Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 10 Episode 9

PTSD

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 02, 2008 on NBC
8.9
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The murder of a marine, along with the removal of her baby from her womb, puts the unit at odds with the Navy JAG Corps when it fights to keep the case, since her rape occurred in-theatre by a superior officer. Skeptical of JAG's handling of the case to date, Fin and Benson press forward with their investigation, even as Olivia's flashbacks of her own assault impede it and put a suspect at risk.moreless

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  • A marine is found murdered and her baby has been cut from her

    10
    In this episode of Law and Order: SVU, the following happens. We quickly see in this episode that Olivia is in group therapy. The therapist tells Olivia that one of the women from her group is missing and maybe in trouble. We quickly learn that she is in the Marine. She was raped over 7 months before and was having her rapist baby. The victims car is soon found in a impound lot. When they open the boot of the car, they find a baby wrapped in a bloody sheet. It is the body of the missing girl. Olivia soon sees that the baby isn't with the mother and so she issues an Amber Alert. When Warner turns up she believes that the baby as cut from her stomach. Fin works the case with Olivia and he soon learns that she is in therapy, and she tells him that no one else knows that she is in therapy. Fin promises to keep it between just them. Olivia and Fin go to talk to a Marine and see him with another marine fighting. One of them pushes Olivia into a painting on the wall and she has a flash back and pulls her gun on him. Luckily Fin manages to calm her down, after she puts her gun down. The evidence soon shows that the pilot was the man who raped the victim and killed her. His wife was also in on the crime. They took the baby's body and threw his lifeless body into the Hudson River. At the end of the episode Cragen tells Olivia that she should take some time off, to deal with her problems.moreless
  • Olivia starts to make headway in facing her issues with Sealview, Fin's there to catch her when she falls.

    8.5
    I personally had mixed feelings about this episode. Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson) did a fantastic job in this one as well as Ice T (in Tutuola).



    However, I was very unimpressed with the fact that Christopher Meloni (Elliot Stabler) didn't make one appearance and wasn't mentioned once. I really would like to see how he reacts when he finds out that Olivia was assaulted. They are supposed to be best friends yet he hasn't even been informed that she was made a victim when she was undercover. The story line was a good one, not too overly used as SVU normally doesn't mix with military, so it was good to see some of that. I'm still not sure how I feel about the new ADA but she did get some points with me this episode because she pushed for what she needed and she got it.moreless
  • Really a good show!

    9.5
    Olivia says that she has been abused since six months ago, and maybe that was referred to the time. When she went undercover as a prison inmate, and where a guard was sexually raping her. She is seeing her group therapy to overcome this. When someone in the armed forces was raped. Now, they have to tangle with the military over it. Rarely, do you see a squad go up, agains the military. And despite her rape, she must put that aside. Or does she. In the end, all is not what it seems to be. And she apologizes to the former suspect, a Marine. Both call each other by, their first names. And that was really touching IMHO. Hate it that Stabler wasn't in there. As I miss him when he isn't there.moreless
  • I'm confused... when was she assaulted?

    9.5
    I guess I'm lost... when was Olivia sexually assaulted? I loved the episode but can't figure out what the background is, and I've seen almost every epidode to date! Any ideas? Are they talking about when she was undercover at the prison and Fin rescued her in that basement room with the warden, or was it something else? I loved that episode too, one of my favorites, but I didn't think anything happened to her. I could be totally wrong. And where was Elliot, by the way? It's weird he was not mentioned once.moreless
  • Olivia finally faces her demons that have been haunting her...

    10
    How do I describe how incredible this episode was? That's rather difficult to do, to be honest. Mariska Hargitay was beyond incredible in PTSD. If anything, she should get nominated for a Golden Globe or Emmy Award for this episode.



    It started off with Olivia in her group therapy session for women who were raped and/or sexually assaulted. When the therapist calls Olivia into her office to tell her that one of her patients has gone AWOL, telling her that Jessie Crewes was raped...and pregnant (you can tell by Olivia's face that she's thinking of what happened to her mother) and is now missing. With Fin's help, they discover that Crewes was murdered and her baby was snatched. As the episode went along, Olivia's mental state begins to diminish as she slowly starts reliving her own near rape incident six months ago when she went undercover. Thankfully for her, Fin is there nearly every step of the way. We didn't see any of Elliot, but in a weird way I kind of liked seeing her working with Fin. At least in this episode.



    Overall, terrific episode, probably the best one of the season so far.moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Michaela McManus

Michaela McManus

ADA Kim Greylek

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Sgt. John Munch

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Frank Whaley

Frank Whaley

Navy Commander Marcus

Guest Star

Ryan Kwanten

Ryan Kwanten

Master Sgt. Dominic Pruitt

Guest Star

Dominic Fumusa

Dominic Fumusa

Lt. Gary Rosten

Guest Star

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

Judge Lena Petrovsky

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Fin is a former Army Ranger.

    • Goof: In an Article 32 Hearing for a Marine personnel, the presiding judge should be a Navy or Marine senior or flag officer, but the judge is wearing an Army uniform. Even though this situation could be allowed in a military court during a deployment, it's extremely rare if the procedure is taking place in U.S. territory.

    • Goof: When the ADA and the JAG officer leave his office, you can see other military personnel walking behind them. The men walking behind them are in Summer white uniforms and the JAG officer is in Winter blues. Every sailor in the same region wears the same uniform except for the khaki uniform, which can be worn for certain occupations regardless of the season.

    • Goof: When the ADA is talking to the JAG officer as he is leaving the building, he is not wearing a cover (hat). Anytime you are outside in a uniform, you are to wear a cover.

    • Goof: Det. Fin Tutuola states that a Marine Cobra attack helicopter has "two pilots and a door gunner." A picture of a door gunner is then flashed on the computer screen. This is incorrect. A Cobra only has a two-person crew and does not have a door gunner or a door for that matter. A former Army Ranger would have known this.

    • Goof: When Benson finds the victim, she asks that hospitals be canvassed for a "six to eight week old, premature baby" That makes no sense. What she actually meant to say was a "six to eight week premature baby"

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Olivia Benson: Would you have killed him?
      Master Sgt. Dominic Pruitt: Would you have shot me?
      Olivia Benson: I can't answer that, and you deserve to know why... I was sexually assaulted six months ago.
      Master Sgt. Dominic Pruitt: Quit kicking yourself.
      Olivia Benson: That's easy to say, and hard to do.
      Master Sgt. Dominic Pruitt: It takes practice. You'll get there.

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