An investigation into the serious stabbing of a grade-school boy uncovers a suspect whose trial becomes about the rights of same-sex parents.

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Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
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CSU Tech Millie Vizcarrondo (as Paula Garces)
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An investigation into the serious stabbing of a grade-school boy uncovers a suspect whose trial becomes about the rights of same-sex parents.

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6 December 2005 (USA)  »

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When Stabler and Benson arrest Emma's grandparents. Stabler quotes the eighth commandment as "Thou shall not bear false witness". The Eighth Commandment is "Thou Shall not steal" (Exodus 20:15). The Ninth Commandment is "Thou Shall not bear false witness" (Exodus 20:16). However, different religious affiliations may have slightly different Commandments. For example, Stabler is Catholic and the eighth Commandment for Catholics is "bearing false witness." See more »

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John Munch: Since when did New York become a red state?
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Too much commentary for a one-hour drama
16 July 2009 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

Though the intent was good to portray a controversial issue, "Alien" tried too hard to make a statement for everybody, making the playing field a little one-sided in favor of the more liberal view of same-sex unions while portraying the opposite viewpoint in a more negative light. Not only does the installment delve into the aforementioned, it briefly tackles bullying, Catholicism, and psychological abuse - quite heavy-headed for a story to be resolved in one hour which, unfortunately, it does not.

The acting is good from guests Amy Pietz as the partner of a the dying biological mother of Emma (Raquel Castro), Mary Beth Piel and Edmund Guest as Emma's grandparents, and Daniel Manche as the "victim" that turns out not to be an "innocent." This one does not showcase as much of the main cast as much as it usually does, though it gives Stabler (Chris Meloni), Munch (Richard Belzer, and Huang (B.D. Wong) an opportunity to express their respective opinions.


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