Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 2 Episode 17


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 23, 2001 on NBC

Episode Fan Reviews (3)

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  • What happens when a fantasy is taken too far?

    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.
  • Well written with a few twists...

    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.
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    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.