Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 7 Episode 4

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 11, 2005 on NBC
8.9
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When the teenage son of Stabler's old partner comes under suspicion for attacking a classmate, Stabler's inability to treat this like any other case gets him suspended.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • An interesting idea for an episode (exploring Stabler's past) is carried out in a somewhat dull manner. That just has too much talking.

    8.0
    A somewhat interesting episode, that could've been alot better than what it was.



    Don't get me wrong, I think Elliot Stabler is a great character when done right. But the psychiatry session didn't play to his strengths.



    The session was both interesting yet dull at the same time. Interesting for a look into his past, but it took almost 10 minutes to get to the point. Don't get me wrong, this isn't something that applies to just main character episodes. I hated it when they had way too much talking from that old lady in season 10's episode Persona.



    Talking about the characters past problems on a show like SVU can be tricky, mainly because the subject matter of this show is already dark enough, that piling it on, can make it more grim and depressing. But at the same time, having it more character driven has seperated it from all the other L & O franchises. Sometimes SVU has done the character driven angles better (I actually haven't minded the episodes that focused on Elliot and his daughter Kathleen) sometimes they don't (who isn't tired of the teases of Elliot's wife leaving him only to not?) this one ranks somewhere in the middle.moreless
  • It's another example of L&O:SVU wanting another emmy winner.

    7.2
    The writers have been building this story line for at least a year now. Stabbler finally loses his head and gets himself suspended. So far this season I have hated every episode. The one before with Benson talking on the phone to the little girl was boring and the season premier was gross.
  • Cops emotional state is boring

    8.0
    I watch law and Order for the crime drama. I could care less about the cops emotional state. Enough of the psychiatry drama and get back to the crime show.

    This season seems to be all about the state of minds of the cops. They need to get back to solving the crimes , that's what got it to be a hit show.
  • Talk about boring and pointless!!!! This is by far one of the worst SVU episodes of all times.

    2.1
    Let me tell you why I dislike this episode, Stabler is downright annoying, because all he fusses about in this is painful vulnerable rage and anger. Next, Benson gets mad at him because she thinks his friend's son attacked one of his classmates and Cragen not only pisses Stabler off but also suspends him from duty. Then, Stabler stops his friend from killing his own son and guess who walks in, Olivia Benson. WOW!!!

    And that makes this episode a lot better, Please, give me a break!!!!



    Worst episode of Season 7 and of SVUmoreless
  • This episode seems to be a showcase for Christopher Melonis acting. Too bad he is given a really hokey script. The plot about steroids causing violence between family members and friends is lost in this talky, dumb episode.moreless

    6.6
    If you are trying to showcase an actor for an Emmy nomination you should give him a good script. It seems that the plot in this episode is secondary to have Christopher Meloni exercize his acting chops with a subplot about father/son relationships. His own, in which we are witness to a psychiatric session (hokey) and the other between a cop and his son who are both taking steroids. Their story is only slightly more interesting. I always wonder about these type of episodes. Since Mariska Hargitay won an Emmy are the writers trying to accommodate Mr. Meloni. Is this an episode where the other actors go on a vacation, or to other projects? This was a very disappointing episode.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Noah Emmerich

Noah Emmerich

Pete Breslin

Guest Star

Paul Wesley

Paul Wesley

Luke Thomas Breslin

Guest Star

Julia Weldon

Julia Weldon

Pamela

Guest Star

Mary Stuart Masterson

Mary Stuart Masterson

Dr. Rebecca Hendrix

Recurring Role

Peter McRobbie

Peter McRobbie

Hon. Walter Bradley

Recurring Role

Stephen Gregory

Stephen Gregory

Dr. Beresford

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (19)

    • Elliot Stabler: I don't understand what you want from me.
      Rebecca Hendrix: The truth. I want you to start talking. Really talking. What grade did you get on the diorama?
      Elliot Stabler: (frustrated) An F.
      Rebecca Hendrix: You failed.
      Elliot Stabler: I didn't hand it in.
      Rebecca Hendrix: Why not?
      Elliot Stabler: ... I moved one of the trees. And my father saw it as I was leaving for school. He took it out of my hands and he threw it on the ground and he stomped on it.
      Rebecca Hendrix: It must have really hurt when he did that.
      Elliot Stabler: He took off his belt and he beat me with it. Because I cried ... and only ... pansies cry. (starts crying)

    • Rebecca Hendrix (about Stabler's father): He never helped you with your homework?
      Elliot Stabler: Once, when I was in fifth grade. I had to make this diorama. Do you remember those things? The models you put in shoe boxes?
      Rebecca Hendrix: Sure.
      Elliot Stabler: It was about the Civil War. He told me where the put the cannons, the soldiers, the trees...
      Rebecca Hendrix: Did you get a good grade?
      Elliot Stabler: What?
      Rebecca Hendrix: Did you get a good grade?
      Elliot Stabler: What difference does that make?
      Rebecca Hendrix: It's just a question.

