Law & Order SVU: Sin
Tim Daly seemed a little detached from his central role in this episode, playing Jeb Curtis, a reverend at New Souls Church in Long Island. I think his character was based on real-life Evangelical minister Ted Haggard, who admitted to doing meth and having affairs with men. Of course, Haggard never killed anyone to cover up his sins (at least not that we know of).
As it turns out, Curtis didn't kill anyone either. The writers had us believe he was guilty for most of the episode--although, I knew it wasn't him when the DNA came back as a partial match. Hello?!? He has 10 kids! All along, I thought his son, Paul, was probably the culprit. He just got too much satisfaction out of that House of Horrors featuring partial-birth abortions and AIDS victims. So, I wasn't surprised when the detectives accused him.
I was surprised, however, at who really ended up doing the killing. After she shot her husband, I briefly thought it was the mother, played by the fantastic Kathy Baker, who killed her son's lover.
I was very happy with the way the story ended. While it would've been easy for the writers to take a stab at the Evangelical minister and his family, it took a turn and blamed the extremist who couldn't accept people for what they are. Even the Evangelical minister, who preached against homosexuality, could not hate his son. A good lesson, I think, that, in the end, humanized the Evangelicals.
1. Was anybody else a little rattled by the graphic dialogue before the opening credits? Within the first minute, we hear about a victim "laid out" in a cemetery. The coroner says, ""No clothes. No ID. No eyes." Ewww! That's some pretty heavy stuff for the sixth line of the episode. Then we get details on how the crows ate the dead man's eyes, and, once again, the coroner has a disgusting line: "If it [the message] was 'shut up and spread em', he got it loud and clear."
2. That recording that Hannah (Kathy Baker) played for detectives was terrible. It was the worst voiceover acting ever! The victim in the phone call, who is supposed to be upset, says in a very even tone: "You'll be sorry." Puh-lease. I laughed out loud when I heard that and saw the stunned looks on the detectives faces. Maybe they were stunned at how awful it was.
Great/sick line from Det. Tutuola: "The little birdies didn't rape him."