Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 8 Episode 13

Loophole

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 06, 2007 on NBC
SUBMIT REVIEW

Episode Fan Reviews (17)

8.9
out of 10
Average
170 votes
  • 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.

    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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • I had expected a lot more out of this episode, but over all it was still good.

    7.5
    Well, what to say except I had expected this episode to be a lot better then it was. But it was still a good episode (hell of a lot better then Outsider anyway.) I kind of missed Elliot though. He was in the episode for less then ten minutes (although we did get to see him with his shirt off, so I guess I can forgive the writers for giving him no screen time this episode.) Mariska Hargitay was excellent as usual, but her fainting in the building? Completely unbelievable. I mean she just slid down the wall, it can't even legally be called a faint! But that scene in the apartment was very good acting and proves how much Olivia is willing to put as risk to save the victims. What else? Well it was good having Fin and Munch have more then one line. Over all, it let me down a little because there was so much hype about it, then it was a little boring. But it was still a great episode.
  • This time, Munch isn't crazy.

    8.9
    Ah yes, it's another criminal businessman. How many of these have the team put away?

    I have to agree with Olivia, I don't know how these people sleep at night.

    Case-wise, I thought it was okay. Again, it's great to see Liv in action, going to great lengths just to get justice done. And I guess I can understand her over-zealousness as she was poisoned too. I'd probably go all out to find out who and what poisoned me, just like she had.

    One of the things that surprised me was how Elliot got hurt early in the show. I saw the trailer, and I imagined it would happen at the middle of the episode. Next thing I know, he gets thrown through a window right off the bat, and the perp wasn't even related to the case. It's a good thing he did get any serious injuries.

    And Casey's hair is getting darker again. Yey for strawberry blonde hair!

    Not exactly an episode I'd watch again, but it was still good nonetheless. I'm still waiting for an episode that centers on Casey or Munch or the others, though.
  • Not as good as I expected

    7.4
    After 2 weeks of no new episodes Loophole airs. The previews made the Goldberg scene seem big but it was unrelated to this episode other than explaining the whereabouts of Stabler. This episode shows that even in the comfort of you own home you can't be safe. Eliot was barely in this episode and Olivia's faint scene was unbelievable. But Benson showed that she cares by alerting everyone. This episode had some funny lines like "This time Munch isn't crazy". The part where Olivia hides in the men's washroom was hilarious. All in all this episode was okay but not what most people expected.
  • Great. Great. And Great.

    10
    This episode was amazing. Well, worth the wait. For all of you Elliot / Olivia shippers, it had a little bit of the shipperness in this episode, but not a whole lot. This episode kept me on my toes because Elliot got thrown through a window and Liv almost died on account of a poison in the apartment she went to, to interview a supposed victim of child pornography. The case ended up investigating a drug company that, through a LOOPHOLE, tested its dangerous chemicals on children in an apartment and caused one of those children to get cancer. Liv hacked into the system to bring down the company. It was a great episode and if you haven't seen it, it would be a great episode to watch.
  • suspected child pornography is actually a guy testing pesticides on children...

    9.0
    This episode was pretty good. The first scene when Elliot got thrown through the window was classic. PROS:
    - Olivia was kick butt! She was awesome in this episode
    - I love how Olivia insisted on going to the hospital with Olivia
    - The scene where Elliot came back and he and Olivia had their talk in the squad room :D
    - Cragen being all "restrain her if you have too"
    - I really liked when olivia was going unconcious and how the camare went all wierd

    CONS: - That scene with Olivia in the mens room. I dunno, it was just too over the top for me
    - I dont understand how illegally egtting information can put that executive guy in jail? How could that evidence hold up in court?
    - I'm sure there's more i just dont remember right now...
  • this was an awesome episode

    10
    I have seen this episode a few times now and cannot get enough. I absolutley loved the beginning before the opening credits, the beginning ater the opening credits, the middle and the end. Ok I loved it all. The storyline was just moving and to have Olivia as one of the victims and to watch her get personally involved was great. I love the character of Olivia and this episode shows everyone that she is a kind and caring individual. Watching episodes like this make me glad that the writers strike is finally over. Where would we be without those amazing people.
  • In a world without IRBs...

    8.5
    The idea for this episode itself was good. I was riveted throughout the whole thing, waiting to see what would happen next. The episode started out with a rapist on angel dust taking out Elliot, rendering him unable to assist with the apparent child pornography case that presents itself shortly thereafter. That case was taken over by Benson and Fin (with a little help from Munch along the way.) The twists and turns were amazing. As I said before, I was guessing the whole way through.
    HOWEVER, it must be pointed out that this case would not have been possible post the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research (at least in the USA). Because of the creation of that in the '70s, no research project with human subjects in America could take place without the procedure being presented to an Institutional Review Board, made up of at least one non-scientist, one person not affiliated with the corporation conducting the research, and one person who works with disadvantaged populations, which approves, modifies, or denies studies based on ethics.
    All in all, I'd say this episode was worth watching for entertainment value but not to take everything in it at face value.
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.0
    When an unknown person delivers a package containing pictures of a young boy in his underwear to the Special Victims Unit precinct, the Detectives begin their search for another child pornographer. While going to question the victim and his mother, Detective Olivia Benson passes out while trying to get them to safety. They find out that this wasn't a case of child pornography, but a case of intentional poisoning. Benson will not stop until the company in charge of making the toxic chemicals is held responsible for their actions. This was a good episode. I like it when they turn the storyline on the Detectives and they not only have to solve the case but become one of the victims themselves. And it was nice that Olivia went to the extremes that she did in order to get justice for the victims, and not just herself. I shows that she is more concerned for those victims that she has sworn to protect.
  • A really great Episode.

    10
    You know this really happens and that is what makes this a very good episode and scary but it helps make people more aware of what is happening and what is really going on in some places. I liked that they made him pay for everybodys Medical bills instead of him serving time and going to court. I can't wait for another great episode like this and I hope more will come.
  • More than meets the eye.

    9.3
    What seems like a sex crime is much more, as Benson, Tutuola and Munch discover a chemical company that tests their product on tenants to see how they react to this poisonous gas. It all starts when a burglar finds pics of a child exposed in the landlord's apartment and he reports it to SVU. Little did we know that the landlord actually participated inthis so called study by taking pictures of these kids bodies to see if they developed any rashes from the chemicals. He lies to the tenants claiming that the chemical he's spraying will kill cockroaches. Due to a loophole, as long as a chemical is being sprayed, chemical companies can do tests as long as they didnt directly spray it themselves. This is why they hire the landlord to do so. At a moment, Olivia and the tenants were all infected in a matter of minutes, and now the little boy has to go through chemo for his cancer. Also, a rare appearance by Goldberg in the beginning led to an explosive intro causing Stabler to be put on DL.
  • An amazing episode.

    9.6
    So I love Olivia episodes, and I love episodes with lost of turns and twists, so this was a great episode. It starts out with a dramatic entrance, which has nothing to do with the rest of the episode, then it goes to the plot. They start out thinking they are dealing with kiddie porn, but what they are actually involved in is so deep and disturbing, it takes some work to get to the bottom of it. This episode was a fine example of what SVU is capable of, and I really enjoyed it. It was dramatic enough to grab your attention and keep you watching, but not dramatic enough to make you bored easily, and want to leave. It was an amazong episode, and it worth any true SVU fans time to watch it.
  • Riveting! I was at the edge of my seat.

    9.8
    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. 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!
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