Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 6 Episode 18

Pure

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 08, 2005 on NBC
8.9
out of 10
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134 votes
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Episode Summary

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After an 18-year-old girl is kidnapped, psychic Sebastian Ballentine comes forward claiming to have information on the killings. Stabler refuses to believe that Ballentine is a real psychic, and is convinced that the hints he is dropping about the case indicate he is somehow involved.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Martin Short is fantastic...in a creepy-eepy way

    9.5
    The episode starts off with a mother fitting her daughter into a dress when her phone rings. On the line is a man who claims to be having sex with her daughter.



    Turns out she has another daughter who has been kidnapped. Nobody saw it and nobody knows anything....except Sebastian Ballentine. Clairvoyant, psychic and sociopath.



    Martin Short (Ballentine) is fantastic as a man adept at the art of "cold reading", where he can 'predict' your future, and information about you by reading your face. He is under the detectives skin, particularly Stabler, when his prediction that the kidnapped girl is "under water, but not wet" comes true. When Ballentine's wife and child make it to the precint, the story gets more involved. I won't spoil it, but Short is amazing in his portrayal of resident psychic, and by the time the detectivs firgure out he has a fetish for virgins, and that he has a prior record and another alias, another abduction takes place. Will the Detectives save Sister Peg before her time runs out too?moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.5
    When a disturbing call is received by a man claiming to have raped her daughter, Mrs. Sellers frantically calls her daughter Kaley's cell phone to see if she is alright. However, it is not Kaley who answers. The Detectives of the Special Victims Unit are called in to help find her, and bring her home safely. After Defense Attorney Trevor Langan, who was Kaley's employer, offers a reward for information leading to Kaley's whereabouts, the tips flood into the SVU. One if which is the help of psychic Sebastian Ballentine. He claims to be able to see where Kaley is, and tries to help Detective Stabler with the investigation. Once Ballentine's wife comes into the precinct, they find that Sebastian may not be as innocent as he claims.



    This is a great episode. Martin Short's performance is great. To this day I still get slightly creeped out by him, just because he did such a good job of playing a bad guy in Law and Order Special Victims Unit.moreless
  • The storyline of this episode added some spark to the series.

    9.6
    'Pure', even though it centered around the rape and murder of a girl, had some slight humor in it. We have Martin Short to thank for that. I don't think there has ever been anything like this on svu before. A psychic? That was something new. Martin Short did well as the creepy psychic and the way he outted Detective Benson was hilarious. This episode had some twists to add in as well. What surprised me most was finding out that the baby was not actually his baby, but was kidnapped. Now that I actually didn't expect as I was concentrating on other things in the show. 'Pure' was a nicely blended episode and we got to see some interaction between Mariska and her husband in the series, always a plus.moreless
  • All around amazing episode.

    10
    What an awesome episode! The acting was marvelous, the writing was marvelous. I was riveted to the screen the whole time. A serial rapist/murderer poses as a pychic by reading people's faces. The cool thing is that the program mentioned in the show, FACS (Facial Action Coding System) actually exists! The idea is that by learning the muscles of the face and which combinations indicate a particular emotion, one can infer what someone else is thinking. Cool!moreless
  • man who rapes girls tells police he is here to help .

    10
    this is a favorite of mine! this plot is written so well that there was an actual climax which was like omg shocking towards the end. you can deffinetly tell from this episode why law and order svu is here to help people. The acting if ABSOLUTELY GREAT!!! un like some other episodes i have seen. This is why i watch this sow..for the actors the drama and well the hott christopher meloni haha lol. I wish other shows could have writing like this but no one will ever have the same conncetion and power to the viewers other then law and order svu !moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Martin Short

Martin Short

Sebastian Ballentine

Guest Star

Marianne Hagan

Marianne Hagan

Mrs. Sellers

Guest Star

Mary Mara

Mary Mara

Carlene Ballentine

Guest Star

Peter Hermann

Peter Hermann

Trevor Langan

Recurring Role

Caren Browning

Caren Browning

Captain Judith Siper

Recurring Role

Charlayne Woodard

Charlayne Woodard

Sister Peg

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: When Sebastian's wife says the line to Stabler about wanting to be "a real nuclear family", she mispronounces the word "nuclear" as "nucular".

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Elliot Stabler: You're saying you've been here the whole night?
      Sebastian Ballentine: You asked me to wait for you, didn't you?
      Elliot Stabler: You never left this building?
      Sebastian Ballentine: Does astral projection count?

    • Casey Novak: I fixed this, so you fix the door. (Fin signals to shut up)
      Don Cragen: What door?

    • Carlene Ballentine: The poor things are completely cut off from society.
      Olivia Benson: Yes, that's the point of putting them behind bars.

    • Suspect: I deserve an apology, in writing!
      John Munch: You'll be receiving one in the mail in six to eight weeks.

    • Casey Novak: Luckily I know a judge with a drinking problem.

    • (Stabler pretends to punch out Sebastian and hits the wall next to him.)
      Elliot Stabler: What? You didn't see that coming?
      Sebastian Ballentine: No, but I do see an Anger Management class in someone's future.

    • Elliot Stabler: What is it with this virgin compulsion? Afraid you're not gonna measure up to other men?
      Sebastian Ballentine: Oh, no, no, I'm more than adequate in bed. But the expression on a girl's face her first time is ... incomparable.
      Elliot Stabler: These girls weren't having sex, they were being raped.

    • Sebastian Ballentine: (to Olivia) There's a problem with your husband.
      Olivia Benson: (trying to trick him) Really? What is it?
      Sebastian Ballentine: You don't have one.

    • Sebastian Ballentine: Here's my card, my name's Sebastian Ballentine.
      Elliot Stabler: THE Sebastian Ballentine?
      Sebastian Ballentine: You've heard of me?
      Elliot Stabler: No.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The fact that Sebastian is originally from Canada is a none-too-thinly veiled reference to Canada's Ken and Barbie killers Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka, a pair of rapists and killers. This wasn't the only case referenced, as there was a later parallel to the Bobbie Jo Stinnett case.

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