Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 3 Episode 6

Redemption

0
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 02, 2001 on NBC
8.9
out of 10
User Rating
104 votes
3

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
Stabler is teamed up with John 'Hawk' Hawkins to capture a serial rapist/murderer whom Hawk originally convicted years earlier. As the investigation progresses, the more unlikely it becomes that the convicted culprit was guilty. Hawk is then at a crossroads about his life and his prestige as an officer.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Today
4:00am
USA
5:00am
USA
7:00am
MNT
9:00am
USA
10:00am
USA
MNT
11:00am
USA
12:00pm
USA
1:00pm
USA
2:00pm
USA
3:00pm
Sin
USA
4:00pm
USA
5:00pm
USA
6:00pm
USA
7:00pm
USA
8:00pm
USA
Friday
1:05am
USA
2:05am
USA
3:05am
USA
4:05am
USA
5:00am
USA
7:00am
MNT
1:00pm
USA
2:00pm
USA
3:00pm
USA
4:00pm
USA
5:00pm
USA
6:00pm
USA
Saturday
2:00am
USA
3:00am
USA
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Unlikely plot, unlikable guest star

    6.5
    David Keith guest stars as John "Hawk" Hawker, a detective who gets drunk and roughs people up. A new case comes up for SVU, but it has the same MO as a case Hawk worked on ages ago, so Cragen teams him up with Stabler to figure it out. Hawk had already put away someone else away for 18 years for the original cases he worked on, but as the episode wears on, it becomes obvious that the man originally convicted is innocent.



    1. Elliot Stabler is moody. The episode first starts off with showing him losing a case despite his testimony in court, letting an old man get away with raping his granddaughter. This sets the tone for the whole episode.



    2. Hawk is unlikable, and what makes it worse is that there's really no redeeming moment, unless you count the end scene, which hardly redeems his entire character.



    3. The whole episode was focused only on Hawk and Stabler, where there really wasn't that developed of a relationship. There just wasn't anything really interesting or special about it.



    4. Logic behind the case sucked. Seriously, you'd think after all that extensive research into this particularly meticulous MO, Hawk would've realized that the original guy was in no way capable of committing those rapes and murders. As over-zealous as Hawk was, the original conviction was so unlikely.



    I think this storyline had a lot of potential, but I didn't see Hawk's character as worthy of an entire episode and I thought the case was shabby. Granted, I think the development in original L&O episodes are generally better, but this was a particularly bad episode with the SVU writers imo. Lastly, I felt like what Hawk (and at times, Stabler) did was wrong, but there was no redeeming factor or retribution, as there often is. I almost expected Stabler to cuff Hawk or something, or for the other SVU detectives to show up and see Hawk for what he is -- a lousy cop.moreless
  • Stabler joins up to take down a Serial Rapist/Murder

    9.5
    When Stabler's case against an 8 year old rape goes bad. The court has no choice but too let the supposed rapist free. Later on, Stabler and Benson receive news of a odd rape, they discover these rapes go deeper and deeper into a line of them. Now Stabler must team up with a old friend, who happens to know more about this serial rapist, in which they discover the rapist was released from Parol, in which in that time period another rape and murder has happened. In the end, things are brought to justice. I found this episode, and almost every episode of the law and order: SVU series to interest me.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    9.0
    When a series of murders occur that have the same MO and signature as the SoHo Strangler, Detective Stabler teams up with Manhattan South Homicide Detective John Hawkins. Hawkins was the original Detective on the SoHo Strangler case, where he arrested Roger Berry for the murders 18 years ago. Now that Berry is out on parol, they suspect that he is up to his old tricks again. This is a great episode of Law and Order Special Victims Unit! It was very interesting. It was nice to see another Detective who has issues, instead of watching the same old Detectives over and over again. The character John Hawkins was a nice break from the ordinary.moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Fin Tutuola

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot

Kevin Chamberlin

Kevin Chamberlin

Roger Berry

Guest Star

Ken Marks

Ken Marks

Arthur 'Artie' Blessard

Guest Star

Michael E. Knight

Michael E. Knight

David Stedman

Guest Star

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Recurring Role

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Fin: (after meeting Hawkins for the first time) Who the hell was that?
      Stabler: Wyatt Earp.

    • Nurse: He kept hitting on me.
      Olivia Benson: Why was he here so long?
      Nurse: He would have been out of here sooner, but I saw the wedding ring. Each time he made a move on me I moved his chart to the bottom of the pile.

    • Munch: Can you spell that please?
      Neighbor: D-U-M-B-M-A-S.

    • John Hawk: Your partner always so friendly?
      Elliot Stabler: Well, she just doesn't like you.
      John Hawk: Wait 'til she gets to know me.

    • (At a crime scene.)
      Fin Tutuola: (holds up a white rose) Look at this.
      John Munch: A romantic psycho.
      Elliot Stabler: And I thought my day couldn't get any worse.

    • Olivia Benson: Juries screw up.
      Elliot Stabler: (pushes everything off table) The whole system's screwed up. It's a load of crap.

  • NOTES (1)

    • On a table in the home of John Hawk (David Keith) was a University of Tennessee football helmet. In reality, Keith was born and raised in Knoxville, TN and graduated from his hometown university in the mid 1970's with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Theater.

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Albert DeSalvo killings.

    • Det. John Hawkins: 'All that's required for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.'

      This is a portion of a famous quote by Edmund Burke (1729-1797). Burke was a famous orator and member of the British Parliament beginning in 1765. He was famous for advocating limits on the power of rulers and speaking out against injustices to individuals. During the Revolutionary War Burke urged the British government to allow the colonists to enjoy all the rights of Englishmen.

More
Less