Law & Order SVU: Haystack
In this episode, the baby disappeared from his crib as the mother (Laura) and boyfriend were playing charades with their friends. The mother immediately blamed her ex-husband, a gambler and alcoholic... and apparently a drug dealer. Stabler chases the ex-husband to the (Hudson?) river where the guy tosses a bag into the water. Stabler goes after it, assuming the baby is inside. But there's cocaine in it and the guy doesn't have a clue where his baby is.
Sidenote: Why were all the people at the drug house wearing underwear and bras? I'm not up on drug distribution.
Now, the mother was extremely suspicious. Every time Stabler suggested a different lead- i.e., does anybody have a reason to take Kendall? or have you been followed lately? she had an answer.
The "poor man's Geraldo", Cindy Marino, is the Nancy Grace of this story. She gets pushy with the detectives and threatens to make them look bad, so Stabler gives her a nibble about finding Laura's sonogram in the garbage. Next thing we know, Marino is badgeting Laura on television and blaming her for killing and "hating" her baby. Just like the real-life situation with Nancy Grace, the mother commits suicide.
The rest of the episode steers away from the Nancy Grace moment. I think the writers just wanted to stick it to her but then they went on with the story. It turned out that the mother did not kill her son. No one did. The biological father is the one who took the boy at the behest of his very scary-looking mother, who really wanted a grandchild. The rest of this episode played out in the courtroom, where we got sidelined when the father of the child sued Novak and Stabler. Fortunately, it all crumbled when the stupid guy brought up a sonogram and Stabler proved he stole it from the house when he stole the baby.
I was interested in this episode during the first half but began to lose interest when it got into the courtroom. Maybe that's why we haven't seen a lot of the courtroom this season. The investigation and chase after suspects is just more exciting than fancy lawyerin'.
Next week: Olivia has a brother! And, he's a rapist just like her father. This woman has some serious issues.