Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 7, Episode 5

Strain (18 Oct. 2005)

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An AIDS activist is suspected of murdering a gay couple, and Detective Tutuola discovers something about a family member.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elliot Stabler (credit only)
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Gabriel Thomason
CSU Tech Millie Vizcarrondo (as Paula Garces)
Dr. Sloane


An AIDS activist is suspected of murdering a gay couple, and Detective Tutuola discovers something about a family member.

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A hate crime?
17 February 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The SVU squad catches a pair of murders of a gay male couple and the first thought is that it's a hate crime. Well in the strictest sense of the word they're right because while it's not hate involving a group it's hate of these two for sure.

To understand the mindset of perpetrator Brian Bloom, a viewing of Larry Kramer's ground breaking play, The Normal Heart might be in order. Written back in the early Eighties at the beginning of the AIDS pandemic, The Normal Heart sounds a clarion call for gay men to take charge of their own destinies and lives and use protection and get tested.

In 2005 when this episode was aired a new strain of the virus was found and found to be remarkably resistant to those drugs already developed. Brian Bloom is an AIDS activist and brother of another gay man lost to the disease. Some investigation on Bloom's part shows that these two dead men were not careful in their encounters and did have sex with the deceased.

It's hard not to sympathize with Bloom, his passion for his cause, and the personal tragedy. But murder is murder.

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