Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 10 Episode 10

Smut

1
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 09, 2008 on NBC
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8.1
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  • 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.
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