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SVU, Episode 11.05
Production number: 11005
First aired: 21 October 2009
  th of 366 produced in SVU  
th of 366 released in SVU
  th of 1106 released in all  
Benson and Haung Hardwired
Written By
Mike Betancourt

Directed By
David Platt

Plot Edit

After Eva Banks finds out that her son Cory was sexually abused, Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler come onto the scene and question the victim and his family. From the boy’s frightened reaction when his stepfather, Thomas Banks, silences the investigation, it is clear to everyone in the room who the real perpetrator is. Benson and Stabler are able to get Cory to tell them about the abuse and where to find nude pictures Thomas took of him. With this evidence, they arrest Thomas, who offers up the head of Our Special Love, a pedophile-rights group and child pornography ring, in exchange for leniency.

They arrest the man, Kevin O'Donnell, as well as every other member of the group, on multiple child pornography and sexual abuse charges. ADA Alexandra Cabot tries O'Donnell for his crimes, but he and his lawyer offer the defense that pedophilia is a hard-wired sexual orientation, and that adult-child sexual relationships are healthy and normal. The defense calls Eva to the stand, as she has a temper that could ruin the case. However, with Benson's encouragement, Eva keeps her composure during her testimony, even when Cory bursts into the courtroom and says that Thomas was hurting him, not "loving" him. O'Donnell is sentenced to over 3,000 years in prison, while Thomas gets twenty years for abusing Cory. Eva, finally able to move on with her life, sells her house and moves back to Florida with Cory for a new start.

Summary Edit

Episode summary

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

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References Edit

Our Special Love; Oslo Global Strategies

Quotes Edit

Benson: Eva, Eva. You don't have to move.
Eva: But... Thomas pays the mortgage and he's never given me any of the passwords on any of our accounts--
Benson: So? We'll go to the bank, we'll show them your ID, we'll empty the accounts, we'll start a new one in your name and then we come here and change the locks!
Eva: Really?
Benson: Yeah!
Eva: (sighs with relief) Damn girl, you got a little gangster in you, huh?

(O'Donnell has been thrown into a holding cell with all the alleged pedophiles who have been arrested because of information on his laptop)
O'Donnell: I want my lawyer.
Benson: Yeah, she'll meet you in arraignment tomorrow.
(O'Donnell looks around nervously at the angry alleged pedophiles in his cell)

Background information and notes Edit

  • ADA Cabot makes her first appearance this season; the last appearance she made was in "Liberties"; as of this episode, she has also been promoted back to the main cast, the first time since "Loss".
  • During the course of this episode, Dr. George Huang is revealed to be gay, making him the second confirmed gay principle in the Law & Order franchise. The first was ADA Serena Southerlyn, who came out after being fired by Arthur Branch, as she thought the conservative Branch had fired her because of her sexuality. ("Ain't No Love")

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3

Mercy General Hospital
365 West 32nd Street
Tuesday, September 8

Banks Residence
362 East 34th Street
Tuesday, September 8

Oslo Global Strategies
256 Pearl Street
Wednesday, September 9

4 5 6

Supreme Court
Trial Part 34
Friday, October 16

Supreme Court
Trial Part 34
Monday, October 19

362 East 34th Street
Wednesday, October 21

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