Law & Order SVU: Pretend
The episode appeared to meander and not to have much of a direction for the first 30 minutes. We got through the murder investigation and the trial by 22 minutes into the episode and had not yet seen "Cassandra". When she did appear, we were taken on a little joyride as the detectives tried to fit her into the stereotype they thought she was. I was also impatient with this because I knew she was somehow bad.
The teen-age dialogue was pretty hard to believe. Those kids talked like they were reading from a novel. I believe that Cassandra may have rehearsed her speech to the detectives when she said, "I've been shuttled between foster homes my whole life." There were no "likes" or "ums" or "ya knows" when she and Scott spoke to detectives or during court. Her real age--28--may have factored into that dialogue but Scott's was terrible and there's no excuse since he really was 16.
All in all, I wasn't terribly thrilled with this episode. I did like the ending where it appeared that "Cassandra" wasn't evil, just flippin' nuts. And maybe a bit of a pedophile? That was kind-of left unanswered.
I'd be interested to know what you guys thought-- especially those of you who were able to dismiss the promos or didn't see them at all.
Next week: Ludacris! And Steven Webber! And Star Jones?