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

Paternity (27 Nov. 2007)

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The discovery of a lost boy leads detectives to a case involving the rape and murder of a nanny, and an automobile accident puts the lives of Stabler's wife and unborn child in jeopardy.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sergeant John Munch (credit only)
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong) (credit only)
Jake Keegan
Leah Keegan
FDNY Captain
Paramedic Jackson
Aisha De Haas ...
Raphael Gardner


The discovery of a lost boy leads detectives to a case involving the rape and murder of a nanny, and an automobile accident puts the lives of Stabler's wife and unborn child in jeopardy.

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This is the first episode Benson and Stabler have made physical contact (they hug) other then a rub on the shoulders or crime scene reenactment. See more »


When Detective Benson gets up from her desk to speak to Tommy's father, she knocks over several of the personal photographs on her desk (and no-one in the take seems to notice). See more »


[Stabler and Benson just found out that Tommy isn't Jake's son and are walking through the precinct hallway while discussing whether or not to tell Jake]
Detective Olivia Benson: He has the right to know.
Detective Elliot Stabler: It's not our place to tell him.
Detective Olivia Benson: Jake is raising a child that biologically isn't his. He's married to a woman who's being unfaithful. You think that ignorance is bliss?
Detective Elliot Stabler: First of all, Tommy *is* his son. And Jake is the only father he's ever known. Now they love each other. Why do you want to mess with that?
Detective Olivia Benson: Because it's...
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Is this even Law and Order?
27 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was the most amateurishly produced, directed and written hour of television I think I have ever seen in my entire life. I know that might sound like blatant hyperbole, but I assure you, sadly it is NOT.

The parody of a television show that I just witnessed defies description. Literally, my wife and I spent the last hour alternating between hysterical laughter at each preposterous and implausible plot twist that unfolded, and complete disbelief at the utter crap that was coming out of the characters mouths.

I realize I've barely said anything about the actual plot or given some evidence as to why it was so bad. Watch the episode. You'll see. Anything I could say here would pale in comparison to what will play out on your TV screen. The details of the plot don't matter. What matters is the utter inanity that infuses *every* *detail* of this episode. It truly is staggering.

On a positive note, I am confident this episode will go down in history as a kitsch classic. It's a must-see for all the wrong reasons.

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