Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 7 Episode 14

Taboo

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 17, 2006 on NBC
8.7
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Episode Summary

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A college co-ed's tale of rape and an unknown pregnancy is suspect after detectives learn that she's been linked to not one but two abandoned newborns.

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  • Not silly in "haha" but silly in horrible, "For Your Consideration", stop this madness!, silly. Benson-centric, incest, dead babies...ugh (no real spoilers)

    6.6
    This was probably one of my least favorite episodes this season and that's saying a lot. Benson connected with the victim and told her about her circumstances (father raped mother) while the character assasination of Serena Benson continued. There were moments I laughed out loud (Casey's cross of the defendant...her tone was hilarious) and moments where I wanted to throw something at the TV (from the promos: "the baby and the mother share the same..." I'm sure you can fill in the blank).



    Of course, Benson, in the beginning of the episode, believes it's someone else. FINALLY someone called her on it (the doctor). And, of course, the defendant gets off for heinous crimes.



    One moment I enjoyed: Casey looks like she's going to kill Huang when he's on the stand.



    This is a rough episode. I'm done watching Benson coo over babies and rewrite the history with her mother (the pilot showed a very different Serena/Olivia relationship than the one portrayed in the last few seasons). I want to watch a show that's concerned with the show (remember seasons 2, 3, 4, anyone?) and not writing characters, storylines, etc, to get award nominations (as this season seems to be all about).moreless
  • enough with the plot holes

    7.1
    The 'victim' is on a full engineering scholarship to MIT in NY. So I guess she's supposed to have a brain cell or two.



    Yet when Benson comes into her hospital room and lies that the doctor told Benson "everything" the super smart student buys the rot and confesses otherwise they'd have had nothing (according to the earlier scenes).



    On the same note there are a wealth of locations according to Stabler where the girl could have left the baby but she didn't. Now she was in the Yates-state and that's what gets her off but Benson visits her again, points out she can't be charged for that crime (double jeopardy) and the girl confesses to the first murder.



    If the storyline had the girl being too stupid for words that would have worked but a full engineering academic scholarship and the 'best' campaign worker in her dad's office - she's supposed to be smart and she TWICE shot herself in the foot with Benson. Give me a break.

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  • Too Predictable!

    1.5
    This episode was so predictable that I could have turned my tv off and still re-told the entire episode to someone.



    Talk about boring?



    They really need to end this show because it has lost its way and there are no signs of finding it roots again.



    Anyone could have guessed that her Dad had fathered her two children. They have done this episode over twenty times now, with the only difference being the character's names.



    Overall, boring, predictable and it's so DAMN amazing to me that I was able to stay awake for the entire hour to watch this RUBBISH!moreless
  • That's a qualified 'fine example': superb guest casting trying to out-glare nearly-as-brightly-back-lit plot weaknesses. The best pair of guest stars (IMHO) on this version of the franchise; the goofiest plot weaknesses since the start of "Deadline" (ormoreless

    8.0
    Ms Fisk (Sissy Spacek's daughter) managed to lug this dreck-laden barge of a plot up several steep stairways, mostly by herself, on her way to making it a much better show than it'd've otherwise been. She's an astonishingly gifted and skilled actress, who I feel will be a successfull entertainer in pretty much any role she takes (amply demonstrated by the performance she delivered here).



    The father, played by Mr Ivanec (spelling?!?), captured (to me) perfectly the warped persona of the 'pay-to-play' political fat-cat skuzzball who does the slimy stuff he does simply because he can. I've enjoyed him since first seeing him in an early-80s movie, playing a candidate for the priesthood trying to come to grips with inner fears that he might also be gay.



    The plot, though. Oh my goodness. Saying that there are some gaps here and there is like 'putting a good positive spin' on the collapse of the Williamsburg bridge.



    The doctors and nurses Olivia has worked with in several previous episodes have consistently impressed on her the law that is HIPPA; only suddenly now does she seem unaware of it? Not only that, but having been told by hospital staff in charge of the patient, Olivia waltzes right into the room and deliberately tricks her into talking by deceitfully claiming that "...the doctor told me everything." A second-year law student could quash the entire case right there -- maybe even get Olivia bounced off the case.



    True: what's been done to the baby is very, very bad; however, the baby was conceived consensually and legally. Just because Stabler's and Benson's twitchy egoes (jointly and separately) can't deal with that fact, the writers' product (the script) here seems to suggest that verbal pyrotechnics is a more satisfactory solution than really and actually constructing a plot worthy of the audience (not to mention the two superb guest stars).



    This being the twenty-first Century version of Women's Rights at work, Olivia and Stabler are given several scenes of grousing about the crooked man villan in this set-piece (Olivia's is the more blunt of these: "You'll never get custody of that baby. Surrender that child now!!"), then must fade-off into commercials as the court system once more takes center stage so as to assert its version of what the law is (as opposed to what it might should maybe be).



