Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 9 Episode 14

Inconceivable

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 22, 2008 on NBC
7.0
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The robbery of fertilized embryos from a sperm bank call for Benson and Stabler to track down the thief. Clues from the clinic's security tape lead them to a long list of suspects including two publicity-hungry extremists. The detectives race against the clock to find the missing embryos, but that isn't the only clock that's ticking - Olivia considers her own fertility and the possibility of motherhood.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A good episode that gets personal with Olivia.

    10
    I thought this episode was great. Usually, the personal part of the show goes to Elliot and his family, but having us find out that Olivia wanted a kid was a nice addition to the story plot. Although the case was interesting, I found myself wishing for more scenes involving Olivia wanting kids. Elliot was being an idiot in this episode. I'm not saying I didn't like him this episode, but he could have been more sensitive to Olivia's feelings about having a child. I thought the the scenes in the car and in the elevator were funny. I love how Elliot kept saying all this stuff that I'm guessing made Olivia feel very uncomfortable. Munch, of course, had his funny moments in this episode too. I thought that his character was very underused, but having be in this episode a little more often than usual was a plus. I plan on watching this episode again.moreless
  • the detectives are in a time crunch to save several stolen embryos. can they get to them in time?

    9.1
    I really enjoyed this episode. it was something they hadnt done before. but i think what made me really like it was the reality of the ending. in the movies or on tv, its always the hero to the rescue and things turn out ok in the end. well, not for these people who had their embryos stolen. the detectives had a certain amount of time to find them, which the did, but it was already too late. all the families, including a husband who's wife's eggs had been frozen before she died in Iraq and a woman who harvested her eggs before going through chemo, were left with nothing. no chance for them to have a child of their own genes.

    and we learned olivia had looked into adoption but was denied for various reasons. it was quite saddening. overall though, great episode.moreless
  • Not exactly what I expected. All of the hype about it was misleading.

    7.0
    I was a little dissapointed with this episode. All of the previews had us believing Olivia was going to make this life-changing announcement, but, in reality, she only said that she tried adopting once. Honestly, I thought we already knew this before. It just seems like they could have done something bigger. I still loved the episode because, after all, it is SVU. It was just a little misleading for me. I liked how the case was especially close to Elliot and Olivia. I found it interesting that they classified this as a Special Victims case. Usually, you don't see this side of trying to concieve. It was a good episode overall, but I was slightly dissapointed.moreless
  • Something to be expected from the Law and Order franchise, but the trailer/preview highlighted the only part worth waiting for... Still, a good episode overall.

    7.0
    Anticipation and excitement are tools wielded by the expert writers of SVU, but the 'huge secret' in this episode was terribly disappointing. Only a few seconds of air-time is dedicated to Olivia's confession to Elliot, and immediately afterwards, she proceeds to puzzle out details about the crime that may leave viewers looking at their television with confusion and cynicism. Although the show is meant to revolve around the case-files, not the characters, it would've been nice to see a more explosive declaration and reaction from the two detectives. There are some classic Benson/Stabler interactions, and, of course, unwanted input from Munch that makes the episode a little brighter. Still, there's only minor drama created by the hurt that's portrayed in Olivia's character, whereas viewers might expect a more depressing outlook. The case itself is interesting; 'stolen embryos' with time running out. There's also a classic SVU technique; letting a character 'get to' one of the detectives and making one of them form a somewhat personal bond with a victim.



    The episode is disappointing; at least from a character standpoint. The trailer for the episode leads you to believe that a shocking secret will finally be revealed, when it turns out that it's really an underdeveloped twist thrown in for good measure. Overall, the episode is saddening, heartfelt, and filled with the twists and turns you'd expect from a classic SVU episode.moreless
  • I was mad that Olivia didn't have a kid:[ I really though that was it was about lol... especailly with Elliot! Ugh SO HOT!!

    10
    I loved it:]

    Great episode, I was really upset thought that Elliot and Olivia weren't going to have a little Bensler Baby running around... but never say never!!

    If Elliot and Olivia ended up together I would just DIE!!

    I want to become an actress and the first thing I would do it become "the twist" of SVU I am 15 yrs old, have brown hair and blue eyes (you do the math) Bensler Baby¢¾ This episode was really good:] because it's shows how much Elliot cares for Liv and how he supports her on whateve she wants to do with the rest of her life including having kids:] It made me cry when I watched the scene at the elevator when Olivia told Elliot that she was rejected from the adoption agency and Elliot was like "They're Wrong" :[ That was sad but a great E/O moment!!! LOVE IT¢¾moreless
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Det. Fin Tutuola

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Sgt. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Mark Moses

Mark Moses

James Grall

Guest Star

Janine Turner

Janine Turner

Victoria Grall

Guest Star

James Waterston

James Waterston

Mr. Harvey

Guest Star

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

Judge Lena Petrovsky

Recurring Role

John Schuck

John Schuck

Chief of Detectives

Recurring Role

Austin Lysy

Austin Lysy

Russell Hunter

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Olivia Benson: Elliot, a few months ago I looked into adoption.
      Elliot Stabler: That's great.
      Olivia Benson: They turned me down.
      Elliot Stabler: What're you talking about?
      Olivia Benson: Well, I'm single. I don't have any extended family support system. I work all hours. They didn't see me as prime parent material.
      Elliot Stabler: They're wrong.

    • Eva: Do you have kids?
      Olivia Benson: Ah, no ... no.
      Eva: Don't you want 'em?
      Olivia Benson: I ... yes I do. Very much.
      Eva: Then what're you waiting for?

    • Elliot Stabler: You know, you'd make a great mom.
      Olivia Benson: Oh, my God, I'm not having this conversation ...
      Elliot Stabler: You're great with kids.
      Olivia Benson: Yeah, I know.
      (Stabler starts the engine)
      Elliot Stabler: Look, maybe you should start thinking about having kids. And any way you wanna do it I'd support you ...
      Olivia Benson: Elliot, do me a favor.
      Elliot Stabler: What?
      Olivia Benson: Shut up and drive.

    • Olivia Benson: Chief of D's is coming our way and Cragen doesn't look happy.
      Elliot Stabler: What did I do now?

    • John Munch: We had a sketch artist do a rendering. (holds up a scribble of eight circles) It's one of our victims. Should I put out an APB on him?

    • Dwarf: Why shouldn't I be allowed to have a child who looks like me? Everybody else can.
      Chester Lake: So, if you weren't allowed to, why should all those other parents, right?
      Dwarf: I think someone would have noticed if the thief were four-foot-one.

    • Olivia Benson: Spare me the perils of women over forty having babies.

    • Fin Tutuola: Since when did you become Super-Tech?
      John Munch: Since you dumped me for Lake!

    • Olivia Benson: Do you know what they went through to get those embryos?
      Elliot Stabler: You know, I don't. I had kids the old-fashioned way.
      Olivia Benson: Well some people aren't as blessed as you are.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Paige Harvey: We're not the first ones to do this. It was done once before in Washington state.

      This is a reference to the "Ashley Treatment" eponymous of the first patient to undergo the treatment which included hormone therapy, a hysterectomy, and removal of the patient's breast buds – effectively keeping her a child physically. The case brought nation-wide attention to the hospital which was sanctioned for breaking the law (sterilization of a minor requires a court order, not just approval from the ethics committee). The hospital was put under federal watchdog monitoring and required to add a disability specialist to the ethics committee among other fixes. The case garnered national attention and spurred disability rights movements, as well as treatment supporters. One of the physicians who performed the surgeries later committed suicide.

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