Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 12 Episode 1

Locum

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 22, 2010 on NBC
AIRED:
9.0
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Episode Summary

Benson and Stabler are pulled between suspects when they are called to the home of a missing 10-year-old girl by her adoptive, but controlling, parents. Believing she ran away to meet a man with whom she was friends on the internet, suspicion turns towards Erik Weber whose expressed interest in Benson surprisingly strikes a spark. Then a mystery from the parents' past is revealed, and a girl's life hangs in the balance.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Two true-blue parents and adopted 10-year old, magnificently portrayed

    10
    Really, I only need say that I was fighting ever so hard at the conclusion to hold back the tears (for there were witnesses in the room with me). I never saw a TV show that moved me so much. Casting, script, acting and directing were stellar. Joan Cusack portraying Pamela Burton was the most incredible acting performance imaginable. I loved this episode like no other SVU episode I've ever seen. It had richness and varied elements, plenty to laugh at and plenty to quandary over. The ending was a tear-jerker. Just beautiful! I don't like much of contemporary movies and TV, but this one-hour drama was a *really* special treat.moreless
  • Joan Cusack is such an amazing actress

    10
    This episode shows why Joan Cusack is one of the best actresses of our time. She definitely brings this SVU episode to a higher level. I have been a fan of her since I saw her in Working Girl. I was surprised to see her in a tv show, because to me she is on the same level as Meryl Streep and Susan Sarandon. Nevertheless it was a nice surprise and I enjoyed this episode very much. Oh, and I have a big, big crush on her brother John.

    Kudos also to the girl who played Mackenzie.moreless
  • When a young girl goes missing, her parents are frantic and, after all, who can blame them, considering their other daughter disappeared ten years earlier.

    9.0
    Benson and Stabler investigate the disappearance of a ten-year-old girl whose parents are out of their minds because not only do they think she has run away to be with a man she met on the internet, but also, their other daughter, Ella, disappeared ten years earlier while staying in a log cabin in the woods with her mother.



    Looking into the disappearance, Benson and Stabler find that the mother in particular is beyond the point of hysteria and, it turns out, has never believed that her first daughter is actually dead. Further investigations find the young girl but Benson is extremely disturbed when she learns that the child has a computer chip implanted in her arm so that she can be tracked. (When the technology is fully operational.)



    On top of all of this, Eric Weber, a man first suspected of being the one who lured the child away but who is, in fact, someone who assists abused children, seems very keen on Benson and she, in turns understands how he must feel following the suicide of his younger sister after she had been raped.



    A really good season opener with a great storyline and some excellent guest stars.moreless
  • THIS IS SVU

    10
    THIS IS SVU!!!!!!!! I just have to say that! This is, by far, the greatest season premiere in a long time. Very emotional, surprising turns of events, etc. All of it was what makes SVU the best show on television yet!! The acting was awesome, the writing very original!! I think people will be happy because if it goes on this way for the whole season, then I just have to say that SVU is back on track with the viewership!! Now the only thing that is missing is a great A.D.A. Personnally, I wish Diane Neal would still be there or even Stephanie March but I'm willing to give a chance to the new one.moreless
  • Ladies and gentlemen this is what SVU is all about!

    10
    An absolutely amazing episode! Great storyline, interesting twists and turns which kept me on the edge of my seat. Great acting. I love how SVU can make you believe one thing and then blow it up into something else entirely. If every episode has the goods this one had I believe SVU will have a very good season. The ending of season 11 was just ok, but they came back this season and reminded me why I started watching the show in the first place. All that was missing was an EO moment,oh right there was one,but not the one I meant. I have to say that I'm warming up to Eric,he has a strong personality yet he's sensitive. He'll keep Liv busy,happy hopefully satisfied until Elliott realizes that Liv is the best thing that ever happened to him. We all know that could take a while because he's as stubborn as they get. Don't get me wrong I like Kathy and I don't want El to cheat on her. I don't think it's in Liv's personality to do that either. I hope the writers find an honest way to get El and Liv together. But for now wonderful episode. My expectations have been met.moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Sgt. John Munch

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Bailee Madison

Bailee Madison

Mackenzie Burton

Guest Star

Christiane Seidel

Christiane Seidel

Darla Pinnington

Guest Star

Tasha Lawrence

Tasha Lawrence

Marie Pavolko

Guest Star

Linda Powell

Linda Powell

Lauren White

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