Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 9

Control

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 18, 2003 on NBC
8.8
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The mutilation of a subway commuter leads the detectives to discover their "victim" may be the perpretator in abducting women and forcing them to live in his dungeon for several years as his bride. As the detectives prepare to arrest their victim turned suspect, Benson arrives ahead of the other detectives to find their perp murdered and is crucified in court as a result of turning away one of his victims four years ago because she did not believe the report.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Pretty creepy...

    8.2
    This was an interesting episode. Basically this guy finds pretty girls that he likes and keeps them in his Dungeon of Melancholy until he is done with them. But since SVU runs into him as a victim after one of his prisoners cuts his package off, by the time they realized who he is, the guy has gotten away. Benson rememebers a girl who came in to SVU years ago claiming she had been held captive by the Man With The Missing Goods, only Benson didn't believe the girl because the girl was drunk. That was my only issue with this episiode: We wasted a lot of time exploring Benson's guilt over not listening to that girl in the first place--she even decides to quit at obne point, but we all know she won't. I felt like all of her scenes were a little out of character for Benson: Normally she's the kind of person to suck it up and move on, not wallow in her guilt. But watch and decide for yourself...moreless
  • Great episode, very revealing indeed.

    10
    I think this is one of those 'classic' SVU episodes for a vareity of reasons. One, you get that great tension between Olivia and Elliot concerning the perp's murder. Two, Olivia deals with guilt and feeling responsible for turning away a victim. In relation, I had no idea Olivia actually blames her mother for being a rape victim--"She was drunk." Wow. Three, you actually get to see how the mole people under the NYC subways may actually live. Four, in general you just see how far some people are willing to go to compensate for feelings of guilt. Well written, tight ep. ...I just wish Novak would keep her trap shut. Thank god she gets less annoying as the seasons roll along.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.5
    The discovery of a serial kidnapper is made after Horace Gorman is found in a subway station bleeding from his genitals. After questioning Mr. Gorman, Benson and Stabler find that he was attacked. While trying to find a suspect in this case the Detectives look into the life of Mr. Gorman in order to find if there was anyone who had a grudge against him. What they find is that he would kidnap girls, force them into marrying him and keeping them as his personal slaves. The case hits hard with Detective Benson when she realizes that one of his victims came into the precinct two years prior to report what he had done to her. She feels as if she let his other victims down because she didn't believe her story and did nothing to help. This is a good episode. This was also the 100th episode of the series. It is sad that Mr. Gorman thought that he was allowed to do these things to women. And I think that his victims should have just tried to get justice rather than to harm and kill their capture. Now I can't say that I wouldn't want him to suffer for the things he did to me, if I was in that situation, but I don't know if I would want to sit in prison for the rest of my life over it.moreless
  • I loved this episode.

    10
    In 'Control' we got to see how far Benson's guilt can be pushed when we find out that she didn't believe a woman when she said that she was raped and was forced into a wedding gown and had pictures of her taken in a dungeon. Olivia actually almost quits before Cragen talks some sense into her. Now she is on a mission to catch the guy responsible, but he slips right through their grasp when he escapes from the hospital. Olivia ventures out on her own with the guilt of 6 raped women on her shoulders to find the creep. When she locates him she fears that he his with another woman and doesn't have time to call for back-up therefore leaving her open to be accused of murdering the perp when he is found stabbed to death on the floor. This was an awesome episode as I always love it when the detectives get themselves into trouble. I like the quote from stabler also, "I know you didn't do it...you'd of shot the bastard." This made an amazing 100th episode, very well written. And it featured Mickey Hargitay, Marisk's father which only added to the greatness. A definite must-see!moreless
  • man genitles get cut off but later detectives find out whats he is doing!

