Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 7 Episode 15

Manipulated

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 07, 2006 on NBC
8.7
out of 10
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156 votes
10

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After the body of Vicky Riggs is found, Benson and Stabler delve into her private life and finally learn that in addition to being a respected lawyer, she was also a stripper. A surveillance photo leads them to Linus McKellen, her boss' husband, who was also having an affair with her. There isn't enough evidence to prove he murdered Vicky, but when Vicky's co-worker at the club, Josie Post, is also found murdered, DNA proves that McKellen's semen was found in her body, despite his disabled wife Tessa's conviction that he would never murder anyone. Suspicion turns on Tessa herself once the detectives interview the only man who seems capable of having committed the murders.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Worst episode ever

    5.0
    This is the worst episode of SVU I have seen. Not one part of this story line seemed plausable. The staged rapes were just too over the top. This is an area that SVU has touched on befor and in prior instances the writers/directors handle these well. Not so with this episode. Plus the Munchausin Syndrom angle seems way over played as well.



    Rebecca DeMorney, who's work I love, seems to have phoned it in on this one. I suspect that the problem here is not with Ms. Demorney but probably more a syptom of the unusualy bad writing that seem to plague this episode.moreless
  • What was that and why was it on my television screen? Please bring back the SVU I know and love!

    5.0
    Okay I think it's pretty clear from the rating and title that I did not like the episode. I didn't hate it (I don't think I can really hate anything that SVU presents) but seriously. It was far-fetched to the point of absurdity and yet still predictable. The acting was, of course, not at fault. All of the actors on this show are incredible and deserve a lot more acclaim then they currently get (Where is Mariska's Emmy and Meloni's nomination at least?!) The main problem I had was with the writing. It didn't make any sense. It was as if the writer's sat down with the intention of writing an episode where a "woman in a wheelchair" was the perp then took the most convoluted way possible to achieve that. Special ops?! Spider man?! You can do better that that guys! I know you can do better than that! The title of this episode was accurate. The writer's manipulated logic and, in my opinion, the audience. This is not what SVU is about (though I am kinda disappointed in the season so far). Please please please don't ruin my show!moreless
  • When i say that it was silly i mean it was funny as in ha ha and it was also silly because the story was a lit far fetched, the perp reminded me of a perp they would have had on Criminal Intent.moreless

    8.0
    Although a little far fetched, it was still a fairly decent episode. Some of the lines in the episode were just plain hilarious, especially hearing the doctor swear. Munch's comment after getting assaulted by the man was also pretty good. Everybody that's in the credits were in the episode today. What a pleasent suprise. Not the best episode, ceertainly not the worst.
  • One of the most twisted plots that I've seen.

    8.6
    This show had a little of everything that I enjoy when I watch this show. The ending was spectatcular. Man, that was great when he dumped her into the pool. What would have they done if she couldn't swim? She really knew how to work the system in her favor and keep everyone in the dark that she was better. The use of her own husbands sperm to set him up was disgusting, but ingenius.moreless
  • Predictable!

    3.3
    What the hell was that?



    SVU has taken up the new trend of having so-called big name celebs appear on the show, but instead of the show being interesting it has become boring.



    The episode had my interest the he beginning, but then it got so DAMN predictable. I knew the wife had set him up...anyone could have seen that she was faking that attack in the court room.



    This show has simple gone down the toliet.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. Odafin Tutuola

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Rebecca De Mornay

Rebecca De Mornay

Tessa McKellen

Guest Star

Brian Slaten

Brian Slaten

Alan Winchell

Guest Star

Kevin Carrigan

Kevin Carrigan

Jeffrey Sobchak

Guest Star

Ned Eisenberg

Ned Eisenberg

Roger Kressler

Recurring Role

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

Judge Lena Petrovsky

Recurring Role

Joel de la Fuente

Joel de la Fuente

TARU Tech Ruben Morales

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (Stabler interrogate the suspect.)
      Elliot Stabler: Now where'd you get Linus's semen? Did you two have a little, don't ask don't tell thing going on? Walter, why'd ya do it?
      Walter Inman: I don't know what you're talking about, but if you get any closer, I'll jam my knee into your balls so hard you'll have to spit 'em out.

    • (Speaking to Cragen in his office.)
      Olivia Benson: I believe Linus. I don't think he slept with Josie.
      Elliot Stabler: Well, a man's DNA doesn't just pop up inside a woman without his participation.

    • (In Judge Petrovsky's chambers, after the competency hearing.)
      Attorney Walsh: My client is sick, Your Honor, but she cannot stop. Whenever she's under stress, she will make herself ill.
      Casey Novak: Well, then, gee, why don't we let her off before she injects herself with HIV.

    • (After Linus pushes Tessa into the pool and she splashes her way to the surface.)
      Olivia Benson: Look, it's a miracle! She can swim.
      (Tessa climbs out of the pool.)
      Elliot Stabler: She can walk too.

    • (Discussing Tessa McKellen.)
      Casey Novak: It's one thing to play sick to get attention, another to inject yourself with streptococcus bacteria. She could have died.
      Dr. George Huang: Patients with Munchausen's often do. I had a patient who catherized herself to pump egg whites into her kidneys and cause renal failure. She was about to be put on the transplant list when we caught her.

    • Tim: Vicky didn't love Alan. She wasn't going to marry him.
      Fin Tutuola: She tell you that between lap dances?
      Tim: No. After work.

    • Olivia Benson: What do PMCs do?
      John Munch: Profit from the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
      Fin Tutuola: Please, don't get him started on Dick Cheney again.

    • Don Cragen: "I catch killers for a living but even I wasn't prepared for the horror of Rosemary's Bridesmaid." I gotta say this?
      John Munch: I've seen it. Believe me, nothing could prepare you for that piece of schlock.

  • NOTES (3)

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