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

Season 9, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: A robbery at a sperm bank has Benson and Stabler racing to recover fertilized embryos before it is too late. The investigation into a long list of suspects eventually leads to a pair of publicity-seeking extremists, and to Benson's personal fear of missing out on motherhood. Janine Turner and Mark Moses guest star.
Original Air Date: Jan 16, 2008
Guest Cast Gabrielle Anwar Janine Turner: Victoria Grall Mark Moses: James Grall
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Season 9, Episode 14
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Aired: 1/16/2008
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'Inconceivable' Season 9, Episode 14

Well I hope you enjoyed tonight's episode folks because unless this writers' strike ends soon that's the last new one you are going to get for awhile. I think we are all in agreement that this has been the lamest season in SVU history. The biggest problem has been with the writing, Not only has the dialogue been unrealistic at times, but in several cases it wasn't true to the characters. We've seen both Benson and Stabler do things that totally contradict actions from earlier episodes. Also we miss John Munch. I'm not sure how much of this new direction is Executive Producer's Neal Baer's fault or if the blame goes to the top of the NBC food chain with boss Ben Silverman. If Ben is tinkering with a winning formula because of possible ageism you guys are going to have to make a stink. Or you can kiss Richard Belzer goodbye for good. As if further proof is needed that the show has fallen on hard times tonight's Boston Legal also featured a storyline about a theft from sperm bank. Oh yes, let's not forget the show's other major problem which was all too evident right with the opening tease... what's with the acting? L&O used to get actors from Broadway...some of these extras and guest stars wouldn't be able to land a spot on a daytime soap. Speaking of which, one of tonight's guest stars was former General Hospital and Northern Exposure star Janine Turner. Also on board was Mark Moses from Desperate Housewives. (I thought they were fine by the way). So if Stan never wanted kids why would he have fertilized the eggs in the first place? I can understand not wanting to have kids with his ex-wife, but they made it sound like he never wanted them in the first place. Gabrielle Anwar from Scent of a Woman had an interesting reason for wanting her embryo saved: cancer treatments left her infertile. Something similar happened to a friend of mine many years ago. I was heartened by the detectives' efforts to recover them even if I doubted it would happen that way in real life. (My friend had a healthy son.) I am pretty liberal so I was sympathetic with the couple who had the disabled child using a screening process so their next child wouldn't be similarly afflicted (tough issue, tough decision) but when she said the egg was from her 8 year old disabled daughter she lost me. Evidentially I am not as liberal as I thought. Also a tough spot for Olivia/Marisha Hargitay talking about being a mom over 40. Mariska was 42 when she gave birth to her son with actor/husband Peter Hermann. Fortunately it all worked out in real life. I am sure though that Mariska didn't have to dig too far to come up with the emotions for this scene. As someone whose day job is television (check out TV Guide Close Up) I can tell you having the police march onto the set and take away your guest... gold. Best thing that happened to that news show all year, I guarantee it. Now if the couple truly believed that life does begin at conception then its hard to follow that they would put all these babies life at risk. Publicity or not. Would they kidnap a group of babies and hope they were found before they died? Best line tonight. This exchange between Detectives Tutuola and Munch: Tutuola: "Since when did you become Super Tech? Munch: ""Since you dumped me for Lake." I thought Munch had become the office receptionist. At least they are acknowledging it. To be honest I was wondering about the woman in Iraq who stored her eggs for her husband. If she died over there how logical would it be for her husband to hire a surrogate or have another woman have his wife's baby? Its not like he could have the child without another woman's help. Not the same for a woman whose husband dies I'm sorry to say. Although I am sure he is grieving the loss of his wife (and her eggs) would he really shoot the guy responsible? Would that happen in real life or is it a a dramatic device to get one more "bang" for your buck? Despite the griping it was one of the better episodes this season. At least everyone was in it and that counts! Check out SVU clips in our Online Video Guide. show less
Well I hope you enjoyed tonight's episode folks because unless this writers' strike ends soon that's the last new one you are going to get for awhile.I think we are all in agreement that this has been the lamest season in SVU history. The biggest problem has been with the writing, Not only has the dialogue been unrealistic at times, but in several cases it wasn't true to the characters. We've seen both Benson and Stabler do things that totally contradict actions from earlier episodes. Also we miss John Munch. I'm not sure how much of this new direction is Executive Producer's Neal Baer's fault or if the blame goes to the top of the NBC food chain with boss Ben Silverman. If Ben is tinkering with a winning formula because of possible ageism you guys are going to have to make a stink. Or you can kiss Richard Belzer goodbye for good.As if further proof is needed that the show has fallen on hard times tonight's Boston Legal also featured a storyline about a theft from sperm bank. ... 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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