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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Desperate (2003)

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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

A tale of the tragic effects of spousal abuse on the entire family

9/10
Author: Reginald D. Garrard from Camilla, GA
15 June 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Rob Estes guests as the "perfect-on-the-outside-husband-and-community-leader" who masks a penchant for violence toward his spouse. In this case, his actions make him the prime suspect in the "disappearance" of his first wife and the murder of wife number two.

Besides Estes' performance, kudos must go to young Max Weinstein who portrays Estes' five-year-old son, witness to the murder of his step-mom and the key to the conviction of his father.

The last five minutes when the young actor makes a major revelation are spine-tingling as well as satisfying that justice has been served.

Signy Coleman is also quite good as the little boy's mother and wife number one.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Traumatized kid

8/10
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
7 February 2014

One of SVU's best episode occurs here with the squad investigating the homicide of a woman that was truly brutal and one that her little boy watched. Later on it develops that the little boy was not her biological son. She was in fact his stepmother and they were fleeing a brutal and abusive husband and father.

Which the squad zeroes in on. Rob Estes is by all accounts a nice guy, popular and in good standing with the Rotary and Chamber Of Commerce in Rye, New York. No one up there believes him capable of such barbarity. But he is being tried in New York City.

Young Max Weinstein is truly outstanding as the traumatized kid who has to testify against his father. He's the whole case for Stephanie March. To save said case Christopher Meloni finds him the best possible support.

A real good one, not to be missed.

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Max Weinstein is awesome in this episode

10/10
Author: doglover1767 from NC, USA
12 September 2012

I actually called someone about this episode after it aired to tell them about Max Weinstein's acting. Also bought the season's DVD set as well so I could see it again. This was before HULU and Amazon streaming days.

Highly recommend this episode if only for the last scene between father and son in the courtroom. Max Weinstein is great throughout the episode, but the last few minutes are absolutely awesome! Highly recommend this episode to every watcher of SVU. Too bad they later became so graphic in what they showed. Not a current watcher. Older episodes are better for those that don't like to see all the violence.

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