Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 2, Episode 11

Abuse (26 Jan. 2001)

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Benson and Stabler suspect parental neglect in the death of the son of two famous singers, The detectives fear for their surviving daughter, who has a history of serious injuries, and ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Olivia Benson
Christine Andreas ...
Ricki Austin
David Russo
Babo Harrison ...
Francesca Faridany ...
Leslie Ayvazian ...
Amy Bouril ...


Benson and Stabler suspect parental neglect in the death of the son of two famous singers, The detectives fear for their surviving daughter, who has a history of serious injuries, and Benson grows attached to her. Her parents resent Benson attention to their daughter, and they take out a restraining order, which puts Benson's job in jeopardy. Written by Jim Lankin

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Detective John Munch: Three more calls.
Detective Elliot Stabler: From Maureen?
Detective John Munch: Not yours.
[to Olivia]
Detective John Munch: Yours.
Detective Olivia Benson: Ashley? Is she okay?
Detective John Munch: No. She saw the latest N*SYNC video and was devastated, as was I.
Detective John Munch: She just called to chat.
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19 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was quite a tragic episode all the way through. It began with a tragedy - a young boy runs from his birthday party and gets hit and killed by a car. He was seen arguing with a man, his tutor, in the toilets beforehand, so the whole event seems incredibly suspicious, particularly as he is the adopted son of a famous couple (entertainers).

It is while investigating this that Detective Benson comes across the boy's sister, who is suffering all sorts of injuries, all of which she refers to as "accidents". Detective Benson immediately suspects abuse and tries her hardest to investigate these injuries or get the girl removed from the home. However, there is no evidence suggesting that the girl's long pattern of both serious and minor injuries are caused by anyone - other than herself.

Meanwhile, the girl is forming an attachment to Detective Benson, being thrilled to see her all the time, trying to find her, and even repeatedly asking to live with her, apparently as a result of parental neglect.

This is a tough episode because Detective Benson tries to do what's right, but she is up against a big system and a powerful parent. The dilemma is that the whole situation is terrible, yet there is nothing legally wrong with it. The final scenes are hopelessly tragic. Definitely a really interesting episode.

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