T.V. Series Review: Law and Order: SVU Season 7

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Law and Order: SVU Season 7 Summary

Season 7, Episode 1: Demons

Twenty years after being convicted of the rape of a teenage girl, Ray Schenkel (Robert Patrick) is released from prison, much to the dismay of a retired detective (Robert Walden). When a teenage girl (Brittany Underwood) is raped on the route Schenkel would have taken home, Stabler goes undercover as a recently paroled sex offender so that he can get into the group with the same therapist (Jim Moody) as Schenkel, and the same halfway house. Cragen worries that Stabler may be getting in over his head

Season 7, Episode 2: Design

Benson brings a pregnant woman (Estella Warren) down from a rooftop, who claims to be a rape victim who contemplated suicide. When the unit charges her alleged attacker and the father of the baby (Julian Sands), she appears to perish in an explosion. After finding other men (Bobby Flay, Mark McGrath, and Jesse Palmer) who slept with her despite having no recollection of it, the detectives realize that the woman, very much still alive, is a con artist and a rapist herself who was following the eugenics plan of her father (Ronny Cox) to produce a baby with successful genes. With the help of her mother (Lynda Carter), she hides the baby until the court agrees not to give her jail time

Season 7, Episode 3: 911

Benson is on her way out for the evening when a call comes in from a little girl named Maria (Jeanine Monterroza and Rachel Diaz-Stand), who says she is all alone in a locked room. While trying to draw the girl out, Benson is drawn deeper into the little girl’s life. Although the other officers begin to suspect that the whole thing is some sick joke, Benson is convinced that the little girl is telling the truth. By talking to Maria, Benson is able to ferret enough information to get a place to start, but Maria’s captor (Christopher Evan Welch) has an affinity for electronics and has done everything he can to make sure that no one can find the little girl he bought and paid for.

Season 7, Episode 4: Ripped

When the teenage son (Paul Wesley) of Stabler’s old partner (Noah Emmerich) comes under suspicion for attacking a classmate, Stabler is caught between his boss, who thinks he is cutting the kid too many breaks, and his friend, who thinks he is not doing enough to help. Stabler seeks counselling from another friend (Mary Stuart Masterson) when the case starts to bring out the worst in him

Season 7, Episode 5: Strain

Police discover the bodies of two young gay men who were both methamphetamine addicts as well as victims of a new strain of HIV that can kill its victims in less than a year. Tutuola learns that his son Ken (Ernest Waddell) is gay, and has difficulty accepting it. Ken helps Benson and Tutuola infiltrate an anti-meth group and they learn that the leader (Brian Bloom) killed people who were spreading the virus. The father (Bill Smitrovich) of one of the victims realizes that this crime saved lives and asks that it be punished with a lenient sentence.

Season 7, Episode 6: Raw

A six-year-old boy who was adopted by parents (Myk Watford and Marin Hinkle) of a different race is killed in a school shooting. When detectives trace the rifle used back to a gun shop, Munch and Tutuola face hatred from a neo-Nazi group using the shop as its headquarters. The group consists of a white supremacist (J.C. MacKenzie), his son (Cody Kasch) and a woman (Marcia Gay Harden) who is not what she appears to be. When detectives arrest the shooter (Joel Marsh Garland) and put him on the witness stand, the group retaliates by starting a shootout in the courtroom that claims the life of a judge (John Rubinstein).

Season 7, Episode 7: Name

After the bones of a boy who disappeared in 1978 are found at a playground, Stabler, still visibly recovering from a recent gunshot wound, teams up with a CSU technician (Paula Garcés) who is taking the case personally. When a woman (Lisa Emery) comes forward, claiming that the boy was her brother, they reopen a cold case involving three murdered Puerto Rican boys in which the prime suspect (Richard Bright) worked with an accomplice (Ruben Santiago-Hudson)

Season 7, Episode 8: Starved

After a dating service is linked to the rapes of three women (Kelly Miller, Ivy Omére and Virginia Leung), Olivia goes undercover to ferret out the rapist and meets a surgeon (Dean Cain) who enjoys controlling the women in his life. The detectives are soon led to his girlfriend (Tina Holmes) but she is manipulated into attempting suicide which leaves her in a vegetative state. A legal battle between a convicted rapist and his girlfriend’s mother (Veronica Cartwright) ensues over whether the feeding tube should be removed

Season 7, Episode 9: Rockabye

A sixteen-year-old (Keri Lynn Pratt) loses her unborn child due to a severe abdominal beating. Her father (Skipp Sudduth) insists that she must have been raped and this leads detectives to the baby’s father (John Patrick Amedori). The squad later learns that the girl was an active party in her own beating and that the teens found it necessary to do this after an abortion clinic deliberately stalled for time.

