T.V. Series Review: Law and Order: SVU Season 2

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Law and Order: SVU Season 2 Summary

Season 2, Episode 1: Wrong is Right

Stabler’s daughter, Maureen (Erin Broderick), bears witness to a horrific crime scene: the murder of a man who was set on fire. The internal investigation into the psyches of the SVU detectives yields interesting results. Monique Jeffries is removed from active duty and placed on desk duty and is replaced by Fin Tutuola. Cabot joins the SVU squad as a permanent Assistant District Attorney for the sex crimes unit.

Season 2, Episode 2: Honor

A woman found in the park shows signs of being viciously assaulted. She is identified as Nafeesa Amir, the daughter of Afghan diplomat Saleh Amir (Marshall Manesh). During the investigation, the detectives learn that Nafeesa and her brother Jaleel (Anil Kumar) were raised according to Taliban traditions in which an “honor killing” is the punishment for disobedience. Although her individuality has been suppressed for her entire life, the SVU squad turns to Aziza Amir (Susham Bedi) for help, hoping that the love she feels for her daughter is stronger.

Season 2, Episode 3: Closure, Part 2

Stabler and Benson investigate a sexual assault very similar to one they worked six months ago. They assume that the prime suspect from the previous case (Neil Maffin) is again responsible. Things turn more complicated when they learn that he is being followed and surveilled by his alleged victim (Tracy Pollan) who is desperate to get her life back.

Season 2, Episode 4: Legacy

An abused seven-year-old girl lies in a deep coma as the detectives investigate members of her dysfunctional family to determine the source of the abuse. After her mother (Jennifer Dundas Lowe), father (Paul Michael Valley), and brother (Adam Zolotin) lie to protect each other, Munch gets emotional because of a similar case that has haunted him for years.

Season 2, Episode 5: Baby Killer

The tragic shooting death of a young girl leads investigators to a little boy Elias (Nicolas Martí Salgado). Elliot and Olivia interview him with his parents (Sara Ramirez and Robert Montano) as he is one of the youngest murder suspects they have ever questioned. Meanwhile, Alex argues with her co-workers over what punishment would be ethical. Ballistic evidence reveals that Elias picked up the gun after a gang related murder which he must have witnessed. In addition to providing a mitigating circumstance for Elias’ case, this allows the detectives to apprehend a wanted criminal (Carlos Leon).

Season 2, Episode 6: Noncompliance

The question of patients’ rights surfaces when a schizophrenic man (Kevin Breznahan) refusing to take his medication is a suspect in the stabbing death of a psychology doctoral student. Against the wishes of his mother (Kathleen Chalfant), the court eventually has him medicated.

Season 2, Episode 7: Asunder

The truth behind the alleged rape of a woman (Amy Carlson) by her police officer husband (Nestor Serrano) comes to light when a history of domestic abuse is uncovered. Monique Jeffries leaves the squad and files a discrimination suit against the NYPD.

Season 2, Episode 8: Taken

The case of a seventeen-year-old rape victim, Siobhan Miller (Jenna Lamia) during the opening festivities of a luxury family friendly hotel takes a strange turn when her immediate family tries to keep the scandal quiet by preparing a lawsuit. Detectives soon realize that the girl isn’t as innocent as she pretends to be, especially when an innocent man, Russell Ramsay (Derek Cecil) gets caught up in her scheme. Benson struggles to deal with her mother’s death.

Season 2, Episode 9: Pixies

The investigation of a gymnast’s murder involves her strict trainer (Philip Casnoff), a wealthy benefactor (Armand Schultz) and a competitor (Kate Mara).

College girl Kelly D’Leah (Tammy Blanchard) is raped during a frat party, but can’t remember anything that happened. The detectives find that she had a date rape drug in her system, leaving the squad with many suspects and accomplices. They ultimately discover that the boy who had sex with Kelly (Zak Orth) was unaware that she had been drugged.

