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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Undercover (2008)

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Wow. Just.... wow.

Author: FrannyBeanz from Staten Island, NY
25 January 2010

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There are some SVU episodes that make you feel like you've been punched in the gut after it's over. And this is definitely one of those episodes. I don't want to give too much away, but in a nutshell, Olivia and Elliot get a case of a young rape victim. They come to find out that the girl's mother is locked up in a women's prison, and the girl's attacker may in fact be a crooked CO from the jail who has singled out the girl's incarcerated mother for cruel and unjust punishment. It turns out that several complaints have been filed against this particular guard, and others in the same prison, for raping inmates, yet somehow the CO's always come out unscathed. Olivia, feeling an obligation to bring justice to young Ashley and her jailed mother, decides to go deep undercover in the prison to catch the crooked CO in question in the act and bring him to justice. Things go from bad to worse as Olivia finds herself in a horribly dangerous situation. Can one of her co-workers (also undercover as a CO in the prison - I won't say which one, though, as we don't see right away that it's one of the SVU team members undercover, and it's revealed in a great twist) save Olivia before it's too late, and she becomes the next victim of abuse? This episode is definitely one of the biggest nail-biters in the whole series, and it will leave you on the edge of your seat, glued to the television, anxiously anticipating each riveting moment. An absolute must-see for any Law & Order fan. This definitely goes on my list of top-5 favorite episodes.

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Benson in general population

Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
27 July 2013

The theme of crime within the prison system by correction officers is one the Law And Order franchise has used before. But in this case Mariska Hargitay risks life and limb for a child victim of rape. Her only backup is Ice T who also goes undercover as a guard.

Tawny Cypress is the child victim and she may rank up there as one of the most uncooperative complainants in the history of show. She's scared for herself and her mother who is in the joint for a drug charge. But her performance registers well.

I've found that certain people can never quite grasp the concept that in prison you belong to the state and its employees who run the place. This episode reinforces the fact that prison is one good place to stay out of.

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They Missed the Chance

Author: david from California, USA
23 January 2011

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This review is almost all Spoilers, so don't read further if you haven't seen the show, And why haven't you? It's one of the key episodes in the series. The central problem with this otherwise very good episode is its credibility. The viewer knows Olivia will save the inmates from the evil guard, thus exposing the villain and that's a wrap. What's missing is even one iota of suspense, drama, tension or doubt. We know from the get-go that nothing will happen to Olivia while undercover, and nothing does happen, especially with Fin to watch over her. Under these conditions the infamous Basement Scene becomes a foregone conclusion long before it inevitably occurs. We know Olivia will not be raped, and that's the problem. If Dick Wolf were the trail blazer he thinks he is, he'd have told the writers to make it Real, bring Fin into the room just after the rape, get the bad guy, and in the process make not only a great episode, but also a television landmark.

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