Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 10 Episode 19

Selfish

3
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 28, 2009 on NBC
7.7
out of 10
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108 votes
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Episode Summary

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A woman reports her granddaughter missing, starting a frustrating investigation that leaves Benson and Stabler suspecting the girl's flighty mother.

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  • big time pro vaccinating show

    1.0
    This was such a ridiculous episode. In New York you only have to vaccinate if they are in school and even then there is medical and religious exemptions. You can't make it legal not to vaccinate, and then charge someone for not vaccinating. That's ridiculous and completely unconstitutional. And the fact that the ones I've always seen as the "good guys" were calling that mother who made an informed educated decision, (although not mainstream, heaven forbid), for her child a "murderer" was just horrible. Somebody on that show had their own agenda and took it WAY too far to be even close to believable. That's the last time I watch this show.moreless
  • A minor correction to my previous review...

    4.5
    I mistakenly said that baby Sierra died of the flu but she actually had measles - many people contract the measles & don't die. If Ashley had vaccinated her, she wouldn't have contracted them from the un-vaccinated little boy & therefore wouldn't have died & wouldn't have been buried in a shallow grave. If that obnoxious ADA wanted to be a harda$$ & file murder charges on the mother who didn't vaccinate her son who gave Sierra the measles, why wasn't Ashley put on trial for manslaughter charges for not vaccinating Sierra & essentially insuring she caught the measles, which then killed her? She went on & on about how that woman made such a horrible choice by not vaccinating her son but Ashley made way worse ones - not vaccinating her daughter, not taking care of her daughter & then burying her daughter in a shallow grave when she died due to neglect. This show was definitely one of SVU's worst!!!moreless
  • A stunning example of why I watch (and recently got back into) SVU...

    10
    There may be spoilers ahead...



    What starts out as a routine case of possible kidnapping and then infanticide rapidly heads in a different direction when Dr Warner learns something obscure about the child's cause of death. When ADA Cabot learns of other cases similar and a disturbing trend of mothers who choose not to vaccinate their children, she charges one of these mothers for causing the death of the child. I don't want to reveal too much about the episode, but it is definitely another ripped from the headlines plot with invaluable lessons to common society. It was the first ever episode of SVU that my father watched and now he has to watch it every week. I'm mainly writing this in response to another reviewer who labeled this episode as "the worst show on SVU ever." Well, 'nuff said, but I should warn you that Sierra wasn't vaccinated because she was only 11 months old, it was the measles, not the flu, and yes, people (especially infants) do die from diseases on occasion, more significantly the latter. Anyone who watched this episode and understood what was being said would've know that...moreless
  • Two totally different cases

    7.0
    A so-so episode. Hilary Duff was okay in the episode, which initially appeared to be based on the Caylee Anthony case. Initially it appeared that she had killed her child, when it turned out she was just highly irresponsible. Where it turned bad is whne they started the whole measles thing. The idea of prosecuting the otyher mother was totally absurd. She didn't know her child was sick when she took him t the park. There was no way of proving that Hillary Duff's kid got ther measles from the her child. Alex Cabot never should have prosecuted this case. When talking about the dangers of vaccination, I noticed that they didn't mention autism. There was a lot of talk in the media (mostly debunked by now) that the vaccine causes autism in a small number of casesmoreless
  • This episode was about a baby girl that went missing and was thought to have been murdered. As all eyes turn to the baby's young, party loving mother as the murderer the baby's body was discovered and a shocking twist in the cause of death was revealed.moreless

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    I just want to make a comment about BabyKitten199's review



    she was saying how it was dumb that Ashlee wasn't charged for not vaccinating her child like the other women, except she clearly didn't watch the episode and missed three very important facts



    they said Ashlee's daughter was 11 months old



    then they said the vaccination was for people 12 months of age and older



    and a little later they flat out said that Ashlee's baby was not old enough to receive the vaccination it just sort of bothered me reading that because i know law and order does a great job of keeping their facts straight and would never miss something a major as that in an episodemoreless
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

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Hilary Duff

Hilary Duff

Ashlee Walker

Guest Star

Mike Pniewski

Mike Pniewski

Ralph Walker

Guest Star

Noel Fisher

Noel Fisher

CSU Tech Dale Stuckey

Guest Star

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot

Recurring Role

Peter Hermann

Peter Hermann

Attorney Trevor Langan

Recurring Role

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • (Cabot texts on her phone during the arraignment.)
      Judge: How does the defendant plead?
      Sophie Devere: Not guilty, your honor.
      Judge: I'll hear the People on bail.
      (Alex keeps texting.)
      Judge: Miss Cabot, are we keeping you from some important business?
      Alex Cabot: Uh, I'm sorry, your honor. The People request remand.
      Sophie Devere: What?
      Alex Cabot: The defendant has established a pattern of theft and obfuscation. We consider her an extreme flight risk.
      Sophie Devere: Miss Walker has no criminal record. To keep her locked up over these two charges is ridiculous.
      (Alex resumes texting.)
      Judge: That sounds a little extreme, even for you, Miss Cabot. And if you don't put that phone down, I'm gonna hold you in contempt!

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the infamous "Tot Mom" Casey Anthony and her presumed-dead 2-year-old daughter Caylee.

    • After arresting a mother pushing a baby doll in a stroller through the park Detective John Munch tells the mother that unless the baby is Pinocchio he is not coming to life.

      This is an allusion to the fictional Italian puppet created from a piece of pine by the woodcarver Geppetto that came to life.

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