Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 7 Episode 20

Fat

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 02, 2006 on NBC
8.7
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Stabler teams up with an new partner to investigate a sexual attack on Jessica DeLay, a sixteen-year-old girl who worked tobacco stings for the Department of Health and face an overweight young brother and sister who claim it was an act of vengeance for Jessica and her friend, Tommy Strahan, beating up their older brother Rudi for being fat. Stabler and Blaine arrest DeLay and Strahan, but when the two are released due to lack of admissable evidence, Rudi Bixton takes justice into his own hands.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • 'Fat' is one of my favorite episodes.

    9.5
    In the episode 'Fat' a girl is brutally beaten and her finger is cut off. Turns out it was by a group of overweight kids who were tired of her always picking on them. But it was more than just her picking on them, one of her friends actually kicked the crap out of one of the overweight kids. I love this episode because Olivia comes back to the special victim's unit, but not before she's helps the team out while being in the 'computer crimes' department. The awkwardness between Elliot and Olivia is exciting, but what really shocked me was when one of the overweight kids actually shot the girl's friend (the one who kicked the crap out of him). But sadly he has worse things to deal with when he has to have some amputations because of gangreen. I didn't really like Blane on the ep that much, he just annoyed me. But I was so glad to see Benson back in action, her figuring out that the girl used to actually be an overweight girl herself was good. And her line at the end to Elliot was priceless, "I work here."moreless
  • Bravo Anthony Anderson. Elliot is hard to work with and well in this episode he got a taste of his own medicine.

    9.6
    The captain is right. Can't believe Olivia put up with Elliot for so long. Loved Anthony Anderson although his cahracter wasn't written that well. He laughed when that Eric Molina guy talked about an epidemic of obesity and diabetes -- Considering the victims were African-American and overweight, and so was he, I would assume he sypathised with them more or would be on their side.



    Olivia's appearance was nice and I thought I caught a glimpse of "sucked in, you deserve it" smirk on her face when she was behind Elliot in the locker room. Transfered to computer crimes -- sitting down and playing detective on the computer most of the day, good for the baby.



    Really need to find a way to cool Elliot down. Wonder who he will get as a partner next week.



    Overall good episode, dealt with a really big issue - 2 actually. Average start but turned into a wonderful episode.moreless
  • This episode just wasn't any good, nor entertaining, and I found it almost angering how vigilantes were pitied, and the sodomizing and finger-severing they committed were given a glance and forgotten! Surely others feel this way about this episode.moreless

    7.0
    Anthony Anderson to me had little believability playing such a serious role; he is a comedy actor. The story line was not only formulaic from the get-go, it tried to make vigilante rapists seem the victims as much as the girl they brutalized! Sorry, but in my world, you can\'t equate beating the crap out of a man, which granted was awful, with sodomizing and cutting off the finger (and attemptedly the hands) of a teenaged girl! So, I wasn\'t rooting for the obese kids even at this point. But then to have one of them murder someone and still play the sympathetic character looked upon with pity?? Come on, I love this show, but this episode was mediocre at very best.moreless
  • I don't know what it was but this episode just didn't draw me in as most other episodes in the series.

    6.5
    I don't want to say I hated it, but I really didn't like it, and I can't really put my finger on it. Was it because Benson and Stabler weren't working together? I don't think it was that because they haven't worked together on a lot of cases recently. I don't think Benson was in the episode enough that's for sure. I didn't care for the partner they teamed Stabler up with, although I do like that it was to show each of them what it was like to work with themselves. The case itself went beyond what the SVU detectives should have been involved with. I get them investigating the attack on the girl but once it went to the beating of the brother, that should have been another squad. This could have been a good crossover with regular Law & Order, let them work together on the second case. Like I said it just didn't overly impress me, although part of the problem was watching it right after a great House episode.moreless
  • Pushing obese kids too far can be dangerous to your health.

    8.7
    I'm not sure if this was a great episode, but it did capture my interest since I am slighly obese myself. I've never experienced being ridiculed because of my waistline so I can't really understand why those kids did what they did, but just as any motivation of any crime, a person can only take so much.



    I loved Stabler in this episode. It was clear that he was regretting what happened between him and Benson. It was also evident that he wanted his old partner back, but he was giving her what she asked if that was what made her happy.



    Benson also looked like she misses her job at SVU when she continued monitoring Jessica's internet activities.



    I do hope they get back together as partners. They make one helluva team.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Anthony Anderson

Anthony Anderson

Det. Lucius Blaine

Guest Star

Rooney Mara

Rooney Mara

Jessica DeLay

Guest Star

Omar Benson Miller

Omar Benson Miller

Rudi Bixton

Guest Star

Peter McRobbie

Peter McRobbie

Judge Walter Bradley

Recurring Role

David Thornton

David Thornton

Lionel Granger

Recurring Role

J. Paul Nicholas

J. Paul Nicholas

Attorney Linden Delroy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: A janitor is seen mopping up blood after Tommy was shot. Bodily fluids are considered a bio-hazard. More precautionary measures are usually taken to clean them up than just using a mop and bucket.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (Rudi comes across Tommy and Granger, who are about to leave the squad room.)
      Rudi Bixton: Hey! Hey! You! Hey, I'm talkin' to you. 'Member me? (points his gun at Tommy)
      Lionel Granger: He's got a gun!!
      (Rudi pulls the trigger, shooting Tommy; Tommy hits the ground; Stabler and Blaine, guns on hand, approach the scene)
      Stabler: Drop it! Drop it!!
      (Stabler grabs Rudi's gun as Blaine heads for Tommy's lifeless body)
      Lucius Blaine: Somebody call a bus!!
      Rudi Bixton: Did-- Did I kill him?

