Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 6

Coerced

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 28, 2003 on NBC
8.9
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Episode Summary

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In resolving the kidnapping case of a little boy by a schizophrenic, Stabler uncovers further crimes at an adult group home with Huang's help.

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  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    9.5
    When five year old Adam is kidnapped from his bedroom, the Detectives of the Special Victims Unit begin the search for him by looking at his father, who was currently trying to win sole custody of the child. When Adam and his capture is sighted around a grocery store, Benson and Stabler soon realize that his father was not involved in his disappearance. Kevin Walker kidnapped Adam because he thought that Adam was his son Tate. Kevin suffers from schizophrenia, and the voices that he was hearing told him that Adam was in fact Tate. Once he was brought in for questioning, it was apparent that he would be no help to the SVU Detectives until he had been medicated. After a slip of the tongue on Detective Stabler's part, Kevin goes into a psychotic break, forcing Dr. George Huang to sedate him. In the end they find that the reason behind Kevin getting off his medication, is that the adult home he was in kicked him out after he witnessed the murder of a fellow occupant. With the help of his medication, Kevin is able to reconnect with his son Tate.



    This is a great episode. Definitely is one of my favorites. Although Detective Stabler seems like he is completely different from Kevin Walker, by the end you see that Kevin only wanted to see and protect his son, something which Detective Stabler would do for his children as well.moreless
  • Starts with a kidnapping, ends with an illegal mental hospital.

    9.5
    This episode was great to watch. It really held my attention and interest, and it kept me guessing the entire time with a complex but fascinating storyline. A schizophrenic man kidnaps a boy he believes to be his son, and kills a friend of his in the process. Olivia and Elliot catch the man and arrest him, but then have to struggle to find the victim as the perpetrator is less than cooperative since he is off his medication. This leads to some great interaction between Elliot and Olivia as they so on a frantic search for the little boy. There is one final twist at the end that I won't spoil, but this episode is definitely worth a look.moreless
  • One of the things I love about this show is the way they develop relationships between the characters while they advance the plot. You don\'t see a whole lot of \'bonding\' going on, but you know it\'s happening.moreless

    9.7
    Elliot was so wrapped up in finding the missing child that he didn\'t even realize he was putting his career on the line when he pushed the kidnapper to a psychotic break that required Dr. Huang to sedate him against his will. The events that follow teach us a lot about Elliot and some of the supporting characters in the series.



    First, we get to see Dr. Huang pitch a fit for perhaps the only time in the series. He\'s angry about the fact that he was manipulated into compromising his professional ethics by the overzealous detective. Initially, we can all sympathize with Elliot\'s argument that, \"If we had done it [Huang\'s] way, the kid would have died of starvation before we found him!\" Then the good Dr. points out that from now on, every defense attorney who gets Elliot on the stand is going to make him tell how he coerced a suspect into confessing. Now we understand the doc\'s anger. It\'s painful for all of us to realize that such a good cop may now have to leave the force because he\'ll never be able to testify in court again if his actions in this case go on the record.



    Then we see Captain Cragen trying to save Elliot\'s skin. We all know the boss and his top detective share a special bond, we\'ve seen it many times, but when Cragen finds ADA Casey Novak at the batting cages and pleads Elliot\'s case, the sincerity in his simple praise for the detective is very moving. He promises she can take a plead this case out and it won\'t backfire on her, and neither he, nor we, have any reason to suspect that he\'s wrong.



    Next, we get to see Casey in action. She\'s willing to take some risks, but you better not leave her hanging. She sticks her neck out for Elliot by cutting a deal with the kidnapper, but when he freaks out in court over his sentence to a state institution and starts screaming about murder, she turns around and dumps it all on Elliot\'s head. She solved his problem, now he darned well better solve hers. She\'s a team player all right, but she won\'t let anyone take advantage of her.



    Now, Elliot has to look beyond the kidnapper\'s schizophrenia to discover the real crime that has taken place. It is interesting to watch as he comes to see the man as a person with an illness instead of just a perp, and he does something at the end that shows just how drastically his views of the mentally ill have changed.



    We wind up with a happy ending, well as happy as it gets for a series that deals with rape and child abuse on a weekly basis. The real bad guy is in jail, Elliot and Casey have cemented their collegial relationship, and we have gained a deeper understanding of some of the supporting characters that make the show so compelling.moreless
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 'Fin' Tutuola

James McCaffrey

James McCaffrey

Peter Forbes

Guest Star

Kate Hodge

Kate Hodge

Carolyn Forbes

Guest Star

Christina Kirk

Christina Kirk

Julia Walker

Guest Star

Beverly D'Angelo

Beverly D'Angelo

Attorney Rebecca Balthus

Recurring Role

Daniel Sunjata

Daniel Sunjata

CSU Tech Burt Trevor

Recurring Role

Sheila Tousey

Sheila Tousey

Judge Danielle Larson

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: When Benson and Stabler are walking Randall Haber out of Jackson Manor, the circle of the handcuffs can be seen clasped between Benson and Haber's hands. The cuffs are not actually around his wrists.

    • Goof: When Stabler takes the duct tape off of Adam's mouth it is evident that there was a second piece of duct tape on the back so that it was not actually sticky.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • George Huang: You pushed Kevin into a psychotic rage so I would drug him so you could coerce his confession.
      Elliot Stabler: I did what I had to do to save that boy.
      George Huang: Great. What are you gonna do next? Bash in people's skulls to make 'em talk?
      Elliot Stabler: You know, your way, Adam wouldn't have been found until he was starved to death.
      Donald Cragen: All right, that's enough, both of you. Did the medication hurt Kevin?
      George Huang: No.
      Donald Cragen: Then what's the harm?
      George Huang: Unless a court forces him to, it's Kevin's choice whether to take it. We don't have the right to make that decision for him.
      Elliot Stabler: Do me a favor. Stop treatin' this perp like he's your patient.
      George Huang: He became my patient the second I gave him that injection!
      Elliot Stabler: Then, do me a favor. Start thinking about the victims here. The kid he kidnapped. The two people he stabbed. They're your victims, Doc. Not Kevin.
      George Huang: You made Kevin a victim, and I'm gonna testify on his behalf if this goes to trial. Which Kevin will win since you handed the defense its case.
      Elliot Stabler: How'd I do that?
      George Huang: They're gonna make you say that he wasn't rational until he was medicated, which means he's not responsible for his actions before then. You get it now?!

    • Donald Cragen: He still has a working key?
      Olivia Benson: Carolyn never changed the locks.
      John Munch: Divorce 101. First thing my ex-wives did.
      Fin Tutuola: Smart women.

    • Elliot Stabler: What was Martha Davis' cause of death?
      Dr. George Huang: Uh ... suicide.
      Elliot Stabler: So why did Kevin say she was murdered?
      Dr. George Huang: I don't know, let's ask him.

  • NOTES (3)

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

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Scott Tinsley (Assistant Cameraman)
      Keri L. Lederman (Assistant Property)
      Jessica Burstein (Still Photographer)
      Sonya Andonov (Set Costumer)
      Mick Rossman (Scenic Charge)
      Jerry Detitta (Leadman)
      Tom Ford (Best Boy)

    • International Air Dates:
      Finland – July 8, 2009 on YLE TV2

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