Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 5, Episode 8

Abomination (11 Nov. 2003)

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A gay man who had a brief stint in a Fundamentalist Christian-sponsored sexual re-education course is found murdered, and suspects range from the conversion program itself, a bigoted church... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Dr. Roger Tate
Ian Tate
Reverend Mitchell Shaw
Caren Browning ...
Dr. Phil Sona
Jeffrey Ware ...
Dr. Waldman
Don Stephenson ...
Derek Singer


A gay man who had a brief stint in a Fundamentalist Christian-sponsored sexual re-education course is found murdered, and suspects range from the conversion program itself, a bigoted church group who kept sending him threatening letters, a group of psychologists studying the nature of homosexuality, and two of his ex-lovers, one of whom is the son of one of the professors. Written by Daniel Timothy Dey

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Captain Donald Cragen: What did you get from the people at Reed's funeral?
Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola: Not much - after the fight broke out, a bunch of people left before we got their names.
Detective John Munch: [brandishing a camera] Yeah, but... we got their pictures.
Captain Donald Cragen: Where the hell is that from?
Detective John Munch: One of Reverend Shaw's church members, he must've left it behind.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [smiling] I didn't hear that.
Captain Donald Cragen: Get it back to him, John.
Detective John Munch: I'll be happy to, I'll even develop his film for free.
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26 August 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

George Segal stars in this episode of SVU about a psychologist who has an old fashioned view on gay people. He's a big believer in reparative therapy, that you can cure gays and of course it's desirable to do so, the better they can fit into society. Especially the crowd you hang around with. Not to mention your professional reputation at stake.

So when a young man who was a poster child turns up dead, the investigation from the SVU squad eventually arrives on his door with two likely suspects, Segal and his son Jonathan Tucker who has kept his sexual orientation a secret from his old man for obvious reasons.

I won't say who did, the homophobic psychologist or his sexually repressed internally homophobic gay son. That's to watch the episode for and see a couple of fine performances from Segal and Tucker.

One performance that really registers is a brief one with only two scenes from James Otis who plays a Reverend Fred Phelps type. Otis has his inbred clan of sickos and they do Phelps like activities. He's a frightening man with his obsession bordering on insanity. If you see this episode for no other reason than to have Otis chill you right to the bone marrow.

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