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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
While the 12th season premiere features top-notch guest stars in the
form of Joan Cusak, Peter Strauss, and Henry Ian Cusick, it is
ten-year-old Bailee Madison who really shines in the installment.
Madison plays the adopted child of Cusack and Strauss who has been "remade" in the image of the couple's natural child who was abducted many years ago. The young performer is quite believable in each scene in which she appears, especially when she tells Benson of the lengths that her mother has taken to alter her appearance to match that of the missing child.
The ending of the episode is in typical "ripped-from-the-headline-Law-&-Order" fashion.
When young Bailee Madison disappears from the home of foster parents
Peter Strauss and Joan Cusack the SVU squad gets brought in as it
involves a child. This episode takes some unusual directions in the
plot involving the disappearance of the couple's own natural daughter
some years ago.
The squad of course gets into that case and with some fresh eyes looking at it discovers the truth. But the real issue here is the extraordinary over protectiveness that the parents especially Cusack displays. Not for nothing does Madison refer to her as my 'smother'. This woman is clearly unhinged, but why she is that way is for the detectives to investigate and you to watch the episode for.
Madison is quite good as the foster child who is a kind of victim here however the story comes out. So is Cusack.
More than SVU fans should appreciate this story.
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