Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 12 Episode 12

Possessed

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 05, 2011 on NBC
8.5
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A young woman's assault leaves clues to a hidden past that might help solve her case. Benson and Stabler find an elderly man who might assist, but in the end it will come down to who holds the evidence.

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  • Sympathy crap is getting old!

    6.0
    This episode was interesting I must say! Very good. The whole brandy, and the child-molestors club was creepy but very interesting as well. The mysterious character Daniel was also captivating. The underwood character was different type of criminal that I have never seen on SVU. I was stuck in my seat from the beginning. The fact that Daniel didn't help with investigation indicating he is not the same person, gave this episode a realistic tone. But the ending was predictable and the fact that perp dies by the victim''s hands and the victim gets away is getting old they have done that someone times! It has to stop, It doesn't happen, show the harsh reality that they used to do. Watch the first season I can't. Oh I went on a rant! Besides the ending the episode was good!moreless
  • It is a sad world when the abused grows up to be the abuser and the victims are the ones who end up defending themselves.

    6.0
    To be honest, although this episode was very sad and the story extremely touching, I didn't feel it was particularly well written and, because of that, several of the actors came across as wooden, which is a shame.



    A young girl is found drugged and raped. Her attacker also beats her boyfriend but is soon caught and is identified as a pedophile. The girl, it transpires, has been a victim of this abuse before, 16 years previously, and the man responsible was found 'not guilty'. Soon, the pedophile is caught and is beaten to death in prison. The original abuser has become a lawyer and when he is brought before a judge on other charges relating to offences against children, he is again released.



    The original victim, whom the perp nicknamed 'Brandy' tells Stabler and Benson that she was freed from her bondage by a young boy named Daniel. Sadly, but not surprisingly, Daniel is eventually located and is found to be operating a child porn ring himself after suffering the same fate for so long as a child. When the young woman goes to see Daniel in prison and begs him to testify, he refuses, but he does whisper in her ear that the old man is still abducting, raping and filming young children. It was easy to predict that the young, traumatized woman would kill the old man but at least in doing so, she saved another victim who was being held in his house.



    This one could have been better but one thing that was excellent was the amazing likeness between the actors who played both the young and the older Daniel. A good job by the casting director.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Sgt. John Munch

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Fin Tutuola

Taryn Manning

Taryn Manning

Larissa Welsh

Guest Star

David Patrick Kelly

David Patrick Kelly

Orville Underwood

Guest Star

Devin Ratray

Devin Ratray

Eldon Balogh

Guest Star

Melissa Sagemiller

Melissa Sagemiller

ADA Gillian Hardwicke

Recurring Role

John Cullum

John Cullum

Judge Barry Moredock

Recurring Role

James Chen

James Chen

CSU Adrian ‘Andy’ Sung

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • While investigating the Larissa Welsh versus Orville Underwood rape trial, the detective found several articles on-line. The byline on the New York Ledger article "Underwood Trial Enters Third Week" was Jeff Crye and the byline on the article "Arrest Made in Kidnapping" was James Bedark. Both work in the Law & Order: SVU Art Department, Jeff Crye as the Art Director and James Bedark as the Art Department Coordinator.

    • This episode, part of a doubleheader, marked the series' move to its new timeslot of Wednesdays at 10:00 pm E/P (9 pm CT). This was likely in response to less-than-stellar ratings in the 9 pm timeslot and the pairing with Law & Order: Los Angeles not having become the power block of programming for which everyone had hoped.

    • Peyton List is erroneously listed in the transcribed end credits as having played the part of "Larissa Welsh", a part actually played by Taryn Manning who was listed in the guest titles at the beginning of the episode. List actually played "Young Larissa Welsh".

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada – January 5, 2011 on CTV
      United Kingdom – May 8, 2011 on Universal Channel/Universal Channel HD
      Czech Republic – February 19, 2013 on TV Nova

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