Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 11 Episode 23

Wannabe

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 12, 2010 on NBC
7.6
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The investigation into the rape of three young girls reveals some secrets about a rookie cop who made the rapist's arrest.

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  • zzzzz

    5.5
    Honestly, what's there to say? We got even more Sharon Stone in this episode than we did in Torch. The case of the week was about as interesting as the walls in the local retirement home. The big reveal with that perp was something we've seen way too often on SVU, and I've just come to expect now that every perp we see will turn out to have a nutjob of a parent ordering them to commit these crimes.



    As if that wasn't enough, we also had to suffer through the arraignment and trial prep (with Sharon Stone, yay) of some jackass who impersonates cops for giggles.



    Skip.moreless
  • A really interesting episode

    9.5
    In this episode of SVU, the following happens. When three young girls are raped, the SVU team call in other police officers to help out. One of the new ones makes an arrest and finally they seem to have caught the rapist. Only when they go to get more information off of the officer, he has gone. When Cragen phones the 27 where he is from, they have no record of him. He was posing as a police officer. They manage to track him down and we learn that he is only 16 and is still in school. The rapist gets released, and as Elliott, Olivia and the ADA go on a stake out, the boy is there and gets shot. At the hospital he tells the ADA that he saw footage in the house of the rapist father watching a video of one of the victim getting raped. And so they manage to get the evidence needed and the rapist is arrested. Overall a really interesting episode, which makes me think that the finale next week is going to be really, really good.moreless
  • I actually like Jo Marlowe! Who would have thought?

    9.0
    This was a really good episode. The plot line was engaging, this was actually an SVU case, the acting was well done, and the story was kind of different. Of course, I knew from the beginning that Fletcher wasn't a real cop, but the rest of the twists were unexpected and it kept me on the edge of my seat.



    Even though Alex Cabot has a special place in my heart, Jo Marlowe adds an interesting dynamic to the show. I love how she interacts with Elliot and Olivia. In this episode, I also liked how she was so protective of Fletcher.



    All in all, this was a really good episode. I think SVU is getting back on track!moreless
  • SVU continues on the road to salvation...

    9.0
    Last week I wrote that if Law and Order: Special Victims Unit really wants to be in a position where it deserves it status as the most popular installment in the franchise, then it should continue with the flawless writing, fit-like-a-glove style casting, and top notch on screen performances that have made the entire L&O universe so incredibly successful. I think somebody at NBC is reading my reviews, because they have churned out yet another near perfect crime drama and bejeweled the crown of SVU as king of the block. This time we start out with a rookie cop who is itching to earn his place on the totem pole by nailing the latest serial rapist/techno-savvy mass flasher. Some good laughs are had during the intro, involving a well placed webcam and an announcement over a department store's PA system. Eventually the villian is tied into a series of rapes of young girls in Central Park and a task force is assembled to catch him in the act and take him down. After a pretty good chase sequence, the suspect is in custody and SVU's writing staff really starts to shine, opening up the world of a high school student obsessed with law enforcement who will do anything to put his name on the map. Eventually it all comes to a head at the home of the rapist's father, where the story takes an emotional suckerpunch of a turn to become a family drama involving decades of psychological abuse. I walked away from this episode feeling refreshed about the direction this program is taking. I was almost afraid that last week I had been a bit naive in how I lavished praise on the writing staff and the actors for once again showing signs of life and finding a way to glue Humpty Dumpty back together again. What's generally been good for one Law & Order has been good for the others, so let's hope this sudden resurgence of vitality into SVU bleed over into the original as well, as might even save it from cancellation.moreless
  • still not great but getting better...

    7.9
    Wannabe was....good. But it wasn't an 'OMG, what a great episode.'



    First of all, it was too much predictable. We all knew that Fletcher was a fake cop because of the promo, and this would be a good surprise...



    Sharon Stone wasn't so much annoying in this one, but sometimes her acting was too much forced. It was nice to see her interaction with Fletcher, but in the scene where he gets shot, it was exagerated to the maximum her reaction.



    The storyline....well, it was okay. I'm glad it was a special victims case, with rape victims and not something like 'torch'. But this was already done in the series. Someone becoming a rapist or a killer because of the father or the mother... well, I found it interesting. But it wasn't original. I'm excited with the season finale. I REALLY hope that 'Shattered' don't be as much ridicule as 'Zebras' was.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

ADA Jo Marlowe

Guest Star

Graham Davie

Graham Davie

Brad

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James Meredith

James Meredith

Officer Duncan

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Alex Kingston

Alex Kingston

Miranda Pond

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