T.V. Series Review: Law and Order: SVU Season 11

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Law and Order: SVU Season 11 Summary

Season 11, Episode 1: Unstable

Officer Nate Kendall (Wentworth Miller) aids a woman in trouble (Jennifer Ferrin) and becomes roped into solving a rape case. Detectives Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson believe that Kendall is not right for the case due to his unstable personality. Executive ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti) joins the team, bringing evidence of a common thread among three other rape cases. Detective Stabler, who arrested the prime suspect (Chike Johnson) for the rapes ten years ago, realizes that the victim (Geneva Carr)’s interracial identification was incorrect and that he put an innocent man in prison for twenty-five years. The detectives track down the real rapist (Mahershala Ali) but are unable to get the results that they want after arresting him.

Season 11, Episode 2: Sugar

A young woman (Julie Craig)’s body is found stuffed inside a suitcase, and police believe that she was a train passenger on her way to Tampa when she was murdered. Detectives Benson and Stabler turn to her financier boyfriend (Matt Burns)’s yacht to investigate. After further searching, the detectives discover that the victim belonged to an online dating website, but when its CEO (Eric McCormack) refuses to comment on the case, they turn to EADA Paxton for help. The CEO is the victim’s new boyfriend, and he says that he accidentally killed his girlfriend because she wanted to break up with him. Later, it is revealed that someone close to the CEO (Melissa Farman) is responsible for the victim’s death.

Season 11, Episode 3: Solitary

When a woman (Deborah Ann Woll) is reported missing, her boyfriend (Bobby Campo) points Detectives Benson and Stabler in the direction of her downstairs neighbor (Stephen Rea), a convicted bank robber who spent nineteen years in solitary confinement. A surprising twist to the case exposes more of the ex-con’s dark past.

Season 11, Episode 4: Hammered

After a night of heavy drinking, an alcoholic (Scott Foley) wakes up to a bloody apartment, a terrible cut on his head and a dead woman in his bed. Unable to recall the night before, he immediately calls the police. Benson and Stabler suspect the crime is the result of a deadly love triangle while Munch and Tutuola discover that the victim was an abortion doctor. After talking to her ex-husband (Chris McKinney), the detectives learn about the numerous death threats that were sent to her. The squad arrests the man who originally called them when they find him beating up his business partner (Chris Bauer) for convincing him to drink again. This leads to a trial which exposes Sonya Paxton’s drinking problem.

Season 11, Episode 5: Hardwired

After a woman with a short fuse (Rosie Perez) makes a shocking discovery about her son (Cruz Santiago) and his behavior at school, she takes him to the doctor and finds out that he has been the victim of sexual abuse. Detectives Benson and Stabler come onto the scene and question the victim and his family. From the boy’s frightened reaction when his stepfather (Jim True-Frost) silences the investigation, it is clear to everyone in the room who the real perpetrator is. As Benson and Stabler are about to arrest the suspect, he agrees to give up the leader (Garret Dillahunt) of the largest pro child-adult relationship civil rights group in exchange for a plea bargain from ADA Alex Cabot, who returns from Albany.

Season 11, Episode 6: Spooked

In the back of a truck, police discover a murdered man and a murdered woman with breast implants cut out of her. Detectives Benson and Stabler investigate the scene and link the male victim to a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. Benson and Stabler follow a lead to an abandoned drug den where they are surprised to see FBI Special Agent Dean Porter (Vincent Spano), who is separately working on the case. When a suspect, Manuel Rojas (Jose Yenque) holds Olivia at gunpoint, Porter arrives and kills the suspect with timing that appears too convenient. Suspicious of his involvement, Olivia makes advances on him and eventually helps the SVU locate the killer (Paola Mendoza). Captain Cragen has no choice but to let her and Porter go free when it is revealed that the killing of the female victim helped preserve national security.

Season 11, Episode 7: Users

After a crime scene photo of a murdered teenage girl (iJustine) rapidly becomes an Internet phenomenon, the police initiate an investigation with the victim’s father (James Colby). When he points the detectives towards his daughter’s suspicious therapist (James Frain), it turns out that the man’s alibi is airtight. While Munch and Fin are busy tracking down the girl’s stolen credit card, Warner and Stabler discover that one of the other therapy patients (Ryan Kelley) has broken into the morgue. The case takes an unexpected turn when the SVU realizes that their best potential witness is desperate for heroin. Huang puts his medical license on the line to get him an illegal drug with a high effectiveness for treating addiction.

Season 11, Episode 8: Turmoil

After risqué photos of a fifteen-year-old rape victim (Shana Dowdeswell) are leaked onto the internet, Detectives Benson and Stabler’s case becomes much more complicated. As the detectives’ case slowly morphs into an investigation of ADA Cabot by the State Bar, Stabler’s son Dickie (Jeffrey Scaperrotta) becomes entangled in a streak of compromising events at the hands of his best friend, a recovering drug addict (Joshua Page). As Benson takes charge of the rape case, Stabler is forced to set his personal opinions aside and deal with the potentially life-threatening situation his son and his friend have gotten themselves into.

