Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 7 Episode 1

Demons

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 20, 2005 on NBC
8.6
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Twenty years after being convicted of the rape of a teenage girl, Ray Schenkel is released, much to the dismay of retired detective William Dorsey. When a teenage girl is raped on the route Schenkel would have taken home, Stabler goes undercover as a recently paroled sex offender so that he can get into the same therapy group as Schenkel, and the same halfway house. Cragen worries that Stabler may be getting in over his head.moreless

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  • Disappointing

    7.0
    I felt a bit let down by this season opener. Yes, they obviously spent quite a bit of money on production values and to hire the guy from Terminator, but this ep fell flat when it came to storyline and character development.



    Usually after watching SVU I feel chilled and disturbed. But not after this episode. There was no real tension or menace here. Even the Stabler character who we've seen get genuinely overwrought, obsessed, insert any other intense descriptor here, before was flat in this one.



    Plus, I really didn't buy the way in which the sex offender character behaved. He seemed innocuous enough at first - I know, I know, the show's heavy handed message was that sex offenders seem just like everyone else (how original) - then we saw him seemingly struggle to control his demons and then as the hour neared its conclusion it was as if he just threw up his hands, said 'what the heck' and went off to track and abduct a teenage girl. Just too quick a switch for my taste and we are never shown what might have triggered it.



    Then to top it off he went from pedophile sex offender to gun-wielding homocidal maniac trying to kill Stabler. And then he didn't actually do anything - he didn't beat or torture Elliot, he didn't kill him, he didn't even secure him well. Didn't make one bit of sense.



    Believable and creepy would have been having the 'perp' continuing to struggle with his demons yet still going ahead with abducting the girl. Not as believable but even more creepy would have been if he had been revealed to be some sort of consciousless, cold psycho. We got neither.



    A good and believable end to the episode would have been him killing himself or trying to rather than going back to prison - I mean, he's facing trial for abduction and attempted rape of a minor plus kidnapping and assaulting a police officer. Grim prospects await.



    Also the 'perp' suggests that Elliot has fantasies just as dark as his own - but that seems like complete bunkum. Especially since the writers answer that question for us by having him grab Elliot's crotch only to find that Stabler is not aroused.



    I hope next episode brings back the high suspense, tension and psychological deviance I tune into this show to see.moreless
  • Plot did not seem to flow.

    7.5
    I thought the plot was not entirely thoughtout. The plan to use a cop as bait for the rapist was not really explained. I was confused seeing a girl walking down the street and the perp in the van watching her. Was she the cop? And who was Lucy? That part could have been given more time. The show was really dark.
  • Okay does anybody else fell they are making Elliot to "out of control"?

    8.4
    I love SVU. I have watched it from day one and as each season progresses Elliot seems to get angrier and more out of control. Like in this episode where he defies Cragen. He seems to do that more often then not anymore. Also he looses his temper more often and more seriously each time. This I feel is being overplayed. Its to predictable any more. I love the show and will continue to watch it but they need to rethink Elliot's character. The episode was good, not great and certainly wasn't up to SVU's premier standards.moreless
  • I am still waiting for an answer!

    8.0
    This viewer was waiting for the premier, and I must admit it was okay! I was expecting better, and got okay! Yes I am disappointed. I am not saying it was bad episode, I just feel like I still am waiting for answers.



    I am not sure why Elliot’s character is spinning out of control, but someone grab him quick! Elliot has, in my opinion, been a strong and compassionate character. I feel like I am loosing him, this saddens me folks!



    I will continue to watch, but I must admit I hope it gets better as the season progresses. Disappointed, but will tune in again next week!

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  • Definately painful to watch. It hardly had a proper conclusion. Did he actually molest the girl at the beginning? How far should the police go?

    5.0
    This episode wasn't very well thought out and seems as if it was cut short. We never had any indication if the perp actually molested the girl at the beginning which sparked the new investigation.



    The whole time it seemed as if Stabler was tempting him to think about rape again, even though the guy was trying to behave.



    It seemed that he was struggling with his inner demons and wanting to do the right thing, but then threw his hands up and gave up for no apparent reason. far too quickly. But the episode doesn't make sense. If it's true that he DID molest the girl at the beginning, then why was he struggling so hard to be good the rest of the episode till the end? Wouldn't he have already given up being good right at the beginning by molesting the girl?



    Then instead of raping the new girl at the end, he wanted to watch even though it was against his old "MO".



    It would have been better to have made him innocent the whole time, and actually make the old cop having molested the girl at the beginning in a weird attempt to get the crim put back into jail. Nice twist, and in fact I thought that was what was going to happen.



    It raises the question though, like their CO said, it's like putting alcohol in front of a recovering alcoholic. Don't we tell alcoholics not to go to bars, and don't we hid alcohol away from them to help them be strong? Yet here we have the police putting the perp in the way of temptation. It's hardly fair on the guy when he's trying to be good.



    One question, did Stabler kill the guy? And finally did he REALLY molest the girl at the beginning, or was he innocent the whole time?moreless
BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Robert Patrick

Robert Patrick

Ray Schenkel

Guest Star

Robert Walden

Robert Walden

William Dorsey

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Jim Moody

Jim Moody

Group Leader

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Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran

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