Sunday, October 19, 2014

Mariska Hargitay’s “No More Excuses “ PSA For USA Network’s SVU Marathon

Here is the Mariska Hargitay/Vice President Joe Biden “No More Excuses” PSA that is airing today during the USA Network’s Law & Order SVU Marathon.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Law & Order SVU “Pornstar’s Requiem” Preview Clips

Here are previews for Law & Order SVU “Pornstar’s Requiem” which will air on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 9PM ET on NBC. The previews feature Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Ice-T, Raúl Esparza, Peter Scanavino, and Peter Gallagher.

Please note: These videos have a limited life, so catch them while you can!

svu preview pstar req clip 1 by tvwatchr

svu preview pstar req clip 3 by tvwatchr

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Law & Order SVU “Holden’s Manifesto” Recap & Review

The episode is a ripped from the headlines story, drawing from a May 2014 killing spree in Isla Vista, California. The person responsible: Elliot Rodger, who left a video trail and written manifesto of everything he thought was wrong with the people in his life. Rodger killed six, injured thirteen others, then took his own life. While this is not the only case of a killer writing a manifesto, it’s a story that should be fresh in viewers’ minds.

This tightly written, A+ story did its job of creating an unsettled environment which heightened the drama. The pacing of the story was perfect and it enhanced the sense of urgency to catch Holden March, a young man who was on a spree attacking women who had wronged him at various times in his life. He finally escalates to killing when continuing to hear his neighbor’s sexual escapades drives him to the breaking point.

The timing of this case presented a high pressure situation for Benson. Noah, who was rushed to the ER at the end of the previous episode, was still fighting his ailment while Benson worked the high profile case. Making matters worse was the arrival of Deputy Chief William Dodds, who is less than thrilled that he is not the center of Benson’s attention. Peter Gallagher is a wonderful addition to the cast, playing the SVU top boss who makes it clear he is charge.  He is quite authoritative and confident, and it’s obvious that Benson is ill prepared to have a boss who doesn’t appear to care about her personal issues. In his defense, Benson, possibly afraid to hint at any weakness in her ability to lead and the distraction of having a family, isn’t forthcoming about Noah’s illness, and doesn’t give Dodds a chance to show a glimmer of understanding. It’s a little too early for me to take sides on whose approach is better, Benson’s or Dodds',  as we don’t know enough about Dodds. He appears to be demanding respect rather than commanding respect, which clearly is ruffling Benson’s feathers. But Benson needs to speak up and stand up for herself and the things that she wants – a career AND a family – and summon the courage to explain her situation to Dodds. Is that a risky move? Yes. But to do nothing or only say it is a personal matter makes her the doormat that Dodds appears to think she is. I spent years as a female executive in a male dominated industry and could write a book about the do’s and don’ts of  working in/with upper management, but all I will say is both Benson and Dodds are going about things in the wrong way. At some point they need to have a serious talk about their expectations.

Benson must also be worried that she can have Noah taken from her as easily as she got him. Many women have both great careers and a family, so Benson’s job shouldn’t be a deal breaker with Child Services unless there is evidence of neglect or abuse (which of course is not the case). Benson is doing everything she can to give Noah a wonderful life, but it can look to an outsider that her job carries far more importance. Is it me, or is Lucy starting to look a little concerned that she is on call so much for Noah?

Rollins, confident that she knows enough about Holden by reading his 300+ manifesto, believes she had him under control just before the sniper splattered her face with Holden’s blood. We will never know for sure if she really had him as under control as she thought. The guy was a psycho and while he may have lowered his gun, he could have had a knife or sharp object (like scissors) on him or nearby.  Rollins  seemed quick to gamble with her life and Amaro’s.  It was as if she bet herself that she could talk Holden down and save the day.  She seemed upset at the sniper kill, but this was one case where it was right for them to take the shot.  There is just something a little off kilter with Rollins that can’t quite get my arms around.

I was slightly annoyed by the character of Holden March, not so much because of what he was doing, but more so that he spoke in a cadence that sounded like a combination of a young Carl Sagan and Data from Star Trek TNG. It felt forced.

Here is the recap:

Mariska Hargitay – Sergeant Olivia Benson
Ice-T – Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola
Kelli Giddish - Detective Amanda Rollins
Danny Pino - Detective Nick Amaro
Raúl Esparza - ADA Rafael Barba

Guest stars:
Peter Gallagher - Deputy Chief William Dodds
John Karna - Holden March
Antoinette Lavecchia - Adriana March
Sarah Clements - Gwen Young
Nicole Balsam - Haley Morton
Joe Urla - Thomas Eldridge
Katie Henney - Jean Asher
Bronwyn Reed - Lucy Huston
Christine Toy Johnson – Dr. Lee
Migs Govea -
Thedra Porter – Chantal Jackson
Emilie Miller - Mrs. Syncovich
Ann Arvia – Principal
Daniel Mogan Shelly – ESU Officer
Charle Webb – Janelle
Elanna White – Betty
Katue Hayek – Leah Simms
Max Elk - John Brewer
Charlotte Durkee - Student

Holden March is in a park and he is making a video recording detailing all this frustrations with women and while he has a lot to offer, he is alone.

