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Law & Order: SVU Season 21 Finale Digs Into the #MeToo Movement

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Sir Tobias Moore, an Englishmen with curly gray hair and a face that’s mostly teeth is the focus of the 21st season finale of Law & Order: SVU.

We were initially introduced to this Weinstein figure in Season 21 Episode 1 “I’m Going to Make You a Star,” where his habit of assaulting aspiring actresses was displayed. The connections he had with authorities only deepened as the investigation continued. Tapes of women who auditioned for him were voluntarily handed over by DA and former Judge, Alana Barth.

He evaded authorities at every turn until SVU sent in an undercover, (Kat from Vice) he attacked her and they arrested him. Knowing they still had to make a case he remarked to Detective Benson while in handcuffs, “there’s nothing as funny as watching a beautiful woman make the biggest mistake of her life.” Victim Gemma Brooks quickly turned around and made an announcement that what happened between Sir Toby and herself was a consensual affair.

Soon after she hopped a plane to New Zealand to direct a film for Moore’s company Picflix. Fortunately, that video announcement alerted DA Carisi to the updated furnishings in Sir Toby’s office. Footage was found of his assistant replacing the casting couch.

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Ian McShane as Sir Tobias “Toby” Moore — (Photo by: Virginia Sherwood/NBC)

We see the producer again in Season 21 Episode 21 “The Things We Have To Lose.” His trial was delayed for a year.

“Men’s reputations can be destroyed overnight, how many innocent men have been convicted in the name of the Me Too Movement?,” asked his female DA on the courthouse steps.

When Moore failed to show up in court due to a “worsening heart condition,” Carisi claimed this is another delay and obfuscation. One victim is stressed and terrified while another was branded promiscuous by the tabloids.  Benson said to DA Barth, “what do you need Alana because whatever Sir Toby is paying you, it’s not worth it.”

Finally, the trial is ready to begin but again, Sir Toby is absent. Carisi pushed the limits of the law saying, “your clients afraid to have the women he raped confront him in open court.” Despite Benson’s determination that has lasted decades on SVU, it seemed there was no justice to be served. Later, Detective Rollins sauntered by Carisi’s office to see if he’d like to go for a drink, further extending the ‘will they won’t they’ vibes carried throughout the seasons between them.

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit on NBC, Peter Scanavino as Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr.

Joelle and young son André who we met in Season 21 Episode 5 “At Midnight in Manhattan” when her soon to be ex-husband, beat her while their 7-year-old watched prompting him to call 911.

It ended with Leon in jail. Episode 21 tells us that he’s been recently paroled. Joelle is under the impression that he was sentenced to a year but Detective Tutuola clarified it’s 6 months in and 6 months out, served with probation, and the order of protection still in place. Leon started showing up anyway. Tutuola is concerned for their safety. He gave André a phone for emergencies. The next time we see them Leon is holding Joelle hostage at knifepoint while the detective tried to calm him. “He’s my boy, not yours,” Fuller threatened, nostrils flared. Tutuola insists, “your son loves you that’s all he ever talks about.” André rushed to his father despite the warnings not to. Leon freed Joelle, now holding his son hostage.

Leon made a move and Tutuola fired his gun. André is left crying over his father’s body. Benson met Tutuola at the scene afterward and he told her, “the boy saw his father get shot. No child should ever see that.” Despite his best efforts to protect, effective yet tragic, Joelle sued Tutuola for wrongful death. Episode 5 ends with Deputy Chief Dodds stepping down and making Detective Olivia Benson, Captain.

Lakira, a transgender woman also introduced in Episode 5 reappears in the finale. She was assaulted with a flashlight by Paul Davies, a man Lakira referred to as “a blue-eyed vulture” he paid her off so she would not testify against him. Lakira didn’t see this as a loss but instead, “turning vultures into angels,” she twirled in the light of the setting sun on the pier, happy to have enough money for a place to stay. It’s not until Episode 21 that her tone changes. The lawyer from Westchester strikes again, assaulting another sex worker so brutally she had to be put into a medically induced coma.

LAW & ORDER: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT — “The Things We Have to Lose” Episode 21020 — Pictured: (l-r) Gisela Chipe as Ramona Diaz, Peter Scanavino as Detective Sonny Carisi — (Photo by: Heidi Gutman/NBC)

Lakira blamed herself. If she hadn’t been too afraid to testify after her own assault, “he’d be in jail. Dakota would be alive.” As expected, Davies pleaded not guilty but his bail was denied and DA Carisi felt optimistic. “So they believe us?” Lakira asked.

“The Things We Have To Lose” ends with the same song heard at the beginning, the haunting chorus of ‘Holy Water’ by Freya Ridings.

The episode wasn’t the intended finale and was actually supposed to usher in the return of Stabler after almost a decade of the character being of the show. Stabler’s time-away seems to have done well for him as his character scored his own spinoff on NBC with a 13-episode order. 

