Watch Law and Order: SVU – Presumed Guilty Online S14E10

Law and Order: SVU - Presumed Guilty
There’s something sad about a Christmas episode that airs after Christmas. This week’s episode of Law and Order: SVU, “Presumed Guilty” was chock full of the holiday spirit (if your holiday includes attempted murder and child molestation), but had the misfortune of airing in the new year. Now I’m usually all for extending the season, but what was stopping the network from airing this two weeks ago?

That being said, the episode was?well?pretty predictable with only a marginally interesting twist involving Finn’s ex-con ex-brother-in-law who was mistakenly arrested after coming to the priest’s aid and kept locked up far too long thanks to a truly d-bag ADA. Let’s hope we don’t see that particular ADA again?or, if we do, that he is somehow involved in next week’s promised conspiracy plot. By the way, didn’t they do that in a big way at the beginning of the year?

A priest was beat up by the brother of a girl who was molested by another priest. The first priest was covering up the crime not so much because of his vows, but because he’d already broken them and fathered a child with an adult parishioner, and the molester priest knew about it. In the end, the abuse victim shot and killed the man who had raped her and forced her to abort her baby right before Amaro could arrest him. Don’t they always?

This sort of mistaken identity plot has been done over and over on SVU. I’m really surprised when it doesn’t surprise me to find out that the accused is actually innocent. I even figured out that the little girl he was hugging when he was attacked was his secret daughter, right around the time they said she was nine and he’d left the parish ten years earlier. I’m like a bloodhound when it comes to pregnancies and secret babies; I think it’s all the romance novels I read.

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Watch Law and Order: SVU – Lessons Learned Online S14E08

Law and Order: SVU - Lessons Learned
I struggled to figure out how I felt about “Lessons Learned” last week’s episode of Law and Order: SVU. It wasn’t a bad episode. But neither is it one that stands out as something to be remembered at the end of the year. The plot was so-so; the message seemed a little dated, like it would have been far more relevant a few years back when the Catholic church scandals were breaking out all over the place.

I’m not saying that the systemic concealment of multiple acts of child molestation can ever have an expiration date, and I think they did try to bring a fresh angle to it, but I just didn’t connect with the case or the victims.

Basically, a retired teacher killed himself after receiving a letter from a man he abused as a child at a prestigious prep school. The investigation into the suicide led SVU to uncover a wide-spread abuse dating back thirty, even forty years, not to mention a school board that was so concerned with image that it looked the other way while dozens of boys were molested.

The twist that the episode tried to portray was the inclusion of a teacher who truly didn’t realize that sleeping with his older students was a bad thing. True, his abusees were 17 or 18 and they looked back on their relationship with him as a loving awakening of their sexuality, but he was lumped right in with the child molesters, and he was totally confounded by the potential consequences of his actions.

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