Law & Order: SVU Review: Waiting for the Other Shoe

"Valentine's Day" is usually for lovers, but on this week's episode, it's for liars.

SVU has a long history of showing the ways in which victims can be undermined by a clever rapist and/or good defense teams. Sometimes, the show plays with the issue of victim's reliability. The episode "Doubt" in season 6 really highlighted the problems of a "he said/she said" crime, and it ended with without giving the audience the jury's decision.

Tonight's episode tried to introduce the same element of doubt and uncertainty into the rape victim's claim, but it wasn't nearly as effectively presented. While we got the jury's verdict (or rather lack of a verdict), the case itself was never fully resolved. In fact, the episode's ending felt abrupt, unfulfilling, and frustrating. Read More...


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