Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 8 Episode 13

Loophole

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 06, 2007 on NBC
8.9
out of 10
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170 votes
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Stabler ends up, out of commission after a perpetrator high on PCP throws him through a window at the station, so Benson teams up with Munch and Tutuola to investigate a mysterious packet of photos. The photographs lead them to both a suspected child pornographer and a junkie burglar, but after Benson takes ill during the investigation, the team realises that there is more than child pornography at stake as their investigation soon reveals that Seth Millstead wasn't into little boys at all, but had been using the tenants of the apartment building in an experiment for a new pesticide.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Horrible And Biased

    1.5
    Duing the years of George W. Bush NBC and the Law & Order franchises spewed its left wing agenda. Loophole started of being a child pornography case then turns to be and evil company using pesticides on a building and bad mouthing the EPA. It's the reason that the network and Law And Order started losing its audiences.
  • The episode starts out with a young black kid coming out the elevator with a yellow envelope and a criminal who is out of control. The criminal knocks the black boy against the wall and eventually throws Stabler out a window.moreless

    8.2
    The others finally get the guy under control but then they find the yellow envelope. Inside the yellow envelope is pictures of a young hispanic boy only in his underwear. Altough there are no naked pictures the detectives believe it's kiddie porn. When they talk to the landlord of the apartment where the boy lives, they believe he is the one who was a freak. They eventually arrest him but when Benson goes to talk with the boy and his mother, they all come down with some kind of medical problem.Benson saves them, the rest of the apartment tenants, and herself. They are taken to the hospital and are found to be poisoned by pesticides. The deeper the detectives go the more they find out. Supposedly a company was testing the affect of the pesticides on children. Benson wants to nail these bad men at any cost and calls on the CSU Tech to find out the exact pesticide used on her and everybody else. When they find out, they arrest the top guy for 12 assaults for the ones that were infected. In exchange for the top guy's cooperation to never test pesticides on people again or else he also has to pay all the medical expenses for all the people he infected for the rest of their life. This episode was informative and incredible!moreless
  • What a stupid pathetic episode and a complete waste of time!!!

    1.0
    I love Law and Order: SVU don't get me absolutely wrong, but this episode is flat out garbage. This is seriously the worst episode of SVU, lame script, abysmal acting, lots of plotholes, and I really disliked the beginning of this episode because Stabler gets attacked by the big tough guy who must have been high on drugs. I also hated when Benson the Puerto Rican woman and her son who was molested almost got poisioned by that toxic chimical gas at that appartment.

    And I really don't buy that how Benson got treated like a victim with soulless and depression. This episode really sucked ass!!! At least Burned and Outsider were awesome and much better than this crap.moreless
  • Disheartening episode

    6.3
    It shows you how people are so sick and that they really use children as pawns. The rapist takes Elliott out of commission so he is out for the rest of the episode about. As it is up to Benson, Munch, and Fin to put this creep away after what he has done to put diseases on children. Really it is a disheartening episode as well as makes you feel sorry for the kids and their families and what they have to go through.moreless
  • Would not be surprised if this is really happening to us

    9.0
    Definitely kept me guessing. It starts out as a supposed kiddie porn episode but that dissappears with the gassed building and Olivia and 11 others being affected by the tests of this chemical giant. Gee, sounds like (insert name here). They went a bit too far to get the info that ended up cornering the CEO of the company so I can not give it a higher rating but it kept my interest. Kudos to Casey for giving the CEO ten seconds to make up his mind on her offer. Keep your hair long Olivia; some guy will notice eventually (and it will not be Eliot).moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Fin Tutuola

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Wayne Duvall

Wayne Duvall

Seth Millstead

Guest Star

Karen Olivo

Karen Olivo

Jennifer Benitez

Guest Star

Justin McCarthy

Justin McCarthy

Raymond 'The Wax Man' Nesbit

Guest Star

Peter Riegert

Peter Riegert

Chauncey Zeirko

Recurring Role

Peter McRobbie

Peter McRobbie

Judge Walter Bradley

Recurring Role

Joselin Reyes

Joselin Reyes

Paramedic Martinez

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In the scene where Benson pulls Jennifer Benitez from the kitchen, someone can be seen moving out of camera range in the back bedroom.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • TARU Tech Morales (when Benson asks him to illegally obtain information): You want me to what?!
      Olivia Benson: Please don't make me ask you again.

