Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 12 Episode 4

Merchandise

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 06, 2010 on NBC
8.9
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Detectives Benson and Stabler investigate the death of a teenaged girl involved in a hit-and-run accident after Dr. Warner rules her death was a homicide based on signs of malnutrition and a recent delivery. When the evidence leads them to a human trafficking operation, however, they contact an old colleague whose promotion has given her some influence. Elsewhere, Captain Cragen becomes increasingly frustrated with the deteriorating condition at his precinct.moreless

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  • When a young girl is killed after appearing to run into the path of a taxi, Melinda Warner has other ideas about how she died.

    8.0
    Benson and Stabler are called in by M.E. Warner after she performs a post mortem on the body of a young girl who dies after being hit by a taxi whilst running away from something or someone. She rules the death a homicide as the girl, aged between 12 and 15, had obviously been beaten and raped as well as severely malnourished. Warner believes that advanced malnutrition would have killed her soon if the cab had not. Warner also tells them she had given birth in the previous 12 months.



    As the SVU team investigates, that learn that the girl's name is Carly Holbart and that she is 15. Her mother died a year ago and herself, along with her father, brother and two sisters were left homeless due to the cost of medical bills for the late Mrs. Holbart. Unknowingly, Mr. Holbart agrees to let his two eldest children work for a place called Mission Farm as he needed the money to feed his family. He did not know that Carly and her brother, Mikah, had, in fact, been sold into sexual slavery, mistreated and starved.



    When CCTV footage shows that Mikah, who was running behind Carly, was the one who deliberately pushed her in front of the oncoming cab, Fin sets up a ruse to lure the boy who is examined by George Huang and found to be seriously malnourished as well as physically and psychologically scarred from his ordeal.



    Involving the FBI through a contact of Stabler's, a raid is planned on the farm where it is learned that several children are being kept against their will. We see shades of Jonestown as the children are fed cyanide in order to kill them so that they can't talk to the authorities. Thankfully, Benson, the paramedics and the FBI arrive in time to save them although it is clear that many others have died previously.



    Not a bad episode overall, but not one of the best either. For me, the highlight was the superb acting by the young man who played Mikah while the actor who played his father didn't seem capable of portraying what was written in the script at all and was very unconvincing. Great work from Ice-T though and excellent to see B.D. Wong in yet another episode.moreless
  • Very tense, disturbing and sad. Life as it shouldn´t be.

    9.5
    It is difficult to comment Merchandise. I felt uncomfortable throughout the show. No one´s life should be as depicted in the show and is terrible to see that in all parts of the world human beings are capable of acting as anything but a life form.

    It looks like the writers are willing to have people thinking on the hard sides of life and about themes that seem to be fairway from most of us but that are actually right in front of us.

    It is only a TV show but it is so lively in the concepts that it is clearly disturbing and sad.moreless
  • The SVU is movin, meanwhile Benson and Stabler step into the branch of U.S. Customs.

    7.5
    I thought this episode was missing something, The episode was decent enough, but it just felt like it ended abruptly after E & O found the kids in the cellar (which actually got an "Oh my God" response from me, simply because it sickened me to see children treated like that, even though I know things like that exist).



    Anyways the main thing I felt hindered this episode was too much tell, not enough show. As I said, the most powerful scene in the episode was when we saw the kids chained up in the cellar. But we never see people like the farmers show how despicable they are in their treatment towards the children, hell I don't think we even got a good shot of their faces. Sometimes not showing us some things can add mystique or more of an atmosphere, hell one of my favorites of the series is the episode "Name", even though a lot of people hate it. But that didn't feel like that was the case here with them holding back on us.



    I liked Fin laying down the law to all the other pimps. You don't really see many things relating to Ice-T's former profession on this show (maybe for the better), but it's nice getting stuff like this in small doses.



    Did I miss something about when Elliot had someone on speed dial to the east u.s. attorney's office?



    Overall, a decent episode but not as strong as some of the best ones of the season (like Locum, Bullseye, Behave, Penetration, and Gray).moreless
  • A very powerful episode.

    9.0
    Humans are capable of many things. This episode showed both ends of the spectrum. I actually wanted to vaporize something at one point. It takes a very...intricate plot to make me feel like that, and I've seen my share of f-ed up sh*t. The trouble is that there just as many bad guys out there as good guys (if not more). I really felt for the father, too, even though I don't have any kids. I don't understand how the one woman didn't seem to think that something was up when the girl knocked over her stand and kept going; didn't she see the look on the girls face?moreless
  • Simply amazing!!!

    10
    This is only the fourth episode of the season, and SVU just achieved another level. You can see where human beings are willing to go to get money. They're ready to do horrible things that is beyond imagination!! In its twelveth season, I think SVU is refreshing more and more. At this point, it is probably the best season of this show, and I think it's only the beginning!!! This was a very powerful episode and, even if I know it's a real problem, it is hard to accept the fact that someone can hurt a lot of people in the most inimaginable way possible.moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Devon Gearhart

Devon Gearhart

Micah Holbart

Guest Star

Fred Melamed

Fred Melamed

Dan Goldberg

Guest Star

Jonathan Freeman

Jonathan Freeman

Bob

Guest Star

Amir Arison

Amir Arison

Dr. Manning

Recurring Role

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    • Elliot Stabler: How'd Huang take the bad news?
      Fin Tutuola: If I were you, I'd keep my distance. I didn't know he used that kind of language.

    • Dr. George Huang: I gotta call my boss.
      Elliot Stabler: Hey Doc? Micah's not going anywhere.
      Dr. George Huang: How are you going to stop me?
      Elliot Stabler: You're not the only one with the Feds on speed dial.

    • (Benson and Stabler observe child prostitutes during a stakeout.)
      Olivia Benson: They're not your kids, El.
      Elliot Stabler: I know.
      Olivia Benson: We can't save them all.
      Elliot Stabler: I'd settle for just one.
      Olivia Benson: As long as we keep criminalizing victims instead of going after their perps, it's never gonna happen. We should at least arrest their johns.
      Elliot Stabler: So what? It's a slap on the wrist. I mean, Spitzer walked; he was a former prosecutor.
      Olivia Benson: Guy gets caught with an underaged hooker, the charge should be rape!
      Elliot Stabler: Hard-time isn't a deterrent.
      Olivia Benson: Neither is the death penalty. It's just the price of doing business. It's time to treat these bastards like the scum they really are.

    • Fin: Fact: You are now all my bitches. Fact: Deliver this kid to me or get used to living in the tombs. Fact: Until then, no stable's safe, no john's out of reach and most of all ain't no money gettin' made.

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