    • Lucius Blaine: (takes Hamzid Latif to the scene of the murder) We need you to print our friend's shoes here.
      Hamzid Latif: No way! You need warrant for my footprints!
      Lucius Blaine: We don't need squat, smart ass. Just go stand in the mud.
      Ryan O'Halloran: There's no point.
      Lucius Blaine: (to Hamzid) Hey. Do it!
      Ryan O'Halloran: I took casts of the perp's shoes. (shows a footprint) Based on the depth of impressions, the smaller perp weighed about 240 pounds. The heavier, 300. (about Hamzid) At most, this guy weighs 150.
      Elliot Stabler: Goodbye, Mr. Hamzid! Thank you for your time!

    • Hamzid Latif: (about Jessica) I remember the little bitch. She cost me thousands of bucks.
      Lucius Blaine: So you took it out on her?
      Hamzid Latif: I didn't touch her.
      Elliot Stabler: Sure, you did. We got it on videotape.
      Lucius Blaine: Yeah. The health inspector said you wanted to kill her.
      Hamzid Latif: I was angry. She comes in here. She says "I want cigarettes". I say, "you're too young". She says, "come on. I won't tell anybody". And she is real pretty.
      Lucius Blaine: (looks at Jessica's ID) Yeah. She is a hottie, all right.
      Hamzid Latif: She's all, like, you know, flirting with me. What could I do?
      Lucius Blaine: Yeah, what could you do? Pervert. What, you get turned on by little children?
      Hamzid Latif: What are you saying?
      Lucius Blaine: I'm sayin' the little whore came in here and stole your tobacco license, so you wanted to pay her back.
      Hamzid Latif: Okay! She got me angry. She called me names. She laugh at me. But I swear, I didn't touch her!
      Elliot Stabler: Blaine.
      Lucius Blaine: So, that's why you took her outside and hit her over the head?!
      Elliot Stabler: Blaine!
      Lucius Blaine: What?!!
      Elliot Stabler: Nice shoes. Are those Quattros?
      (Blaine looks down at Hamzid's shoes)
      Elliot Stabler: Tell you what, why don't we take Mr. Hamzid for a walk through the crime scene?

    • Don Cragen: Did he say anything?
      Elliot Stabler: Yeah, "get me a soda."
      Don Cragen: He needs to ease up on the soda.

    • Olivia Benson (as Stabler is changing his shirt): I like that shirt.
      Elliot Stabler: What are you doing here?
      Olivia Benson: I heard what happened between you and Blaine.
      Elliot Stabler: What can I tell you? He's a prick. (pauses) Why didn't you tell me?
      Olivia Benson: Elliot, we've been partners for seven years, longer than anybody else here. We needed a change. I'm sorry. I should have talked to you. It's just ... it's just too complicated.

    • Lucius Blaine: Sorry about your shirt.
      Elliot Stabler: Sorry about your face. (Both men laugh.)

    • Elliot Stabler: I don't lie to kids.

    • Donald Cragen: You know why I put Blaine with you?
      Elliot Stabler: You started drinking again?

    • Lucius Blaine: In Queens, we treat a victim like a victim.
      Elliot Stabler: Go back to Queens.

    • Don Cragen: You're a good cop, but God knows how Olivia put up with you for so long.
      Elliot Stabler: Oh... Well, Olivia's a saint.

    • Lucius Blaine: No wonder your partner dumped you!
      Elliot Stabler: What'd you just say to me?
      Lucius Blaine: You screwed her, now you're trying to screw me.

    • Elliot Stabler: Why'd you land this blowhard on me?
      Don Cragen: He's a good cop. Queens SVU speaks highly of him.
      Elliot Stabler: Right. That's why they dumped him on us! Where's Benson?
      Don Cragen: Computer Crimes. You needed a break from each other.
      Elliot Stabler: In whose opinion?
      Don Cragen: The decision is made.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • The school attended by the Bixton siblings is Coretta Scott King high school, named for the recently deceased widow of the late Martin Luther King Jr. Scott King passed away on January 30, 2006.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the cases of Jazlyn Bradley and other teenagers who have sued McDonald's for causing their obesity and resulting health problems. So far, none of these lawsuits have been successful.

    • Don Cragen: What, did Cheney shoot somebody else?

      A quick reference to Vice President Dick Cheney and the incident in which he accidentally shot Harry Whittington while hunting for quail. He wasn't charged with a crime but he was reprimanded for not having a valid hunting license.

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