Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 9 Episode 9

Paternity

7
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 27, 2007 on NBC
6.7
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When the paternity of a missing young boy is placed into question, Stabler wonders if he really is the father of Kathy's child. Later, Stabler faces the possibility of losing not only his partner but also Kathy and the baby when she and Benson are in an accident.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • SV-U Are NOT the Father!

    2.5
    The cases involving children are some of the most interesting on this show. The opening with the little boy running down the street covered in blood was an instant gripper and I adored how he clung to Elliot.



    After that point, however it's almost nothing but bothersome plot holes and nonsensical information.



    The paternity conflict, although only scratched at the surface, was a hot mess.

    The mother's implication that she didn't know that her husband wasn't the biological father makes so many suggestions:

    *she was cheating on her husband for basically their entire marriage if not longer since she was apparently sleeping with both of them when she got pregnant.



    *her claim that she'd strayed because her husband wasn't paying enough attention to her was BS.



    *if she was lying and she DID know who the biological father was, depending on whether she got pregnant before or after she married the husband there is a possibility that she was actually using both men the entire time. The boyfriend met her sexual needs but being an amateur actor, suggestively couldn't put out financially so that was the functioned the husband served. Since the husband was the one providing for the child he was the one that made sense for marriage. Or else is why she had to stay with him.





    Having solely a finaical need for him explains her cheating on the husband rather than immediatly filing for divorce when she decided she wanted to get rid of him.

    The way she rubbed his face in it by threatening to take away visitation yet still requiring child support of him is also suggestive of an ulterior motive in the marriage.





    In any case, one can almost understand the husband's emotional breakdown in which he killed the bitch. ALMOST. That he by his own admission did it to avoid losing the boy was malarky. Getting his ass thrown in jail just guarantees that he will NOT get custody. Plus let's also consider that the boy comparing what happened to the mother with the nanny suggests that he allowed him to watch. Douchebag much!





    The mother's custody should have been in question as well, her fucked up priorities to go fuck her boyfriend over caring for her child make her unfit.





    Yet, the boyfriend is regarded as having rights as the biological father without any establishment that a DNA test confirmed that. The viewer only had the mother's word which made the statement ("He [the boyfriend] is the biological father, he has a right") came off as unprofessional on Olivia's part.





    Moving on to the secondary storyline, while I appreciated the suspense of Kathy Stabler giving birth in the middle of a car crash, admittingly I literally got quite a jolt when the car was hit and was left constantly wondering what was going to happen, that wasn't enough to make it a successful plot twist. Nor did I see the necessity in making a whole drama out of that.





    I'll grant props for the attempt at the for once decent Stabler family tie in with the case, having them fall subject to a question of paternity. Unfortunately, however, it fell very short of the potential it had. Chris Meloni didn't really deliver Elliot's concern so I was unconvinced, it went nowhere and then was resolved like spilt milk. Elliot being a very impulsive man should have given a lot more energy to that.





    In addition, despite the somewhat dramatic success, the 'Mary and Joseph' themed birth in 'Bones' was actually more realistic than this was.

    Not that I'm any kind of expert but even with the stressful circumstances, I was not entirely convinced she should have fully dilated that quickly. The baby bump looked fake in profile when they'd gotten Kathy Stabler onto the stretcher and her agony was unconvincing.





    We then have another bit of inconsistency. After a moment of holding the baby for the first time, Kathy falls unconscious, her vitals dropping but then in the next scene is sitting up, the baby back in her arms like that meant nothing.





    By far the most heinous crime in this episode was how the nanny's murder vanished in all this bullshit.

    Once the paternity came into question, it just faded away into oblivion without anyone's notice. For fuck's sake, they're SVU not a divorce court or custody investigators!

    There was almost no investigation into this murder whatsoever, no information was sought on the victim and no motive was established let alone any suspects.

    How is it no one thought to question the child when the nanny was clearly on the job (though she wasn't supposed to be) and he was found covered in her blood? That says there's a 98% chance he saw something! Questioning a child may be a more delicate need but usually, if a child is the only reliable witness, they'll twist the parent's arm to get permission to.





    Seriously where the fuck were everyone's heads in this episode?





    Elliot: Maybe we shouldn't exclude him [The husband].

    Melinda: You think he did it?

    Elliot: He wouldn't be the first dad trying to diddle the babysitter.





    ^ This was the most intelligent dialogue in the entire 45 minutes, even though Elliot forgot to consider that the child was in the apartment when the murder occurred and ran into the husband's arms at the precinct.





    The Stabler birth only kept the attention away from the murder because all that time could have been used to find the nanny's killer. Or else why didn't they draw it out into the next episode? I was actually fully expecting a "to be continued" moment at the end.





    Ultimately this was SVU under some kind of lazy and unfocused voodoo.

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  • As The SVU Turns

    5.0
    One of the biggest gripes of SVU it is the melodrama of Elliot Stabler and his family. But with the birth of his second son Elliot Jr was the saving grace of this episode. The episode begins with the death of a boy's nanny and the boy's paternity. The mother is a real bitch who cheats on her husband with the boy's real father. Fans of Boston Legal will recognize Mark Valley as the husband. Then the wife rubs his nose of it saying he has to pay child support and has no visitation. You almost can't blame him that he kills the bitch.moreless
  • When the paternity of a missing young boy is placed into question, Stabler wonders if he really is the father of Kathy's child.

