Law & Order SVU: Annihilated
The episode was Elliot-centric, which usually means his family is somehow involved. It was. He saw a man who was bored with his life in Staten Island, so he started making up a new life for himself complete with a fiance who thought he was a CIA agent. Of course, it imploded and, as Dr. Wong said, family killers are so narcissistic that they can't live with the shame of being caught in their lies.
Maybe I was just tired, but I had a hard time understanding what Elliot's connection to this case was. Obviously, the family is the same size and Catholic. But it has to be more than that. I think he saw himself in Malcolm-- he wanted the perfect family and the excitement of being an SVU detective. I wonder if he'll ever give one of those up or find a balance that finally works.
I also found this statement from Elliot to be intriguing: "Then you meet another woman who makes you feel so alive. She doesn't nag you. It's just easy." Is he talking about an actual woman (Olivia), or just his demanding job?
Stabler's questioning of Malcolm was pretty intense, though. I was surprised that he kept his cool as long as he did with the guy. He patiently allowed Malcolm to tell lie after lie and contradict himself-- but he desperately wanted that confession, so when the evidence came through to convict the guy, Elliot didn't want it. He wanted to break this guy. Why? And, why did Elliot walk straight out of the squad room after he got the confession? Was he going home? Was he walking off his own demonic feelings toward his family? I'm not clear on how much of what Elliot said was truth and how much was just to get a confession from the perp.
One thing I can't figure out: if Malcolm really did drive to Manhattan and kill his girlfriend, Cynthia, why did his wife claim to have used the minivan to go to the city that night? Why would she cover for him?
On a lighter note, I laughed out loud at the convenience store stoner who didn't know where Malcolm lived, but did know where his dog lived. He said, "I know where Muffin lives. Does that help?"
I'm giving this episode a rating of 6 out of 7 because I found the episode to be intriguing, but not riveting like last week.