    7.5
    i love how this episode's plot is so different from other law and order svu episodes. this one is a great personal episode for olivia. her guilt shows how much she cares not only about her life but the victims. this episode shows her passion for her job. Stabler shows how he trusts his partner and i love that about him i meen not only is he soo freakin hot but he is a actually genuine person which is like heavenly! this is a great episode but its not one of my favorites sorry people..lol. I am not obsessed...ok maybe i am but atleast i have a burning passion for it!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

Eddie Korbich

Eddie Korbich

Nick Petracho

Guest Star

Sulinh

Sulinh

Cambodian Victim

Guest Star

Jacqueline Bisset

Jacqueline Bisset

Juliette Barclay

Guest Star

David Thornton

David Thornton

Lionel Granger

Recurring Role

Caren Browning

Caren Browning

Judith Siper

Recurring Role

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

Judge Lena Petrovsky

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When they walk into the hotel room, Gorman is lying on the bed, dead. When Olivia is asked on the stand what she saw when she entered the hotel room, she says that he's on the floor, dead.

    • Goof: In the beginning of the episode, when the old man and the girl are going down the escalator, we see the little girl in the close up shot. Then the camera cuts to the man stumbling his way up the escalator screaming, "Help, help!" When the shot goes back to the old man and his granddaughter, the little girl isn't there.

    • Goof: Hilary was looking in towards her left (which, from her angle, would have her addressing the jury) when she said to her mother 'You don't have to protect me anymore'. Her mother was sitting at the defense table, to the right of the witness' stand.

    • During the episode, they keep referring to the victim being on the platform for the 2 train. The station shown is the Exchange Place PATH station, just on the other side of the Hudson in Jersey City. The train shown on the surveillance tape is of course also the PATH train. It's not clear if the train shown pulling in is a Newark or Hoboken train (it couldn't be a World Trade Center train, since those say "WTC" on the front, and the sign was definitely longer than 3 letters).

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Casey Novak: What you went through was horrible, and I'm sorry. But nothing gives you the right to lie or your mother the right to murder.
      Hilary Barclay: Well, he'll never torture another woman again, will he?

    • Olivia Benson: So any sign of his ... missing goods?

    • Elliot Stabler: Don't tell me, Catholic vampire?

    • Dr. George Huang: He released Hillary, I'd say he lets them go when he gets bored.
      John Munch: So we've got half a dozen women who would love to make this guy a falsetto.

    • Dr. Amos Dudayev: You ask me to beat you and I do, have I committed a crime? Someone wants me to excise their testicles or penis, it's the same thing.
      John Munch: Is this one of your volunteers?
      Dr. Amos Dudayev: Never seen him, but I'd be happy to take a referral.

    • John Munch: You're an allergist!
      Dr. Amos Dudayev: I'm still a doctor.
      Fin Tutuola: That doesn't give you a license to relieve men of their peckers.

    • Lionel Granger: Ready to talk plea? You don't have anything.
      Casey Novak: I have the spontaneous admission in the apartment. Juliet said, I quote, 'I did it'. What more do I need?

    • Olivia Benson: You didn't even ask me if I did it.
      Elliot Stabler: I know you didn't do it. You would've shot the bastard.

    • Benson: The only reason I'm standing here is because my mother let herself get raped.
      Cragen: Let herself? Since when do you blame the victim?
      Benson: My mother was drunk. So was Hilary. And that's why I didn't believe her.

    • Munch: (about Mr. Gorman) He could've been the member of some cult. In ancient Rome, priests of the goddess Cybele would castrate themselves to achieve divine status.
      Fin: How d'you know that?
      Munch: The Internet.

    • Olivia Benson: Maybe Mr. Gorman didn't want to be a man anymore.
      Elliot Stabler: You really think he wanted his Johnson hacked off?

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the John Jamelske case. Over a period of 15 years, eccentric millionaire John Jamelske held five women captive in a dungeon below his house near Syracuse, New York, where he repeatedly sexually assaulted them. Jamelske, a retired handyman whose millions came from a combination of his own frugality and a series of investments his father had made years earlier, was known throughout town for his odd tendancies. Jamelske is currently serving a sentence of 18 years to life.

    • The hotel room where Gorman is murdered has the same number, 213, as Jeffrey Dahmer's apartment, where he carried out his murders.

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