Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Law & Order SVU “Dirty” Recap & Review

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Law & Order SVU “Dirty” was an episode that had nothing to do with a special victim. It also only featured about half of the regular cast. Missing in action was Chris Meloni (Stabler had the flu), Richard Belzer (no explanation for Munch’s absences) and BD Wong. Melissa Sagemiller, who is not one of the cast regulars, also did not appear. The only people who seem to appear every week is Ice-T and Dann Florek. I have no problem with Mariska carrying an episode on her own (she was great as always in this episode), but I have to admit that as a viewer, I sometimes feel cheated when I don’t see all the detectives working a case.

“Dirty” failed as an SVU case, as it was determined very early on that the victim wasn’t sexually assaulted. Still, that didn’t stop SVU from working it, even when the death of a Brooklyn ADA that initially looks like a suicide turns into a homicide, and with the ADA being suspected of stealing seized drug money. The ADA may have had a mental illness but I don't think that qualifies her as a special victim. And, the one time that Internal Affairs should show up and get involved, they are mysteriously nowhere to be found. The Feds do get involved in the case, but Benson steamrolls over them when she arrests Detective "Sunny" while Sunny is being questioned by the Feds. Could a detective get away with doing this in the real world? Granted, when Benson made the arrest, Sunny was not under arrest by the Feds, but can a detective just walk into a Federal office and cart someone off? It would be nice to see different sides of law enforcement actually work together for a change.

In addition to the non-SVU case and the missing cast members, the episode was also visually boring with what seemed like endless head shots filling the screen. This includes tattoo-faced man, who looked horrific when viewed on a 50+ inch HD television screen.

All in all, “Dirty” probably would have better fit a L&O case or even Criminal Intent, but it just did not work for me as an SVU case.


Here is the recap:

Detective Saliyah "Sunny" Qadri ( Shohreh Aghdashloo), searching for Brooklyn ADA Page Ferguson, hears she’s left hours ago yet her glasses are still on her desk. Sunny seems concerned. She finds her car is gone and her purse is still there. Sunny continues to track her down and finds her car, and she calls out to Page. She hears a sound and looks up to see Page flying off a building, crashing into the car.

Later, Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) arrives on the scene, along with ME Warner (Tamara Tunie). Stabler is laid up with the flu and is not there. Page appears to have been raped, cut, and they wonder if she was thrown off the building. It appears some items were taken from the crime scene.

Benson goes to the roof of the building from which Page fell and speaks with Sunny. Sunny says she removed nothing from the crime scene, and tells Benson she was there to look for Page. Benson gets on her about taking Page’s ID and registration. Benson wants to know why.


At SVU, Sunny explains that Page Ferguson is the unit chief for the major narcotic bureau and says Page feared Angel Rivera, a member of the Latin Kings who threatened Page in open court. Sunny suggests that Benson check Page’s files, and also says Page had no boyfriend. Her parents are dead and she has no husband She had breast cancer last year and the treatment almost killed her but she rallied. She had an office fling which ended with Page getting cuts and bruises. She did not know who the man was, and Sunny gave her a gun. Sunny is convinced that Rivera is behind it, and he is Rikers with other Latin Kings. Sunny describes the horrific manner in which he killed the Drexter family.

