Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 8 Episode 19


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 01, 2007 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Benson risks her career to protect her newfound half-brother, but an investigation into his past reveals even more family secrets.

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  • The best ever episode

    This episode was so freaking amazing that I don't know where to begin in telling you what the best parts were ... well actually there were no bad parts so me telling you all about the good parts is going to either take a long time if I go into detail or very fast by saying all of it. I thought it was hilarious when O'Halloran was called by Olivia and he said that she had to call him on the one day of the year he has a date and not on the 364 other days. Personal connections to a case always make for great viewing but this went so much further past that it's in a league of it's own. Fantastic.moreless
  • Mariska shows why she earned that Emmy.

    Okay, wow. Is he good, is he evil? Is Simon a rapist, or not? Is the Jersey detective out to get him, or just doing her job? Was Benson's mom raped, or wasn't she? I like how this show gets more personal then the other Law and Order series.

    Michael Weston is excellent as Simon. I hope he continues to guest star. After all, we see lots of Stabler's family, and Fin's son Darius. I would love to see more of Benson's brother.

    The scene with Benson and Simon's Mom was heartbreaking. Olivia just wanting to know more about her father and how her father knew about her was so moving and powerful that it brought a tear to the eye.

    Kim Delaney! Dang girl! Talk about your frame job! As if planting the hair and rigging the lineup wasn't bad enough, but renting the identical car and trying to run down Benson? And finally, attepmting to murder Simon in cold blood! Woah, no wonder no one, not even Olivia, could never be sure of his innocence.

    Good episode. Keep Simon a part of the show!moreless
  • So... Simon isn't guilty....

    Well first let me say this was an awesome performance by Mariska Hargitay. Absolutely brilliant. Ups:

    - Loved Olivia's freak out scene. It was awesome the way she just flipped like that.

    - Loved the scene where Elliot talked to Olivia about her freak out

    - Love Mariska's bangs have grown out longer so she can pull them away from the middle of her face.

    - It was very intense. Good suspense

    - Elliot trusted liv :D


    - I actually wanted simon to be guilty, so I didn't get the conclusions I wanted.

    - It definately could have used an Elliot/Olivia hug either during the locker room scene or at the end - Porter just got on my nerves. He wasn't nedded in this episode at all.

    - Should have been more shippy. Random notes:

    - When porter was letting olivia talk to simon in the cafe, he was still standing up the stairs so when simon ran, porter was in no position to stop him. Like come'on, I could have done better policing than that.

    - Porter switced to the sex crimes unit...? Convinient much?

    - So wait... Olivia's mom was raped right? They kinda brought that up and never really concluded it.moreless
  • Porter finds out that Olivia is helping Simon. Olivia goes searching for anwers to her paternal mysteries. Simon is innocent.

    I LOVED it!! Cons: (I only have one) There was no hug between Olivia & Elliot or Olivia & Simon at the end of the episode. That was a perfect place to put a hug! What were the producers thinking?

    Pros: (I got a lot of 'em) One, Olivia's anger in the beginning. Awesome! Terrific acting on Mariska's behalf. I also loved the interaction between she and Cragen. It was too much for words. Two, I liked Olivia's quote to Elliot, "the posterboy for rage is gonna tell me how to control my anger" ... or something to that effect. I was crackin up! Three, I loved Olivia's emotions in the middle-ish. It's sad to see her sad, but good if ya know what I mean. All more for drama! Four, I liked the ending. A lot of people wanted Simon to be guilty, but I don't see why! Olivia's father was a rapist! Her mother was emotionally abusive! As if that wasn't enough! Can't the girl have a bit of normalcy with a family member for once. Her and Simon's new relationship will be interesting to see. Five, I loved this episode!!!!moreless
  • Very good episode. Ties up the loose ends nicely.

    So since this episode came after a couple of so-so episodes it was great, but it would have been anyways. This episode builds off of the episode Philidelphia and dwells in Olivia's personal life. She is finally pushed over the edge by a few people and goes crazy on some suspect, but it is understandable why she did it. The episode was not too personal, so it was like a bad soap opera or something, but it was a nice development for Olivia. You begin to see how lonely she really is as she seeks out her family and looks for the answers she thinks she needs. The episode overall was very good, and despite what others say I thought it was great. It is well worth the time of any loyal SVU fan.moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Kim Delaney

Kim Delaney

Captain Julia Millfield

Guest Star

Josh Casaubon

Josh Casaubon

Michael Thatcher

Guest Star

Michael Weston

Michael Weston

Simon Marsden

Guest Star

Vincent Spano

Vincent Spano

FBI Special Agent Dean Porter

Recurring Role

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (22)

    • FBI Agent Dean Porter (helping her up): You okay?
      Olivia Benson: That was Simon's car. (pauses) My brother tried to kill me.

    • Olivia: (about Simon) Are you going to be charging him?
      FBI Negotiator: In light of Julia's statement, that's a bunch of paperwork I don't need to do.

