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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 8 Episode 3

Recall

4
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 03, 2006 on NBC
8.5
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Stabler and his new partner, Dani Beck, investigate the rape of a young woman named Nikki, who soon identifies a prominent lawyer, Martin Trenway, as her rapist. The squad has difficulty making the charges stick until another victim comes forward, but her testimony cannot be proven reliable. Determined to get at Trenway, Beck tracks down a woman from his past who holds the key to convicting Trenway, if they can convince her to expose the truth.moreless

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  • Before its time..

    9.0
    During the final scenes of the episode, the detectives call to see the French lady at her home. They sit down to a nice cup of tea and a chat.

    At some stage they are Tele ported ' sci fi style' back to the police station in Manhattan. With my limited knowledge to Tele transportation I am not 100% sure, but the lady appears to have changed clothes along the way as she is wearing what appears to be a scarf at the police station. Can matter change during the Tele port action process or have I been misinformed?

    Detective Stabler manages to 'time travel' too. During the final scene he recovers the clothing from the assault some years ago and has it DNA tested while the lady is still giving evidence.

    Well done to all involved! This can not have been an easy fete in 2006.moreless
  • I want Mariska =(

    6.5
    I liked this story line for this episode a lot. It was fresh and new. It is just I wan Mariska Hargitay back.



    Dani seemed like she is a good cop in this episode. I like how they got her to communicate with that old French chick. It let you see into Dani's personal backgound and life.



    She and Elliot really seemed to have good chemistry from the beginning, I do not like that at all. Dani seems a little too assumative as well as being a little to forceful.



    I felt really bad for the victim who thought Martin Trenway raped her but he didn't, that was a weird twist to the plot.moreless
  • Bring Back Benson

    5.0
    I love SVU. Hands down my favorite Law & Order series, but the writers just cannot be serious about replacing Benson, albeit temporarily, with Detective Beck. I realize that Mariska had a baby, but I dont think I can tolerate anymore episodes with Beck as the new Benson. I find her character completely unlikeable and I just cannot get into the show without Benson. It just feels to me like something is missing in an obvious way. The fact that Benson is gone and has been replaced with this renegade character had better be shortlived because I dont think I can take very many more episodes with her on it. Totally brutal.moreless
  • I miss olivia soooooo much. dani is ruining my life. not the best svu episode ever (worse one this season by far)

    6.1
    This episode was boring in my opinion. maybe i am missing the EOness but i actually was falling asleep. I didn't like the storyline that much. it was too predictable and stupid. SVU can do much better than this. MUCH better. I would rate this lower than a 6.1 but its SVU, my favortie show so i am going easy on it. I think this is my second lowest score for an svu episode (lowest was influence) and i am expecting better things next week. oh my goodness, I can't wait until olivia comes back. The show just isnt the same without her!moreless
  • After last week's clunker, SVU gets back on the right track and introduces an ambitious new detective that will surely piss off the cult-ish, zombie-like Mariska Hargitay fanbase.

    8.6
    I can already see it now: The forums are flooding with nothing but Connie Nielsen hate speech, despite this being a very strong episode that was finally devoid of the Dick Wolf political agenda setting, silly twists and turns, and contained an ACTUAL SEX CRIME. I guarantee that if this was a regular Stabler and Benson case with a little Huang, Warner, and and Fin sprinkled in, it would be considered a series classic.



    First, the plot of the episode was very linear with few twists and turns. They ditched the whole "initial perp turns out to be the wrong guy" twist this time around, and got right to Martin Lenway, the actual offender. The use of cold case hitting, graphic face-to-face recounts of past assaults, and great litigation by Lenway's defense and Casey Novak made this base of this episode. But despite this episode doing everything that SVU should do, it wasn't enough for the Hargitay Herd.



    Yes, Connie Nielsen came off a bit strong, and yes she was a bit overzealous. But she acted well, she displayed her dedication to solving the case, and added a new element to interrogation and victim interviews. Sure, the French speaking was a bit cheesy, but it was important to relate to the older, emotionally-suppressed victim. She built a good repoire, and acted it with balance and calmness. She didn't do some of the overacting tough-girl-ishness that Hargitay can be guilty of at times. Sure, she's no Sipowitz or Vic Mackey, but she plays the tough female cop without all the overdramatizing that Mariska can do at times.



    To conclude, this is how SVU should function. Perp to evidence searching to arraignment to deal-making to trial, with a little psycho-analysis from Huang, DNA processing from Warner, and captain leadership from Cragen. Unfortunately, this fluid episode will be trashed because of one character change. Sad, but true.



    Pros:

    Dani Beck

    Stabler stayed himself

    Good performance by all the victims

    ACTUAL SEX CRIME

    Great court battle with Novak

    No silly twists



    Cons:

    Very little Fin, and one line by Munch

    Huang analysis was completely wrong and pretentious

    The French connection

    Cragen's comment on statute of limitations



    Final score: 8 out of 10moreless
BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

ADA Casey Novak

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Robin Weigert

Robin Weigert

Heather Stark

Guest Star

Charles Shaughnessy

Charles Shaughnessy

Martin Trenway

Guest Star

Meg Gibson

Meg Gibson

Dr. Polk

Guest Star

Connie Nielsen

Connie Nielsen

Det. Dani Beck

Recurring Role

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

Judge Lena Petrovsky

Recurring Role

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran

Recurring Role

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