Later, Sunny further explains this crime to Fin (Ice-T) and Benson. Damon Merced flipped on Rivera and will testify against him and the trial starts in two days. She thinks with Page dead they will ask for a continuance. Fin finds that Page got a call from a burn phone 10 minutes before she left the building and Page was with her boss DDA Ian Wofford. They think the caller was someone she knew that she did not consider a threat. They traced where she drove to and then to her return and Benson wonders if someone was in the car with her. Captain Don Cragen (Dann Florek) is on the phone with someone from the press and it seems the press found out Page was an ADA. Benson does not think the Latin Kings did it and she thinks it is personal as she showed all the signs of a battered woman. Cragen tells her to talk to Rivera to cover her ass.
At Rikers Island, Benson and Sunny question Rivera (Doug Drucker), his attorney present. He denies any involvement. Benson gets a phone call and Sunny and Rivera trade threats. Benson tells Sunny that ME Warner has something and they leave.
At the morgue, Warner tells them Page's hands show no defensive wounds and she only had anti-depression drugs in her system. The cuts appear self inflicted and Warner thinks she is a cutter. She may have sodomized herself with a knife. She had a penknife that belonged to her father but no knife was found in the car or on the scene. Sunny denies taking the knife, but saw no one flee the scene. Warner thinks it is suicide. Benson suggests they talk to her boss who was with Page when she got the call to see where her head was. Sunny says DDA Ian Wofford is her boss too and Benson will have to talk to her by herself.
At DDA Wofford’s (Joe Urla) office, Benson asks him about the phone call Page received while in his office. He says she took the call, hung up, and ran out. He admits that Page is being investigated into her unit regarding missing drug money that was never logged in. The dealer they arrested claims the cops stole a lot of the money. Page, along with Detectives Sean Riggs, Michael Walden, and Sunny Qadri got the collar. Briggs and Walden passed polygraph tests, Page showed some deception and Sunny refused to take the test. He thinks Page and Sunny were in on it together and tells Benson to follow the money.
Back at SVU, Cragen shows Benson the New York Ledger with the headline “Nose Dive” and says the Brooklyn DA is cutting their losses so they leaked Page’s death as a suicide. Fin shows the surveillance tapes from Brooklyn office which tracked Page’s movements in the building, and then exiting the building and leaving the parking garage. It does not appear anyone else was in the vehicle. Benson says Page was drowning in debt, including medical bills. She paid off half of those bills from money orders purchased from a post office box in Red Hook and check cashing places all over the Bronx. Fin wonders, since Sunny refused the lie detector test, if she is dirty too. Benson says it’s time to talk to the rest of the unit about it. Fin traced the disposable phont used to lure out Page, and it was shipped to a store in mid town and he asked for the security tapes.

Later, Fin is at the store and is told that the original tapes were given to another cop that fits Sunny’s description.
At the office of the Kings County DA's conference room, Benson speaks with Detectives Riggs (Kenneth Johnson) and Walden (Mason Pettit). The deny involvement, but Walden seems slightly uncomfortable. They don’t seem to know with whom Page had the office romance. Walden adds that Page and Sunny were not getting along, and when Walden looks like he is going to explain, Riggs says to ask Sunny. Walden says maybe one of them had a guilty conscience, and Riggs retorts that Sunny would never cross the line. Benson gets a text message from Fin that says Sunny took the camera tapes. When Benson asks where Sunny is now, Walden says with the Feds.
At the office of the Feds, with Sunny being questioned and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Danielson (Gloria Reuben) present, Benson barges in and arrests Sunny. When Danielson objects, Benson says it is not up to her because Sunny tampered with the body and lied to the police and stole surveillance tapes. Danielson continues to object but Benson isn’t having any of it and takes Sunny away in cuffs.

At SVU in interrogation, Sunny says she found the phone was sold to a hood rat named Lakeisha Watkins. Benson asks what set Sunny off, but Sunny says there was nothing to confess, neither of them took the money. Sunny insists this is a set up. Benson accuses Sunny of being a crooked cop but Sunny denies everything, Benson asks why not take the polygraph, and Sunny says it was a slap in the face and if they thought she was guilty they would have to prove it. Taking the polygraph now is the only way to prove things right. Benson gives Sunny a hard look and then walks out of the room to talk with Danielson. Danielson says Sunny passed the poly and as Riggs and Walden also passed, this only leaves Page. Fin enters and says that Lakeisha Watkins has a record and seems to like knives. Danielson says to pick her up.

When Benson and Fin find Lakeisha, she is with a local snitch, Damon Merced. As Benson identifies herself as the police, Lakeisha comes at her with a knife and Benson moves to disable her. Merced holds a gun to Benson’s head, and Fin pulls out his gun and orders Merced to drop it. Quickly 2 other detectives are there and also yell for Merced to drop the gun. Merced drops it but Fin and the other cop wind up pointing their guns at each other until Riggs gets out of the car and gets them all to drop their guns. He said his local cops were moving a witness to a safe location. Benson says they came to question Lakeisha about Page’s murder since it was Lakeisha’s phone who lured Page out, and Benson wonders why Lakeisha is now there with Rivera’s rat. Riggs says he is taking Damon to court and if they have a problem with that to call the Brooklyn DA.

