Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 4 Episode 22

Futility

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 25, 2003 on NBC
9.1
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After arresting a man accused of raping several neighborhood women, Detectives Benson and Stabler attempt to obtain an indictment for their suspect with the help of a key eyewitness - his last victim. However, the suspect's decision to handle his own defense casts some doubt over the trial's outcome as he proves to be a formidable opponent for A.D.A. Cabot.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Great episode

    10
    I loved this episode for so many reasons. First of all it shows not all rapists look like "rapists". The boy next door look could be a rapist and yu would never be able to tell by looking at him. It also shows how in denial a wife can be about her spouse. The acting was great in this episode. It was also great that the writers wrote the perp as an intelligent person who shook up the courtroom by his knowledge of the law and his imtinidation tactics of beiing able to cross examine his victims. Great episode great acting.moreless
  • The defendant plays lawyer in his own defense.

    10
    This episode blew me away. It really had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, and I was hooked within minutes. Things really got interesting when the rapist decided to come to his own defense. Putting on the image as the real victim, the rapist worked the courtroom with incredible talent. It was interesting to see Alex visibly rattled by his suave attitude and intimidation tactics aimed at his own victims. It was enough to fool his family and his paralegal who are all quick to come to his defense. Another plot line I enjoyed was when patient to doctor confidentiality was called into questioned and later went under attack. Olivia was particularly distressed by this as she had to ask the patient and victim to waive her right to confidentiality. It was great to see her turn to Elliot for comfort in a beautifully done scene. We really got to see the bond they share and the more sensitive side to Elliot. This episode is a don't miss. Fantastic!moreless
  • A fine example of a consistently good series.

    9.2
    I've chose the 'cleverly plotted' heading for this episode, even though I'm not totally convinced that was good writing in the last scene. The ending was a SVU cliche, but I won't say any more as anyone who hasn't seen this episode won't want to be spoiled.



    The acting and writing were very good in this episode. In fact I'd say the acting was excellent. An effective scene between Elliot and Olivia later in the episode was a fitting look at Olivia's job and how she is affected by her work.



    When you have a well-known actor guest star in an episode of SVU it dosen't always work. But I never really thought much of The Wonder Years which Fred Savage is probably best known for. He was believable in his role.



    The courtoom scenes were electric and the scenes in and outside the courthouse.



    All in all a fine episode from this very good fourth season.moreless
  • Fred Savage a rapist?

    6.3
    This one starts out with a bang, when the suspect, Michael Gardner, resists arrest and punches Benson in the mouth. It's a good episode for the most part, with a lot of twists, but unfortunately the ending leaves something to be desired. It seems almost as if the writers got bored and just finished it off. We find out a few minutes before the end that Gardner is having an affair with his attorney, but the episode ends with very little explanation and it is implausible at best. It was very disappointing after coming to expect so much from SVU.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.5
    Michael Gardner is arrested under the charge of rape after his fingerprint was found at one of the crime scenes. After one of the victims makes a positive ID, the case goes to trial. Michael tries to use the fact that the victim spoke to her rape crisis counselor prior to the ID, to prove that the ID was tainted. And even though Bethany, the rape crisis counselor, did not give any information to the victim, she refuses to testify. She wants to ensure that rape victims will always be able to count on the privacy that talking to a rape crisis counselor offers. But when the victim waves her right to privacy, they are able to keep the positive ID in the trial, but at the cost of the privacy of rape victims throughout New York City. This was a great episode. As much as I like Olivia I thought that it was funny when [name] punched her. I feel that it was nice to see that she is in reality human. She acts like a tough detective all the time, and you only really see Elliot get hit. So it was nice to see that yeah she can get hurt to, she isn't invincible. I think that it makes her character easier to relate to.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 'Fin' Tutuola

Fred Savage

Fred Savage

Michael Gardner

Guest Star

Myndy Crist

Myndy Crist

Carrie Huitt

Guest Star

Tyra Ferrell

Tyra Ferrell

Bethany Taylor

Guest Star

Audrie Neenan

Audrie Neenan

Judge Lois Preston

Recurring Role

David Lipman

David Lipman

Judge Arthur Cohen

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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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Michael Gardner: I'm so sorry about hitting her. I hope she's okay.
      Erin Russ: The rape charges on my client are bogus. And how did he get hurt between his home and the station house?
      Alex Cabot: I don't know, how did he?
      (looks at Tutuola and Stabler)
      Fin Tutuola: He fell.
      Erin Russ: Bull.
      Alex Cabot: The only injuries I see are Mr. Gardner's torn knuckles from punching Detective Benson in the face, so unless you want to add the assault of a police officer to the list of charges, I suggest you move on.

    • Michael Gardner: Why are you harrassing me? I didn't do anything.
      Elliot Stabler: Violating an order of protection you moron! You just bought yourself a cell in Rikers.

    • Michael Gardner: You're not mad at me? Or, uh, embarrassed that I eluded your grasp in front of your colleagues?
      Olivia Benson: It's not uncommon for a perpetrator to lose control of himself, and I have certainly been hit much harder.

    • Olivia Benson: Your one night as a bachelor, and you went grocery shopping? That's pretty pathetic.
      Elliot Stabler: It was a grocery store with strippers.

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