Season 2, Episode 11: Abuse

Stabler and Benson suspect parental neglect may have led to the tragic death of the son (Paul Tiesler) of two famous singers including her mother (Christine Andreas), leading them to fear for their little girl Ashley (Hayden Panettiere). Benson realizes that the career-obsessed parents are ignoring Ashley and that her desperate cries for attention have led to a pattern of physical injuries. When Benson pushes the case further, her mother’s reaction puts her job in jeopardy.

Season 2, Episode 12: Secrets

A case involving the rape and murder of a teacher hits a snag after the woman’s taboo sexual history is exposed by one of her students.

Season 2, Episode 13: Victims

A former police officer (Eric Roberts), now a community activist, is a suspect in the murders of known sex offenders, all of whom share a certain characteristic that scars their victims for life. One of them (Rosemarie DeWitt) attempts suicide, leaving Stabler in a potentially life-threatening situation.

Season 2, Episode 14: Paranoia

The rape of a veteran police officer (Khandi Alexander), who trained Benson, is first linked to her ex-husband’s gambling debts and then to her fellow officers.

Season 2, Episode 15: Countdown

The detectives work around the clock to find an abducted girl when clues point to a serial killer (Jonathan Fried) who kills his victims after three days, and follows a very specific pattern: during the three days the man has a “Party Day”, a “Picture Day”, and finally a “Special Day” on which the victims are raped and murdered. The investigation is assisted by the killer’s last victim (Andrea Bowen), who escaped.

Season 2, Episode 16: Runaway

The search for a police officer’s runaway daughter (Kelly Karbacz), which leads the detectives through an underground rave culture that caters to wayward teens, is seen through the eyes of the squad room personnel and their interviews with the Internal Affairs division. SVU employs the help of informant Tito Frank (Sean Nelson) and Monique Jeffries who returns in her final appearance to help her former colleagues find the missing girl. Darrell Hammond guest stars as shady lawyer, Ted Bolger.

Season 2, Episode 17: Folly

he beating of a young man (Eddie Cahill) uncovers a dangerous male escort service where the boss (Patricia Kalember) may have reasons for sending her staff on potentially deadly dates.

Season 2, Episode 18: Manhunt

When the details of a kidnapping reveal similarities with a series of previous rapes and murders, Munch and Fin find themselves tracking down a serial killer (R.E. Rodgers). The killer proves exceedingly clever when he takes advantage of the trust that his partner (Paul Sparks) has in him and exploits Canadian extradition law.

Season 2, Episode 19: Parasites

When the remains of a young woman are found buried in an apartment courtyard with a collar and leash, Detectives Benson and Stabler determine that the dead woman is Ava Parulis (Mili Avital), a Romanian immigrant who was brought to the United States for an arranged marriage. They discover from Ava’s estranged twin, Irina (Mili Avital), that the dead woman had left her abusive husband, and made a habit of taking advantage of wealthy suitors, but the investigation twists when the dental record of the remains uncover the dead woman’s real identity.

Season 2, Episode 20: Pique

Observed by an FBI psychiatrist, George Huang (BD Wong) , the detectives uncover a horrifying motive for the murder of a software company employee by a fired colleague when they learn of the disturbed suspect (Chad Lowe) and his true relationship with his overbearing mother (Margot Kidder).

Season 2, Episode 21: Scourge

The team searches for a serial killer (Richard Thomas) who justifies his crimes with paranoid religious motivation set on by a rapidly deteriorating medical condition. Even though she knows that he has been driven to kill, his wife (Karen Allen) begs the prosecutors to show leniency because of his condition (Neurosyphilis).

Law and Order: SVU Season 2 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

While this series is great covering Detectives in New York, it is also very difficult to handle if you are a Sexual Assault, Domestic assault or rape victim. So if you can not handle hearing or seeing elements, this is not the show for you. Otherwise I love that the shows off New York that isn’t just tourist spots, plays off real stories, and has a great character arcs through all the seasons. Watch at your own risk. 

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