Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 11, Episode 3

Solitary (7 Oct. 2009)

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Stabler is attacked by a man that he helped put away 19 years earlier. When that man faces attempted murder charges, he claims that he was the victim because of the solitary confinement he faced during his sentence.

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Stabler is attacked by a man that he helped put away 19 years earlier. When that man faces attempted murder charges, he claims that he was the victim because of the solitary confinement he faced during his sentence.

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Detective Elliot Stabler: Lady, I've had one hell of a bad day, and I'm in no mood to be told what to do.
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No birdman of Sing Sing
29 July 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The feud between ADA Christine Lahti and Christopher Meloni gets center stage in this episode of SVU. For a series of episodes these two just pressed each other's buttons.

This involves Stabler getting reacquainted with the man whom he busted as a patrolman. Which said bust also got him his detective's shield. Stephen Rea is the prime suspect of the disappearance of a female neighbor. It turns out he didn't do that crime, but in resisting arrest he pushed Detective Stabler off a roof.

He's claiming solitary made him do it. During his stay in prison Rea ran afoul of the Aryan Brotherhood and the people who ran Sing Sing just kept him in solitary for his protection. His defense is that psychologically it did something to him.

I rather suspect that solitary would be more like what happened to Robert Stroud in Birdman Of Alcatraz. He was not locked in a cell with nothing at all, he had contact with guards and was allowed out one hour a day for exercise. Nothing like what Stabler experienced when he tried solitary. It's a weakness of the episode.

Richard Belzer was sympathetic to Rea's case, but why do I think he would have been less sympathetic if it was Detective John Munch thrown off the roof.

Not the strongest SVU episode.


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