Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 15

Families

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 10, 2004 on NBC
8.8
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Episode Summary

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The investigation into the death of a pregnant teenager exposes a long-held family secret which precipitates another violent death and the destruction of two families.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A rare occasion where I was touched by a guest star's performance ...

    9.2
    The story was good, complicated enough, but still a predictable outcome. The thing that really stood out in this episode was Patrick Flueger's performance, it was outstanding, "Dr Huang" said it best: "He couldn't fake that kind of physical reaction" ... it looked genuine!

    On the other hand, the girl's mother didn't really get to me in any way; the character was badly "acted". I think killing the father gave the plot a cold turn; it would've been a lot more dramatic if they kept him involved in the story.



    Overall, a good episode, well written, well acted, a little predictable, but that goes for most of these series nowadays.moreless
  • Pretty good.

    9.0
    This started out as a really great episode. There were lots of twists and turns. It was really interesting and then the end was just...blah. It was hastily wrapped up, slightly out of character, and just boring. It's not that I didn't like it. It didn't stir up enough emotion for me not to like. I was just indifferent to it. But the rest of episode was great so I can't really complain. I do have to say that I did not really like Jane Seymour who guest starred and in all honesty did not have much to do. I suppose that's why guest stars like CI, more storyline for them.moreless
  • Good but not great.

    6.9
    In this episode there a very confusing storyline about two families having the same father and there are two murders. This episode wasn't great because the reason I love Law and Order SVU is because I love the action but this episode didn't show it at all. Of course, there was alot of investigation but I much preffer the episodes where there is a killer on the loose rather than harmless family wives and children being blamed for murder and rape. The storyline was a little weird and most of it happened at homes. I love this show but only for the real crimes!moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.5
    While chasing down a perp in a rape case, Benson and Stabler find the body of high schooler Shannon Coyle. As usual they start their investigation by taking a look into Shannon's life. They first begin to suspect her choir teacher, who has a thing for young girls. When they find out that Shannon had a boyfriend that no one knew about, they begin to suspect him. M.E. Warner discovers that Shannon was eight weeks pregnant at the time of her death, and not only that, but the baby's father was related to Shannon. One by one Benson and Stabler begin to question all of the men in her family. When they find that her boyfriend Aiden's father and Shannon's father are the same man, they find the answer to their case.



    This is a good episode. Just because Jason Conner decided to live a double life, he ruined the life of all of his children and his two wives. Shannon and Aiden were caught in the middle of their father's lies.moreless
  • Okay but not one my favorite episodes.

    8.4
    Benson and Stabler hunt down a rapist when they stumble upon a teenage girl's body lying in an alley. The girl is identified as Shannon Coyle, a member of a private school who was forbidden to see this boy she liked. They first suspect maybe lovebird love gone wrong or maybe the girl's father who is curiously not around. The secret that lies beneath is what makes this episode decent. See nobody has actually seen the girls fatherother than his family and the boyfriends father which seems curious. The detectives soon learn that the teenage girl was pregnant which again leads them back to the boyfriend but that's not the end of the story. The boy denies any wrongdoing in the crime and test results say that the father of the baby was related to the girl. That brings them back to the father but he was supposedly out of town and the only other male relative was her younger brother. They try to get the brother to confess but the brother is innocent. The dark secret soon comes out when they learn the boyfriends father is also the father of the victim. He had an affair with the victim's mother a long time ago and they kept it a secret. the victim found ot and threatened to tell and her father killed her to keep her quiet. When the father/murderer is aloso found dead they suspect the boyfriend again when he learned he was having a baby with his sister. He confesses but that was on;y to protect his mother who had known for awhile now and could not take it anymore. Every adult was either put in jail or was in the grave leaving the boyfriend/brother of the victim and the victim's brother to fend for themselves.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

Helen Slater

Helen Slater

Susan Coyle

Guest Star

Geoffrey Nauffts

Geoffrey Nauffts

Steve Abruzzo

Guest Star

Tom Mason

Tom Mason

Jason Connor

Guest Star

Daniel Sunjata

Daniel Sunjata

CSU Tech Burt Trevor

Recurring Role

Michael Boatman

Michael Boatman

Dave Seaver

Recurring Role

Joel de la Fuente

Joel de la Fuente

TARU Tech Ruben Morales

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: Stabler mentions that the teens remind him of his daughter Elizabeth's typical high-school friends. Elizabeth was too young to be in high-school as she was not yet a teenager.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Elliot Stabler: Aidan, your father was also Shannon's father.
      Aidan Connor: Shannon's not my sister.
      Elliot Stabler: Our DNA tests prove she is.
      Aidan Connor: How can you know this?
      Elliot Stabler: Because Shannon was pregnant, and we tested the fetus' genes.
      Aidan Connor: The fetus? Oh, God.
      Elliot Stabler: Aidan, listen to me. This is not your fault. None of this is your fault.
      Aidan Connor: No. No. She was my sister?! (sobs) I had sex with my sister?! (retches)

    • Olivia Benson: What's your name?
      Suspect: Screw you!
      Olivia Benson: Screw You, you're under arrest for attempted rape until we nail you for the other eleven.

    • (After the victim's boyfriend's father is murdered.)
      Elliot Stabler: Anybody think this is a coincidence?

    • (Stabler and Benson find a school backpack in an apartment and hear moaning in the next room.)
      Elliot Stabler: What's that sound like to you?
      Olivia Benson: Statutory rape.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Company Credits: Lynn Kressel Casting (Casting), Grant Wilfley Casting (Background
      Casting), Panavision (Panaflex Camera and Lenses)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Bobby Mancuso (Assistant Cameraman)
      Keri L. Lederman (Assistant Property)
      Jessica Burstein (Still Photographer)
      Laura Wehrman (Set Costumer)
      Mick Rossman (Scenic Charge)
      Jerry Detitta (Leadman)
      Tom Ford (Best Boy)

    • International Air Dates:
      Finland – September 23, 2009 on YLE TV2

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode is an allusion to the Sam Shepard play Fools for Love, where parents try to keep two young people who do not know they are siblings from falling in love with each other.

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