Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Great Expectations” Episode Information (Repost - New Air Date)


Here are the details for a new episode of Law & Order SVU, “Great Expectations”  NOTE: This episode was originally scheduled to air on November 9, 2016 and has been rescheduled to February 15, 2017.

Law & Order SVU “Great Expectations.”Air Date February 15, 2017 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)

The SVU investigates the players of a top youth hockey team after a vicious locker room hazing. Starring Mariska Hargitay (Lt. Olivia Benson), Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola), Kelli Giddish (Det. Amanda Rollins) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Guest starring Lincoln Melcher (Kyle Turner), Brent Sexton (Jim Turner), Amy Spanger (Helen Turner), Erika Rolfsrud (Linda Wilson), Brian Hutchinson (Frank Wilson), Ben Cook (Adam Turner), Gia Crovatin (Samantha Chapman) and Christopher Paul Richards (Jack Wilson).


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Decline and Fall” Recap & Review


“Decline and Fall” was an average episode, predictable and, for some reason, very familiar. I feel like I’ve seen the same premise on a previous episode from either SVU or one of the other Law & Order incarnations. Maybe it was just a mash up of a few “ripped from the headlines” stories? I had strong déjà vu throughout the episode.

The case was fairly cut and dry; the detectives didn’t have to look far to find their perp. In fact, the detectives seemed a little lazy on this one. Case in point: the search or Eric’s bedroom, which was half hearted at best and stopped once they found a small bag of pills. I would have expected a more thorough search. As they didn’t know what kind of pills were in the bag they found, I would have expected them to continue to search the room to look for more pills.

It is clear that Lawrence and/or Cynthia were using a possible mental defect as an excuse, but there were actually signs that Lawrence may have had some sort of developing mental problem. He invited Rollins to a party that already happened, and he also called Sarah “Monica”. Also, the others at the meeting the in the board room were rolling their eyes at what Lawrence was saying; was that from his admissions that he had sex with Sarah or was it because they know Lawrence was a little off in the head? I am in no way defending what he did to Sarah, only that had Cynthia formally questioned his mental capacity before this case, Sarah may not have been raped and Cynthia may have found herself in charge at the company. Of course, some action should have been taken against Lawrence when he drugged and likely raped Larry's wife, Eric’s mother. Families and their secrets – they always come back to haunt.

I usually don’t discuss the promo for the next episode during my review but in this case I am making an exception. As of this writing, the next new SVU episode to air will be February 8, 2017, “Motherly Love”, billed as the 400th SVU episode. Those of us that can count know that, as they are running reruns the next two weeks, this will really be the 399th episode in the airing schedule. This is one of those screw-ups that just make me, and other serious SVU fans, a little crazy. I don’t think they can even use the excuse that it’s the 400th in filming sequence, as “Unstoppable” was filmed months ago and has yet to air, if it airs at all. I’m not going to lose any sleep over this error, but admit it doesn’t give me a lot of confidence on how the show is being run.




Here is the recap:

Cast:
Mariska Hargitay - Lieutenant Olivia Benson
Ice-T - Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola
Kelli Giddish - Detective Amanda Rollins
Raúl Esparza - ADA Rafael Barba
Peter Scanavino - Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr.

Guest stars:
Bob Gunton - Lawrence Hendricks Sr.
Sarah Clarke - Cynthia Hendricks
Ariane Rinehart - Sarah Morrissey
Ian Nelson - Eric Hendricks
Raphael Sbarge - Atty. Harold Timmons
Jim True-Frost - Lawrence Hendricks Jr.
Jackie Debatin - Sue Ann Daly
Kathryn Kates - Judge Marlene Simons
Andrea Burns -
Helmar Augustus Cooper – Judge Reginald Flowers
Gail Bennett – Justine
Annika Pegament – Newscaster


