Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 3, Episode 11

Monogamy (4 Jan. 2002)

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The case involves the beating of a seven-months-pregnant woman, whose unborn child has been torn from her body via a primitive cesarean section. Among the many witnesses questioned is the ... See full summary »

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The case involves the beating of a seven-months-pregnant woman, whose unborn child has been torn from her body via a primitive cesarean section. Among the many witnesses questioned is the woman's husband, a psychiatrist with several devastating secrets and knows more about his wife's beating than he's willing to admit. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Mariska Hargitay (Olivia Benson) met her future husband, Peter Hermann (Trevor Langan) while filming this episode. See more »

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Dr. George Huang: You know, most animal species aren't monogomous.
Detective John Munch: That would explain my whole marital history.
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Rage from an anal retentive
4 December 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

What a commentary on the kind of husband that John Ritter was in this episode that his wife Tricia Paoluccio who is a drug counselor at a methadone clinic takes up with Bobby Cannvale one of the clients. So John Ritter in a very carefully planned assault, blitzes his wife from behind and cuts open her uterus in an abortion of his own choosing of her child.

One of the more monstrous acts ever perpetrated on an SVU show the dead baby is found in a dumpster. Paoluccio recovers, but she can't identify anyone. Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni work hard to crack this one and Meloni takes it personally.

Whether a charge of murder can stick to Ritter will depend if the seven month old took any live breaths and that will be hard. Not her fault, it's the law says Stephanie March that a fetus is not deemed a person in New York State. A law to prevent others from controlling a woman's right to choose may just let a murderer go free.

You'll spend a lot of time mulling over the ethics involved in this episode.


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