Season 11, Episode 9: Perverted

While in the park, a family stumbles upon the sexually mutilated body of a biker (Eddie Abele) whose gang is known for prostitution and contract killing. To everyone’s surprise, incriminating DNA evidence points to Detective Benson as the prime suspect. Munch and Fin investigate the murder, while Stabler fights to prove his partner’s innocence. Benson is confronted by a criminal she arrested years earlier (Patrick Heusinger). Having endured years of sexual abuse in prison, he framed Benson with the help of a questionable doctor (J. Robert Spencer).

Season 11, Episode 10: Anchor

When two young girls are similarly murdered a little over a month apart, Detective Tutuola decides to investigate the gruesome crimes. Benson puts him in touch with a reporter (Megalyn Echikunwoke) who may have enough connections to get them a lead. After a third killing, Fin discovers that all three children were “anchor babies” of immigrant families and reaches out to the Center of Immigrant Services. After sifting through the Center’s hate mail, and witnessing a fight between an immigration lawyer (John Larroquette) and a fanatic (Thomas Sadoski) who follows a conservative talk show host (Bruce McGill), Fin begins to narrow in on the killer.

Season 11, Episode 11: Quickie

When a seventeen-year-old is found strangled and beaten to death in an alley, her ex-boyfriend (Brady Corbet) leads the cops to a website that she used to meet up with random men. Detective Benson decides to create a user account for the site and finds a womanizer (Brian Geraghty) who met with the victim and had sex with her without a condom. The case is closed when a different suspect is proven guilty of the murder but a new one opens when the original suspect is found to have HIV. To help ADA Cabot prosecute the predator for knowingly spreading HIV, one of his previous partners (Mattie Hawkinson) is brought into court. When this fails to work, the defendant’s grandfather (Jack Larson) blames himself for his grandson’s misogyny and causes him to have an epiphany.

Season 11, Episode 12: Shadow

When a wealthy couple is found murdered in their bedroom, Benson and Stabler decide to speak to the deceased couple’s daughter Anne (Sarah Paulson). After hearing her story of a strange man who has been following her, the detectives soon discover that the supposed stalker is Detective Ash Ramsey (Naveen Andrews) of the Special Frauds division. Convinced that Anne killed her parents for their money, Ramsey becomes suspicious of Anne’s business manager (Dennis Boutsikaris) and is led to believe that he helped her steal money from the foundation she runs. With little evidence to go on, the detectives are able to buy some time by blackmailing the foundation’s leader (Edward Hibbert) into pressing charges against Anne for embezzlement. Even though hitmen have been sent after them, Benson and Ramsey go out into the open as part of a dangerous sting operation.

Season 11, Episode 13: P.C.

A patrol cop finds a beautiful woman (Ashby Dodge) nearly dead; she dies before Benson and Stabler reach the hospital. Soon a lesbian rights group with a charismatic leader (Kathy Griffin) gets involved, claiming the victim’s death was a result of police neglect over the LGBT community. The detectives initially suspect the woman’s former lover (Kate Udall) to be responsible but when she is in custody more women from the group are attacked. From security camera footage and their own surveillance of a press conference, the SVU is able to arrest a homophobic man (Chad Donella) and prove he is the killer.

Season 11, Episode 14: Savior

A series of young prostitutes is found murdered with homemade prayer cards attached to their bodies leading Detectives Benson and Stabler to a religious zealot (Lee Tergesen). However, they find a prostitute (Mischa Barton) who survived his attacks and count on her testimony to put the killer away. Olivia is left to make a heartbreaking decision after the survivor asks for her help.

Season 11, Episode 15: Confidential

Cragen and the SVU squad find a woman dead in a garbage can soon after she is recorded being abducted by security cameras. Munch recalls a similar case from twenty years before, which sends Benson and Stabler to Sing Sing to speak to the supposed culprit (Yul Vazquez). The detectives discover that the building owner (Richard Burgi) actually committed both crimes after their investigation comes under fierce opposition from his lawyer (Lena Olin). The trial that follows focuses on the collateral damage caused by attorney–client privilege.

Season 11, Episode 16: Witness

A pretty woman (Diora Baird) is raped and cut in her apartment building’s stairwell and claims a black woman saved her by punching the perpetrator (Eric Lange) in the eye. The lady is identified as Nardalee Ula (Saidah Arrika Ekulona), an illegal immigrant from Democratic Republic of the Congo, who came to America after escaping a life of sexual abuse against women used by the country as a “weapon of war”. After the victim dies from MRSA, Nardalee is the only one who can testify against the rapist, but risks being deported. After her successful testimony she is awarded a U-Visa, but declines it, saying she will be going back to the Congo to help save other women from sexual abuse. Meanwhile, ADA Cabot makes a shocking decision of her own.

