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"Hardwired"
SVU, Episode 11.05
Production number: 11005
First aired: 21 October 2009
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Benson and Haung Hardwired
Written By
Mike Betancourt

Directed By
David Platt

Plot Edit

After Eva Banks makes a shocking discovery about her son Cory's behavior at school, she takes him to the doctor, only to find out that he has been the victim of sexual abuse. 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. Detective 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 the largest pedophile-rights group in exchange for leniency. They capture the man, Kevin O'Donnell with a flash drive of kiddie porn and are able to arrest many pedophiles as a result. Cabot tries O'Donnell for his crimes and he claims that he did everything out of love and the defense calls Eva to the stand as she has a temper and could ruin the case. However, with Benson's encouragment, Eva keeps her temper and her testimony and the appearance of Cory with the help of Doctor Huang convince the jury and O'Donnell is sentenced to over 3,000 years in prison for his various crimes while Thomas gets twenty years. Eva, finally able to move on with her life, sells her house and moves back to Florida with Cory for a new start after thanking Benson for her help.

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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