Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 10 Episode 14

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 17, 2009 on NBC
8.3
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Benson and Stabler untangle the different tales that arise from the discovery of a badly beaten man who was found in the parking lot of a strip club, investigating the strippers on duty, an ex-wife, and their transgender son.

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  • This episode disappoints with another social issue and no real mystery.

    2.0
    (Spoilers) I really like Law and Order and watch all of the various spin-offs. The episodes that I don't enjoy are the ones that hammer in social issues without a real storyline or mystery to get wrapped up in. This episode was one such show. It started off very interesting, but as soon as we see the little boy dressed as girl we know what the whole episode is going to be about. These types of episodes are almost formulaic. Enter Dr. Huang with psycho-babble about transsexual confusion in kids. As soon as we see "Haley's" school counselor and she drops some hints we know she used to be a he -- and he/she did the crime. There is little mystery or investigation that goes on before she is discovered (after a brief hit to the pharmaceutical companies). From there the plot gets worse as the counselor character tries to defend what any court would see as an undefendable assault. And, as usual, our principle characters see how rough the transsexual kids have it and pressure the D.A. into a lenient deal for the defendant. I have no problem with issue-related episodes. That's one of the things that T.V. is for -- to air issues through the art of storytelling. But when the storytelling is obvious and only written for some kind of agenda, then it's just bad T.V. and there is little to no art involved in it. Besides that, is transsexual confusion in kids a big enough problem to waste a whole episode on? I don't know....



    I'll grant the episode this -- the FEMALE actress, Wendy Makkena, made a convincing transsexual male (wanting to be a female) -- and the kid MALE actor, Bridger Zadina, made a convincing little transsexual male (wanting to be a female). But that's about as exciting as the plot gets -- trying to figure out which gender is really which. Hopefully next week's show will keep us guessing until the end.moreless
  • Bridger Zadina did an excellent job.

    10
    I have to be honest and say, I don't watch a lot of the episodes on SVU. I hate seeing people hurt or being treated badly. By chance I ended up on the station airing the SVU show. Right away I became intrigued by the show and as it proceeded I became more interested, plus I looked at the description of the episode on my TV listing. I thought over all it was very well done. The actor Bridger Zadina did an excellent job portraying a teen male to female transgender individual. I also wasn't expecting that the counselor would turn out to be a male to female transgender individual either, very nicely done. I appreciate Synchroman review of this episode but this is a social issue that doesn't get a lot of positive attention. When I speak of positive attention I'm talking about addressing the issue as educational and not sensational, like Jerry Springer or some other talk shows, which make fun of transgender individuals. As you can guess, yes I am a male to female transgender individual. What Hailey felt in this episode is what a lot of transgender individuals go through as young people, whether male or female. I guarantee that someone viewed that episode and it has helped them to move towards trying to better understand their children who are transgender or helped them to better understand individuals they know to be transgender. Yes I understand it probably doesn't do much for suspense or mystery but TV helps our culture formulate our understanding of differences in people.



    Thank you for creating a positive episode that dealt with a very misunderstood portion of our society.moreless
  • A man was almost beaten to death and has no memory of it.

    9.0
    This episode was great and really out of the box. At first i thought it was odd about the transgenders. But this is the first time you see transgender in a different light, and i empathize with them now, my views based on them because of maury and Jerry springer is gone. This episode was graphic and showed real emotion, the Henry/Hailey was a great character, and her father revelation also got me. The episode twist was more than to be expected. But still suprised me. But Kim Graylek never ever shows her true potential as a lawyer, always has to go easy on the criminal because of Bensons & Stablers sympathy. Well Overall the episode was good.moreless
  • i really really liked it. But, wasnt Alex supposed to come back on this episode??

    10
    i really really liked this episode. IT was very interesting. It was really good. it had me surprised!! i loved the whole story. It had a really good ending. I always love the episodes. They always throw you a surprise.. and this one was big. wow! i think this was justt really good.. i dont know what else to say. I really thought that alex cabot was supposed to come back for that six episode thing. right? thats what the news thing said. Fabruary 17th. Well, it doesn't matter. IT was still very good. this could be one of my favoritessmoreless
  • Top notch job by Bridger and his TV parents.

    10
    Wow. This had to be one of the best L&O eps I have seen in a long while. And this includes all 3 flavors.



    It never once dawned on me that the African American guidance counselor was also transgender. But now I understand why she was so involved in Hailey's life.



    I can see why the father wanted Hailey to stay a boy. Otherwise, he would have felt a failure as a parent.



    The actor who played Hailey was actually male (Bridger Zadina). Let's hope he didn't catch any flak from his friends for putting on makeup and lipstick.



    I usually don't do repeats, but this is one ep I would not mind seeing again.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Sgt. John Munch

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Michaela McManus

Michaela McManus

ADA Kim Greylek

Paul Lazar

Paul Lazar

Sid Gabbert

Guest Star

Frank Grillo

Frank Grillo

Mark Van Kuren

Guest Star

Heidi Marnhout

Heidi Marnhout

Molly 'Misty' Lambert

Guest Star

Audrie Neenan

Audrie Neenan

Judge Lois Preston

Recurring Role

J. Paul Nicholas

J. Paul Nicholas

Attorney Linden Delroy

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