A birthday party for Lawrence Hendricks Sr., the head of Avalon Stores, is underway, with company employees and his daughter Cynthia, son Larry,  and grandson Eric attending. There are also beautiful young women. He makes a speech and says his daughter will eventually take over the company. His girlfriend Sue Ann is also there, and Eric asks Lawrence is she is okay with all those girls. Sue Ann hears this and says it is Lawrence’s birthday and he deserves to have a little fun. When Eric asks if Lawrence can introduce him to one of them, Lawrence says he will do him a favor and not, he should do it on his own and build his confidence. He also tells him to go easy on the spirits, and to always stay sharper than your targets. Eric’s father, Larry, glowers at Lawrence. Eric decides to hit on the bartender, Sarah,  but she tells him she is working now.

Later, as everyone is gone and Sarah is cleaning up, he continues to hit on her and offers her a drink and she agrees. She moves to pour him a drink but instead he wants to pour her some 100% agave from his flask. She drinks a shot.

In the morning, Sarah wakes up, finding her pants pulled down and her blouse open. She pulls up her pants and buttons her blouse, then grabs her purse and phone and races out of the apartment.

At SVU, Benson is signing some paperwork as Carisi and Rollins arrive. Carisi asks if Fin is staying home to cram for the sergeant’s exam, and Benson says yes. Carisi says he should go over there later. Rollins tells him no, that Fin said he had a sleep learning system; he plays tapes with a speaker under his pillow. Benson smiles as Carisi asks if Fin is kidding, and Rollins replies she doesn’t know. Benson sees a woman - Sarah - enter the squad room and Benson walks over and introduces herself. Sarah says she is not sure; she thinks she has been raped. Benson asks if she can tell her what happened, and Sarah explains she can’t, she doesn’t remember…anything.

In the hospital, Sarah explains she was bartending a birthday party for an old guy who owns Avalon stores. Benson states Lawrence Hendricks, and Sarah says yeah, she started working as a cater waiter to pay for school; his apartment was huge and the view…that’s all she can remember. Benson asks that she doesn’t remember having sex, and Sarah answers no, but when she woke up this morning on a couch in the middle of the living room, she could tell. Her pants were down and she was sore, and she just ran out of there. Benson explains her rape kit turned up semen and a little bit of bruising. Sarah says she knew it, she must have been drugged or something. Benson explains they are doing her blood work and urine tests right now, and asks if she had anything to drink, adding not that it matters. Sarah says she doesn’t know, but she isn’t supposed to drink at work, and even if she did, it wouldn’t make her like that. She doesn’t recall talking to anyone earlier in the evening, it was just a bunch of old guys ordering drinks. She recalls there was one young guy who talked to her, she does not remember his name but he was around her age. He smiled a lot, that is all she can remember.

Back at SVU, Rollins tells Carisi and Benson that if they are looking for a young guy, it’s not Lawrence Hendricks, he’s 75. Carisi quips: don’t you get to subtract 10 years for every billion dollars you have?  Rollins replies he’s down from his peak and Avalon stock is sinking, and Wall Street is saying Hendricks is staying on past his prime. Benson states he still has the energy for “bunga-bunga” parties with Italian models. Carisi explains wife #4 disapproved and got a divorce and there was a nasty lawsuit over the prenup. Rollins adds that his current live-in is Sue Ann Daley, a freelance communication consultant. Benson recaps they have a probable rape at the home of a geriatric playboy billionaire and all their victim remembers is a young guy who smiled a lot. Carisi asks where does she want them to start, and she instructs them to start at Hendricks' office and get a list of every guy under 20 who was at the party.