When Riggs gets back to his precinct with Benson following, he sees Sunny there waiting. She shows him photos of Page’s body. Sunny says someone drove page across state lines, tortured her, and threw her off the roof. She thinks Damon Merced did it. Riggs turns Damon over to SVU.
Meanwhile, at SVU, Fin is interrogating Lakeisha and Benson and Sunny question Damon. Damon knew that Riggs and Sunny were a couple and denies involvement. Afterwards, Sunny wants to question Riggs because she thinks he was beating Page. But Riggs was in the office at the time she went missing. If it was Damon, they don’t know how he would benefit by Page’s death. Fin says he got Riggs phone records and there were no calls from Lakeisha’s burn phone to Riggs. Since there was no evidence at the scene, Benson wonders if the killers were sitting in a heated car.

At the CSU garage, CSU Tech Judy (Caren Browning) says they found some blood belonging to the victim behind the driver’s seat and under the mat. If the killer forced Page into the back seat, she was probably placed on plastic. It looks like homicide. She has a faded toll receipt which shows blood, not belonging to the victims, at a toll booth at 2 AM. There are no hits on the blood in CODIS. Benson thinks they should get the camera footage from the toll booth for that time to find the killer.
Back at SVU, Fin and Benson are looking through the images from the toll booth camera, and Danielson enters. Fin says there is no sign of Page’s car – but then quickly sees Damon Merced driving Page’s car. Benson wonders why, as Page’s office was protecting him, why would he kill her? Danielson tells Benson to ask the rat bastard.
When Benson and Fin get to Damon’s location, Riggs and Sunny are already there. Fin sees the door has been kicked in, and they enter and find Damon and Lakeisha dead on the floor, both shot. Sunny accuses Riggs of killing them and they argue. Riggs walks out and Benson tells him not to go to far.

Later, with more investigators on the scene, Fin tells Sunny she should not be there. She suggests they check the dumpster, she got some info from the neighbor’s son. Fin talks to the boy, who says his dad is upset because he saw the man who dumped the gun. Fin says he will not let anything happen to her. Inside the apartment, there are many bullets but they believe there was only one shooter. Fin brings in the automatic weapon located in the dumpster. Fin told the boy not to talk and assures Benson he has it covered. Page’s penknife has also been located – in Lakeisha’s purse. Benson comments that they had him and they let him go, and she races out.

Back at SVU, Fin says the lab report shows the blood sample on the toll receipt belonged to Lakeisha. The kid at the apartment saw a Latin King dump the gun but they want to keep the kid out of it. As Damon and Lakeisha were in a secret location, someone had to feel the killer the address, and it is probably the same person who arranged Page’s murder. Benson looks at Merced’s record and the number of charges vacated, and it seems someone is looking out for him. Benson thinks it’s his handler, Sean Riggs. She also thinks that Damon lured Page out and Lakeisha cut of Page in the back seat and then later pushed her off the building to shut her up. Riggs may have let it slip about Page and the drug money and that he needed her to take the fall.

Later, Riggs comes into SVU interrogation with Benson and finds Danielson also there. Benson questions him about the Latin Kings finding his informant, and Danielson said Damon was his weakest link. He says he loved Page and said he could not go public with the relationship because she was the head of their unit. He never beat her. He said she bruised herself and self harming herself for years. He said she was in and out of therapy and constantly hurt herself but no one could tell her why. She had personality disorders and depression. Police thought Page was a battered woman, but stress triggered her need to cut and she said it relieved the pressure. She swore she would resign after the Rivera trial and focus on her heath. He took the polygraph so she would not have to, but said it didn’t matter in the end. Cragen bangs on the window and Benson and Danielson step out. He tells them that Angel Rivera had a visitor the same day Damon and Lakeisha got killed, and he shows them the information.

Later, at Rikers, Danielson and Benson speak with Rivera, who seems to think the charges against him will be dropped. But Benson says she came to throw away the key, that he and his girlfriend will be in there a long time. The police bring in his girlfriend Gina, who says they made her tell everything. Benson states that Rivera called Gina there yesterday and gave her the address of Damon and Lakeisha and told her which one of his Latin Kings was going to kill them. He denies is and says she is lying. Danielson said it is a tragedy that his kid will be born in prison. They tell him it doesn’t have to be that way, and ask him who told him where Damon and Lakeisha were hiding. Danielson says if he tells them, Gina will walk. He says that the bitch said if he cleaned up her mess, she would clean up his. Benson asks, “Which bitch?”

