Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 13, Episode 20

Father Dearest (2 May 2012)

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Is a sperm donor father trying to have babies with the children he fathered, or could it be part of an even more fiendish plot?

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Is a sperm donor father trying to have babies with the children he fathered, or could it be part of an even more fiendish plot?

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Envy of Donor 141
8 September 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

As TV series go on sometimes the plots truly get outlandish. In this case the SVU squad has a truly outlandish situation to deal with.

After a young teen goes missing the SVU squad is called in and as it turns out the girl is the product of donated sperm as is her younger brother as the man she thought was her biological father is impotent.

But this turns out to be the tip of the iceberg. The donor is Eric Close a highly successful surgeon who has donated his little swimmers and created a veritable population explosion in the metropolitan area. He's also arrogant, self righteous and quite full of himself, a guy who it is real easy to hate.

The episode wasn't that clear on how another person who went to college with Close found out he was donor 141. But James Van Der Beek found out and he's been visiting all of his donor babes now teens. He seems to have fathered mostly girls.

In the end Van Der Beek takes some truly malevolent revenge out on Close but I'm not sure what he can be prosecuted for in the end.

A bit bizarre for my taste for a top SVU episode, but all right.


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