At Avalon Stores headquarters at 629 Lexington Avenue on Monday, January 9, Rollins and Carisi speak with the receptionist, Justine who explains the Hendricks household handled the party invitations. Justine was not there, wryly stating she had a “head cold.” Lawrence Sr. exits a room and calls to Justine, who announces the detectives are asking about his party. Lawrence points to Rollins, calling her “sweetheart” and saying she should come, she’d have a good time. Rollins comments they were under the impression the party was last night. He says of course it was. Carisi states they would like to talk to some people who were at the party last night, Lawrence says he was there, and Cynthia is passing by and introduces herself. Rollins holds up a photo of Sarah and asks Lawrence if he recognizes her. He says she is a pleasant looking woman, and when Rollins shows the photo to Cynthia, Cynthia says she may have ordered a drink from her and asks why. Rollins explains she may have been assaulted, and Cynthia is shocked this would have happened at the party in front of 100 people. Carisi comments they are still investigating, asking if there were any young male guests. Cynthia replies it was mostly friends, company executives, and older crowd. Lawrence adds there was Eric, but he is sure he didn’t assault anybody; he lives with him and is a fine boy, a real up and comer. He is his grandson and Cynthia’s nephew and works there as a trainee. Rollins asks if he is here now as they would like to speak with him.

Law & Order SVU “Motherly Love” 400th Episode Promo

Here is the promo for Law & Order SVU “Motherly Love” which will air on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. This is the 400th SVU episode and is directed by Mariska Hargitay. (Note: Unless they change the schedule again, this is technically the 399th episode in airing sequence.)









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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Motherly Love” Episode Information


Here are the details for a new episode of Law & Order SVU, “Motherly Love.” This is listed as the 400th episode. (NOTE: Episode 399, “No Surrender” has now been replaced by a rerun of “Terrorized”, so the episode count is technically out of sequence. Count me confused!)

Law & Order SVU “Motherly Love” Air Date February 8, 2017 (9 PM ET/8C Wednesday NBC)

400TH EPISODE DIRECTED BY MARISKA HARGITAY

A teenaged boy uses a rifle to stop an assault on his mother, but soon learns the target was someone he knows. Starring Mariska Hargitay (Lt. Olivia Benson), Ice T (Det. Odafin Tutuola), Kelli Giddish (Det. Amanda Rollins), Raúl Esparza (ADA Rafael Barba) and Peter Scanavino (Det. Sonny Carisi). Guest starring Sarah Wynter (Dr. Nicole Keller), Aaron Sanders (Luke Keller), Delaney Williams (Counselor John Buchanan), Gage Polchlopek (Ethan Miller), Jason Bowen (Det. Marcus Perry), Jenna Stern (Judge Elana Barth), Benton Greene (Charles Franklin), Daniel Cosgrove (Dr. Daniel Keller), Chantal Jean-Pierre (Regina Franklin), Olivia Sargent (Alexandra Handley) and Donald Dasg (Trey Franklin).


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Friday, January 13, 2017

Law & Order SVU “Decline and Fall” Photos

Here are advance photos for Law & Order SVU “Decline and Fall” which will air on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. The photos feature Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, Peter Scanavino, Raúl Esparza, Ian Nelson as Eric Hendricks, Jim True-Frost as Lawrence "Larry" Hendricks, Raphael Sbarge as Attorney Harold Timmons, Bob Gunton as Lawrence Hendricks Sr., Ariane Rinehart as Sarah Morrissey, and Sarah Clarke as Cynthia Hendricks.


My recap and review of Law & Order SVU “Decline and Fall” can be found at this link.















Photos by : Michael Parmelee/NBC 2016 NBCUniversal Media, LLC



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Law & Order SVU “Decline and Fall” Sneak Peeks

Here are sneak peeks for Law & Order SVU “Decline and Fall” which will air on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at 9PM ET on NBC. The videos feature Mariska Hargitay, Kelli Giddish, and Peter Scanavino.

My recap and review of Law & Order SVU “Decline and Fall” can be found at this link.


Please note: these videos have a limited life and may be removed at any time, so catch them while you can!



SVU_1809Clip_2_16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


SVU 1809Clip 2 16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.


SVU 1809Clip 3 16x9 from Chris Zimmer on Vimeo.



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