At Sunny’s apartment, Benson accuses her of lying, that Sunny did know Damon because she arrested him in ’95 and that he was her snitch and she bailed him out for years. Danielson serves Sunny with a warrant to search her apartment and the police enter with a dog. Sunny gets flip about the matter and says she took the cash and hoped they wouldn’t catch her. Benson says Sunny inserted herself into the investigation from the beginning, and that Page figured out Sunny stole the money and she ordered her to turn it in. Benson accuses Sunny of selling out Page for the drug money, but Sunny says she cannot prove that. She adds that Page owed her. Benson says that Sunny told her snitch that Page lifted the drug money and he killed her for it. Sunny asks her to as her why – but Benson says she doesn’t need to, Sunny is like every low life looking for an easy payday. The dog barks and moved to a wall and begins to sniff. Sunny picks up a candlestick and begins banging a hole into the wall with it and money appears. She says she and Page watched out for each other, and they had a deal. She says Page used her to make unit chief – her contacts, her snitches made her career. Sunny was supposed to be made captain but then Page gets sick and wanted to bail – for a man. Benson comments that Sunny was jealous, and Sunny says Page owed her and that she doesn’t walk until her debt is paid. She goes on to admit that she took the money, saying she earned it. Benson asks her if it was worth it, and Sunny tells her to talk to her in 10 years when Benson has nothing – no family, no future, and a dead career. Benson glares back at her and shakes her head, saying to Sunny that she is not her, that she is nothing like her. Sunny grins and asks then why is Benson so scared? As Danielson reads Sunny her rights, Sunny continues grinning at Benson, but then the smile falters and Benson continues to glare at Sunny..and we fade to black.

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37 comments:

RAN said...

I liked it but I agree, felt like a "mother ship" or CI episode. I also think this would have been a great time for McCoy to appear to help out the SVU detectives!

rhett said...

I think this would have fit for a LOLA episode (NBC/Dick Wolf messing up with that)!

Doesn't it seem like Olivia is turning more and more into Elliot when she's off on her own. She seemed kind of 'half-cocked' in this episodes - it kinda shocked me. I think she was brilliant in "Behave" more so than this episode.

And I think Ice-T and Hargitay should really be the lead stars in SVU. For some odd ball reason or another I feel that Meloni and even Belzer will depart after this season (I pray I'm wrong).

But I really think this episode was lacking [a sex crime] case where SVU's normally trying to crack.

Crooked cops/attorney's seem more LOCI or (Mothership) LOLA.

Anonymous said...

I agree this would have been a great episode for mccoy!! and olivia is back to being a badass!!! but yeah sort of half cocked.

Anonymous said...

I just want to know the name of the actor who played Angel Rivera? Do anyone know. Thanks

daniel said...

the episode was ok, nothing that special. But it would have been better if all of the main cast were in it and i really do miss munch i don't understand why his not there half the time.

I;m also surpirsed about why hardwicke was not shown. I thought she would at least have some opinion about the dead Brooklyn ADA, since she was from the Brooklyn DA's office. Thanks for the recap.

Anonymous said...

I thought the episode was horrible..maybe because it did not fit. But after reading these comments this should be redone on Law and Order Los Angeles.

Mike said...

Why is Richard Belzer even in the credits?

Anonymous said...

I liked this episode. It wasn't a special victims case but it was well done. One of the reasons I liked it was because there no Stabler and a lot of Fin.

I agree with rhett. Ice-T and Hargitay are better as partners. I was glad to see Fin but where is Munch? The writers need to realize that Ice-T and Belzer also have a lot of fans. The ending was great, IMO. It was as if Benson just got a glimpse at her future.

Belz' Fan said...

Why oh why? I guess I must cry if Richard Belzer doesn't appear fast.

Anonymous said...

The episode was really boring. Benson without Stabler is definitely not enough to keep my attention. The previous three episodes were excellent, mainly because of all of Chris Meloni's screentime. He's what makes the show worth watching. If he's finished at the end of the season this episode just proves once again that there would be no point in tuning in to SVU.

Anonymous said...

With The Belz being gone so long and with him being treated for cancer a while back, I worry that he is ill. Why can't the show say anything about his absence? Fans miss him!

Anonymous said...

Belzer was definitely in work in the filming of the next episode as he was interviewed on set. When they originally cut the number of eps he was in he seemed mystified as to the reason.

