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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Episode: "Savant"

Season 9, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: A mentally challenged girl (Paulina Gerzon) is the only witness to the attack that left her mother in a coma. The detectives suspect the uncooperative husband (Aidan Quinn), but he has some powerful legal support to keep him from testifying, so the department reluctantly resorts to questioning the child in order to piece together the events of the crime.
Original Air Date: Oct 16, 2007
Guest Cast Jayne Atkinson: Marion Springer Elizabeth Flax: Nurse Robert Clohessy: Joel Patel Joanna Merlin: Judge Lena Petrovsky David Andrew MacDonald: Dr. Gerald Morgan Julie White: Dr. Anne Morella Judy Kuhn: Corrine Nicholson Peter Riegert: Chauncey Zierko Josh Caras: Alex Patel Vincent Spano: Federal Agent Dean Porter Aidan Quinn: Ben Nicholson John Henry Cox: Judge Gregory Trenton Caren Browning: Captain Judy Siper Geraldine Hughes: Tina Patel
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Season 9, Episode 4
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"Savant" Season 9, Episode 4

I'd seen the promos for this episode of Law & Order: SVU over the past week heralding the special guest appearance of Aidan Quinn. I was intrigued. Would Aidan (lovable movie star whose heyday was arguably the '90s) going to play an against-type villain as previous guest stars Martin Short, Henry Winkler, John Ritter, Cindy Williams and Matthew Modine have done? Or would he remain the lovable Aidan from Benny & Joon? OK, the first thing I had a problem with (and maybe this is just me): If I come across my kid covered in blood, I am not going to let her come back with me into the apartment while I look around. Seriously. He didn't even know if the guy who caused all that blood was still inside! Couldn't he have left her with a neighbor while he did a quick pass to check out the wife? Also - and if this is rude let me know, because I don't want to be un-P.C. here - is there a reason this family wouldn't have gotten this kid braces? They can obviously afford it. One highlight: You gotta love the pregnant woman mistaking Finn and Detective Lake for a gay couple. I especially loved it when Lake touched Finn's leg. You don't usually get humor from the SVU show, so it was a nice touch. Side note: Saw the commercial for Gone Baby Gone. Now, I read the book and really liked it so when I read that Ben Affleck bought the rights to the Dennis Lehane novel and directed the film, I was pretty bummed. But I have heard nothing but good things. Who knew? Maybe he should stay behind the camera. What I really liked about this episode was that the entire cast was involved. I would have liked a bit more Benson, but don't SVU fans always say that? Stabler and Benson, it's our mantra. Also nice to see Julie White from Grace Under Fire keeping busy as the doctor who told Aidan's character his wife was pregnant. Now, using the Patriot Act to give the unit the runaround on Aidan's character's whereabouts was especially weird for me, as I had just finished watching the Frontline documentary on PBS about Dick Cheney. Good thing he was innocent... if not exactly lovable. At least he wasn't the one to rape his wife, right? Not really crazy about the boyfriend's son doing it. Sometimes these shows need three twists just to mark the commercial breaks. Lots of weird humor in this one, with the kid wanting hugs from the detectives and the judge and mimicking the sound of her mom with her lover. I didn't really like the child actress, though. She seemed a little affected to me. Granted, she was playing someone with a syndrome that makes her socially awkward, but she kind of grated on me. So in the end, Aidan still looks pretty hot even though his character was a real jerk. Remember: You can always rent Benny & Joon. show less
I'd seen the promos for this episode of Law & Order: SVU over the past week heralding the special guest appearance of Aidan Quinn. I was intrigued. Would Aidan (lovable movie star whose heyday was arguably the '90s) going to play an against-type villain as previous guest stars Martin Short, Henry Winkler, John Ritter, Cindy Williams and Matthew Modine have done? Or would he remain the lovable Aidan from Benny & Joon?OK, the first thing I had a problem with (and maybe this is just me): If I come across my kid covered in blood, I am not going to let her come back with me into the apartment while I look around. Seriously. He didn't even know if the guy who caused all that blood was still inside! Couldn't he have left her with a neighbor while he did a quick pass to check out the wife? Also — and if this is rude let me know, because I don't want to be un-P.C. here — is there a reason this family wouldn't have gotten this kid braces? They can obviously afford it.One hig... read more

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Premiered: September 20, 1999, on NBC
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: Sexual assaults, domestic disputes and kidnappings are often the primary focus of this crime show, which follows New York City detectives working in a specialized division within the police department. The first spin-off of "Law & Order," this series has featured many high-profile guest stars. Richard Belzer brought his character from "Homicide: Life on the Street," Det. John Munch, to the show after the cancellation of the Baltimore-based series.

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