Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 10 Episode 22

Zebras

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jun 02, 2009 on NBC
8.9
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A murder in Central Park that involves a tourist puts the SVU on high alert, but when the suspect they've brought in for questioning escapes, Munch has to reach out to an ex-wife in an effort to prevent another killing that's closer to home.

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  • The Reason I Watch This Show!!

    9.0
    All I can say is WOW. I was absolutely speechless by Zebras. This episode had everything I enjoy with this series. The humour was thick at times and the drama was even thicker. Some people will say it was very predictable but I disagree. Yes maybe I saw it coming but at the same time, the ending was just brilliant. Olivia turned on her charm but when she walked into the room, all you could see was terror on her face when she layed eyes on Elliott. Its very sad to see O'Halloran go. I enjoyed him very much and he's been with the show a long time. I was SO happy it wasn't Donnelly!! I was scared after her little run in with death. I HAVE to say also that guest star Nick Stahl did a fantastic job with the role. I thought SVU outdid itself with this episode and cannot wait until next season :)moreless
  • A dead body in Central Park puts the team on the trail of a paranoid conspiracy theorist, but mistakes in the case lead to him being freed. When more people die in the same way, including people involved in his case, the chase is on to catch a killermoreless

    4.0
    Oh dear, what a poor end to a frankly rather poor season. I've hated that prat Stuckey and it is a total mystery why someone so incompetent would still have a job with the CSU. To then reveal him as a psycho killer was just idiotic - like some B grade TV movie plot twist!

    Meanwhile we had a shameful waste of the talented Nick Stahl and the unfulfilled tease of Carol Kane as John's ex.

    There have been a few daft episode lately and if it wasn't for the return of Stephanie March as Alex Cabot, this season would be down as a total waste of space. Much as I love SVU, I'm beginning to wonder if they shouldn't just pack up as they appear to have run out of decent storylines!moreless
  • worst svu episode i've ever seen. ridiculous and stupidly implausible...

    1.5
    i can't believe anyone actually thought it was good. it was the dumbest, most implausible, laughably dumb episode of any law and order series i've seen. and full of stupid cliches... i need to kill you, but instead, i'm going to tie you up. and tell you everything. and then try to make out with your partner. ...riiiiiiiiiiight. anyone who liked this episode is a moron. if the next season is to be like this, i won't watch.





    i can't believe anyone actually thought it was good. it was the dumbest, most implausible, laughably dumb episode of any law and order series i've seen.moreless
  • .

    1.0
    Dumb, predictable, sensationalistic garbage. Just when I thought this show had hit rock bottom it only got worse. Calling this a major sellout just isn't adequate, this show once had most of the same credibility as the original series (which has mostly stayed true to its roots even today), but now it's clearly chasing cheap CSI style silliness not even worthy of CBS. I could tell from the very beginning where this episode was going, it wasn't a matter of "is this going to get stupid" but "how stupid is this going to get." It's even more predictable because of a little plot hole (setting a trap for a "betrayer" long before they "betray" anyone) do they even proofread this stuff? The writing hasn't just gotten stupid, but also inept, the dialogue in this is horrible and it isn't helped by the stock clowns they got to play the guests (is New York entirely populated by central casting 20-somethings with perfect hair). The only oasis is the Munch sub-plot, I would have liked more of that. Dick Wolf should be embarrassed to put his name on this, it's certainly going to be the last episode I'll be watching.moreless
  • So... the killer was 'Not-Gay Chet' from the Real World?

    4.0
    I thought the cold-opening where man falls into bush and discovers dead body was going to be the worst part of this episode- man was I wrong. There are so many plot holes and over-the-top characters... and absolutely no subtlety at all. Sometimes I can be critical of CSI, which prides itself on having its detectives deal with lots of personal drama while hunting an inordinate amount of themed serial killers (serial killing is all the rage now, I guess).



    But 'Zebras'... A memorable season finale doesn't mean taking every unlikely plot device- booby traps, a traitor, bad guy with seemingly unending abilities, resources, and opportunity- and cramming it into an hour- for what?! a message about bullying? Olivia's tricking 'dale' at the end of the episode was both strange, awkward, and unconvincing... the worst part of it was that they killed the lab technician who was one of the better actors. Now here's a thought- why didn't they make us think it was dale and then have it turn out to be the lab technician who could have an interesting motive! (that would have been surprising) and he could kill dale too! everybody wins.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Sgt. John Munch

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Noel Fisher

Noel Fisher

CSU Tech Dale Stuckey

Guest Star

Nick Stahl

Nick Stahl

Peter Harrison

Guest Star

Carol Kane

Carol Kane

Gwen Munch

Guest Star

Judith Light

Judith Light

Judge Elizabeth Donnelly

Recurring Role

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran

Recurring Role

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