Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 8 Episode 14

Dependent

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 13, 2007 on NBC
9.0
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Benson and Stabler attempt to question a confused young woman about an attack on her parents that left her brother traumatized, and Stabler puts his career on the line when he goes too far.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Stabler gets accused of murder when suspect dies in chase. ...Didn't live up to the hype.

    8.3
    I was dissapointed in this episode. First of all, it took WAY too long for the boy to actually die. I mean, we all knew it was going to happen but we had to sit through 40 minutes of a random pointless episode before it did. Secondly, because of it taking so long, I think that part of the story was too rushed.



    PROS:

    - Lots of Melinda action

    - I loved that shot at the end with Olivia, melinda, and Casey all together in the court room.

    - Olivia standing up for her man :D

    - was kind exciting at the part where the kid dies.



    CONS: - it was too predictable

    - I can't understand how Melinda missed the actual cause of death

    - Elliot totallly ignored all the hard work Olivia had been doing to get him to go free

    -and OF COURSE: the very last scene (I managed not to talk about it until now): HOW can elliot ask to move back in with Kathy? That makes no sense. I was soo mad when that happened you have no idea, it totally ruined the whole episode for me basicly. grrr... I am so mad at the writers because of that.moreless
  • I was pleased with this episode, especially the way Olivia stood up for Elliot without reserve, but I didn't like the ending. I think we already know that Elliot and his ex-wife don't work as a (cont. in review)moreless

    9.5
    I was pleased with this episode, especially the way Olivia stood up for Elliot without reserve, but I didn't like the ending. I think we already know that Elliot and his ex-wife don't work as a couple, and I think the only reason he wants to come back is to spend more time with his kids. (plus I secretly hope that Elliot and Olivia will get together as they were working towards on previous episodes) For example, in the one where she was still undercover she woke up in the hospital saying his name and in several instances it was painfully obvious that she was jealous of Beck.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.5
    After an attack on her home, Charlotte Truex is questioned about her whereabouts that night. Detectives Benson and Stabler soon find that she was with her friends and boyfriend at a pharm party, where they would all bring pills from home and share them in order to get high. The Detectives of the Special Victims Unit have to piece together all of the evidence in order to solve the case. After new evidence clears Charlotte as a suspect, Benson and Stabler turn their sights on her boyfriend, Ryan. During a chase, Ryan dies and Elliot is held resonsible. With the help from M.E. Warner, they are able to put together the exact cause of Ryan's death, and clear Elliot's name. This is a great episode. I love seeing episodes that are centered around Elliot. It was nice to see that he was found innocent, I don't know how the show would have been able to continue if he was found guilty and was forced to leave the unit. The ending sucked, but that is because I don't think Elliot and his wife, Kathy should get back together. They are two completely diferent people than they were when they got married, and I think that it is way past time for them to move on with their separate lives.moreless
  • Great Elliot centered Episode.

    9.0
    It was a great episode, but I think that in ways it was a little over done. Elliot's anger was not as bad as usual, but this episode was just so...I don't even know what to say. It was great to watch and had a rather well thought out plot, but the ending was terrible. I know Elliot and Olivia are the main characters, but would it be so hard to have Munch and Fin in the episodes for more than just one scene? For being all about Elliot it was good, his unstable self seems to be cooling off, and the episode was very different from anything I've evr seen in an SVU episode before. It had little hints of EO which was nice, but it could have had a better ending, in my opinion.moreless
  • The suspect dies in pursuit, and all eyes look at Stabler.

    9.1
    I thought the episode was great, though I was a bit disappointed at some parts. I liked how the ep made me jump out of me seat when the perp hit Mr. Truex in the head and when Charlotte broke the mirror and started spraying blood all over the place (what a strong, strong girl). I think Emily Van Camp did a great job, and I agree to whoever said Charlotte could pass of as Casey's kid sister. Now that you mentioned it, there is a slight resemblance.



    As for Elliot's case, though we all know he's not going to get fired because he really didn't kill the perp, it's nice to watch the others not giving up on him even though he thinks there's no hope. What I didn't quite like was Melinda's delivery. Don't get me wrong, I like Melinda/Tamara, but somehow she was sort of different in this episode. She wasn't quite convincing, especially while she was testifying to the grand jury.



    And what is it with the writers and "this changes everything"?



    Now about the Elliot/Kathy scene at the end, I'm not sure what to think about that since I'm not exactly an E/O or an E/K shipper. I guess I'm only thinking about how Elliot should be with his family especially after what happened.moreless
BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Allison Hirschlag

Allison Hirschlag

Jane Williams

Guest Star

Jon Conver

Jon Conver

Mark

Guest Star

Noemi del Rio

Noemi del Rio

Susan

Guest Star

Robert John Burke

Robert John Burke

IA Sgt. Ed Tucker

Recurring Role

Isabel Gillies

Isabel Gillies

Kathy Stabler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In "Burned", Elliot is clearly living in an apartment building. There is a buzzer on the right at the landing and the large window in the front door shows a small alcove with a second security door leading into the building. In this episode, his front door opens right onto the street. Also, there is no buzzer visible on any of his walls, and Warner knocked on his front door without having to be buzzed into the building.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Elliot Stabler (to Kathy): It's been a rough couple of days. And I've had a couple of days to think about what's important. I love my job and I love my family. And I nearly lost both of them. I wanna come home.

    • Charlotte Truex: My dad says a lot of things that aren't true. He's a lawyer. He lies for a living.
      Olivia Benson: Sounds like you two don't get along.
      Charlotte Truex: We get along fine. He's never home. He works all the time. I find out what he's doing by watching the news.

    • Olivia Benson: I need you to be a big boy and tell me what you saw tonight, okay?
      Tommy Truex: A monster hurt my daddy.

    • Olivia Benson: (talking to Warner) Elliot Stabler could never murder anyone, and if you can't prove that, then I will.

    • Casey Novak: (talking to Huang) With the documented history of violence between Charlotte and her mother -- I can't accept a insanity plea. (phone rings) Novak. Sex crimes. (listening) This changes everything. (hangs up) That was Warner. She did some more tests on the urine CSU found in the brownstone. Hormone level indicates it's from a man.

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