    10
    First of all, this episode I will say brought me to tears. I know, I'm pathetic, right? The case at the beginning with the little boy was terrible. It turns out his father actually isn't his father--and meanwhile, his wife is dumping him for the other man that is really the boys' father. Pheew, corn-fusing. I thought it was terribly sad and definately wouldn't want to be put in that position. Moving onto the car wreck. Interestingly amazing. I thought Olivia did a fantastic job helping Kathy. She did all she could to make sure her and her baby were safe. My nickname for her is "savage" because she never lets anything beat her. She so proved it on paternity after a car wreck she proved she was perfectly fine. The ending is what I'd like to comment on. If you didn't know I am an Elliot/Olivia shipper, you will now. The hug seriously brought me to tears. I couldn't help it. It's the first time in NINE YEARS these two hugged. It was definately at the top of my list of "cute things that happened this year" list, lol. I am sorta wishing for more hugging in the NEAR future, hehe. But all in all, GREAT episode.moreless
  • Absolutely horrible, pointless and disgusting. Please avoid this episode. Seriously poorly plotted, dull, tediously written, abysmal storyline and full of plot holes.

    1.0
    This episode was an absolute waste of time. Ok, Let me start off with this piece of garbage. First, the detectives investigate the murder of a nanny who now suspect her employers of having a lot of dark skeletons in their closet. Then, you have Fin and Lake reminding Stabler that there was a seriously accident. And last but not least, it was Benson and Stabler's wife, Kathy who were in the serious accident that is what the dangerous tragedy caused between Stabler's family. This episode, unfortunately, is not only absolutely horrible, pointless and disgusting, but is also very poorly plotted, dull, tediously written, abysmal stoyline and full of plot holes.



    The entire acting performances was Monday-Morning Awful, all the direction is extremely ridiculous, and the storyline is very depressing and sad.



    There were a lot of plot holes, missing evidence, and serious cheap characterizations in this episode that my girlfriend and I almost quit before the end of this.



    Absolutely horrible, pointless and disgusting at least last week's episode was awesome.



    Please avoid this episode!moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.5
    When a young boy is found, the Detectives of the Special Victims Unit are called in to find out what happened to his parents. What they find out is that his mother seems to be more interested in her boyfriend than her husband, Jake, and left her young son Tommy in the care of the nanny while she went to be with her boyfriend. Things get tense when they find out that Tommy is not Jake's biological son. The case gets personal for Detective Elliot Stabler, when a car accident threatens the life of his family.



    This was a good episode. The beginning of it was a little on the slow side, and it took me a while to get into the story line that involved the little boy Tommy and his family. But the episode definitely took a turn for the better when the drama was focused on Kathy Stabler, and whether or not she and the baby was going to make it out of the accident alive. It was nice to see that there was a little bit of bonding between Kathy and Olivia, which you normally never see on the show.moreless
Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

M.E. Warner

Adam Beach

Adam Beach

Det. Chester Lake

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Mark Valley

Mark Valley

Jake Keegan

Guest Star

Anastasia Griffith

Anastasia Griffith

Leah Keegan

Guest Star

Tony Cucci

Tony Cucci

FDNY Captain

Guest Star

Isabel Gillies

Isabel Gillies

Kathy Stabler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: While Kathy was giving birth, it could be seen that there was no cord attached to the baby.

    • Goofs: The scenes with Olivia and Kathy post-accident are riddled with medical mistakes; most noticeably, the fact that Olivia moves Kathy's head when she's asked to stabilize her. Any medical professional would know to tell her to move the spine as little as humanly possible. Also, the angle of the needle when Olivia inserts the I.V. would, in real life, go straight through the vein as opposed to into it.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Kathy, very pregnant, lies on the bed.)
      Kathy: I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow, but my car's still in the shop.
      (Elliot doesn't respond.)
      Kathy: So, I guess I'll just ride my bike.
      Elliot: Okay.

    • Kathy: But you really want a boy!
      Elliot: I want it healthy. I just want a healthy baby.
      Kathy: Tell the truth!
      Elliot: The little guy's cute, you gotta admit that.
      Kathy: We can't keep him.

    • (Stabler shows Tommy a man and asks if he knows him.)
      Tommy: Daddy! You "finded" him!

    • Elliot Stabler: Did you get Kathy?
      Olivia Benson: Picked her up right on time.
      Kathy Stabler: Unlike some people.

    • Olivia Benson: What's your mom's name?
      Tommy: Mommy.

    • Olivia Benson (about the baby): Pick a name?
      Elliot Stabler: Kathy wants to name him after me.
      Olivia Benson: Just what the world needs. Another Elliot Stabler.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Australia – April 24, 2008 on Network 10
      Czech Republic – August 10, 2010 on TV Nova

    • This episode was nominated for a 2008 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television: Short Form – Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement.

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