Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 7 Episode 8

Starved

3
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 15, 2005 on NBC
8.3
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After a dating service is linked to three rapes, Olivia goes undercover to ferret out the rapist and meets Mike Jergens, a surgeon who enjoys controlling the women in his life. The detectives are soon led to his girlfriend, Cora Kennison, but shortly after testifying in the grand jury hearing Cora marries Mike. After Cora attempts suicide, Mike fights her mother, Virginia, to unplug her feeding tube.moreless

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  • so devastated! it was such a good episode until it became about the chick instead of the rapist

    1.0
    i was so into this episode until it became about Cora's fight for life. I wanted to watch that dickhead get fucked over but as usual there is no such thing as the justice system. Anyone interested in becoming a lawyer is obviously a money hungry dog. The law is fucked and only ever brings justice to criminals so fuck all the people who think they are making a difference and then just roll over because the system says too.moreless
  • Unbelievably disappointing...

    5.1
    This episode was a huge let-down, especially since I have come to expect so much from SVU. It started out great, and Olivia was fantastic in her undercover role, but we never find out how they make their case against Michael. Instead, the show makes an obviously forced transition into a right to life case. This episode definitely had potential, but I think the writers tried to cram way too much into one episode. They might have pulled it off if they had split it into two episodes, but as it was, the episode came off very awkward and unconvincing. An utter disappointment.moreless
  • This Law & Order: SVU episode feels like that is it is rewrite of the much better Law & Order episode "Age of Innocence", which dealt with the very same issue earlier this year.moreless

    6.0
    This Law & Order: SVU episode feels like that is it is rewrite of the much better Law & Order episode "Age of Innocence", which dealt with the very same issue earlier this year. The only difference between the two episodes are the people that are invloved with this episode.

    While both episode were influenced by the Terry Schavio case that full almost every news media outlet almost a year ago. While Law & Order episode “Age of Innocence” did it much better by keeping a general distanced away from the Right to Life issues that this case brought up, but focused on the crime that the episode was about, the killing of the wife’s husband, keeping all of the religious and social issues out of the case.

    Now on the other hand this Law & Order: SVU episode didn’t do to well, and it didn’t help the fact that it already had a strike against the episode when it first aired. Unlike “Age of Innocence” that stay away from the issues that this case brought up, it went head long into one of them and while that not a bad idea, it was the issue that they used for the plot of this episode. Which was that some of people thought that Terry’s husband did this to her because of the insurance money that he would received at the time of her death. Something that I felt that was a wrack out theory and a disgusting idea.

    It is a shame, that a serious show that deals with some very serious issues like crystal meth, rape, and the AIDS problem, dealt with this out the wall theory that shouldn’t even be thought of.

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  • Ripped off from the headlines.

    1.5
    Did they just run out of storylines? Or do the writers think their opinions are so valuable that they needed to write an entire episode just to discuss the issue of euthenasia and recreate the Terry Schavio case? How sick is that? Almost as sick as casting a rapist as the husband so it can be an episode of SVU. And it's not like they're trying to inspire discussion because it was discussed months ago and it's frankly old news. They just wanted to say that they support the rights of a spouse to remove their loved one's feeding tube if they're in a persistant vegitative state.



    And NBC knew this episode was worthless for where it was going so they tried to play it off as Olivia going undercover to catch Dean Cain. Speaking of Cain, he is the only positive in this episode. Who doesn't like seeing Superman play a rapist?



    This season started off pretty strong by looking at Stabler's rage issue, but episodes like these are the absolute worst. It's one thing to use headlines as a basis. It's another to basically recreate someone else's tragedy for the purposes of ad revenue.moreless
  • How can an episode with such an excellent bad guy be this awful?

    2.5
    Beautiful, undercover, emotionally involved Olivia. Domineering, control freak, speed dating rapist Dean Cain. How can an episode with such promise go so horribly wrong?



    Cain plays an awesome bad guy but he still couldn't pull this episode out of the gutter. We were sent on a wild tangent at the *exact* point that the show was getting really great. The writers should have waited to beat us over the head with a controversial headline issue in a less interesting case.



    Cain's "bad guy" was completely wasted on this episode. Maybe we'll see him again. Here's what needs to happen now: Cain's character has a successful appeal. Then he needs another run-in with Olivia, involving a beat-down like she put on the child-abusing creep in 911.moreless
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