Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 6 Episode 6

Conscience

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 09, 2004 on NBC
8.9
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The detectives and the district attorney get played first by the teenage murderer of a young boy, and then by the victim's father, who uses his professional expertise to escape punishment for avenging his son's death.

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  • Exactly.

    8.4
    This episode is great. there are so many turns and plot twists that you really don't know what really happened or who did what. It's fantastic! The actor who plays the young boy murderer is great. He does such a godd job atmaking you believe him and feigning his innocence. The father of the murdered boy also does a good job. This episode is definately on my list of favorite Law and Order Special Victims Unit episode. BRAVO SVU writers. BRAVO!moreless
  • A wonderful concert of acting, script and characters. One of the Law and Order highlights.

    10
    One of the most entertaining and impressive episodes of the series and all spin-offs for me. Superb acting makes you feel the horror of the father when he realized what the young perp had actually done and the same superb acting makes you guess till the end whether his extreme emotional disturbance was just an act or not. The final confession can be surprising, however, on the other hand, a question is raised if the system is really capable of handling such crimes. In my country a kid that commits a crime can never be tried before his/her fifteenth birthday, so we've got several killers in a juvenile detention centres who the very moment they celebrate their 18 years walk free, their records are sealed and they're regarded as though nothing had ever happened.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.5
    When a young boy turns up missing, the Detectives of the Special Victims Unit are called in to head the search for him. After following a false lead, they start back at square one with the time ticking. Their next step is to look into possible child molesters who may be behind the kidnapping. When they find one whose MO is similar to the way their victim Henry was snatched, they start to interrogate him for information. But what they did not expect was for him to be innocent with an unlikely suspect as the real perp.



    This was a good episode. You totally went along with the detectives and believe that the man who was in jail for the sexual assault of a young boy was behind it all. But what you did not expect was the twist that they threw at you when his neighbor, a teenager was the one who killed poor little Henry.moreless
  • One of those episodes that gives you a double feeling that you really don't know what to think.

    9.7
    This happens a lot in SVU, one of those episodes that your not sure what your opion is because it's so twisted and dark. A little boy gets murdered (and I'm not sure maybe molested, because Warner said to the father that he wasn't molested, but Stabler said to a pedofile that he was molested)and then it turns out this was all an act of a sociopathic thirteen year old. That boy was seriously disturbed. I can't imagine anyone who doesn't have a conscience. After learning the truth the father shoots him. He shot the boy who murdered his son, he was gonna come out at 18 and then without a doubt murder again. He also showed no sign of remorse. But was this the right thing to do? Like Novak said nobody really knows the answer to that question. As I told you before, a great episode but ik gives you a weird feeling...moreless
  • This episode has so may twists and turns that you aren't sure who the bad guys really are.

    8.2
    A 5 year old boy is kidnapped from a birthday party, yet none of it is caught on the surveillance cameras at the location. He is found dead, a short ways away from the party location. After chasing down the wrong lead, Olivia and Elliott bring in a neighbor to collar a suspect they like for the crime. All ends seem to be tied up except they can not quite pin the perp to crime. All things considered he does seem like the perfect person to have committed the crime. As it turns out though the neighbor, a young boy around 12 or 13, is the murdered. At first all seems more like a case of childhood tattle telling taken to far by sheey accident. However, there is more to this young murderer then meets to eye. And murdered he is. This kid freaks me out, he turns out to a sociopath and quite demented.



    However, this is not where the murdering ends. The victims father takes justice into his own hands and takes the life of his son's murderer, right in front of Elliott, grabbing a gun from a police officer and shooting him in the court house just after his light sentence (which is due to evidence not being presented in time to make the court date). The father is then put of trial, being shown as a grief stricken father, but it is all to neat and tidy. The man is a psychiatrist who has a history of strong opinions of child sociopaths. At first you are not sure what card he is actually holding up but, at the very end of the episode, he not longer even tries to hide out right confessing to Elliott and ADA Alex.



    You will never forget this episode.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 Tutuola

Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle MacLachlan

Dr. Brett Morton

Guest Star

Jordan Garrett

Jordan Garrett

Jake O'Hara

Guest Star

P.J. Brown

P.J. Brown

Billy Turner

Guest Star

Peter Riegert

Peter Riegert

Chauncey Zeirko

Recurring Role

Jill Marie Lawrence

Jill Marie Lawrence

Cleo Conrad

Recurring Role

Judith Light

Judith Light

Elizabeth Donnelly

Recurring Role

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    • This case seems to be ripped from the headlines of the Eric Smith murder case. In 1993, Eric (then 13) killed 4-year-old Derrick Robie by choking and battering him to death. Like Jake in this episode, Eric seemed to enjoy killing the boy and even went as far as to offer his "help" to the police, only to be caught when his story didn't support the facts. He was convicted of murder in the second degree.

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