Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 10

Shaken

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 25, 2003 on NBC
8.6
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The discovery of a beaten infant leads Stabler and Cragen on a search for the attacker who may be a pedophile. When the medical evidence shows that the injuries were a result of shaken baby syndrome, Stabler shifts the focus of the investigation to those closest to the child: her mother, the nannies and a boyfriend of the mother.moreless

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  • Amazing episode!

    10
    This was a great episode. You had no idea who was at fault for awhile. I first thought it was the guy at the photo store. Then I thought it was the photographer. Then the nanny, then the mom's boss. I never thought it could be the mother. And Elliot's confession at the end was heartbreaking. I felt for him there. This episode dealt with a controversial subject and handled it well.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.5
    After a day in the park, young Lucy Prichard is found to have collapsed. At first glance the Detectives of the Special Victims Unit feel that they may have a pedophile as a suspect. When they find that Lucy was beaten, they turn their sites on her nanny Sarah. One by one the suspects are found and just as fast as they are questioned they are cleared. Finally the Detectives are able to pin the abuse on Lucy's mother by piecing together the medical evidence.



    This is a great episode. It was interesting because you honestly thought that the suspect had to be a pedophile that kidnapped Lucy. You would have never expected that her mother was the cause of her injuries.moreless
  • first you think it's a pedophile. then its the babysitter then the other babysitter then the moms boyfriend then the mom you never know until the end

    10
    This episode kept me from taking a road trip. I was so into it I ended up leaving late and having to drive because my bf was so tired. But I couldnt stop watching it. It was one of the best episodes Ive ever seen. I almost cried a few times in it. And it brought up alot of issues like who has permission to pull the plug on someone in a coma and stuff like that. it hit particularly hard because it was a two year old little girl. Really great episode.moreless
  • Very sad yet amazing episode.

    10
    When 20 month old Lucy is found passed out near a park, the detectives first consider that she may have been assaulted. They later discover that she suffered from Shaken Baby Syndrome. The nanny was the first suspect since she was with the toddler all day long. The mother's boyfriend was the next suspect and then came the most unlikely one -- the mother. This episode really hit home for me since I am a work in a preschool in the 2 year old room. To see such an innocent child be nearly killed was horrifying. What's even worse is this kind of abuse happens so often and many times, it is usually the mother who is found guilty (learned this in my Child Abuse Prevention class). I felt horrible for Elliot, especially when he was relaying his story of what happened with his oldest daughter when she was a toddler. Great episode and especially great writing.moreless
  • One of the saddest episodes ever.

    9.4
    This episode made me cry. So sad, especially at the end.



    When a babysitter realizes the child she is supposed to be watching is missing, she calls the police. SVU shows up and Stabler finds the little girl, a 20-month old named Molly, I think. Molly is unconscious and is taken to the hospital, and M. E. Warner tells Stabler that Molly has Shaken Baby Syndrome--basically, someone shook the kid until her brain was so battered it began to shut down. Stabler and Cragen (Benson is working on a case in court) work together to find out who shook Molly and eventually discover the girl's mother is responsible. Unfortunately, Molly is not doing well and is being wracked with constant pain and seizures. Eventually, her mother decides to pull the plug for Molly's life support, and goes to jail for murder. After the case is over, Cragen finds Stabler in a bar, where Stabler tells him how he once hit his oldest daughter Maureen when she was a baby. He begins to cry as he describes his remorse to Cragen, and the episode ends with Elliot wiping his eyes and leaving with Cragen.



    So sad :(moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Nicole Leach

Nicole Leach

Sarah Rendell

Guest Star

Cynthia Ettinger

Cynthia Ettinger

Evelyn Prichard

Guest Star

Shaun Powell

Shaun Powell

Ian Felson

Guest Star

Julie White

Julie White

Dr. Anne Morella

Recurring Role

Caren Browning

Caren Browning

Captain Judith Siper

Recurring Role

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Speaking to Cragen at a bar.)
      Elliot Stabler: (crying) I could have killed my kid over a lousy carpet.

    • (Speaking to Evelyn Prichard in the hospital.)
      Elliot Stabler: I love my children. And if one of them was sick, I would do anything in the world to make them better. But I would also pray to God that if all hope were gone, he'd give me the strength just to end their suffering.

    • Casey Novak: I can't believe the jury will feel sorry for a parent who scrambled her kid's brain.
      Elliot Stabler: And I'm telling you: Every parent's been there. A baby's crying can make you lose your mind. You'll pick them up, you'll rock them, I mean, hell, you'll beg 'em and sometimes nothin' works.
      Casey Novak: Sounds like you're speaking from personal experience.

    • Elliot Stabler: Somebody almost killed that little girl! She can't speak, but all the adults in her life are lying their asses off!

    • Elliot Stabler: I don't think Sarah did it.
      Casey Novak: Based on what?
      Elliot Stabler: My gut.
      Casey Novak: That's not admissible.

    • Rebecca Balthus: What a pity. A few months in Special Victims, and you're already a zealot. An injured child comes in, and you scream, 'Abuse!'
      Casey Novak: Lucy wasn't spanked. She's in a coma close to death because her mother shook the life out of her.

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