Anonymous said...

i think they categorized this as SVU crime because in the beginning ,the police mistakenly believed Page Ferguson had been raped then throw off that building, and then teh SVU team believed she had been a victim of domestic violence at the hands of that cop Sean Riggs. I liked the intensity of this episode. I respectfully disagree- I think the entire show is more about Liv's personal demons than Elliot's anger/family problems. I also loved the ambiguous ending,where Sunny cautioned Liv that she was staring into the abyss of her own future:no family, no future, and a dead end career.Foreshadowing, I live in hope!

Joe S. Walker said...

After three episodes that were at least going in the right direction, an absolute stinker with no sex crime (once that's established, there's simply no reason for SVU to do other than hand it on to another department) and half the cast made up of strangers, with a particularly tedious and irritating figure usurping the lead.

John said...

I thought the show was pretty interesting, but did I need to see a thousand close ups of Angel Rivera, and his mugshot shown like 20 times. I get it he has tattoos on his face, but it's hard to concentrate on the conversations when i see his fully face tattooed mugshot in the background.

Anonymous said...

MEH - super boring episode and as per usual kept wondering the entire time why this was a SVU crime and why Sunny was allowed to be a part of the investigation. Where is the rest of the cast?

The ending - hacking away at the wall with obvious fake money was so lame and are really supposed to believe Olivia is going to turn into a Sunny in a few year. Awful

Anonymous said...

I actually thought the face tattoos made an otherwise dull show more interesting

Anonymous said...

Really the tattoos were one of the only interesting things about this disjointed plot.

And its not going to take Olivia ten years to get to the no family, no life, no future - she's already there, that Sunny lady was way annoying.

I knew the run of the good three previous episodes wouldn't last

Anonymous said...

The episode was very good and shows that the Unit does not only deal with crimes without sexuais.E SVU Stabler is much better. He is a weak actor. Your Eliot is tasteless.

Anonymous said...

Elliot is tasteless??? What does that even mean? No one was talking about Elliot. It was a badly written episode -- with annoying guest stars and not enough of the regular cast. No ADA, very little of the Captain, no Munch or Stabler and not enough Fin. Benson was OK but I personally thought it was one of the weaker episodes this year.

xfool said...

This episode was thin - thin on the cast and thin on plausibility. It was not an SVU case and no way in real life would the Feds let a lowly SVu detective mess up a bigger case. Mariska may be able to carry an episode on her own but I wouldn't want to see her on her own every week.

The tattoed guy was gross!

Anonymous said...

Excuse me Chris Meloni fans. Nothing against the actor but I do not see much talent. After 12 years, Elliot continues dull. Episodes only with his participation does not have the same brightness. I love the Fin and Munch. Olivia is always great.

Anonymous said...

Like the previous Mariska Emmy bait episodes, this one was bad. Stink, stank, stunk. The writing was terrible. Helen Shaver's direction made a bad script worse. And the acting was substandard.
According to Neil Baer, this episode was supposed to be a look into the lives of female detectives. It failed. This was yet another wasted opportunity.
While he was certainly missed, Chris Meloni was lucky to avoid being in this mess.

Anonymous said...

Why is it that Mariska fans think that theirs is the only opinion that should be uttered by fans of the show? I find the character of Olivia to have become very dull in recent years, since season 6 in particular. I like Mariska, but I don't think her acting is all that. Talent should be measured by the work yo do rather than the awards Hollywood hands out to its own. There any many wonderful actors who have never been rewarded publicly.
Chris, I find to be a remarkable actor who, has shone in a wide range of material in his career. The show has gone downhill in my opinion when it has focussed so much on Benson. I would prefer it concentrated more on their partnership and Stabler at work rather than his family though.
The first three episodes of the year where much more interesting, mainly because of the Stabler character, but Mask was particularly good because of Jeremy Irons' performance.
I have no problem with people thinking Mariska is a good actress, and that the character of Benson brings a lot to the show, but it would be nice if they could recognise that theirs is not the only voice, and others have VERY different reasons for watching.

Anonymous said...

Interesting all this Mariska vs. Chris stuff. They seem to be good friends off the show so at leasat its good between them. This was a pretty lousy episode because it had nothing to do with SVU and seemed to go on and on. The lines for Sunny seemed especially contrived and no way would Benson be allowed to solve all this herself. Where was the Law part of the show. Mariska was ok but this director seems to love the close-ups and it did neither did Benson or Sunny any favors.

