Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 11 Episode 5

Hardwired

3
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 21, 2009 on NBC
8.1
out of 10
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111 votes
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Benson and Stabler investigate a pedophilia organization that claims the condition is "predestined" when a mother claims her son has been victimized by one of its members.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Hard to watch with emotive issues

    10
    I felt sick listening to the defendants arguments, especially as he claimed that the rights he was fighting for compared to those that same-sex couples and multi-racial couples had to fight for. It doesn't compare AT ALL. A homosexual man doesn't stop loving his partner when they hit a certain age, a black woman doesn't get turned off by a white man that she has loved for years simply because his body goes through changes associated with age. It was a great issue they explored and made me quite angry sitting here in my lounge room. It did seem to wrap up quite quickly, but I feel like the issues and the arguments will stay with me for a long time. And that's what I LOVE about this show. It makes me think and consider and sometimes questions our current morals and ethics that are being protected by the law ans when some should perhaps be changed.



    In this case, I firmly believe the law is STILL very correct.moreless
  • The show is missing the point.

    6.5
    The show lost the balance between police investigation and Court trial, investigation looking like the most relevant thing.



    In addition, in this show the writers have gone so far with the defendants point of view that were almost unable to construct a good prosecution argument. As a consequence, they had to jump to the "found guilty" decision in a click.



    I hope that the next episodes can recover the balance so that the "due process of investigation" and "due process of law" can somehow match, otherwise the show will loose its ability to present cases in a reasonable credible way to turn into the traditional shows in which "last minute" discover and/or facts impossible to be known by the audience are the key to the solution.



    ABERETTAmoreless
  • A very special episode.

    8.2
    There shouldn't be a "very special episode" of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit given its title and premise, but this was a unique installment of the long-running drama. The storyline was powerful and outside of the uber-annoying Rosie Perez, well acted from all fronts. The episode was believable and engaging and saw the lines crossed from both the good guys and the bad guys.



    If you are looking for a great episode of SVU your search ends here as this was one of the best this year. And no wonder this was a good performer in the Nielsen ratings as well.moreless
  • Strong and powerfull episode.

    9.8
    This has to be the best episode of the series in a LONG time. and it's also the best of season 11 (i'm writing this review after seeing all the episodes from it).



    Rosie Perez did such an amazing performance as the mother of an abused child. The scene where she realizes everything and Olivia asks for her help to catch her husband is POWERFULL.

    Also, the scene in court when she is testfying and the boy comes in, crying and accuses the responsible, is very very touching. Oh, and the scene where she have dinner with the leader of the pedophile group, is intense.



    This episode was so good that I can't even recall all the good scenes, because there were too many. but what I can say is that you won't regret if you watch it. Like every others that deal with pedophilia, this one is great, but maybe this one is even more!!



    My congratulations to the writer, Mick Betancourt. He did a really great job.moreless
  • A young boy is abused by his stepfather for years. The detention of the boy's stepfather leads to the capture of the leader of a pedophilia rights organization.

    8.0
    This was a well balanced and well acted episode. The pace was right and the conclusion was satisfying. Definitely one of the best episodes this season. I liked the guest appearance by Rosie Perez. And the guy from The 4400 was also great. The thing that was a little odd was the way they brought Cabot back. We already knew she would return but her saying that she was finally out of appeals? I did like her comments on the botched up setup of the leader of the pedophilia rights group. It funny to see how Stabler and Benson thought it was a success while Cabot totally blew that out of the water. Hardwired was a good episode. I hope they can keep it up.moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

ADA Alexandra Cabot

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Jeri Ryan

Jeri Ryan

Patrice Larue

Guest Star

Garret Dillahunt

Garret Dillahunt

Kevin O'Donnell

Guest Star

Jim True-Frost

Jim True-Frost

Thomas Banks

Guest Star

Lindsay Crouse

Lindsay Crouse

Judge Andrews

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)

    • O'Donnell: Minor/adult relationships are normal, safe, and healthy.
      Alex: Then why do you think medicine, psychiatry, and the law all recognize that children are not mature enough to enter into a sexual relationship with an adult?
      O'Donnell: I really don't know.
      Dr. Huang: Because it's rape. That's why.
      Judge Andrews: Dr. Huang, you know better.
      O'Donnell: It's fine, your honor.

    • (SVU detectives capture members of Our Special Love and throw them into a holding cell.)
      OSL Member #1: I still don't understand what I did wrong.
      Fin Tutuola: I'm throwin' you in a cage full of pedophiles. See if they can help you figure it out.
      OSL Member #2: I've never seen that kid before in my life.
      Capt. Don Cragen: Pictures don't lie. We got him sitting on your lap.
      OSL Member #3: I don't have anybody to watch my shop.
      Olivia Benson: That's the least of your problems, baby-raper. (shuts the cell) Bet you didn't think NYPD would be hosting this year's Our Special Love convention.
      (finally, Stabler brings in O'Donnell)
      Elliot Stabler: Hey, all you vermin! You can thank your leader, Kevin O'Donnell, for keeping such meticulous records. (throws O'Donnell into the cell with his customers) Enjoy, Kevin.
      Kevin O'Donnell: You can't leave me in here! (Benson locks the cell) I want my lawyer.
      Olivia Benson: She'll meet you in arraignment, tomorrow.
      (O'Donnell looks behind him and sees all his customers staring daggers at him)

    • (Morales opens O'Donnell's secret file and finds a great deal of incriminating photographs)
      Elliot Stabler: Pervert's pot of gold at the end of the digital rainbow.
      Olivia Benson: There's gotta be 1,000 pictures here.
      Elliot Stabler: And it'll take thousands of hours to ID the scumbags in 'em.
      Ruben Morales: Luckily, Kevin is meticulous. See those little blank squares in the rainbow? PDF flies.
      (he opens said files, revealing the names and addresses of members of OSL)
      Ruben Morales: When members submit their proof of perversion, Our Special Love asks for names and addresses.
      Olivia Benson: Insurance, so anybody in the club can't go to the cops.
      Elliot Stabler: Time to pick up the garbage.

    • (Olivia wakes Stabler with a knock on the car door window, and then hands him two coffees.)
      Olivia Benson: Morning, sunshine.
      Elliot Stabler: Hey.
      Olivia Benson: Anything goin' on?
      Elliot Stabler: All quiet, thank God.

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