Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 12 Episode 10

Rescue

4
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 01, 2010 on NBC
8.5
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A rape case happens to turn up Vivian Arliss' name, and Benson, who has not given up trying to find Calvin's mother, wants on the investigation. When Cragen gives it to Tutuola and Munch instead, she will risk her job, defying his orders, because of the bond forming between her and Calvin.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • The Short Life of Calvin Benson

    6.5
    The focus change from the murder and rape of a teenage girl who had become widely hated for she publishing critiques of her conquests on the internet to Vivian Arliss resurfacing was somewhat unconvincingly abrupt but since the latter was clearly the primary interest, it worked for the purpose.



    This episode is, however, one inconsistency after the other.



    Firstly we don't get a proper carry out of the case of the EMT duo who cover each other's asses while they rape and rob patients that includes closure for the couple running the open house who were victims of the robberies.



    Vivian, when discovered high on drugs and squatting in an abandoned building with a friend/lover named Sarah accuses Benson of "ruining everything you touch" for revealing her mother's rape to her. That contradicts her apparent relief that her mother's hatred of her had a sensible explaination and puts to question her decision to leave her son in Benson's custody. One, however, could blame her drug high.

    Then after going to bat for Sarah and their relationship, Vivian conspires with Sarah's murderer who is her ex-husband to have Benson's guardianship of Calvin revolked.



    Stabler was a cold hearted asshat to make the remark about Benson "playing mom" and respond to being taken off the case with "I don't wanna steal anyone's kids". This implies that he actually, on absolutely no grounds believed her to be capable of making an immoral occupational decision which contradicts the fact that he'd gone to bat for her in every other case in which she was a person of interest. Such as 11.9 'Perverted' even though there was DNA evidence pointing to her and DNA fabrication was an unknown possibility until Weber uncovered the flaw in it.

    Even more directly it contradicts his having been standing right there watching Benson arrest Vivian in spite of her using Calvin to try to pay her to look the other way.

    Alright so calvin's DNA was sitting in her desk drawer though she'd claimed to have sent it in but that wasn't grounds to prosecute her as a kidnapper, people's memories aren't perfect. As if there is a single person on this planet who has NOT once in their life sworn they did something they turned out to not have done.



    I'll grant him some appreciaton though for being the one to point out that Vivian voluntarily assigned Benson guardianship even though it was meaningless as an attempt at defending her because a DA could've easily twisted that fact into manipulation.



    Benson's reaction to having her custody of Calvin revolked was pretty stupid when it was basically a given in Vivian's ultimatium (that Benson could keep Calvin IF she let her go) and it's not like she had no idea that it could be abrupt. In consolation, the boy actor's performance of Calvin struggling and throwing a fit as he was being dragged away was quite remarkable.



    I also thought it was the sweetest thing how he'd signed his drawing 'Calvin Benson' and ran into her arms in rejection of being taken from her.



    I've not yet seen the entire series and I'm sure I've seen much if anything past this episode (as I've only ever watched via USA airings, ergo I've never watched in perfect order) but I Googled in anxiousness to know whether or not Benson gets Calvin back. I was bummed but not entirely surprised that wikipedia implies that she not only doesn't but only ever sees him again ONCE which is telling that she doesn't keep in contact with him. Basically, he falls off the radar.



    This further weakens the accusation that she wanted Vivian locked up just to be able to keep Calvin, other than her appearing to be devistated when Calvin was taken away, they barely even attempted to sell that she wanted to keep him. There apparently wasn't any follow up, she didn't attempt to fight for him and we see that she didn't even demand to meet these grandparents to ensure they had a good home to give him. WTF? The latter is actually unprofessional of her!



    Calvin's father, David whatever is found but nothing is done with him and he didn't even seem to care where his child was while Vivian was drugged up out on the streets. No "Where's my boy? Is he alright?" or any resentment towards Benson for having custidy, just a lot of belly aching about Sarah ruining his marriage.

    And the cameo by Walter Burlock's roommate was absolutely pointless as his witness statement of Sarah's murder wasn't needed to identify David.



