Olivia and Elliot in the mirror during the confrontation scene, beautifully shot and I loved the way the camera lingered there for a few moments, long enough to hear the lines \"I love you\" and \"You can\'t control me\" Very powerful, I loved that scene. Overall, a great episode!moreless
  • Kicking off with a couple of sexually frustrated teens in the city’s Central Park, Law & Order: SVU gives us a rare whodunit clean murder instead of the usual rape victim or worse. But what can we expect from only Detective Stabler representing SVU.moreless

    8.2
    After trading grunts with a couple of nuts for information there seems to be a real case brewing with lots of back stories. Olivia is finely settled in since her return from maternal leave fighting eco-terrorists for the FBI and I’m sure things will resume to its normal special-crimes solving pace once ex-partners names don’t happen to be the same as the victims.



    It still was a gripping episode though. Lots of technology reference tonight which hypothesized the threat of humans living with computer chips inside them in the not to distance future. That’ll save me a lot of typing! However I must comment that I really miss episodes that leave out Fin or Huang. But we did need to make room for the stellar performance by Bob Saget! I have to say that although I am used to his semi-serious roles in the past, my view of him has changed since seeing him direct Dirty Work and the short cameo he had in Half Baked. Plus he is a great dirty comedian. This was a nice change.



    Not a bad transition as I’m sure we will be facing even greater evil then the jealous ‘computer nerds’.



    Read this review and other at www.mikeontv.commoreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Richmond Hoxie

Richmond Hoxie

Dr. Reed Vineland

Guest Star

Elisabeth Furtado

Elisabeth Furtado

Geneva Dworkin

Guest Star

Candice Renée

Candice Renée

Colleen

Guest Star

Caren Browning

Caren Browning

Judith Siper

Recurring Role

Joel de la Fuente

Joel de la Fuente

TARU Tech Ruben Morales

Recurring Role

Anne James

Anne James

Dr. Jane Larom

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In a hospital scene with Detective Stabler, Detective Benson, and Glenn, Wes is seen entering the hospital corridor over Detective Benson's shoulder. But in the next shot, when Glenn and Detective Stabler turn their heads left, away from Detective Benson, they are watching Wes enter from a different direction.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Olivia Benson: So you get an affair, I get a fairy tale.
      Elliot Stabler: I wonder what Dani would have said.
      Olivia Benson: Dani?
      Elliot Stabler: The victim.
      Olivia Benson: Danielle.
      Elliot Stabler: That's what I just said. Is something bothering you?
      Olivia Benson: No.

    • Attorney Stella Danquiss: Why does it come as no surprise that you started this interview without me?
      Olivia Benson: We were just consulting with Mr. Masoner about his wife's death.
      Attorney Stella Danquiss: Hoping he'll solve it for you? You can't even figure out how she died.
      Elliot Stabler: We know it's a homicide.
      Attorney Stella Danquiss: Tarot cards? Or did you call the pyschic hotline?

    • Elliot Stabler: So how'd you like working alone?
      Olivia Benson: I didn't.

    • Olivia Benson (referring to Dani Beck): But you liked working with her?
      Elliot Stabler: She didn't have to handle me.

    • Olivia Benson: So why couldn't Dani cut it?
      Elliot Stabler: Couldn't deal with the victims.

    • Glenn Cheales: RFID is the wave of the future; I'm just ahead of the curve. In fifteen years, everyone will be implanted with a chip.
      Elliot Stabler: Really? Where do I sign up to opt out of that?
      Glenn Cheales: The backwards attitude of a typical Luddite.

    • Elliot Stabler: You here to give me a hand?
      Olivia Benson: Well, Cragen called me. After what you did last night, I've been assigned to be your handler.

    • (Stabler rough-handles a suspect in the interrogation room that has a broken arm.)
      Steve: Why you gotta to be so rough?
      Elliot Stabler: Because you still got one good arm left to break.
      Olivia Benson: You know, my partner's got a real anger management problem. I thought he had it under control, but apparently, I was wrong.
      Elliot Stabler: Well, trust me, I've had a bad couple weeks here.
      Olivia Benson: Seriously. He will break your arm.

    • Geneva Dworkin: I don't date guys. And nobody ever calls me Gen. (gives Benson the once-over) What's your name?
      Olivia Benson: Detective.

    • Glenn Cheales: If you don't install the service pack on the cluster, you leave the network vulnerable to a back-orifice attack.
      Elliot Stabler: That must hurt.

    • (To Naomi Cheales.)
      Olivia Benson: What you did is not the worst thing in the world. Things happen. People fall in and out of love all the time.

    • (Benson and Stabler leaving Naomi Cheales' room.)
      Olivia Benson: Love's a bitch.
      Elliot Stabler: Tell me about it.
      Olivia Benson: You know, we've been partners all these years. I don't even know your blood type.
      Elliot Stabler: A-positive.
      Olivia Benson: How 'bout that? Me, too. (both step into the elevator)
      Elliot Stabler: (after a pause) I'd give you a kidney.
      Olivia Benson: Not if I gave you mine first.

    • Glenn Cheales: I love you.
      Naomi Cheales: You don't love me. You want to control me. They're not the same thing.

    • (Danquiss leaves the room after talking with Novak and the detectives.)
      Elliot Stabler: Man, I tell you, she leaves, the room temperature goes up five degrees.

    • Elliot Stabler: You offering to be my partner?
      Don Cragen: I'm not your type.
      Elliot Stabler: I don't know. Maybe I'd have better luck with a guy. Women keep leaving me.

    • Dr. Melinda Warner: Where's Detective Beck?
      Elliot Stabler: Uh, Dani went back to warrants.
      Dr. Melinda Warner: You gettin' another new partner?
      Elliot Stabler: (leaving) They've run out. (turns back) Melinda… could it have been an allergic reaction to something she ate?
      Dr. Melinda Warner: She was a model, Elliot. The only thing in her stomach was coffee.

    • (The doctor finds an rfid chip in Naomi's shoulder.)
      Elliot Stabler: High-tech way of keeping tabs on your cheating wife. Guy invented a ho-jack.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • Glenn Cheals: RFID is the wave of the future; I'm just ahead of the curve. In fifteen years, everyone will be implanted with a chip.
      Elliot Stabler: Really? Where do I sign up to opt out of that?
      Glenn Cheals: The backwards attitude of a typical Luddite. You're not even capable of understanding this technology.
      The Luddites were a social movement of English textile workers in the early 1800s who protested the technological advances of the Industrial Revolution because they felt their jobs were threatened. The movement started in Nottingham in 1811 and their 'leader' was a character from a local folk tale named Ned Ludd. Currently, the terms Luddite or Neo-Luddite are used to describe anyone who opposes modern technology due to the cultural changes it causes.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the RFID chips that couple Amal Graafstra and Jennifer Tomblin had inserted in themselves.

    • John Munch: That explains why my four exes never made good on their threats. There's nothing to inherit.
      Elliot Stabler: Well, except for your Warren Commission memorabilia.
      The Warren Commission was formed to investigate the assassination of President
      John F. Kennedy
      , who was fatally shot in Dallas on November 22, 1963. The Commission's report stated that Lee Harvey Oswald (who was killed before he could be brought to trial) was a lone gunman who plotted the assassination by himself. Conspiracy theorists like Munch are highly skeptical about this. This aspect of Munch's character is a nod towards Richard Belzer who is also a conspiracy theorist as shown by his book UFOs, JFK, and Elvis.

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