Law & Order SVU: Uncle
(S08E04) This week we're back to the case and off the personal issues of the detectives. And the case is particularly disturbing. A single mother and her 10-year old daughter are found bound, raped and murdered in their apartment. The initial suspect is a very dirty, mouthbreathing Jerry Lewis.
Lewis really stole the show, didn't he? He was heartbreaking as a man who was so depressed that he became demented. He ended up being Det. John Munch's uncle who came up to NYC from Florida in June to see him but forgot what he was doing and ended up on the streets. He experienced a remarkable change in personality. Basically, he turned from crazy homeless man to, well, Jerry Lewis. And then he changed to crazy Jerry Lewis.
Once Lewis had his blow up in the courtroom about the need to kill Brent Allen Banks (the actual rapist/killer), I knew what was going to happen. I didn't know how it was going to happen, but I knew that Jerry Lewis was going to end up killing the rapist. The end was especially heart-wrenching when Uncle Munch decided not to go back on medication and to essentially become a prisoner in his own mind. He did it as a punishment to himself for killing another man.
How about that Det. Dani Beck? She's one hell of a handful. She seems like she learned how to be a detective by watching CSI and NYPD Blue. She makes me and Elliot Stabler uncomfortable, yet he's surprisingly patient with her inability to understand how the law works. I was happy to see that she was suffering from the same problems and that she hadn't suddenly become a super detective since Elliot's lecture in the last episode. Although Connie Nielsen is doing a terrific job with the character, I can't wait until Mariska Hargitay returns. At least we understand Det. Olivia Benson's motivations, while Det. Beck's anger is a mystery. Is it really as simple as her not getting justice for her husband's murder?