Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 15 Episode 5

Wonderland Story

16
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 16, 2013 on NBC
8.4
out of 10
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28 votes
5

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Episode Summary

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At Munch's retirement party, Benson receives a text message from Sarah Walsh -- two years after being raped, Sarah believes she has been raped again. Clues lead the team to a suspect with a huge cyber presence.

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  • Wonderland Story

    7.0
    I liked the reference to Homicide: Life on the Street at the end, but I thought they could have given Munch a better sendoff than this, as opposed to a generic case we've seen 250 times.
  • Preparing for the end?

    6.0
    Did anyone else catch the line from Cragen about it almost being time for his mandatory retirement? Are they preparing for the last season or perhaps Capt Benson?
  • More of the same old same old

    2.0
    To watch L&O, you'd think NYC was overrun with white male millionaire rapists and murderers. Enough with this way overdone storyline.
  • Richard Belzer / John Munch - Full Circle

    10
    While the criminal action in this episode did have my attention, I was mainly noting the final appearance of Richard Belzer as Detective John Munch, a character he has played for 21 seasons, since 1993, beating out Kelsey Grammer's record as psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane. For 7 years, on "Homicide: Life on the Street", Munch prowled the streets of Baltimore with a number of partners, and returned there during the first season of SVU for "Homicide: The Movie". He also put in 15 years (I count this year as a full year) as Munch on SVU, providing a singularly sarcastic wit that won my heart, making him one of my top favorite characters of the entire Law & Order franchise. His character was also a man of integrity, despite having been a hippie during the 60s. In the opening scene, observant viewers will notice three cameos from his original series, Clark Johnson as Det. Meldrick Lewis, Carol Kane as Gwen Munch (ex-wife #1), and Ellen McElduff as Billie Lou Munch (ex-wife #4), at his retirement party. At the ending, as Munch reflects as his desk, we see a clip of him back during the pilot episode of Homicide, and see how much younger he looked. Then in reality, the phone rings, and in a brilliant reference to his two biggest series, he answers, "Homicide, uh . . . I'm not sure why, but that scene just shattered my reserve and I wept for awhile after this one, since he won't be around much anymore.



    I do like the idea of his moving to the office though - it's the same stunt they did with Lennie Briscoe, played by the late, great Jerry Orbach (who had GREAT on-screen chemistry with Munch!), when they started the short-lived "Law & Order: Trial By Jury". I just hope we haven't seen the last of this wonderful character.moreless
  • We'll miss you, Munch

    7.5
    I thought this episode was okay. My biggest issue with the episode is that Munch's retirement was sort of an afterthought and we barely saw him in the episode. This was his final episode as a regular. We should have had more Munch. As for the case of the repeat rape victim, it was a decent case I suppose. I was much more affected by the victim in the first episode in which she was attacked. I didn't care about her as much as I could have because I was so concerned with the fact that Munch was retiring.moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Danny Pino

Danny Pino

Det. Nick Amaro

Kelli Giddish

Kelli Giddish

Det. Amanda Rollins

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Sgt. John Munch

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Sofia Vassilieva

Sofia Vassilieva

Sarah Walsh

Guest Star

Finn Wittrock

Finn Wittrock

Cameron Tyler

Guest Star

Amelia Rose Blaire

Amelia Rose Blaire

Nicole Price

Guest Star

Dean Winters

Dean Winters

Det. Brian Cassidy

Recurring Role

Michael Mastro

Michael Mastro

Judge D. Serani

Recurring Role

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Although billed as "Party Guests", Clark Johnson (Det. Meldrick Lewis), Carol Kane (Gwen Munch) and Ellen McElduff (Billie Lou Hatfield) reprise their roles from Homicide: Life on the Street, the series Belzer played Munch on regularly before the character moved from Baltimore to New York City.  David Steinberg is also a "Party Guest" and referred to by Munch as his brother in this episode; however, in the Homicide series, Munch's brother Bernard was played by Joey Perillo.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Fin Tutuola: Munch taught me a lot. He taught me that Oswald never fired a shot, he taught me we probably never landed on the moon, and that Hoover had a gay hit squad.
      John Munch: All true.

    • Sarah Walsh: You know what? Why don't I just go out there again and you guys just follow me. And that way we'll catch a lot of rapists.

  • NOTES (4)

    • This episode picks up two years after the events of the season 13 episode 'True Believers' leave off.

    • Crew Clarifications and Additions: Jonathan Strauss (Casting by), Lynn Kressel (Casting by), Philip Huffman (Casting by), Alana West (Set Costumer), Joanna Brett (Wardrobe Supervisor)

    • Dee Dee Vega, who sang at the underground club in this episode, is a member of the trio Amour Obscur. Part of the New York City night club music scene, she possesses a powerful contralto voice for her caberet noire style singing.

    • Todd Almond who played the underground club promoter, Andre, is in reality a composer, lyricist and playwright. He is the author of a several of award winning theatre plays and has written musicals for Juilliard and New York University. Collaborating with composer Ellen Mandel, Todd recorded two albums of songs with texts by e.e. cummings, Seamus Heaney, W.B. Yeats, and other poets. In 2008, he released original music on his Mexico City CD. Todd collaborated with Warren Leight and Stafford Arima on the musical adaptation of John Knowles' novel A Separate Peace that had its first public presentation on July 29, 2012 as part of the Vassar & New York Stage and Film Powerhouse Theater season in Poughkeepsie, New York.

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