Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 8, Episode 7

Underbelly (14 Nov. 2006)

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A fourteen year old girl who was brutally beaten, raped, and killed shares the same dog paw tattoo as two other young female homicide victims. Despite warnings from Stabler, Dani becomes overly involved in the case.

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A fourteen year old girl who was brutally beaten, raped, and killed shares the same dog paw tattoo as two other young female homicide victims. Despite warnings from Stabler, Dani becomes overly involved in the case.

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When Stabler and Beck go to the tattoo parlor at the beginning and Stabler holds up the permission slip from the kid's mother at the tattoo shop, Stabler's hands change positions holding the note from the bottom of the note to the top of the note in between shots. See more »

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Det. Elliot Stabler: [to a suspect hiding in a couch] Find the remote?
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A heartbreaking story of teenage prostitution
21 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this episode, Elliot and Dani investigate a case where several young teen prostitutes, all with the same tattoo, have been brutally murdered. Dani becomes overly involved emotionally despite Elliot's warnings not to do so because "everyone one of these cases will break your heart." Dani is determined, so the two forge ahead to find the killer. Meanwhile they find another young prostitute with the same tattoo, a 14 year old girl named Belinda. From her they learn about a guy named Victor, who is not only her pimp, but of the three murdered girls, as well. They then try to convince Belinda that she is in grave danger, and that she needs to testify against Victor. But she is resistive, convinced that Victor loves her, and is the only one who has ever taken care of her. Belinda's plight is truly pathetic; a young girl having suffered a neglected and sexually abusive home life runs away, and with nowhere to go, is taken in by predators like this Victor character. The girl's mind is twisted into believing the pimp truly loves her, even as she is turned out by him to prostitute herself. One of the most touching moments in this episode occurs while Elliot and Dani are interviewing Belinda, and Dani covers Belinda's bare shoulders with a sweater in a display of motherly compassion. In the process of watching this episode, Elliot's words ring true, that these cases will break your heart. In the end, it appears that it was all a little too much for Dani. I was left wondering what would become of Belinda; how much could she be really helped? The fact that Charlie Ray was cast in the role of Belinda, I think, very much added to the heart breaking effect of this story...for me. I read a comment in a message board by someone that thought she looked too healthy, and spoke too well to be believed in this role. I had only seen her previously in the film, "Little Manhattan," where as "Rosemary" she was a much more fortunate character, and one of the sweetest, most poised 11 year old girls you'll ever find. Now at age 14, Charlie brings much of that quality (which I suspect is her own) to this role, as well, which had the effect of amplifying the tragedy of victimized innocence. It was heart breaking to see someone like this cry out of the sheer hopeless of their predicament. It made Dani's determination to help her completely believable.


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