    The Benson/Calvin thing has such great potential, I hate that it wasn't seen through.moreless
  • This story has more holes than swiss cheese.

    5.0
    Basically we had three stories in one ep. The two minutes spent on the girl who died at a party were a complete and total waste of time.

    The blue gel from the defribillator gave away the rapist EMT. Really? He's going to use defribillator gel to rape girls?

    But he's protected by the thief EMT. And this duo happens to be called to an open house Vivian ransacked?

    Why did they fingerprint the medicine cabinet in the first place? How did they find "David" so quickly after Benson explained twice how hard it was to find Calvin's father?

    How many cases have we seen were parents had trouble getting their kids back after getting clean and Vivian is what? 3 seconds sober?

    So ACS is going to bring Calvon to a different state to grandparents he never even met instead of leaving him with the legal guardian his mother chose?



    Whatever.moreless
  • The initial case was pretty much secondary in this episode as Vivian Arliss returns after her fingerprints turn up at the scene of a crime.

    7.0
    A young girl dies after rough treatment by a jealous girlfriend at a party. Turns out one of the paramedics has a habit of forcing himself onto badly injured women during the ambulance ride to the hospital. His partner, an older man struggling to pay bills, steals from the homes of people whom they attend in the course of their work. When one such crime occurs following an open house, Vivian Arliss's fingerprint comes up as having been there. Benson soon tracks her down and she is clearly very much back on the drugs.



    Later, in a surprise move, Vivian's girlfriend, Sarah, announces that it was she and not Vivian who killed Walter Burlock with the frying pan (in the episode, "Trophy") and shortly thereafter, Sarah is found shot dead. The killer is Calvin Arliss's biological father, who blamed Sarah for taking Vivian and his son away from him.



    Not surprisingly, Benson ends up losing a screaming Calvin as he is taken away by the authorities, having had his guardianship signed over to his paternal grandparents by his father. This was always going to be the case and I'm sure no viewers were surprised by the development. Benson is simply not meant to have a child. As we have seen, it interferes with her job far too much even if the bond between herself and young Calvin was beautifully played.



    I fervently hope that this is not the last season of SVU as igt can be an amazing show when they get the mix of great writing and excellent guest stars together. Let's hope for easy contract negotiations and a return for a new season later in the year!moreless
  • maria bello is back again.

    9.0
    A good episode that starts off with a rape homicide in which the perp is someone u will never guess! (kudos to the writers for that one) and before long, a lone fingerprint at a crime scene links it up to Vivian, mother of Calvin (the boy Olivia has been babysitting) and the plot thickens when the detectives find out Vivian is closer than they think and is living with her addict partner, Sara. Further investigation reveals the killer of the murdered perp Burlock(from the episode Trophy) and also the ending is suspenseful. Maria Bello was totally despicable as a mum who comes and goes when she wants and treats her son like trash. A must-see.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Sgt. John Munch

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

M.E. Warner

Maria Bello

Maria Bello

Vivian Arliss

Guest Star

Charlie Tahan

Charlie Tahan

Calvin Arliss

Guest Star

Kat Foster

Kat Foster

Sara Hoyt

Guest Star

Melissa Sagemiller

Melissa Sagemiller

ADA Gillian Hardwicke

Recurring Role

Austin Lysy

Austin Lysy

Russell Hunter

Recurring Role

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

Judge Lena Petrovsky

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: When the detectives review the PowerPoint, the descriptions for Brett, Kevin, Tommy, Victor, and TJ are the same. Only the name on the first line changes. The next two names do not change, and read "Danny."

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Stabler: Who is gonna accuse me of stealing anybody's kid? I've already got five of my own!

    • Benson: "My Lay List: A scholarly treatise on office relationships." By Caitlin Lamarck.
      Fin: This is a 32-page PowerPoint documenting the 15 dudes she slept with in the last three years.
      Stabler: With their names, photos, pros and cons in the sack… and a bar graph of penis size.
      Munch: You were expecting a pie chart?

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada – November 30, 2010 on CTV
      United Kingdom – April 24, 2011 on Universal Channel/Universal Channel HD
      Czech Republic – February 5, 2013 on TV Nova

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