Season 7, Episode 10: Storm

A teenager (Keke Palmer) and her baby sister end up in the hospital after a day at the park. Detectives learn that both girls were abducted from New Orleans by a pedophile after Hurricane Katrina along with a third sister (Nickayla Tucker) who is still missing. Despite the interference of a local reporter (Matthew Settle), the detectives are able to catch the kidnapper (Russell Hornsby) and recover the girl. However, when he dies unexpectedly, and the lab discovers the cause was anthrax poisoning, it is revealed that he was involved with a man (Leo Marks) who stole anthrax from a laboratory in New Orleans during the hurricane. Benson tries to inform the public about this and puts her job at risk.

Season 7, Episode 11: Alien

A school boy (Daniel Manche) becomes paralyzed after being stabbed in the back and detectives learn that the alleged perpetrator (Sasha Neulinger) was trying to protect his half-sister (Raquel Castro). While attending a Catholic school, the girl had been tormented continuously for having two mothers. One of her guardians (Amy Pietz) who never legally adopted her, is accused of sexual molestation by the girl’s biological grandparents (Edmund Genest and Mary Beth Peil). While trying to decide if the claims are real or frivolous, Novak begins to suspect that their lawyer (Stephen Bogardus) is committing perjury.

Season 7, Episode 12: Infected

A single mother (April Nixon) is found dead in her apartment with her son (Malcolm David Kelley) hiding in the closet behind her body. The squad is able to link the woman’s death to a philanthropist (Gordon Clapp) whose organization helps people get off the street. Detective Benson befriends the traumatized boy and tries to have him ID his mother’s killer in a lineup. However, he IDs the wrong man and goes out of his way to make up for this by killing the suspect himself. A high profile case develops around charging a child with murder and his defense argues that his exposure to gun violence conditioned him to kill. Afraid of the precedent this could set, a firearms lobby files a civil suit. A clever legal maneuver by Judge Donnelly (Judith Light) gets the orphan acquitted of the murder charge and into foster care.

Season 7, Episode 13: Blast

The team begins a search when a girl (Gabrielle Brennan) is kidnapped while walking home from school. While processing evidence found at the scene, Warner realizes that the little girl has leukemia and needs treatment as soon as possible. The detectives are able to find her after a botched ransom drop but they learn that the kidnapper (Shawn Reaves), a drug addict desperate for cash, is the girl’s brother. Stabler and Warner become hostages when he holds up a bank to strike back at his parents (Tom Verica and Kaitlin Hopkins). Before he gets himself killed by the ESU team being amassed, Warner shoots him in the leg, allowing him to be taken alive.

Season 7, Episode 14: Taboo

A college student (Schuyler Fisk)’s tale of rape and an unknown pregnancy becomes suspicious to the detectives when they learn that she has been linked to not one, but two abandoned newborns. A paternity test later reveals that her abandoned child was the result of incestuous relationship with her father (Željko Ivanek), who is a local politician married to another woman (Alexandra Neil).

Season 7, Episode 15: Manipulated

The body of a young woman is found and when Benson and Stabler delve into her private life, they learn that in addition to being a respected lawyer, she was also a stripper. Her co-worker at the club (Faina Vitebsky) is later found murdered as well. Surveillance footage and DNA evidence implicate the lawyer’s boss (Chris Potter) who appears to live with a disabled wife (Rebecca De Mornay). Further investigation reveals that the wife is living a lie and that she exacts revenge on her husband by hiring a hitman (Holt McCallany) to kill his sexual partners.

