Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 9 Episode 18

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 06, 2008 on NBC
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When a pregnant woman's body is discovered in a burned-out brownstone, the investigation turns to a family of coffee importers.

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  • Another great episode

    9.5
    This episode was quite a good one. We have a father and son, who are both sleeping with the same girl, who has just been murdered. We soon find out that the victim was pregnant and that either one of them could be the baby's father. When the DNA is run, we learn that it was the father who fathered the baby. During the trial, Casey announces to the court that P.J. is as she put it shooting blanks. The jury is dead locked and so a mistrial is declared. Casey discovers that there was one juror who was dead locking the case. She is a single parent with a disabled son; she got large amounts of money deposited into her account. She pleads with Casey not to put her in jail so Casey and her come up with a deal. When the team search the victim's apartment they discover a sex tape of her and hr boyfriends father together. At the end of the episode we learn that the ADA for the father and son is in love with the son. She was the one who bribed the juror. They end up on top of a roof, and she hugs the son and takes him off the roof with her. They both fall on top of car, dead.moreless
  • Without a doubt one of the best SVU episodes you will ever see. What a surprise ending!

    10
    It's a good thing that I saw this episode after I saw the season finale (the finale was awful). I will now be left with the thought that this episode was excellent instead of thinking about that finale. The case of the pregnant women being killed was actually exciting because I was so sure that the father or the son had been the ones to murder her. When the son's attorney appeared on the scene, I briefly suspected her of being involved, but dismissed it. My original instinct had been right; she was the killer. But I never suspected what would happen after it was revealed that she was the suspect. I was actually hoping she'd jump off the roof top but I was totally shocked when she pulled PJ off the roof top with her. SVU hasn't impressed me with a surprise ending like this one in a long time! It was great.



    I felt no sympathy for father or son, or the pregnant woman who had been blackmailing them. The episode was very good, despite hating all the people involved in the case. FOr once I focused more on the craziness of the case instead of the dynamics between the detectives. I did like how they all worked together to solve the case, however (Lake was the only one missing).



    I wish that more SVU episodes could be like this one. It was well written and well acted and the ending was something that no one could have forseen. But it was great.moreless
  • This episode had it's twist ending but then it went too far and became just stupid and silly.

    2.8
    This was an OK episode but then for some reason they tried too hard with the twist ending and it was over kill in the max. Why on earth would you let the murder walk out when you are grandstanding with showing the proof of their guilt, and how could a slight girl in high heels drag a six foot healthy guy up and over a ledge from her position physically. The only logical result of this episode is ADA Novak disbarred, benson and stabler and probably they whole unit sacked and everybody up to their ears in wrongful death suit's

    Sinply put it would have been a much better episode if they had simply cuffed the killer instead of letting her leave the room so that they could grandstand.moreless
  • In the last few minutes we leave the world of Law & Order and enter the world of bad cop shows

    6.8
    In the last few minutes of this episode, Benson, Stabler and Novak have evidence against a killer, but let the killer leave a conference room at the district attorney's office. Security at the front door (the only exit) has been notified, so why stop the killer from leaving the conference room?



    They don't stop the killer because to do so would prevent the episode's dramatic ending. Who cares if three of the show's stars act incredibly out of character in order for the ending to happen?



    If the cops had acted in character and arrested the killer, what would the dramatic ending be?



    The writers apparently couldn't come up with a dramatic ending that flowed from the plot and kept the actors from breaking character, so they took the easy way out.



    I'm sure if I thought about other L&O:SVU endings, I'd realize that the people on the screen acted unusually in order to create a dramatic ending, but I can't remember any case that was as obvious as this one.moreless
  • Who knew coffee could be so dangerous.

    9.0
    With Diane Neal's impending departure, I've been treasuring every minute and every second of her on the show. This episode did not disappoint because she was a real bad-ass, seriously kicking butt at trial. It reminded me of when she first came to SVU with guns blazing, and it was very entertaining and nostalgic to watch.



    Now I'm really gonna miss her all the more. Why, DW, why?!



    Story-wise, it was interesting enough, but I noticed that white-collar lawyers who suddenly take on murder cases are involved in the crime somehow. I remember seeing something similar in the mothership, but I didn't expect an ending like this (though I kinda knew she was going to take PJ over the edge with her the minute she hugged him). I liked the twist and it left me staring at the monitor for a few seconds.



    And I kept referring to Stephen Collins' character as Reverend Camden. O_o



    One thing I noticed in this episode was the humor. It was like the writers were trying to lighten things up, with Elliot commenting on Melinda's smile, Chester teasing Munch's fashion sense, Elliot asking Melinda if she had a lunch date with Ryan (O'Halloran), Munch's "for the love of all things holy" remark, and the bet Elliot and Olivia made. I'm not complaining. It had fun watching them tease each other and be "relaxed" like long-time colleagues should be.



    I'm giving Casey 5 out of 5 ADA badges, and the episode 4 out of 5 NYPD badges. I think this episode is worth another watch. And another.



    Now excuse me while I make myself a cup of coffee.moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Sgt. John Munch

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

ADA Casey Novak

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Adam Beach

Adam Beach

Det. Chester Lake

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Clea Lewis

Clea Lewis

Heaven Moskowitz

Guest Star

P.J. Benjamin

P.J. Benjamin

Fire Marshall Eddie Brancato

Guest Star

Russ Salzberg

Russ Salzberg

Dan

Guest Star

Peter Hermann

Peter Hermann

Trevor Langan

Recurring Role

Patricia Kalember

Patricia Kalember

Judge K. Taten

Recurring Role

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran

Recurring Role

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