    • Olivia Benson: Elliot, I don't even know what made us sick. It's proprietary information.
      Elliot Stabler: There's ways to find out.
      Olivia Benson: What does that mean?
      Elliot Stabler: It means sometimes the only way to beat someone with a dirty fight is to get right down into the gutter with them.

    • Elliot Stabler: What do you tell victims? Get help. The problem is, you're not following your own advice right now.
      Olivia Benson: What do you mean get help? You want me to hire a lawyer? If I sue this chemical company, they'll bury me in paper work for the next ten years. The kid could be dead by then.

    • Elliot Stabler: Are you sure you want to do this to yourself?
      Olivia Benson: So you think that I should give up, too?
      Elliot Stabler: No, I think what you're doing is great. And it's wonderful to be passionate about it.
      Olivia Benson: It's easy to be passionate when you're one of the victims.

    • Olivia Benson: (after Stabler enters the squad room) It's almost midnight.
      Elliot Stabler: I didn't want Cragen to see me.
      Olivia Benson: I know the feeling.

    • Don Cragen (enters the hospital room, Benson is sitting in a chair): How you feeling?
      Elliot Stabler: Like a million bucks.
      Olivia Benson (referring to Cupid): That's what happens when you get hit by a bus.

    • Casey Novak: (a little apprehensively) If that boy is about to be abused on camera, I don't need to see it right now.
      John Munch: Relax, counselor. These tapes are G-rated.

    • Dr. Melinda Warner: No, this time Munch isn't crazy.

    • Charley Moss: I want to see your A.D.A. Now.
      (Cut to the interrogation room.)
      Casey Novak: You rang?

    • (Benson crouches on a toilet while Morales hacks into confidential documents on a laptop in a men's room.)
      TARU Tech Morales: I'm in.
      Olivia Benson: And it had to be in the men's room?
      TARU Tech Morales: Well, I have a signal and nobody can see us.

    • Olivia Benson: Word travels fast.
      Elliot Stabler: You know me, I got spies everywhere.

    • Fin Tutuola: (about Munch) Leave it to the Prince of Paranoia to take it up a notch. That's way out there, even for you.

    • Don Cragen: (referring to Benson, who does not want to be taken to the hospital) Take her. Restrain her if you have to.

    • Fin Tutuola: Whoever's been doing those break-ins got more than they bargained for at Millstead's place.
      Olivia Benson: Yeah, his kiddie porn. We got ourselves a burglar with a conscience.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Olivia Benson: And neither was Tuskegee. Or Willowbrook.

      The Tuskegee Alabama study on syphilis that lasted from 1932-1972. The government wanted to study untreated syphilis in black men so they hospitalized poor black men with the disease and documented its effects but did not offer any medical treatment. They continued to do this even after penicillin became the standard treatment for syphilis in the 1940s. Untreated syphilis is usually fatal and causes problems like heart disease and insanity. Willowbrook State School was a state-supported institution for mentally retarded children. A highly controversial medical study was conducted there from 1963 to 1966 during which many healthy children were intentionally inoculated with Hepatitis and monitored. A public outcry caused the study to be discontinued. The institution was also plagued with deplorable conditions. It closed in 1987.

    • O'Halloran: Remember the Tokyo subway attacks back in '95?

      In 1995, the Tokyo subway system was attacked with Sarin gas during the morning rush hour. Twelve people died and hundreds of others were sickened. The attack was the work of an apocalyptic cult called Aum Shinrikyo (Supreme Truth). The cult leader, Shoko Asahara, was sentenced to death and, as of this episode, was awaiting execution.

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