Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 6 Episode 3

Obscene

3
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 12, 2004 on NBC
7.9
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125 votes
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Episode Summary

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The detectives investigate the alleged rape of a sixteen-year-old television star, which leads to conflict about whether or not an obscene shock jock should be held responsible for setting the events in motion.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Weird mother

    7.5
    (spoilers) The only thing I could think about after Carolyn shot BJ was: what about her little girl? Father ran out of the family a long time ago, the son is in prison for the rape, and the mother had a big chance of going to prison too - for the shooting. So, she didn't think of her little girl for a moment?? She keeps insisting she did it for her kids, but at the same time she abandones her young daughter. Poor girl.

    But, still a pretty good episode with a nice plot and good acting.moreless
  • A well-rounded SVU Episode with a very amusing guest star.

    8.8
    The assault of a controversial teen TV star leads the detectives into the world of censorship and shock jocks.



    An unusal episode, with only minimal bloodshed and no fatalities (very rare for ANY Law & Order franchise, let alone SVU). But what it lacks in casualties, it makes up for in plot.



    The concept of outrage over censorship has appeared in several other "ripped from the headlines" stories ever since Janet Jackson's SuperBowl incident (cleverly mentioned in this episode by Munch- "Prevent your children from the horrors of a nipple on television.")



    By far the most amusing part of this episode is a guest appearance by standup comedian Lewis Black (generally playing himself with just a hint of Howard Stern thrown in for storyline reasons). Some of the comments by Black, particularly during the end credits are taken right out of his comedy shows. Seeing him on Law & Order is very amusing, and I hope he comes back again.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    7.0
    While shooting her television show, Girl Undercover, Jessie Dawning is found in her trailer after being raped. The Detectives of the Special Victims Unit start their investigation by looking to find anyone who may have had an issue with Jessie. They find Carolyn Spencer, who is the leader of an organization called N.I.C.E, which wants to get Jessie's show taken off television, because it gives kids a bad role model. They then look to shock jock B.J. Cameron, who has been known to say x-rated things about the teenaged star. They find out that both may have been to blame for the attack on Jessie, when Carolyn's son admits to the rape, stated it was B.J. who convinced him to do it.



    This was a decent episode. I think that the storyline was kinda weak. The one thing that made this episode interesting, aside from the obvious Benson and Stabler, would be that Lewis Black was a guest star. I love his stand up comedy, and I wanted to see how well he did on a show like SVU.moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Ricky Ullman

Ricky Ullman

Danny Spencer

Guest Star

Lewis Black

Lewis Black

B.J. Cameron

Guest Star

Dana Delany

Dana Delany

Carolyn Spencer

Guest Star

Judith Light

Judith Light

Elizabeth Donnelly

Recurring Role

Philip Bosco

Philip Bosco

Judge Joseph P. Terhune

Recurring Role

Michael Boatman

Michael Boatman

Dave Seaver

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In the photos showing the young actress' underwear, the initial photo shows them as blue while later on they're shown to be red.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • B.J. Cameron: Do you wake up every morning and think, "How can I trample on the First Amendment today?"
      Casey Novak: I wake up and think, "How can I put away a rapist?"

    • Fin Tutuola: So you gonna put the screws to Entropy Broadcasting?
      Casey Novak: And their sponsors, and their advertisers. Ask them how they feel about Entropy's star personality hindering the prosecution of a rapist.

    • (Liz walks into Casey's office.)
      Liz Donnelly: You lose yet?
      Casey Novak: I'm workin' on it.

    • Danny Spencer: I read her a poem that I'd written for her, she ... she thought it was nice. Then we did it.
      Casey Novak: So, you read her a poem, and then she just said 'That's nice. Let's have sex.'? (Danny nods in agreement) Let's hear this poem.
      Danny Spencer: It's private.
      Casey Novak: It's a crock!

    • Elliot Stabler: (reading hate-mail) 'Roses are red, Violets are blue. When Jessie is dead, her corpse I will...' You get the idea. There's hundreds like this.

    • B.J. Cameron: I'm dying! Stupid bitch shot me! I'm type-O negative, I need a transfusion!

    • B.J.'s Assistant: They yanked us off the air before the best part.
      Fin Tutuola: Something heavy fell on B.J.'s head?

    • Casey Novak: What did I do wrong?
      Liz Donnelly: What, aren't you going to even say 'hi' to your boss?
      Casey Novak: Hi. What did I do wrong?

    • (Talking about radio shock jock B.J. Cameron.)
      Elliot Stabler: You wonder why people want to shut this guy up?
      Casey Novak: No one's forcing them to listen.

    • (Announced to listeners via his radio show.)
      B.J. Cameron: Carolyn Spencer is not only a bitch with a capital C, she is a fascist who should be tried and fried for crimes against democracy.

    • (Speaking about 'Girl Undercover'.)
      Franco Marquez: We're trying to portray a girl who's in charge of her sexuality.
      Fin: A sixteen-year-old girl may be having sex, but she ain't in charge of squat.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The character of B.J. Cameron seems to be at least partially ripped from the headlines of shock jocks Howard Stern, Imus, and Bubba the "Love Sponge". All have gotten into trouble over their vulgar language and sexual comments on the air waves.

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