Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 9, Episode 13

Unorthodox (15 Jan. 2008)

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After a young boy is hospitalized for blood loss following a rape, Stabler and Munch focus on a Hasidic order whose reluctance to cooperate may lead the investigation away from the real perpetrator.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Chester Lake (credit only)
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
Roxana Fox
Rabbi Iscowitz
George Trembley (as Mike McGlone)
Rachel Zelinsky


A boy is raped and he refuses to say anything. An investigation reveals that the boy's parents are embroiled in a bitter custody dispute because the husband joined the Hassidic community. When the boy disappears, the trail leads to a Jewish community and they suspect someone there could be the perp. But it is later discovered that the perp is another boy. Elliot tries to get Casey not to prosecute him as an adult. At first she agrees but when it's discovered he's done it to others. His lawyer decides to defend by claiming he was exposed to images in the media that made him do it. Written by

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Family Court
28 February 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Although this starts out as an interesting show in the end this SVU story really goes all over the map to find a satisfactory explanation for the events that occurred. Young Braeden Lemasters is discovered to have rectal bleeding which brings the SVU in.

Young Braeden is a kid from a mixed marriage as am I for that matter. But Hassidic Jews don't favor mixing of any kind and the squad is first thinking it was a custody battle. But in the end it turns out to be another kid and it looks like that other kid Alexander Gould favors both sexes for his molestation.

The multiple victims make Diane Neal want to charge him as an adult. But looking at this kid he clearly doesn't warrant it. Why Neal was so bad about this one defies explanation and the show doesn't give it. Even Christopher Meloni thinks this one belongs in family court.

The show's story defies also logic and reason. There are shows and in real life we've seen kids born without conscience or empathy. But this was not one of them.

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