Season 11, Episode 17: Disabled

When she fails to show up at a bus stop, Cara Raleigh (Lisa Arrindell Anderson), a disabled former opera singer with multiple sclerosis who cannot speak, is found by her bus driver (Ralph Byers), beaten and raped in her home. Her nephew (Quinton Aaron) gives an alibi that does not check out and her sister (Jill Scott) is seen physically abusing her on video. As a result, both caregivers become suspects. Cara eventually reveals that the bus driver was the rapist but is put in a nursing home and becomes unwilling to cooperate. Benson manages to persuade her to stand trial with the unit’s temporary ADA (Teddy Sears).

Season 11, Episode 18: Bedtime

A woman is found raped and murdered in her bed with an “X” carved into her cheek and a misogynistic welfare administrator (William Atherton) becomes the prime suspect. Cragen discovers that he may be the “Bedtime Butcher” who murdered five women thirty years previously, but the case was closed. ME Warner confirms that he killed all but one of the women and advises that the detectives search for a female copycat killer based on a blonde hair found on one of the bodies. The patrol cop (Jaclyn Smith) who handled the case in 1976 leads them to three women (Susan Anton, Morgan Fairchild, and Ann-Margret) who were all competing for the love of a celebrity (Robert Newman) at that time.

Season 11, Episode 19: Conned

A homosexual prostitute (Pressly Coker) is found dead in the storage room of a hotel during a wedding reception with the ID of a friend named Andrew Hingam (John Magaro). Fin Tutuola questions his son Ken (Ernest Waddell) about the two boys since they were all known to volunteer at the same place. Ken leads Fin to Hingam, who confesses to killing his friend in self-defense. Hingam’s case deepens when detectives learn that his psychiatrist (Ally Walker) who prescribes a regimen of drugs and electro convulsive therapy may be performing other procedures on him as well.

Season 11, Episode 20: Beef

Following the vicious rape-murder of a beautiful worker (Ioana Alfonso) at “Donna Rosa’s” meat packing plant, the police initially suspect that a vegetarian (Aaron Tveit) who lives in her building is the killer. However, suspicion shifts elsewhere when they learn that the victim was an undercover animal activist attempting to document and expose unsanitary practices in the meat packing industry. Information from the company owner (Lynn Cohen) and foreman (John Petkoff) leads the detectives to arrest a plant worker (Juan Javier Cardenas) and match his DNA to that found at the crime scene. This turns out to be a dead end as well after an interview with his jealous wife (Nancy Rodriguez) reveals that he was framed. Detective Benson goes undercover herself to retrace the woman’s steps.

Season 11, Episode 21: Torch

Jo Marlowe, Stabler’s old partner before SVU, becomes the new ADA for the SVU team and enlists the help of Benson and Stabler in the case of two young girls, presumably left to die in a burning house by their father (Kevin Anderson). Upon further investigation by the SVU squad, however, it is discovered that the father did not set the fire that consumed his two daughters, later exposing the incorrect assumptions of a fire marshal (P.J. Benjamin) with the help of an independent pyrotechnic investigator (Brad Dourif).

Season 11, Episode 22: Ace

Detectives Benson and Stabler must track down a pregnant rape victim (Hanna-Liina Võsa) who disappears from the hospital. In the process, they uncover a vast baby-trafficking scam, led by a Bulgarian crime lord (Pasha D. Lychnikoff). When the woman (Gordana Rashovich) who housed the pregnant mothers is discovered murdered, Benson and Stabler go undercover as infertile parents, while ADA Marlowe clashes with Cragen over methods to protect the kidnapped woman and her newborn child. Matters become complicated in the trial when the gynecologist (David Paymer) involved is assigned the same lawyer as the mob that used him for his access to pregnant women. He realizes that if he testifies truthfully he will be killed so a shadow counsel is arranged.

Season 11, Episode 23: Wannabe

The investigation into the rape of three young girls (Antonella Lentini, Danika Yarosh and Madison Cerniglia) reveals some secrets about a supposed rookie cop (Graham Davie). The rookie arrests the rapist (Raphael Sbarge) despite being a high school student. Upon repeated insistence from Marlowe to stay away from the case, he places himself in harm’s way by snooping into the investigation, getting arrested twice in the process. One of his personal investigations nearly gets him killed, but it turns the case in Marlowe’s favor by implicating the rapist’s father (Raymond J. Barry) in the crimes as well

Season 11, Episode 24: Shattered

The detectives search for a young boy (Jake Miller) who has been kidnapped by his mother (Isabelle Huppert) in response to the boy’s father (D. W. Moffett) having full custody. The mother is an anthropologist who wants her son to travel the world with her through her anthropological exploits. This orchestrated kidnapping goes wrong, however, and both the boy and the kidnapper (David Shumbris) die in an automobile accident when the kidnapper tries to evade police. This makes the mother hysterical, and she ends up taking her husband, Detective Benson and ADA Marlowe hostage and shooting ME Warner

Law and Order: SVU Season 11 Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Take this with a warning, SVU covers rape and sexual assault and more. If you can not handle it, do not watch. Otherwise this series covers cases that are very real (depicted fake for the show) while also having a character arc for the detectives

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