Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 6 Episode 11

Contagious

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 11, 2005 on NBC
8.9
out of 10
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123 votes
7

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After a car accident a nine-year-old girl is examined and it's found she's been sexually abused. Out of fear and desperation, the girl blames her soccer coach for molesting her. Soon a slew of other girls claim they also have been raped by the same coach. During the investigation, Benson has to try to keep Stabler from falling apart as his wife has left him.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A picture's worth a thousand words...

    9.0
    This was personally one of my favorite episodes. A picture can be worth a thousand words. Yes, I know that line was already mentioned, but I was waiting for it. I knew it was coming. The writers keep coming up with little twists to make every episode different--this time, they identified the criminal with a drawing. I loved that idea. Ha, if only all 9-year olds could draw that well. This was a good episode the first time I saw it, but was even more interesting to see little Sam (iCarly, my old favorite show) as a victim. Anyway, there was some of that development stuff between Stabler and Olivia. It's cool to go back and see them in the earlier stages of their relationship (yeah, I wouldn't say it's that early, it's season 6).moreless
  • What a sad episode, but one that I'll always remember. It is so upsetting to see how Holly Purcell has been hurt, but the special talents that Olivia and Dr. Hendricks possess in being able to get her to open up.moreless

    10
    When Holly Purcell is squeamish about undergoing a gynecological exam in the hospital after her family was involved in a car accident, you could see that this episode would be one to watch. It becomes more and more obvious when Holly is unable to open up to Dr. Hendricks, and then finally starts coming clean with Olivia about her abuse.



    The part where Holly draws her life is something we rarely see, but it must mean that Jeanette McCurdy is a very talented artist. At first, when Mark Dobbins is ferrted out as the pedophile, I squirm and feel bad for all of his victims. But then, when it's obvious that Dobbins is not the perp, you have to feel for him, too, because his life has been ruined.



    Then, we find out that the sicko is a 16-year old lacrosse star, Kevin Wilcox, and he also was responsible for Laura Swift's murder. At the end, we realize just how draining the cases are for these detectives when Elliot's children come by the precinct to wish him a happy birthday. It's the only time his kids can see him, and it makes you realize just what it does to the SVU detectives, and why Olivia, Munch, Fin, Cragen, Huang and Novak all live alone. It is amazing Elliot has been able to keep it together for so long.moreless
  • Proliferation of Lies!

    8.0
    This isn't my favorite episode of SVU, but in comparison to most series on television, it's still way above average. As usual, the show gives us something to truly consider. As it opens, a young girl has been in a car accident. Upon examination for injuries, it becomes evident that the girl has been sexually molested some time in the past. Pressured to reveal the name of her attacker, she points the accusing finger at the local coach, who is also a family friend. After his accusal, other young girls whom he has taught come forward with their own stories of abuse. Eventually, Dr. Hendrix realizes from the girl's drawings that she has been trying to tell them the true accuser all along, but she was afraid for her life. As it turns out, the mothers of the other girls questioned, prodded, and probed until their daughters simply caved to agreement. It's a case of lies proliferating and the irreversible damage that can be done to the innocent when accused. It also makes a statement for the difficulty in prosecuting true sexual assault cases when false reports come into the public eye. Overall, a quite decent episode.moreless
  • This had a pretty average storyline, but added some nice character development for Elliot as well as built a bit on Oliva's relationship with him and showed us a taste of how much she actually cares about him.moreless

    9.7
    This had a pretty average storyline, but added some nice character development for Elliot as well as built a bit on Oliva's relationship with him and showed us a taste of how much she actually cares about him. Nothing too special about this episode but it keeps you entertained throughout and has a nice twist midway through that's sure to surprise most. The little girl is an exceptional actress for her age and she's enough to form a few tears in the corner of your eye when watching her go through the pain and emotional trauma of being abused. This is an average episode that provides us with more back story on Elliot and his family while never drifting away too much from the main case. 8/10moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    9.5
    Larry Purcell, his wife Sonya, and their daughter Holly are rushed to the hospital after being in a car accident. While checking Holly over for any injuries, she freaks out when the doctor tries to remove her pants. This makes doctor's suspect that she may have been abused, and call Detectives Benson and Stabler in to help investigate further. Dr. Rebecca Hendricks gives her an evaluation in which she uses psychotherapy to get Holly to open up. She draws a picture of her attacker, who the Detectives believe is a close friend of the family, Mark Dobbins. When other "victims" come forward, they do whatever they can to make sure no more children are hurt. But when they find that the reports may have been fabricated, Benson and Stabler have to find the real perp. This is a great episode. My favorite part about the whole thing was when Elliot's kids come into the station house with a birthday cake for their father. It was nice to see his kids on an episode again. And it was nice for Elliot to know that they cared enough. And I think that it was sweet that Olivia was behind it all, because that shows just how much she cares about her partner.moreless
Dann Florek

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

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Caitlin Muelder

Caitlin Muelder

Donna Pellegrino

Guest Star

Maggie Kiley

Maggie Kiley

Terry Van Houten

Guest Star

Jennette McCurdy

Jennette McCurdy

Holly Purcell

Guest Star

Mary Stuart Masterson

Mary Stuart Masterson

Dr. Rebecca Hendrix

Recurring Role

Jeffrey Scaperrotta

Jeffrey Scaperrotta

Dickie Stabler

Recurring Role

David Lipman

David Lipman

Judge Arthur Cohen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In the scene where the charges are dismissed against Mark Dobbins, the judge refers to Dobbins' lawyer as "Mr. Langdon", when he should have said "Mr. Langan."

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Holly is about to get an IV put in her arm)
      Holly Purcell: I wish my dad was here.
      Elliot Stabler: You'll see him in a while. What's your most favorite thing you like to do with your dad? I got twins your age, and we like to go to the beach together.
      Holly Purcell: My dad takes me to the beach, too. We build sand castles. I don't like needles.
      Elliot Stabler: Okay. Hold onto my hand. Now close your eyes and pretend that you're at the beach building sand castles with your dad. And if it hurts, you squeeze my hand really hard, okay?
      Holly Purcell: What do you do when something hurts?
      Elliot Stabler: I think of my kids.

    • John Munch (to a tip caller): We don't need a psychic. You're that good, who's gonna win the Superbowl?

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