Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 5, Episode 14

Ritual (3 Feb. 2004)

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (credit only)
Allan Shaye
Maggie Shaye
Sullivan Walker ...
Martin Bosa
Malika Samuel ...
Na'imah Haruna
Susan Blommaert ...


When the remains of a boy are found and evidence that points to Santeria are found. They begin by checking out local practitioners but the man in charge claims that who did was not a true practitioner. They learn that the boy is Nigerian and that he was brought over as part of the slave trade. Written by

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[running down a suspect after their cover was blown, Fin grabs him and slams him into the wall, then begins to beat him and punch him]
Fin Tutuola: They're kids, you sick sonofabitch!
[Then Elliot comes in the car]
Elliot Stabler: Fin! Fin!
[He pulls Fin off the suspect and holds him so he won't start again]
Elliot Stabler: Enough! Enough! Off, off, off!
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8 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a fan of Law and Order SVU and this was an interesting episode. It was important to shed light on modern day child-slavery. However, the portrayal of Santería I found misrepresenting. In the episode Santería is said to be from Nigeria, as well as all of its followers. That is not accurate. Santería is a religion that originated in the Caribbean - more specifically Cuba - where Yoruba traditions were combined with Catholicism. While Yoruba people are found in Nigeria, Santería did not originate in Nigeria. It is an Afro-Cuban religion practiced by numerous Cubans and Cuban Americans. As a Law and Order fan I was disappointed in the ignorance and clear lack of research when producing and writing this episode.

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