Season 7, Episode 16: Gone

Three students are charged with rape and murder in the disappearance of a teenage Canadian girl (Barbara King) who took a trip to Manhattan. Under questioning, two of them (Teddy Ick and Paul David Story) point the finger at the younger and more gentle suspect (Harry Zittel). Novak discovers that he is being set up and promises to protect him from the other two. Despite this he disappears after the indictment. With no body and only one witness left (Sandor Tecsy) who is in no shape to testify, the boys are released. After following disturbing evidence, which includes a bug in the office of Judge Donnelly (Judith Light) planted by a corrupt court officer (Maggie Siff), the detectives arrest the two predators for the murder of their scapegoat.

Season 7, Episode 17: Class

When a college girl (Tess Soltau)’s body is dumped in an area frequented by prostitutes, Stabler and Tutuola realize she had far more money than a student on financial aid should, and they learn that she was deeply involved in the world of online gambling and high-stakes poker. Suspects include the victim’s roommate (Trieste Kelly Dunn) who is seen wearing an expensive ring, an athlete (Mathew St. Patrick) from whom the ring was stolen and the victim’s childhood friend (Will Estes). Stabler makes a special plea for the latter when stories of the young man’s childhood are reminiscent of Stabler’s own

Season 7, Episode 18: Venom

Tutuola’s son Ken Randall (Ernest Waddell) calls Benson for help after he is picked up in an alley late at night. He claims that he was looking for a corpse after overhearing a man talk about murdering a woman and dumping her body. Although Tutuola and his ex-wife (LisaGay Hamilton) are sure that Ken is not a killer, they are puzzled about why he refuses to take a DNA test. Tutuola suspects that this has something to do with Ken’s cousin, Darius Parker (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) who has a long criminal record. When Ken eventually submits his DNA, it reveals a shocking family connection. Darius confesses to having murdered the woman and her baby but he is clever enough to get this confession thrown out. He vows revenge upon the family that has been humiliating him for his entire life.

Season 7, Episode 19: Fault

A manhunt ensues when Victor Paul Gitano (Lou Diamond Phillips), a recently released sex offender, kidnaps two children (Steven Hinkle and Tristen Douglass) after killing the rest of their family. Benson and Stabler pursue Gitano only to find their own relationship challenged as both experience opportunities where they put their personal relationship ahead of their jobs. The partners are able to save one of the children but Benson requests a new partner, feeling that they have become too close.

Season 7, Episode 20: Fat

With Benson transferred to the Computer Crimes Unit, Stabler is temporarily partnered with Detective Lucius Blaine (Anthony Anderson). Blaine is first to arrive on the scene of a girl (Rooney Mara), who was brutally assaulted by two overweight teenage culprits (Wallace Little and Shahidah McIntosh). The suspects are later discovered to be the siblings of an older brother (Omar Benson Miller) who has diabetes and needs a wheelchair. The detectives find out that the victim, along with her friend (Billy Wheelan) were victimizing obese people and had surprising motives for doing so.

Season 7, Episode 21: Web

An eight-year-old boy (Jack Vignone) propositions a male classmate. When Stabler and Tutuola are called in, they learn that the boy’s older brother (Connor Paolo) was molested by their father (Tim Hopper). DNA tests reveal that a pattern of abuse has infected the family with the older brother running his own pornography site. The webmaster goes missing and Ruben Morales (Joel de la Fuente) joins the detectives in their search. His own guilt about his nephew’s rape by an online predator colors his judgment when dealing with one of the suspects

Season 7, Episode 22: Influence

A teenage girl (Brittany Snow) falsely accuses two classmates (John Sutherland and Brandon Gill) of rape, makes advances on a third (Zachary Booth), and hits nine pedestrians in a car crash, killing one. Medical tests reveal that she recently stopped taking her medication for bipolar disorder. Her parents (Jeff McCarthy and Marsha Dietlein) agree to put her back on medication, but a rock star (Norman Reedus) known for his negative views on psychiatry campaigns for her right to refuse.

Law and Order: SVU Season 7 Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

If you can’t handle talks of sexual assault, rape, domestic abuse and more, this is not the show for you. That being said, it is a great show to get caught up in and while fictional, are inspired by true stories.

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