    The ADA wins this one: Ms Fisk's character will, indeed, eventually leave the psych facility, free to return to her amazingly talented enabler.



    I really look forward to seeing Skyler and Zeljko again -- but not this mish-mash of fourth-rate scripting.



    Thanks.

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  • This one could have been better.

    8.2
    Law & Order always has such great episodes that this while it was still good, was kind of a let down. I dont like it when Benson and Stabler dont have much time together. They make the show, stop splitting them apart. Enough of Stablers home life, it is over move on.
Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Michael Lerner

Michael Lerner

Morty Berger

Guest Star

Zeljko Ivanek

Zeljko Ivanek

Everett Drake

Guest Star

Nick Basta

Nick Basta

Reporter #1

Guest Star

Audrie Neenan

Audrie Neenan

Hon. Lois Preston

Recurring Role

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

O'Halloran

Recurring Role

Patricia Kalember

Patricia Kalember

Judge K. Taten

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Zeljko Ivanek plays a character named Everett Drake in this episode. His first scene is a dialog scene with Fin and John Munch. Zeljko Ivanek previously played ADA Ed Danvers in Homicide: Life on the Street, and interacted regularly with John Munch on that show. Additionally, Ed Danvers crossed over more than once into the original Law & Order series, which is where the Don Cragen character originated.

  • QUOTES (15)

    • Morty Berger: Are you familiar with Kendall's study of postpartum women, which showed: "Psychiatric hospital admissions increase seven times in the first three postpartum months compared to pre-pregnancy, and represent the peak prevalence for psychiatric disorders for women."?
      Dr. Huang: I'm aware of the biologically vulnerable state of women following childbirth.
      Morty Berger: So, their brain chemistry can be altered. Their hormones go crazy. Uh, sorry. I'm gonna anticipate an objection to that one. Lemme rephrase. (pauses) Their hormones... go kooky.

    • Donald Cragen: This nutcase is a serial baby-killer.

    • Olivia Benson: I could never understand my mother's inability to love me. Not until after I learned the truth about myself.

    • Olivia Benson (to Mr. Drake): Wow! Denial really does run in your family.

    • Olivia Benson (to a suspect): You're a sick man, Mr. Drake.

    • Donald Cragen: Interrogation 101: Overcoming resistance through compassion.
      Elliot Stabler: I can't. Not with this one.
      Olivia Benson: It's Saturday.
      Elliot Stabler: Holding that kid, she just ... threw away.
      Donald Cragen: Kathy still has custody.
      Elliot Stabler: It's my weekend, the day's half gone, I'm still here.

    • Elliot Stabler: (holds the baby's hand) Welcome to the world there, tough guy.

    • (After the verdict.)
      Olivia Benson: She had to be crazy, don't you think? She did what Everett told her to do.
      Casey Novak: She'll probably have the hospital convinced that she's cured in a year or so.
      Olivia Benson: Then it's back to Daddy.

    • Olivia Benson: (to Everett Drake) Did you tell her that her grandson is also her stepson?
      Mrs. Drake: What?
      Olivia Benson: Your husband's been cheating on you. With his own daughter.

    • Morty Berger: My client doesn't have so much as a parking ticket.
      Casey Novak: I'm sure if she did, she would just throw them in the trash along with her babies.

    • Elliot Stabler: You chose to walk six blocks with him, right past a firehouse! A hospital where under safe haven laws, you coulda just left him anonymously!
      Ella Christenson: Why are you yelling at me?
      Elliot Stabler: Because you tossed him in the trash like the garbage you are!

    • Doctor: His umbilical cord was clamped off with this, or he'd have bled to death.
      Olivia Benson: (reads the clamp) 'Gourmet Coffee'.
      Elliot Stabler: Guess he interrupted breakfast.

    • (Munch and Fin are investigating the disappearance of Ella's first child.)
      John Munch: What did she say happened to the baby?
      New Jersey Detective: She disposed of it herself.
      Fin Tutuola: For future reference, that's called Murder Two.

    • Everett Drake: (Holding the baby.) I'm taking custody. I can give him a home. He belongs with his father.
      Casey Novak: But not with his grandfather.

    • (About a homeless woman who thought she was pregnant.)
      Fin Tutuola: She's a fruitcake with baby fever.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Holly Ashcroft case.

    • Don Cragen: The Andrea Yates defense?
      Andrea Yates was the Texas woman who drowned all five of her children in the bathtub. She pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity because she was suffering from postpartum psychosis and severe depression. She was found guilty, but her conviction was overturned on the basis that a prosecution psychiatrist from California had falsely testified of a nonexistent Law & Order episode that purportedly mirrored her case. On July 26, 2006, the jury in the retrial reached a not guilty by reason of insanity verdict.

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