Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 8 Episode 15

Haystack

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 20, 2007 on NBC
8.8
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Stabler finds himself drawn into a case where a young mother has committed suicide after her baby goes missing, and finds that there are two different fathers pursuing Kendall Kozlowski. The case leads to questions for Benson about her own family history.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Bad police ending.

    5.0
    Laura probably never would've committed suicide if Elliot had never assumed that she killed Kendell. Then that reporter made things worse by accussing her on live TV and telling the world that she did drugs. So in a way had the police never used that typical reasoning "oh no one has even seen the child, the mother or father probably killed the kid" Elliot basically caused Laura to kill herself. I loved how at the end, they have something to nail that bastard Paddy Kendell which means he'll have no choice but to drop the civil suite.moreless
  • "It could stop there.... but it's SVU" best announcer bit ever! Love the twist at the end and throughout.

    10
    I definitely loved the beginning how it started off as a woman being choked but it ended up being for Charades. That was a brilliant teaser. Honestly. It definitely fooled me. And then we find the baby is missing?



    Though I must say what was up with Cragen saying no Olivia, you'll be with your cases and not with Elliot? I don't remember that happening ever before. Though, I must say that seeing Cragen with Stabler was pretty awesome. It was just cool to see more of him and to see him more on the job. I bet they needed to give Oliv some more baby time. I'm sure it's hard raising a baby and filming nonstop. Anyone else notice that Warner and Stabler have seemed really buddy buddy recently? I did appreciate how she was mothering him. It was very sweet to see how much they all care for him



    One of my most favorite moments ever had to be the bag incident. Come on. Stabler jumping in the river and then shirtless? Best 5 min of my life ever :D Although I kind of knew it was going to be drugs. Who throws a baby into the river? In a bag?



    More good moments were with the reporter. I loved when Stabler and Cragen were walking and she was following them and they talked about her as if she wasn't there. I also liked Cragen's comment how "we should have her run our interrogations." And the best part was when Stabler basically insulted her in front of her but to the other reporter saying how her libellous words caused the mother's death.



    Yet another great part was Casey and Elliot in the interrogation room and working the biological father. I love how it was his own stupid fault because he showed the sonogram. I can't believe the gall of some people. Suing cops and lawyers for doing their JOBS. He DID kidnap the baby, I mean honestly. You are guilty and they know it. What I didn't like was how Stabler told the reporter that they found the sonogram in the trash. That was bad news. But he did feel bad and go to her home to apologize. I felt sorry for the poor mother. I mean she was innocent and there was just a huge sort of coincidences that made them think she killed her baby. On accident or not.



    And of course, the end of the episode is a teaser for next episode! YAY it's going to be an Olivia heavy episode. Very glad about that :)moreless
  • Baby is kidnapped, baby is found, stabler and novak take baby from home of abusive biological father, kendell, they get sued by grandmother of kendell, olivia uses her dna to test for any family and finds she now has a brother!moreless

    10
    Absolutely amazing episode, although it did drag on in the middle of the episode,the whole plot of the story was good and the underlying message was very 'moving'; it is always good to see what the writers will come up with next. during the scene with reporter, i was actually wondering if that was the lady that also starred in grey's anatomy. i'm guessing that she was and that she did a wonderful job at portraying the overzealous nosy reporter. and finally, i was still pleased with how they delivered the news about liv's sibling and carefully tied in elliot to it as well! i can't wait for the next episode! yay for e/o=)moreless
  • This one telegraphed it's punches all the way. I felt like I was watching something from the fangirls on fanfiction.net being televised

    1.4
    Where on earth were Munch and Fin? At one point when Morales was protesting the use of the DNA dragnet all I could think was my God they've given him Munch's lines. And the mother kills baby and hides it has been done to death so we all knew that wasn't it didn't we? Also saw the shirtless scene coming for a mile. I hate to be manipulated and even more I don't like it when I tune in to watch law & Order Special Victims Unit and I get the Stabler show or the Benson show. How about some ensemble work. ANd how about we go back to what the show is suppose to be about, this season has been about everything but Special Victims.moreless
  • Seven words: Cheap, lazy, pointless, pathetic, stupid, ridiculous and awful. Absolutely the worst SVU episode I had ever seen.

    1.0
    This has got to be the worst episode of SVU in the entire series. Huge plotholes, lame script, bad acting, lazy writing by a bunch of idiots. The storyline was an absolute joke. I really dislike the jerk who punch the ex-husband in the face, and I really didn't like the part where the young mother committed suicide at all. That was absolutely sad. And where the heck was Munch, Fin and Huang? That is absolute crap!!! This is not SVU: this just some kind of soap opera where young women get dumped and kill themselves. I do not wanna see this episode ever again.

    Last week's episode and Loophole were much better than this piece of dogtrash.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Ashley Williams

Ashley Williams

Laura Kozlowski

Guest Star

Pablo Schreiber

Pablo Schreiber

Daniel Kozlowski

Guest Star

Dana Ashbrook

Dana Ashbrook

 

Guest Star

David Thornton

David Thornton

Lionel Granger

Recurring Role

Judith Light

Judith Light

Judge Elizabeth Donnelly

Recurring Role

Linda Powell

Linda Powell

Lauren White

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Don Cragen: Ms. Marino must be here for the obligatory grieving-mother footage.
      Elliot Stabler: Nothing like a parent's worst nightmare for must-see TV.

    • Elliot Stabler (about Dan Kozlowski): He's a gambler?
      Laura: Compulsive. Like gambling on what time Kendall's going to need his diaper changed.

    • Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: According to the suit, you conspired with Detective Stabler to deprive Patty of his civil and constitutional rights.
      Casey Novak: No!
      Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: Pity, this guy sounds like a douche bag.

    • Runner: Elliot?
      Elliot Stabler: Yeah, can I help you?
      Runner: You've been served.
      Elliot Stabler: Can you believe this Casey?
      Runner: Casey Novak?
      Casey Novak: Yeah?
      Runner: Cool! You just saved me a trip downtown!

    • Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: Congratulations on keeping your record clean! I'm sure you'll agree that just means you haven't been caught.
      Judge: Elizabeth, you know better.

    • Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: Which means, Casey, you shouldn't have been playing cops and robbers with Elliot.

    • Elliot Stabler: You had a kinship analysis done?
      Olivia Benson: Yeah, it's for a cold case...
      Elliot Stabler: You're not working on any cold cases right now. What is it? (Benson pauses) Liv, whose DNA did you have tested?
      Olivia Benson: Mine. I have a brother.

    • (Watching Cindy Marino interview Laura.)
      Don Cragen: If we did that to Laura, we'd have every victim-rights group in the country picketing the station house.

    • Bernardo: I want a lawyer.
      Elliot Stabler: You need one. All this blow here, your parole officer hasn't been born yet.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Melinda Duckett case. Duckett committed suicide after a Nancy Grace interview, in which she faced accusations that she knew more than she was reporting about the case of her missing two-year-old son.

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