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*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Though the season is in its infancy sans Christopher Meloni, it still
carries on the tradition of stories "ripped from the headlines."
"Personal Fouls" features Dan Lauria as a respected basketball coach
suspected of sexually abusing his young male players. While evidence
against him is highly circumstantial, the search for the truth reveals
cover-ups,pay-offs, and buried memories.
Guest Mehcad Brooks is especially riveting in the episode's closing moments as his character is forced to tell the world about his past relationship with the highly revered coaching legend.
Aaron Tveit is also quite good as Brooks' former teammate who also shares a secret about the coach.
Heavy D makes a rare acting turn as Brooks' manager.
Still unafraid to tackle controversial issues, SVU, with "Personal Fouls" explores the rarely discussed issue of male-on-male sexual abuse.
As Dan Lauria, noted high school basketball coach with a reputation for
sending a few players notably Mehcad Brooks, on to the top in the world
of basketball is being honored, one of his former players interrupts
the banquet. Aaron Tveit sure looks out of place at that the little
clambake, he's a junkie now, but his accusations bring in the SVU squad
including new members Danny Pino and Kelli Ghiddish.
No one and I mean NO ONE wants to talk about Lauria among his former players in other than the most laudatory terms. All deny vehemently any accusations of sexual abuse no matter how old they are. Then Tveit is found dead with a hotshot overdose and the squad gets a little desperate to find some confirmation.
It comes down to Mehcad Brooks who is now a Kobe Bryant type mega-player with the contract and ancillaries to prove it.
Lauria highlights this episode, this guy is some piece of work.
I could only give it an 8 because its not even half over. I missed the last couple episodes so I was caught off guard with Det. Stabler's situation. So I was just getting ready to commiserate with Marishka at having to train the rookies. Well once I saw who they were, I knew all was well. First I saw Danny Pino from Cold Case, one of the best crime dramas ever made. His character in Cold Case was great, tough & mysterious, yet sensitive & deep. Oh yeah, and he was a great cop. Then I caught a glimpse, is that her? Could it be? I don't know her name, but she was the star of a pretty good show that's not on any more either about a squad of Federal Marshalls out of Texas - Chase. She was good police, too. Of course not as realistic as some police shows, but hey, everybody can't be The Wire or Southland. I have a new excitement about Law & Order: SVU. Thanks TV.
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