Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 3

Mother

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 07, 2003 on NBC
8.7
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112 votes
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Although they are hampered by doctor-patient confidentiality as they investigate the near-fatal beating of a psychiatrist who may have been attacked by one of her patients, Benson and Stabler are able to link the assault to child abuse and a unsolved homicide.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Surprising ending

    8.5
    When I first saw this episode on TV, right at the end where Christina reveals the truth about Logan, I sort of knew immediately what she was going to say: the fact that he's not her brother he's her son. I hate the way they ruined Bennie's life. I mean I know he's a cereal rapist and the cops were just doing their job, but he has rights too. Regardless of what Elliot may say, he had a job, was in a relationship and they ruined it.moreless
  • Wierd and puzzling yet entertaining

    8.3
    A non-fatal crime episode. The victim is raped and badly beaten yet doesnt want to help police for fear of plunging her patient(s) in a downward spiral - because she cant remember exactly what happened to her.



    It one of those episodes where the team think they have got their perp, only for something to be found to disprove it. If you dont mind being pulled through a steady queue of crims to get to the real perp. then you will enjoy this. Furthermore, these "innocents" arent innocent at all, with them being rapists in therapy. And it is one of these whose life is explored and shown imploding when the police turn up to his workplace. With Benson and Stabler convinced hes their suspect the resulting mess is well executed - demonstrating the possible effects of targeting the wrong people in these sorts of cases.



    Yet this all proves to be a diversion from the truth of what happened - which grabbed my innards, tugged them about and left me with the profound feeling of being shortchanged!



    The latter middle act and ending while interesting in the twist it presents just did not ring with any truth to me and while a good piece of imaginative script writing just didnt provide enough of a knockout ending... a wierd acceptable one, but nothing that the rest of the episode deserved!



    Therefore, Id recommend the episode for its build up and fingerscrossed the ending will ring with resonance for you - because it sort of worked for me, but not in a big way.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.0
    When a well known psychiatrist is found bound and nearly unconscious in a crack house, Detectives Benson and Stabler begin to suspect some of her clients. Dr. Heints' methods are controversal. She believes that she is capable of fixing sexual abusers. After they find their first suspect, a man named Benny also known as The Duct Tape Rapist. After DNA clears Benny, and Dr. Heints' office is broken into, they come to suspect another one of her patients. A college student by the name of Robert seems to have developed a relationship with Dr. Heints, which causes his sister to do whatever she can to protect her brother. This is a good episode. It is very interesting to me that there are psychologist that think that criminals can be fixed, and their behavior can be changed. I'm not sure how much of that I actually believe, but it would be interesting to see if it would actually work.moreless
  • Plenty of twists and turns.

    9.5
    When a therapist known for her noble attempts at rehabilitating sex offenders turns up beaten and possibly raped, Elliot and Olivia start working their way through the woman's patients trying to figure out who attacked her. It was great to see a slew of very dynamic characters being tracked down and interviewed by the detectives. Several times the SVU squad are sure they have their perpetrator, only to have to start all over again when new evidence is revealed. All of this backtracking and retracing of steps made for a great episode that was a blast to watch.moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

ADA Alexandra Cabot

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Sherri Parker Lee

Sherri Parker Lee

Christina Logan

Guest Star

Marisol Nichols

Marisol Nichols

ADA Bettina Amador

Guest Star

Jimmy Palumbo

Jimmy Palumbo

Mr. Ralsay

Guest Star

Jill Marie Lawrence

Jill Marie Lawrence

Cleo Conrad

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Javier: I didn't want to let her in.
      Elliot Stabler: Why did you?
      Javier: She sounded desperate. (he pauses and Benson and Stabler lean in close) Okay, she gave me forty bucks.

    • Javier: I don't know nothin'!
      Olivia Benson: Don't sell yourself short.

    • Dr. George Huang: It could be counter-transference. That's when the therapist develops feelings towards the patient. It's not uncommon.
      Elliot Stabler: Well, when the doctor has sex with the patient, that's Rape 3.

    • Olivia Benson: Well, how would you like it if Kathy was treating sex offenders one on one everyday?
      Elliot Stabler: Wouldn't let her.
      Olivia Benson: Let her?
      Elliot Stabler: Did I say that?

    • Elliot Stabler: Your therapy involves breasts?
      Dr. Greta Heints: Yes, a baby bonds with his mother during breast feeding.
      Olivia Benson: So you simulated breast feeding?
      Dr. Greta Heints: Of course not. I talked him through it.
      Elliot Stabler: Like phone sex.

    • (After hearing a tape of the Doctor's sessions with her patient.)
      Dr. Greta Heints: I'm a professional. This is my life's work. I would never be inappropriate to a patient … I was re-parenting him.
      Elliot Stabler: Lady, I've got four kids. If I ever talked to one of them like that, I'd arrest myself.

    • Perpetrator: I was just trying to help her up.
      Olivia Benson: With your penis?

  • NOTES (2)

    • Company Credits: Lynn Kressel Casting (Casting), Grant Wilfley Casting (Background Casting), Panavision (Panaflex Camera and Lenses)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Scott Tinsley (Assistant Cameraman)
      Brian Durham (Assistant Property)
      Jessica Burstein (Still Photographer)
      Sonya Andonov (Set Costumer)
      Mick Rossman (Scenic Charge)
      Jerry Detitta (Leadman)
      Tom Ford (Best Boy)

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