Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 10 Episode 8

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 25, 2008 on NBC
8.6
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All of Benson and Stabler's work exposing the truth surrounding a false rape report may be lost when the victim recants her testimony, and Olivia's attempt to keep the woman safe exposes a deeper and more heartbreaking secret causing Judge Donnelly to take a personal interest in the case.moreless

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  • One of the best episodes.

    10
    This is my first review ever and I don't normally review because I tend to just rate the episodes but this episode warranted a review. This is seriously one of the best episodes because in my opinion, it moved me greatly and this is an issue that is a big part of the world and our society. Domestic violence isn't a light issue and this episode highlighted it very well. During this episode, I was in awe most of the time because of the twists in the plot and the characters and it's why I give this episode a perfect 10.moreless
  • Heartbreaking.

    10
    At the start, the episode focuses on a young woman, Mia Lorimer, who is being brutally battered and raped by her husband. Her neighbor, an older woman named Linnie Malcolm, strives mightily to convince Mia to admit what her husband has done and let Olivia help her. Mia presses charges against her husband but later recants out of fear and goes back to him. And the husband murders her. It is then that we realize the true focus of this episode. Linnie Malcolm has kept some terrible secrets for more than thirty years, and Mia's murder brings them slowly to the surface. Linnie was herself a horribly abused woman and killed her abuser after repeated rapes and beatings. She was arrested but escaped, and quietly assumed a new identity and a new life with Jonah Malcolm, a man who adores her. Now she goes back to jail, facing murder and escape charges. She finds that she may not be able to defend herself against the murder charge without revealing what made her so desperate to escape after her initial arrest. The acting is excellent as always, but Brenda Blethyn stands out as Linnie. She is determined and fiery in the beginning when fighting for Mia, but there is something haunted about her. And after her arrest, the frightened, insecure, self-hating woman from thirty years ago re-emerges. In an episode of sad endings, Linnie's is perhaps the saddest. Brenda Blethyn's performance here touched me deeply.moreless
  • A woman is in an abusive relationship with her husband and doesn't want a baby with him. Their downstairs neighbour is a murderer from 34 years previous who was also in an abusive relationship.moreless

    6.0
    Okay...It was an okay-ish story line, i guess. It was well-acted for the most part. But was I the only one tired of hearing that old woman droan on for a monologue of like 10 minutes?? The episode had NO interaction between Benson and Stabler and that really disappointed me. There was really no answers to the original case with Mia and her husband, but went on and on and on about the old woman. There was a lot of dramatic looks and silences. I was sick of hearing that old woman talk and when she kept talking and talking I was tempted to turn off the show (But I waited a week for it, so I decided to stick it out)



    The judge suddenly stepping down to get back at the woman was very OoC for me and i didn't really like it. All in all, I found it boring and not really that interesting because it was just a lot of talking and confessing. There was no real mystery. It was a boring filler episode where nothing really happened.moreless
  • An episode with some potential is ruined by a sub par performance by Brenda Blethyn as her whiny and nasally voice ruins the dramatic scenes.

    3.0
    This episode was disappointing. The second half seemed more focused on making it a vehicle for Brenda Blethyn's acting chops, and that might of been fine, except the voice she uses in all the dramatic scenes is so cringe worthy that I found myself hoping that she actually DID kill her husband. At least then it would've given me a reason to hate her besides her god awful whiny voice. Her voice wasn't going to tug at my heart strings one bit.



    Another thing that bothered me was that we are subjected to hearing the whole ordeal from HER awful voice. There wasn't anything else out there like a newspaper headline or people alive that still might know her? Did we have to listen to her TALKING all that time, it got annoying before Judge Denally came in and it didn't really add anything except for us not having to put up with another poor acting job (Michaela McManus).



    This episode was a chore to sit through if only because of Brenda Blethyn's awful old lady voice.moreless
  • An episode on domestic violence with an interesting twist.

    9.0
    This episode touched on domestic violence - maybe an overplayed subject matter but I find always relevant and important as long as there are victims too scared to leave their tormentor. I hate it when the victims go back which is what happened in this episode and of course, the victim is killed when she is back. The interesting twist here, a second plot sort of speak, is the discovery that the nice neighbor had committed a crime of murder many years previously. It was a case of domestic violence also. It kind of felt like that writers needed to fill an hour hence the second plot.moreless
Clea DuVall

Clea DuVall

Mia Latimer

Guest Star

Nathaniel Marston

Nathaniel Marston

Brent Latimer

Guest Star

Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell

Jonah Malcolm

Guest Star

Judith Light

Judith Light

Judge Elizabeth Donnelly

Recurring Role

Audrie Neenan

Audrie Neenan

Judge Lois Preston

Recurring Role

David Lipman

David Lipman

Judge Cohen

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Linnie Malcolm: (after Donnelly recommends probation) Why?
      Elizabeth Donnelly: Back then I was trying so hard to be one of the boys that I had forgotten why I became a lawyer.

    • Brent Latimer: You've got a lot of nerve, detective.
      Olivia Benson: Why? Because you can't tell me what to do?

    • Mia Latimer: Are you here to arrest me?
      Elliot Stabler: You handcuffed a rape victim?
      Security Guard #2: She created a scene. It's store policy.
      Olivia Benson: Unhook her, now!

    • Elizabeth Donnelly: You have no idea what it was like in law enforcement back in those days. I fought to get assigned to the homicide bureau, but the DA didn't think it was a suitable job for a woman.
      Olivia Benson: So what made him change his mind?
      Elizabeth Donnelly: He knew a male prosecutor beating up on poor little Caroline Creswell would get sympathy points with the jury, so he gave me the case. After he called my husband and asked for his permission.

    • Elizabeth Donnelly: Did you ask Linnie how she escaped?
      Olivia Benson: No. Does it matter?
      Elizabeth Donnelly: She asked for a meeting to discuss a plea bargain. I let her use the bathroom, she crawled out the window.
      Olivia Benson: So you took the fall?
      Elizabeth Donnelly: For years, whenever a rookie ADA pulled a stupid move, it was known as "doing a Donnelly."

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