Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 6, Episode 7

Charisma (16 Nov. 2004)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A career con artist, forger and thief turns to murder and serial pedophilia to populate the cult he created and get his hands on a multi-million dollar trust fund.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Abraham / Eugene Hoff
Cindy Cramer / Sarah
Officer Zermeño
Geoffrey Downs
Bruce Norris ...
Sarah's Attorney
Melanie Cramer


Abraham Ofinian/Eugene Hoff, a serial pedophile and con artist, who uses religion as a guise to profit, has impregnated a twelve year old girl,Melanie, in hope of stealing her inheritance. Also instrumental in the death of a number of the children(which he fathered) of his followers,Ofinian/Hoff is on the run with Melanie and it is up to Detective Olivia Benson and the rest of the Special Victim's Unit to save the girl and stop Ofinian/Hoff from further carnage. Written by free_to_finn

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In Memory of Emmy Ann Wooding (1947 - October 24, 2004). She died in a car accident and had worked at Universal Studios Television for thirty-seven years and was a longtime assistant at Wolf Films. See more »


[last lines]
Detective Olivia Benson: Melanie it's ok, it's ok, it's ok, it's ok.
Melanie Cramer: That was a lie.
Detective Olivia Benson: What was?
Melanie Cramer: He said he was greater than god, but nobody is.
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Kober's psychotic best
26 January 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Jeff Kober is a most under appreciated actor, a kind of Bruce Dern for a different generations. He's played some of the most psychotic villains ever seen on the big and small screen and in this SVU episode he's at his psychotic best. Seeing his name in the credits I knew he'd be the bad guy before the story really got started.

The SVU squad gets into this one responding to gunshots fired at a building where kids are alleged to be. After a short standoff they come in and find a Jonestown like scene. Veteran police officers who've seen it all come undone with this one.

They're all members of a religious cult and Kober is the charismatic and evil beyond redemption leader. The lines between a cult and a harem are completely erased for him, he's impregnated a bunch of his female followers, some of them barely in puberty. He also has no male followers in his cult.

The end is a standoff between Mariska Hargitay and Kober with one of his pregnant child victims holding a gun. A really harrowing moment for Olivia Benson.

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