Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 2, Episode 9

Pixies (12 Jan. 2001)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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When an unidentified sixteen-year-old girl is found dead with signs of sexual assault, bruises, healed fractures, and hard callouses on her hands, but wearing expensive jewelry and running ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kyle Hubert
Hannah's Mother
Steven Marcus ...
Willie Maxwell
Hannah Miller
Ilya Korska


When an unidentified sixteen-year-old girl is found dead with signs of sexual assault, bruises, healed fractures, and hard callouses on her hands, but wearing expensive jewelry and running shoes, SVU detectives suspect long-term abuse on many levels. However, they soon discover that the murdered girl, Kristy, was a star gymnast in-training with a harsh coach, secretly receiving special attention from an older man who was a major benefactor at her gym, and they realize that this was most likely not the work of a stranger. Further investigation into her life, and death, reveal that this young woman had more than a few astonishing secrets. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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The gymnastics coach character, Ilya Korska, is based on Romanian Bela Karolyi who, through tough love, successfully coached several gymnastics world champions - Nadia_Comaneci, Mary Lou Rhetton, Julianne McNamara, and Kerri Strug. See more »


When Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) update the Captain that Mrs. Bryce was not the victim's mother, you can see Chris Meloni's microphone attached to his pants and the wire running up his back. See more »


Captain Donald Cragen: Whatever happened to just hanging out on the jungle gym?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Gone the way of the 8 track tape.
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28 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An unidentified teenage girl is found murdered. Detectives Benson and Stabler trace the girl back to an elite gym training Olympic hopefuls, including a quasi-abusive gymnastics coach, a mysterious, rich benefactor and a bitter rival.

An overall intriguing episode, although those hoping to catch a glimpse of gymnastics routines or depth in the gymnasts will be disappointed. Not among SVU's best, but putting the crime in the context of the gymnastics world definitely elevates it above the average procedural episode. That said, the "big reveal" of the victim's secret past isn't much of a reveal at all -- it may be relevant to her gymnastics career, but it doesn't play much of a role in the episode.

As always, solid performances by all the regulars, and great support from Tamara Tunie as the ME, who really begins to make the role her own in season two of SVU.

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