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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Identity (2005)

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

obnoxious doctor gets it in the end.

10/10
Author: baronedon from ROMA
14 July 2008

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Starts typical SVU that evolves with strong almost unbelievable circumstances.. I figured the scenario early but that twist at the end was extremely satisfying AND REWARDING..

I could not believe the stupidity of the parents. First their child/children with the police and later discovering (SPOILER) with the therapist.. Great the show is finally giving the ME Dr. Melinda Warner more screen time and viable roles Fantastically portrayed by actress TAMARA TUNIE.

Strong portrayal by fifteen year old Reilly.

Dialogue between Elliot & OBNOXIOUS Dr. Blair one of the reasons this Version of Law & Order shines.

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Sad story based on real events

8/10
Author: Michelle Donovan from Canada
19 September 2017

I disagree with the reviewer who claimed that the writers of this episode thought they were "clever" by coming up with this plot. Clearly the episode was based entirely on the story of David Reimer, who suffered a disfiguring injury (specifically, a botched circumcision) shortly after birth and was subsequently raised as a girl, on the advice of Dr. John Money. Like the kid in this episode, Reimer had a twin, who was raised as a boy.

I find it ludicrous that anyone would think the writers set out to create this story line on their own; like so many of their other episodes, this one was obviously based on real events. The only difference between the real events and the outcome of this episode is that, sadly, the doctor who essentially ruined David Reimer's life suffered no ill consequences of his actions. Instead, it was David himself who lost his life. He died by suicide in 2004.

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

They've got their own world

9/10
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
9 December 2014

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Until I started working and lobbying for transgender rights I was not aware of this issue. So when I saw this particular episode of SVU it sadly resonated with me.

The murder of a deaf mute homeless woman sets off an investigation which leads them to a pair of identical twins, one of whom witnessed the murder. Both are graffiti artists which is what put them on a roof which was the scene of the crime.

But there's far more to it than that especially after former police officer and now therapist Mary Stuart Masterson clues the squad in. Reilly McClendon plays the dual role of Logan and Lindsay Masters who even for identical twins seem very attached. They've got their own world and especially after their therapist from birth Peter Firth has been conducting some ghoulish experiments on them.

Young McClendon gives a dual performance that will stay with you forever after being seen. He's unforgettable in the parts.

As for Firth even one who makes a clinical study of sexual behavior is not immune from some monstrous impulses. This man truly got his jollies observing these two. Because when they were infants Firth changed one of the twins from a boy to a girl. He's even going to write a book about them.

This was something not uncommon in the days before transgender people developed a voice and consciousness and spun out of the general gay rights movement to demand their own rights and identity. The story depicted by McClendon has a few thousand imitations around the country and more around the world.

One of the best SVU stories ever done in the history of that program.

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Not all that clever

4/10
Author: jennkrouse from United States
8 September 2014

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The reviews for this episode think the writing is so clever. However, what they don't know is the entire episode is based on a book about the life of David Reimer, called As Nature Made Him: The Boy Who Was Raised as a Girl.

The entire episode, except the rape/murder that sets it all off, follow the book almost verbatim, including most of the twist at the end. They did not murder the therapist in real life, like they do in the episode, but they unfortunately suffered the same abuse at the hand of their therapist. Both brother committed suicide in their 30s. It was such a disturbing and sad story.

I love SVU, but they totally stole the sad story of these brothers' lives on this one...

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