    • Olivia Benson: My mother lied to me about so many things. What if this was one of them? She's dead, I can't ask her. I need to know if the man that fathered me was a rapist.

    • Olivia Benson: My mother was a drunk, just like him. It was 1967. Abortion was a crime. She wasn't married...
      George Huang: You think your mother lied about being raped?
      Olivia Benson: He kept track of me. What rapist does that?

    • Olivia Benson: Did Joe ever go and try to find his daughter?
      Sharon Marsden: He ... he said he called her once. Her mother answered. He hung up.
      Olivia Benson: Did he ever see me? Sharon? Sharon? What else did he say? Please try to remember.
      Sharon Marsden: Who are you?

    • Elliot Stabler: What was that?
      Olivia Benson: Thatcher got what he deserved.
      Elliot Stabler: No, I'm talking about you. What are you ... what are you doing?
      Olivia Benson: Oh, the poster boy for rage is going to tell me how to control my anger?

    • Don Cragen: A five year old could have done a better job!
      Olivia Benson: Then go hire one.

    • Michael Thatcher: What happened to your partner?
      Olivia Benson: He said you were too afraid to talk to him.
      Michael Thatcher: That little kid, he couldn't even stand up to you.
      Olivia Benson: Ah, but you can?
      Michael Thatcher: Oh yeah, look how long it took you to come back.
      Olivia Benson: Hah, you think I'm afraid of you? (slaps Thatcher)

    • Elliot Stabler (pointing gun at Simon): Simon, drop your weapon.
      Olivia Benson: Elliot.
      Simon Marsden: Don't make me shoot her.
      Olivia Benson: Elliot, don't. Please.

    • Simon Marsden: Why are you trying to ruin my life?
      Julia Millfield: You ruined my sister's life when you tried to rape her.
      Simon Marsden: All I did to Carrie was kiss her. When she said stop, I stopped.
      Julia Millfield: She told me she begged you to stop, and you didn't listen. You tore her dress off, you groped her ..
      Simon Marsden (yelling): I tried to kiss her! And she freaked! She went crazy!
      Julia Millfield: She was terrified because you attacked her!
      Simon Marsden: No, no! I didn't!

    • Dean Porter: We gotta get going.
      Olivia Benson: Where are you taking him?
      Dean Porter: My office. I need his help unraveling this mess that Millfield made. He's lucky. If it was me, I would have shot him.
      Olivia Benson: Thank you. (to Elliot) You too.
      Elliot Stabler: For what?
      Olivia Benson: Trusting me.

    • Simon Marsden: I'm sorry ... for everything.
      Olivia Benson: Me too.

    • Sharon Marsden: Have we met before, dear?
      Olivia Benson: I don't think so.
      Sharon Marsden: Yes ... from the newspaper. The one Joe had.
      Olivia Benson: You saw the picture?
      Sharon Marsden: Joe showed it to me. He said it was his little girl. She looks just like you.

    • Dean Porter (referring to his senior class picture): You should have seen mine. I had a mullet.
      Olivia Benson: I had feathered hair and wore acid wash jeans.

    • Michael Thatcher: What happened to your partner?
      Olivia Benson: He said you were too afraid to talk to him.
      Michael Thatcher: That little kid, he couldn't even stand up to you.
      Olivia Benson: Ah, but you can?
      Michael Thatcher: Oh yeah, look how long it took you to come back.
      Olivia Benson: Hah, you think I'm afraid of you? (slaps Thatcher)

    • Elliot Stabler: Munch said you left with some suit.
      Olivia Benson: Munch should mind his own business.

    • Julia Millfeild: What do you want?
      Olivia Benson: You out of my private life. You're running my financials. What, are you tapping my phone, too?

    • Olivia Benson: What do you want?
      Dean Porter: The truth.
      Olivia Benson: Simon Marsden is my brother. His father raped my mother. She got pregnant with me. You said you wanted the truth.

    • Julia Millfield: Detective, what brings you over the river today?
      Olivia Benson: Your big mouth.

    • Simon Marsden: (to Olivia) You're so screwed up you can't believe there's good in anyone.

    • Michael Thatcher: Is this how you get off? You like your men in chains?
      Olivia Benson: No. You like your women at knifepoint?

    • Michael Thatcher: Is it me you got a thing for, or all men?
      Olivia Benson: You're the one with the thing problem, Michael. Those two girls said you got soft when you raped them. Is that why you hate all women?
      Michael Thatcher: What I hate is a bull dyke who gets a little power and thinks she has to use it.
      Olivia Benson: Bull dyke? Is that what you call women who won't sleep with you?
      Michael Thatcher: You got a problem with your eyesight? I don't have issues with the ladies.
      Olivia Benson: Well there's got to be some reason you got soft, Michael.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Don Cragen: A five-year-old could do this better than you.
      Olivia Benson: Then go hire one!
      This references a quote by Groucho Marx: "A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five."