Law & Order SVU: Philadelphia
I spent most of this episode being pissed off at Olivia for allowing Elliot to drag himself into her mess. She was way over the line in doing kinship DNA testing in the police database and in stalking her half-brother. Liv had to keep telling lies to cover for her screw ups and Elliot backed her up. Obviously they are "too close" because they're now supporting each other's extra curricular activities.
The brother storyline was extremely interesting and extremely sad. I liked how Olivia kept jumping back and forth between cop and sister. In one scene, she'd accuse her brother of rape and stalking and in another scene she'd believe his obvious lies. I don't think she believed him because she loved him, but because she finally had a family member and she wanted to hold on to him at all costs. It took some strong evidence (her brother's DNA in a rape victim's underpants) for her to finally relent. And it was so, so sad that her brother was a rapist just like their father.
The entire episode was punctuated with testimonials from Elliot and Olivia to a bureau psychiatrist. I found this to be an effective storytelling technique, rather than wasting a bunch of time at the end with the big mystery of whether the detectives will be split up. As I said, I still found that storyline to be tired, but I appreciated the way it was told.
We were left with a cliffhanger of whether Cragen is going to split up Elliot and Olivia (which he won't) and it looks like next week's episode is a rerun so we'll have to wait a bit to find out the answer. That's okay. I'm really not biting my nails over this one.
I am having celebrity anmesia here. Who was the blonde psychiatrist talking to Cragen at the end?