Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 10 Episode 10

Smut

1
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 09, 2008 on NBC
8.1
out of 10
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94 votes
5

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Episode Summary

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A beaten and raped woman who has no memory of what happened to her puts Benson and Stabler on the trail of a serial rapist whose victims don't know they've been assaulted, But when a fluke causes a mistrial, Olivia stops at nothing to trap the cocky perpetrator and gain justice for the destroyed lives he's left behind him.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Moving and thought provoking.

    9.0
    I liked the continuance of the assault storyline. From previous episodes, I thought Olivia's assault was not being dealt with and she was ignoring it. But, in this episode Olivia said that she put her attacker in jail (although not for her assault, for someone else's), got counseling and got her life back. Yes, we saw her in counseling and still struggling to come to terms, but I thought the fact that it was adversely affecting her job performance meant that she hadn't dealt with it. If she's hesitant or unstable in a situation (such as in "Persona") shouldn't she be taking some time off until she's confident in situations involving guns and criminals?



    Then there's Elliot. He either doesn't know about Olivia's assault (she told him nothing happened), doesn't know exactly what happened (he has an inkling), or someone told him/he figured it out and he's not sharing. When Olivia said "I can protect her from the damage." Elliot told her "No you can't. You should know that better than anyone." I think it showed he knows something. However, the question is are they going to play that out or is this storyline over?



    My favorite parts: I love how they all walked away from the guy at the end. Great ending.



    And that debate over porn with Benson, Stabler, Fin, Munch and Greylek in the squad room. Touchy subject and I thought that debate was thought provoking.



    Olivia did get her way somewhat. She didn't want to tell the women what had happened to them, but she realized that was not realistic if they wanted to stop Lutz. But, they only told as many victims as it took to put Lutz away. After she found his ex-fiance, the fifth victim didn't need to be found, and so she is able to live as if it never happened.



    Parts I didn't like so much: Benson and Stabler seem to do a lot of independent investigating this season (and last for that matter). I understand Elliot had to go to Laurel when Olivia refused, so I'm not talking about that time. But after that, Olivia pretty much took over the case. They used to do this together, or at least discuss what should be done. Or if one went on their own, there was an explanation (like Elliot had to make it home for dinner or something). Now, they just do their own thing. I don't get that.moreless
  • Drugs, porn and ego

    9.0
    Disturbing and yet a very well handled episode on the dangers of drugs that cause memory loss. Everyone knew what this guy was up to but covered his tracks really well until the trial. Good piece of work playing that video in the courtroom and causing him to "stand up". A bit of sting work to catch him at his own game and he's toast. I would have liked to have seen and known more behind the scenes of the "feud" or whatever it was between the two attorneys but I guess we can leave that for another time and another episode. I do think Olivia's dealing with her own assault is getting overplayed a bit. One can understand what she is going through but we don't need to be reminded of it in every single episode.moreless
  • Nobody can remember who raped them, even though they're all on tape.

    6.5
    Okay, this episode was sooooo annoying! The fact that they dragged the episode to fill a whole hour was beyond me. It was like the writers had this amazing plot but when they were like 'oh this can be solved so easily,' they decided to come up with dumb ways to keep the episode going.



    First of all, all they had to do was explain the drug that was used on the girls and how they acted was BECAUSE they were drugged and having on camera is proof. That's all they needed to do, but instead they dragged it on, bringing up issues that were totally not needed and made me so frustrated during this episode. Definantly not one of the better ones.moreless
  • A woman has been raped, but she has no memory of it

    10
    In this episode of Law and Order: SVU, the following happens. When a half naked woman if found wandering around a park, the team are called in to investigate. A rape kit is performed and it confirms that she was attacked and raped, although she has now memory of the event. Elliot and Olivia (EO) soon find out that Kelly, the victim, worked for a courier company and she was carrying over $700,000 worth of uncut diamonds when she went missing. They soon learn through CCTV videos that she left the airport with a man. They track him down and the next day she still has no memory of him. They search hi computer and find evidence of him raping her. Soon they find more videos of other girls being raped, he is a serial rapist. They manage to ID 3 of the women, but none of them can remember being attacked. Soon one of the first women he raped begins to remember. During the trial, certain pictures are found on the Judges computer and so a mistrial is ordered. Ione of the victims flips out and slaps Olivia. At the end of the episode, the first rape victim is tracked down and she turns out to be his ex-fiancée. He raped her on the very same day that he proposed to her. So Kim tries to make a deal with him in order to prevent more traumas to the victims.moreless
  • Another great episode!

    8.5
    This was another great episode. And that this was really one of the best shows. After a pretty rough season this year in 2008-2009. We get to see a great one this time. About a killer, who had memory loss. And tried to cover up his tracks. He was really arrogant and thought he could get away with it. When he really began to sweat in court. That really showed, his true colors and character. Olivia's assault thing, had no business in this storyline. It should had not been in this episode. Maybe another episode. But not this one. But nonetheless, a great episode.moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Michaela McManus

Michaela McManus

ADA Kim Greylek

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Michael Trucco

Michael Trucco

Eric Lutz

Guest Star

Christy Pusz

Christy Pusz

Laurel Andrews

Guest Star

Ryan Dunn

Ryan Dunn

Riley Slade

Guest Star

Stephen Gregory

Stephen Gregory

Dr. Kyle Beresford

Recurring Role

John Cullum

John Cullum

Judge Barry Moredock

Recurring Role

Joel de la Fuente

Joel de la Fuente

TARU Tech Ruben Morales

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The name of the courier service Kelly worked for is Pakidala. In Tagalog it means "please bring." Colloquially it means "please carry my package or luggage."

    • The drug scopolamine does, in fact, in most case leave its user unconscious. It is a very dangerous sedative and can lead to death. In Bogota, Eric Lutz's destination, it is assumed that every fourth robbery is conducted using scopolamine; tourists especially are victims of this technique.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Kim Greylek: (to Lutz) I don't get it. You're handsome, well educated. You have a good job, money. Why did you get into porn? Not good in the sack?

    • (Watching footage of a rape in court.)
      Lutz: (jumping up) Turn it off!
      Greylek: Are you sure? (looks at his crotch) Because that's not an objection you're raising.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Andrew Luster case. Andrew Luster, a descendant of a famous Hollywood family, was found guilty on 86 counts of poisoning, battery, rape, and other similar charges in 2003. Luster would charm women, then drug them and sexually assault them. He also taped the assaults, but stated that the tapes showed only consensual sex.

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