Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 2 Episode 17

Folly

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 23, 2001 on NBC
8.9
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107 votes
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Episode Summary

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The beating of a young man uncovers a dangerous male escort service where the boss may have reasons for sending her staff on potentially deadly dates.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • What happens when a fantasy is taken too far?

    9.0
    When male prostitutes turn up beaten or worse in hotel rooms, Olivia, Elliot, and the rest of the SVU squad races to find out what is going on. The investigation takes a wide variety of turns from pimps, to doubts about the original victim, to identity theft. In the end the detectives discover the attacks are simply a "knight in shinning armor" fantasy taken way too far. The final scene between Olivia, Elliot, and one half of the criminal duo, was truly eerie. Upon hearing she would go to jail for her trespasses, the perpetrator lovingly strokes Elliot's arm and says, "you'll protect me... won't you?". The simplicity of the line along with the look of pure desperation on the woman's face made me cringe, and I saw her in a whole new light. A psych defense clearly exists for a reason. Some other great moments in the episode included the usual Munch and Fin sarcastic banter, a well-done debate between Elliot and Olivia, and a running storyline of asbestos testing that forces the detectives to begrudgingly move all of their belongings out into the hall. This episode loses points simply for lagging a bit in a few places, but I still thought it was very good. Therefore, I give this episode a nine.moreless
  • Well written with a few twists...

    9.2
    In the typical style that we've come to expect from Law and Order: SVU, one of the victims lies, then lies again, then finally spills the beans, but only to a point. We have the first appearance on SVU by the lovely Patricia Kalember who later goes on to play a judge. Eddie Cahil, later to play a regular member of the CSI: New York team also adds to the strong cast.



    The twists in the storyline lead to an exciting end with all the loose ends of the main story tied up neatly.



    A strong episode, highly recommended with an unusual plot.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.5
    A young male escort stumbles into a wedding reception after being attacked. He met his client in the hotel bar, gave her his room key and waited for five minutes before following her up. After a second escort is attacked and put into a coma, the Detectives of the Special Victims Unit being to investigate into the lives of these male escorts. After a third attack and the first successful murder of the case, the detectives want nothing more than to find the perp behind these attacks. They finally find a couple who have been booking and using these male escorts as pawns in their sick fantasy game. This was a good episode. I didn't really understand the underlying storyline of the unit being clean of asbestos. It kinda took away from the overall storyline that was going on. It made every scene that took place in the station house to be confusing. But aside from that it was very interesting.moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Fin Tutuola

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot

Eddie Cahill

Eddie Cahill

Tommy Dowd

Guest Star

Simon Jones

Simon Jones

Darien Marshall

Guest Star

J. Tucker Smith

J. Tucker Smith

Gary Sutton

Guest Star

J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Dr. Emil Skoda

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In the very beginning, a flower girl runs in between a cameraman and people posing and then exits through a door. The camera angle changes to the opposite direction and you can see the top of the flower girl's head even though she has clearly already exited.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • John Munch: Maybe I should become an escort.
      Fin Tutuola: Don't quit your day job.

    • Fin Tutuola: I am not staying in here with all these cancer-causing particles flying around.
      John Munch: Stop worrying. As an African-American you're statistically far more likely to die of diabetes, high blood pressure, or heart disease.
      Fin Tutuola: Or a bullet.

    • Olivia Benson: Don't people have sex in bed anymore?
      Elliot Stabler: Apparently not.
      Olivia Benson: The Earth must have moved.
      Elliot Stabler: And he saw stars.

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