Law & Order: SVU (“Penetration”) and Law & Order: LA (“Hondo Field”) – Review

Here’s my review of the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode “Penetration” which aired Wednesday, November 10, 2010; at 9PM/8c on NBC.

Summary: Agent Dana Lewis (guest star Marcia Gay Harden) is assaulted by a stranger and asks Detective Benson (Hargitay) to have her rape kit tested. Before the cops can really help her, Lewis goes back undercover and refuses to talk about the assignment or the rape, for fear that she will be exposed and pulled off the case. She reluctantly allows Benson and Stabler to get involved in what looks like a protest against the construction of a mosque at Ground Zero, but they find themselves scrambling to put the pieces together of a much larger puzzle than they had anticipated.

Review: It was, DAMN NICE to see Marcia Gay Harden come back to SVU as Agent Dana Lewis! From busting eco-theorists and Aryan-national pricks to doing self-rape kits, what will she do next?! I can say that she’s 3-3 when it comes down to getting Stabler; now’s he’s been shot TWICE AND been blown up ha ha!

I can’t fail to mention that Richard Belzer and Ice-T have FINALLY had more than one scene in an episode. I thought that I was gonna have to snap on Neal Baer about that!

Plus when the episode started we see Calvin Arliss (Charlie Tahan) in a weird scene with Benson where he’s pointing a [water] gun at her. Nice guardian mother/son scene. I guess Benson decided to keep the boy until Vivian (Maria Bello) returns after finding the father. I hope Liv keeps him after though – it’s nice to see Olivia smiling and having ‘what she always wanted’ after all these years! I just hate they included the gun thing in the NBC promo for “Penetration”; it made me think that a perv was after Olivia, but it makes me glad that it wasn’t.

I will say that the final scenes of the episode will really shock-appall you! 1 hint: “Raw”

Again; Tamara Tunie and now B.D. Wong are in/out less and less and less per episode – I hope they don’t decide to just leave the cast.

I give “Penetration” a 9.5/10! Good for SVU. And especially to Dawn DeNoon, I always enjoy her stories!


Here’s my review of the “Law & Order: Los Angeles” episode “Hondo Field” which aired Wednesday, November 10, 2010; at 10PM/9c on NBC.

Summary: After a night out partying with his co-workers, oil rig worker Freddy Ramirez (guest star Andres Perez-Molina) is found dead along the shore. While Detectives Winters and Jaruszalski are investigating a possible crime scene, they stumble upon paperwork indicating that Freddy was about to blow the whistle on one of his co-workers. Uncovering vital evidence, DDA Dekker (Terrence Howard) and Stanton (Megan Boone) face the formidable challenge of turning the tide in favor of the prosecution.

Review: Man these oil rig workers, what next?! This is ONE episode of Law & Order: LA that you don’t want to miss! I applaud Terrence Howard (and Meg Boone) in this one; this is the first episode (IMO) that I’ve been able to enjoy his character — Joe Dekker (and Laura Staton) NEED(S) to be like this in every preceding episode that Howard/Boone are in as DAs!


Also; did anyone notice that the ten-second opening bump is gone? (They added “Created by Dick Wolf” in the opening credits) Also that they added the card sound to the original L&O’s voice over? Maybe we’ll see a proper opening sequence in the near future (One can pray and hope).



  1. gahks
    Posted November 11, 2010 at 10:46 am | Permalink | Reply

    “All Things Law & Order” gave a very different opinion of “Hondo Field”. Care to debate?

  2. Posted January 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Permalink | Reply

    We all could use a little more Richard Belzer and Ice T in our lives. Believe it or not, we had the pleasure of having our golf simulator featured in a Law & Order SVU episode. The “Savior” episode to be precise.

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