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Motherly Love 

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A teenage boy uses a rifle to save his mother from her attacker, only to learn the target was someone he knows.


Mariska Hargitay


Dick Wolf (created by), Rick Eid | 4 more credits »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Peter Scanavino ... Dominick Carisi Jr.
Raúl Esparza ... Rafael Barba
Sarah Wynter ... Dr. Nicole Keller
Delaney Williams ... John Buchanan
Daniel Cosgrove ... Dr. Daniel Keller
Aaron Sanders ... Luke Keller
Jason Bowen ... Det. Marcus Perry
Jenna Stern ... Judge Elana Barth
Benton Greene ... Charles Franklin
Chantal Jean-Pierre ... Regina Franklin
Patrick Boll ... James Miller
Gage Banister ... Ethan Miller (as Gage Polchlopek)


A teenage boy uses a rifle to save his mother from her attacker, only to learn the target was someone he knows.

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Release Date:

8 February 2017 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Although billed as the 400th episode, it is actually episode 399 See more »


It is implied throughout this episode that Luke had done something wrong, including the offer of immunity. Luke believed his mother was being raped by an intruder. No such immunity would be needed, as deadly force would be justified in this situation, even in New York. There is nothing that Luke did that required immunity. See more »


Olivia Benson: I don't think that Luke intentionally shot Trey. He truly believes that his mother was being assaulted.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: I agree. Counselor, look. Luke had no clue that his mother was using his friends sexually. He just happened to walk in. I mean, if he hadn't gotten into an argument with his father that night, he never would've been there in the first place. Nicole is the one who's lying, not Luke.
Amanda Rollins: [looking at her phone] And this proves it. Lab results are back. Traces of fresh semen were found on a towel in ...
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20 February 2017 | by shannonruff-89124See all my reviews

I have been watching Law and Order SVU for a while now. I've been watching it show by show since season 13 started (2011) and have seen various episodes periodically before the 13th season. It's one of the few shows I still watch on TV. I am a bit younger than the typical viewer as I am a teenager and I know the target audience is typically the middle aged adult who may know a little bit more about the law than the average teenager. But I think me being younger than the typical viewer serves as a bit of a benefit to get the thoughts of a younger guy and not just the regular viewer all the time. My opinion of this season so far is that this season is an OK season or mediocre at best. Just not in its prime. It seems like they are focusing more on the personal life of Benson this season and in a way it seems like they are giving the impression that the show may be coming to an end or at least the run with this specific cast. But this particular episode I liked a lot even though it wasn't as full of suspense as the better episodes usually present. I thought of it as an episode leaving questions as to what will happen next. For example in the first 5 minutes the episode started with Luc shooting his friend was controversial. We knew that he was trying to protect his mother and was in shock when he shot his friend, but we knew that he had killed someone. Which makes us wonder what was going to happen and if he would go to prison. Also towards the end I found it interesting when they got the mother psychologist involved trying to make him admit he shot his friend on purpose when he knew he didn't. So when he had to go up on the stand, you didn't know if Benson could get through to him, and make him tell the truth or if his mother's mind tricks would make him choose otherwise on the stand. I think this episode is top 2 so far this season in what has been to me a mediocre season. Not at all like the past 2 seasons of Law and Order.

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