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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Denial (2002)

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Should've had EMMYS for performances of Ice T and guest Martha Plimpton

10/10
Author: John T. Ryan (redryan64@hotmail.com) from United States
28 May 2015

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

MIXING IN THE elements of a mysterious past, an extremely strong sense of denial and some very interesting guest stars, we have long felt that this was the best installment in SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT. With the inclusion of a very convoluted storyline and a plot that took us back some years in the past, the element that separates this story from the rest is one of execution rather than design.

THE PARTICULAR ASPECT to which we are referring is the performances and characterizations of series regular Ice T (as Detective 'Fin' Tutuola) and guest star Martha Plimpton (as Claire Rinato). Their working together was most remarkable and of a level which we don't often see on TV drama.

AS A SORT OF side-bar to the main investigation, Detective 'Fin' becomes personally involved with the plight of young Claire; whom has had a most loveless life ever since birth and is now a heroin addict. Fin goes the extra mile and sees to it that the young lady is pointed in the right direction; even to the point of saving her from certain death due to drug overdose.

ALTHOUGH THE HABIT of getting personally involved in one's job is bound to have a detrimental effect on both the service rendered; as well as to the individuals both rendering and receiving the aid. Fact is that it does happen, perhaps not often.

WE DO SEEM to forget that Cops are fallible human beings; believe it or not.

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Rinato Family Values

6/10
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
1 October 2016

The SVU squad goes from the rape of the drug addicted Martha Plimpton to the death of an infant. That second one is discovered only after Plimpton reporting her rape is discovered to be carrying the mummified body part of a dead infant's finger.

According to Plimpton's sister Mary Steenburgen this was the body part of her dead baby girl and Plimpton was her older sister. Steenburgen is a true low life, but at the moment she's sober though she's discovered with the rest of the infant's body. Steenburgen and Plimpton blame each other. Ice-T whose years with narcotics give him some insight into the workings of Plimpton's mind is sympathetic to her, but can't take her word for anything. And both ADA Stephanie March and Mariska Hargitay want the blame apportioned rightly in the Rinato family.

In the end it's Steenburgen's and Plimpton's mother who provides the tipping evidence. This Rinato family is truly gutter trash, Parsons is really mom of the year.

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