    • Rebecca Hendrix: What was your relationship like with your dad? What did you used to do together?
      Elliot Stabler: Watch TV, play ball, go fishing.
      Rebecca Hendrix: Anything else?
      Elliot Stabler: Like what?
      Rebecca Hendrix: You tell me.
      Elliot Stabler: He worked four to twelve, so I didn't spend a lot of time with him.

    • Rebecca Hendrix (about Stabler's father losing his pension): How did he take that?
      Elliot Stabler: Like it was the end of the world. And I'm not him.
      Rebecca Hendrix: I never said you were.
      Elliot Stabler: Why all these questions?
      Rebecca Hendrix: I have to know you to help you.

    • Rebecca Hendrix: Why wasn't your father proud?
      Elliot Stabler: I never said that.
      Rebecca Hendrix: You never answered the question.
      Elliot Stabler: You're putting words in my mouth. Don't put words in my mouth. I don't like it.

    • Rebecca Hendrix (about Stabler's father): Did he want you to go into the family business?
      Elliot Stabler: Kathy was pregnant. I needed the money.
      Rebecca Hendrix: Is it what you wanted?
      Elliot Stabler: I wanted to be a cop, yeah, all my life.

    • Rebecca Hendrix: Did your captain give you a clue before he cut you loose?
      Elliot Stabler: Only about a million times. I just always blew it. What I can I tell you, I don't like being ordered around.
      Rebecca Hendrix: You don't like being ordered around, why'd you become a cop?
      Elliot Stabler: My father was on the job.
      Rebecca Hendrix: He must be proud of you.
      Elliot Stabler: He's dead.

    • Rebecca Hendrix (about his job): What do you love about it?
      Elliot Stabler: Getting justice for the victims and the pervs off the street. And I'm not burned out.
      Rebecca Hendrix: Were you burned out on your marriage?
      Elliot Stabler: I told you, she bailed. Not me.

    • Rebecca Hendrix: How long have you been at SVU?
      Elliot Stabler: Twelve years.
      Rebecca Hendrix: The average tour is two.
      Elliot Stabler: I love my job.

    • Rebecca Hendrix: How many times have you thought about eating your gun?
      Elliot Stabler: Suicide is a sin.
      Rebecca Hendrix: So is divorce.

    • Rebecca Hendrix (about Kathy): Why did she leave?
      Elliot Stabler (laughing): She's tired of me being angry all the time.
      Rebecca Hendrix: Did you ever talk about it?
      Elliot Stabler: Yeah, I went to a priest for counseling. Next thing I know, she wanted out.

    • Rebecca Hendrix: You didn't go home.
      Elliot Stabler: What's the point? No one's there. My wife left me last year. She took the kids with her.

    • Elliot Stabler: How did Pamela's blood end up on your shirt?
      Luke Breslin: What? I don't know.
      Elliot Stabler: She does.

    • Elliot Stabler: I've known Luke since he was a baby. Always a sweet kid.
      Olivia Benson: Well, you haven't seen him since before he hit puberty. And he's not so sweet anymore.

    • Olivia Benson: (coming in after Elliot beats Pete to a bloody pulp) Elliot, what the he-- happened?
      Elliot Stabler: (dazed) I don't know.

    • Elliot Stabler: I did everything I was supposed to do. I work hard. I got a good job. I never cheated on my wife... It wasn't supposed to happen this way.
      Dr. Rebecca Hendrix: But it did.

    • Elliot Stabler: He said I was weak. He called me a failure. He called me that a lot.
      Dr. Rebecca Hendrix: What did you see in that mirror today, Elliot?
      Elliot Stabler: The guy my father always saw.

    • (After finding steroids in Luke's locker.)
      Fin Tutuola: You running a juice bar here buster?
      Gym Manager: That stuff'll give you pimples and shrink your balls. I swear, I don't know where it came from.

    • Dr. Rebecca Hendrix: (to Elliot) You're not weak. You're so busy being strong and helping everyone, you've got nothing left for yourself. It takes a lot more balls to talk about your problems than to beat the hell out of a ghost.

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