Anonymous said...

I agree about the actor with the tattoos. Who was he? I never saw him before. I thought he was excellent, very intense, very believable.

seanboyb said...

i love this thing the writers are doing ,one week elliot gets the flu, or olivia has to find a witness for a case if you cant decide on the 2 why dont you do munch and fin i actully like that partnership it kind of reminds me of brisco and green from mothership

Anonymous said...

The actor who played Angel Rivera was really compelling. I thought the close ups were so intense showing a sliver of humanity in an otherwise truly chilling character.

Anonymous said...

"I think the character of Olivia have been very upset in recent years, since the sixth season in particular.
"I think this is an injustice to Mariska.
The Olivia is that she has built a great character, She is human, fair, dedicated to his work. writing has focused most of Eliot's personal life as that of Olivia. I love Mariska and really wanted her to leave SVU. She is so talented. I would love to see her doing comedy or acting in movies. It has the potential to do any show. I see no reason for controversy between Chris and Mariska. They love and respect themselves. Cris is a good actor, Mariska is wonderful. If the series has dropped in recent years is the natural reflection of wear after many years on the air.
Chris and Mariska is not to blame if the writing is bad. It is not. SVU is still very good. Watch SVU because of Mariska. But I love Chris and the entire cast. I think Eliot is the most beloved character. SVU is seen by most women.

Anonymous said...

The writers of this series need to go visit a real police sex crimes office and get some fresh ideas for realistic stories - either that or get some new writers. In recent years they've spent too much time trying to showcase "acting" talent and guest stars, rather than giving us decent stories.

This "Dirty" episode is just another storyline with unrealistic plot twists and no real focus. I found myself not caring about whether they solved the crime or not.

And why do the writers keep jabbing at the Olivia Benson character for not being married or having children? Not all women want or need children to be "fulfilled'.

All Things Law and Order said...

To answer the question about who played the tattoo-faced man, it was Doug Drucker.

Anonymous said...

The original "Law & Order" series/"SVU" in it's prime were not meant for you to make goo-goo eyes at the actors -- they were meant for the stories.

The original series kept that up, and I see LOLA is TRYING to do that.

I STOPPED watching SVU because of the main characters if anything. I only watched last night to see Ms. Agdashloo (and I was disappointed).

So I hope SVU gets canceled - it's not even REAL anymore. If you think SVU is good now; you haven't seen the show from seasons 1-7 then.

Or you are an E/O fan who urges Neal Baer on Twitter/Facebook to hook them up.

More than women watch SVU FYI. I know a few male victims who have gotten some since of hope that SVU used to give with the 'old' stories.

I honestly hope that Chris Meloni or Mariska Hargitay's character is killed off at the end of the season.

You want character drama fused with real stories? - watch "Law & Order: Criminal Intent"

You want real life stories with as little character drama possible? Watch "Law & Order"/UK/LA and seasons 1-7 of "SVU".

You want E/O crap? - Watch SVU from season 8-present.

Anonymous said...

The last post by Anonymous at 11:09 PM is the best post I have read so far. It is so true and I totally agree.

Anonymous said...

agreeing with the 11:09 anon; seasons 1-7 were definitely the best of SVU. but i still want seasons 8 and 9, just so i can watch Casey's final moments lmfao.

Jessica said...

Angel Rivera's name is Doug Drucker...

he foreal was Tatted like that...
when i was watching tha show i was wonderin if he was really tatted all over like that... so i waited to see tha credits and google his name n yeeep...TATTED D: lol

KRAYZIEEEEEEE

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know Damon Merced real name?

Finance Minister Shoichi Nakagawa said...

I absolutely loved this episode.

What really attracted me to Dirt was the acting--Not Sunny, she was so corny, and everything she said sounded comical, almost like she was being a bad actor on purpose. The man who played Damon Merced is GREAT. When Benson was interviewing him, I was glued to the set. He delivered his lines PERFECTLY. seriously, great character acting. At about the 23:09 minute mark, Damon delivers "Victim? That bitch killed herself!" Everything about that moment is perfect--his facial expression,his sardonic gestures and tone. I will also say Lakeisha's interview was well played out. i liked the exchange between her and ice-t.

I could go on and on about this episode, but ill stop with that scene.

I love SVU. and sunny sucks