Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 3 Episode 21

Denial

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 03, 2002 on NBC
9.1
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When a heroin junkie is found raped, Tutuola takes an interest in Claire, but he's not the only one. When they find a finger in her purse, it opens a can of worms that spans back thirteen years, to when a teenaged Claire witnessed her mother beating her baby sister Lisa to death, and even further back, when Claire's grandmother, Rose, turned Grace in for the murder of her first-born son, Anthony, years before Claire was born.moreless

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  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.5
    When the Detectives of the Special Victims Unit are called to investigate a rape, they find that the victim is a heroin addict. They also find that she was carrying a decomposing finger in her purse. M.E. Warner is able to determine that the finger belonged to a baby. A DNA test proves that the finger is a match to the rape victim, Clarie. She admits that it belonged to her younger sister, Lisa. When Claire's mother, Grace, is seen dumping Lisa's body in a dumpster, the Detectives begin to suspect her of the crime.



    This was a very interesting episode. It just goes to show you that people like Grace should not be allowed to have children. She had three children and two of them died in her care, and the only one to remain alive became a drug addict. It was nice to see Fin get attached to a victim. Normally you only see that happen to Benson and Stabler.moreless
  • Fin takes interest in a rape victim who is addicted to heroin. Their case takes them far deeper when a baby\'s finger is found in her purse. The finger leads them to two murder cases, to which Claire is the key but not the perpetrator.moreless

    10
    This episode got to me. SVU, although it has its chilling and emotional moments, does not usually make me cry. This episode made me cry. I at first found Martha Plimpton annoying, mostly because the first time I ever saw her was in \"Blind Spot\" as the perpetrator. However, when Claire is describing her mother\'s callous actions towards the baby, I felt tears sting my eyes and I got the chills. As the episode progressed, I found I was taken aback by the quality of Martha\'s acting. The gruesome personality of the mother was played perfectly by Mary Steenburgen, who really shook me with her final scene with her own mother (also a role played fantastically). What really made me love this episode was the way the episode ended- Ice-T showed me why he is an amazing actor with the gift he physically and metaphorically presented to Martha Plimpton. It was in that moment, just before her hug, that I was touched. Fin had seemed like a more distant character, only because the show is not centered around him. I think he has a lot of talent that is supremely underused, but in this episode, he showed me a lot. I was very impressed by Ice-T\'s acting, not only in his interactions with Martha Plimpton, but his interactions with the rest of the squad and Alex. The final scene was very emotional to me, and I thought that it was the perfect final scene to a very well-done episode. I would give this episode a 9.9 out of 10, its only fault being that it ended.moreless
  • A deep, wide-ranging episode that focuses less on legal manipulations than on the interpersonal relationships of both the perps and the staff.

    10
    I personally normally dont particularly care as much about SVU as I do the normal "law and order". I find the sexual offenses to be far more twisted and jading. The straightforward nature of homicide seems to have more closure than the longitudinal effects of sexual abuse. But this particular episode is different in that it does not focus at all on a sexual case. Its tangential at best. This focuses on the interpersonal relationships of three women and the two murders that take place over a long period of time. L&O often reminds me of Dragnet in its simple portrayal of its characters, and the "mile wide, inch deep " method the script takes. This episode is a departure from that.



    Every character gets involved here, and even personally. The acting is superb, and the story unfolds excruciatingly slowly, but without a huge twist. The episode's most poignant moments are between Fin and the junkie whose moments of silence speak far louder than anything they say.



    This is one of the best L&O epi's i have seen.moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot

Charles Goad

Charles Goad

Court Clerk

Guest Star

Martha Plimpton

Martha Plimpton

Claire Rinato

Guest Star

Michael Knowles

Michael Knowles

Arthur Felton

Guest Star

Judith Light

Judith Light

SVU Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly

Recurring Role

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

Judge Lena Petrovsky

Recurring Role

Tom O'Rourke

Tom O'Rourke

Judge Mark Seligman

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (7)

    • Alex Cabot: (during arraignment) The People have requested remand.
      Judge Petrovsky: Well, you're not gonna get it. Three hundred thousand.
      Alex: Objection!
      Judge Petrovsky: Overruled.
      Alex: Your honor, I must object. Since you've rebuked me from manipulating the law to my own advantage, your ruling seems hypocritical.
      Judge Petrovsky: That's enough. One more word out of you, and you'll be enjoying my hospitality.
      Alex: Ma'am, I urge you to reconsider, or you will force me to file a grievance.
      Judge Petrovsky: You're in contempt. Bailiff! (bangs gavel)
      (the unamused ADA exits the courtroom)

    • (Claire Rinato wakes up in a hospital bed after Detective Tutuola saves her from a drug overdose.)
      Claire Rinato: You've done your good deed, now you can go.
      Fin Tutuola: Maybe you don't get it, you're in serious trouble. If you don't pay attention, you're going to prison.
      Claire Rinato: Are you still here?
      Fin Tutuola: I really can't believe, you know I almost bought it. How you took care of your sister and loved her. Damn, girl, you're better than the soaps.
      Claire Rinato: You have no idea what it feels like to have a mother that doesn't give a damn about you.
      Fin Tutuola: Violins gonna start any minute.

    • Olivia Benson: (arresting Rose Rinato) Are handcuffs necessary?
      Rose Rinato: I'm responsible for the deaths of two children. I think handcuffs are appropriate.

    • Claire Rinato (to Fin): I would hug you, but I can tell you don't like to be touched.

    • (Tutuola is affected by finding a drugged out Claire in her room.)
      Fin Tutuola: Damn you, Claire.

    • Claire Rinato: What kind of a name is Fin?
      Fin Tutuola: It's mine.

    • Claire Rinato: You're gonna tell me you know how I feel, right?
      Fin Tutuola: Well, I never saw my dead sister stuffed in the back of a closet like an old pair of shoes.

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