When a mom finds her 15 year old daughter, Carrie, in bed with a 21 year old, Justin, she goes to the SVU to report rape.When a mom finds her 15 year old daughter, Carrie, in bed with a 21 year old, Justin, she goes to the SVU to report rape.When a mom finds her 15 year old daughter, Carrie, in bed with a 21 year old, Justin, she goes to the SVU to report rape.
"Intoxicated" is another jewel from Season 6. It is not quite one of my favourites of the season, but it did excel brilliantly at exploring such a tough subject, portraying a difficult family relationship dynamic that resonated with me and the character development for Olivia was fantastic. A welcome change from the big emphasis on Stabler the past few outings, despite actually loving Stabler's development having a break from it was good and in a way necessary.
Where to begin praising "Intoxicated?" Well, first and foremost Mariska Hargitay is truly remarkable in a shining star of an episode for her in terms of individual performances. She is very moving here, especially when Olivia bravely and candidly opens up. Diane Neal has authority when Novak is doing her job, yet also proves herself to be a sympathetic listener. Character writing is outstanding all round, with a remarkably layered portrayal of the mother-daaughter relationship and for Denise and Carrie.
Denise, formidably played by Cathy Moriaty, is likely to come over over as the over-controlling mother from hell sort of character, thought that myself on first watch and it was easy to see why the team felt this way. On rewatches, although there is still definitely that vibe she also strikes me as someone who deep down loves Carrie and wants the best for her while going about it the wrong way in a bad state of mind. Did feel very bad for Carrie, her actions are uncondonable but she was bound to crack at some point considering the horrific situation. It was very easy to see both points of view, with the two having different takes on the same situation which is very common in strained family relationships (have been there).
Olivia is in "Intoxicated" the most interesting she was all season, with some truly insightful character development that is hard to be shocked by and easy to feel for her. Can totally relate to how she felt about the situation, having witnessed it myself in my family (sans the violence and drink and for a different reason). Moriaty as said is suitably formidable and personally thought that Danielle Pannabaker did very well, powerfully creating a character where her actions are totally wrong but where her point of view is understood.
Story is tense and emotional, driven by the relationship between Denise and Carrie (as said remarkably layered) and Olivia's relatably personal dilemma. The script is sensitive that explores a tough subject from all sides. The production values are still slick and suitably gritty (without being too heavy in it). The music is not too melodramatic and is not used too much, even not being too manipulative in revelations. The direction is handled beautifully.
In conclusion, another outstanding episode. 10/10
- Mar 11, 2021