Meanwhile, Benson is at the hospital watching over Noah. Lucy arrives and tells her that Amaro called her and she explained Benson was still at the hospital, but that Benson’s cell phone was off. It is urgent. Lucy offers to stay with him while Benson goes to call Amaro.

Later, Benson, Amaro, and Rollins are on the scene of an assault in Central Park. Rollins states the suspect is a male, white, in his early 20s, and average height. He repeatedly stabbed Gwen Young, 22, and attempted rape. Amaro comments Gwen is lucky; most of her wounds are shallow. Benson comments the attacker is no pro. Rollins adds the EMTs were tending to her wounds, and Gwen told Rollins the assailant counted out each time he stabbed her. Benson comments that is not good and asks if there were any witnesses. Amaro explains a dog walker found her and didn’t see the perp, and the unis are canvassing. Benson wants to get to the hospital to talk to her as soon as she is able. As Benson races off, Amaro asks her how is Noah. Benson replies he is a fighter and he will be OK.

As the ambulance drives away, Holden is nearby, and he points at the camera onto himself and sneers, calling them idiots, that he is right here and no one even notices him. He adds no one even notices him, but that is all going to change…very soon, everyone will know who he is. He laughs.

Benson, walking through a hospital corridor, talks on the phone with Lucy, telling her she will be there as soon as she can. She adds it is a new shift and to make sure the nurse knows that Noah’s temperature runs a little low. She meets up with Amaro who tells her Gwen is stabilized and is talking. He explains he has this and she doesn’t need to be here, but she counters that until she knows what this is,  she does need to be there. He asks if he can do anything and she dismissively tells him that she has this. But she then says there is something he can do, and asks if his mom can relieve Lucy at the hospital. He agrees and says he is on it.

Benson enters the hospital room where Rollins is there with Gwen. Benson hears that Gwen did not see her attacker. He came out of nowhere with a knife to his neck. He pushed her past the playground into the bushes and grabbed her breast and lifted up her skirt. He did not rape her. He didn’t seem to know what he was doing and she pushed him away and this is when he got angry. He pushed her down and started stabbing her. He counted each time he stabbed and she thought he was going to kill her. As soon as he got to 11, he stopped and he ran. He said this was her fault, calling her "Gigi" and saying she missed her chance. It is an old nickname. No one has called her that since high school, maybe the 9th grade. Benson thinks this is someone she knew when she was young, but Gwen thinks not, she would have remembered somebody like that. She has never seen him before in her life.

Back at SVU, Fin thinks the attack was personal but Benson says Gwen says she doesn’t know him. Amaro, who is looking through yearbooks, says there are a few guys with records but no one on the registry and no assaults. Rollins posts the sketch artist sketch but Gwen did not get a good look at him. Fin thinks it is every other white guy in Williamsburg. Benson asks about Gwen’s neighbors where she grew up in Gramercy and tells them to run the building and the block and where she went to church or summer camp. Fin gets a call as Benson comments that the attacker waited and targeted her and thinks the counting is obsessive. She asks about any open MOs that fit and Rollins describes the attacker as an amateur and stalking a victim is one off so far. Benson hopes he does not develop a taste for it. Fin comments it is too late, and informs them that there is another attempted rape in the 1-2 and the assailant counted out loud as he stabbed her. Benson tells Fin and Rollins to go.

At Mercy Hospital on Saturday, September 13, Fin and Rollins speaks with Haley, who did not see anyone following her. It was 6 AM and the streets were empty. She was coming home from a date. She opened her building door and he came from nowhere. He pushed her and dragged her behind the stairs and pulled a knife. He grabbed her breasts and her legs and tried to stick his fingers inside her. He did not rape her, she pushed him away and screamed and told him to get his f-ing hands off her. That is when he lost it and started flailing at her. She was fighting him off and he counted out 15 stabs. His voice was flat and he had this weird smile, then he stopped. When he started, he said “I know what you like, Haley.” She did not recognize him. Fin shows her the sketch and she says it looks like him. She does not know him from school or work but when she resisted him, he accused her of not liking him because he wasn’t black. The guy she dated last night was not black but dated a black guy in high school, a guy on the football team, but not since then.

Law & Order SVU “Pornstar’s Requiem” Promo

Here is the promo for Law & Order SVU “Pornstar’s Requiem” which will air on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 9PM ET on NBC.

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