It remains unclear if he will return in Law & Order: SVU Season 22 or how his story-arc will be reframed to lead into the aforementioned spinoff. 


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Batwoman Review – Ryan Declares War on Black Mask (2×10)

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Batwoman Review Time Off For Good Behavior Season 2 Episode 10

Batwoman’s fight with False Face Society is only getting started. 

And now, it just got personal as they’ve taken one of the only people Ryan Wilder cares about – her on-again, off-again ex-girlfriend Angelique.

Ryan convinced Sophie and the Crows to get Ang transferred after she gave up the names of those responsible for killing Commissioner Forbes. However, no one anticipated that Black Mask would figure out exactly when they were transferring her and take her back.

Obviously, Ryan thinks it’s because Black Mask wants to tie up loose ends, but it’s really because aside from Ocean, who is now MIA, Angelique was the only one who knew the secret recipe to produce Snakebite.

And obviously, Snakebite is what makes FFS go round. 

It was easy for the Black Mask to infiltrate the Crows as they already have someone on the inside.

Dr. Rhyme is a “Snakebite consultant” for the Crows, but we know she’s working with Black Mask and keeping Kate a prisoner.

She was also all too eager to get Commander Kane hooked on the product after he was attacked by one of her men because it discredits the Crows. 

Once word gets out that the Commander is using Snakebite, the Crows’ credibility is shot.

And it goes to show you just how powerful the drug really is. After one hit, Jacob Kane was addicted and wanted to get lost in the “do-over” that the hallucinogenic drug provided. 

I thought that once Alice heard his therapy session with Dr. Rhyme and realize how remorseful he was for not trying harder to find her when she was captured by Cartwright would stir up something in her, but Alice is too far gone. 

As she noted herself, it’s easier to forget than forgive, which is why she wants to find Enigma, who we learned is Dr. Rhyme, so that she can wipe her memories of Kate and start anew.

This drug really is all too popular in Gotham. 

The series didn’t exactly confirm that Roman is Black Mask, but it did allude to Roman Sionis of Janus Cosmetics, which has been my theory since Batwoman Season 2 Episode 9.

Not only is her working alongside Enigma, but he was all too eager to slip the Commander two vials of Snakebite. 

Black Mask told the new Batwoman that he wanted revenge because the previous Batwoman killed his daughter.

Batwoman Review Time Off For Good Behavior Season 2 Episode 10

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We know Kate’s Batwoman had a no-kill policy, which Luke emphasized, so I wonder if they’re getting close to the Commander to frame him in some way?

Or does he blame Batwoman and the Crows, with the Crows being the ones behind his daughter’s murder, which is why he’s taken hold of Kate?

Agent Pennyworth’s memory-lapse came into clear focus when she teamed up with Alice — yet, another unlikely partnership — to find Enigma. 

It turns out, her search for Kate led her to the root of Kate’s disappearance, but she forgot it soon after. 

And when she confronted Enigma this time around, she had her memories wiped again and was convinced to transfer to Berlin, which obviously didn’t sit well with Sophie.

Sophie always knows something’s up, and the most annoying thing is that she’s always a few steps from figuring out the truth about everything. 

Will she put all the pieces together? After all, everything seems to be connected. 

The Bat team also took on a case involving a new villain named Kilovolt, who targeted the opening of  Jordan Moore’s community center, which Ryan and Mary are helping to spearhead. 

The reason was profit-based, of course. The CEO of Edgewater Prison, Ellis O’Brien, was letting out criminals for one night to target community programs in exchange for early parole. The idea was that shutting down these programs allows kids to continue to fall through the cracks and fill up the prisons thus making them money.

It’s disgusting, of course, but not exactly unheard of. 

Thankfully, Batwoman squeezed out just enough energy to deal with O’Brien while dealing with hunting down the Black Mask and his goons. 

The episode set up some pretty important elements and got us one step closer to finding out exactly what game Dr. Rhyme and Roman are playing. 

Isn’t it crazy how the people you need to take down are always looming in your circle? In this case, they’ve infiltrated the top leader of the Crows without even lifting a finger!

What’s their final game plan? And is Horten Spence the Lois Lane of Gotham?!


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Good Girls Review – The Banker (4×05)

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Good Girls Review The Banker Season 4 Episode 5

Beth became the banker on Good Girls Season 4 Episode 5. 

And it sent a conflicting message. 

On one hand, she had absolutely no choice after Rio found the tracker and figured that she was either working with the FBI or that they were onto him. 

She once again had to “prove” her allegiance to him in order to stay alive and keep her friends alive. 

However, she ended up enjoying being the banker and felt like it made her important and necessary to the operation. After all, you don’t kill the banker (except when you do and replace them with another banker…).

She enjoyed wielding all the power that came with the gig as evidence by her growing confidence with every single person she visited. 

She even tried the “I’m the banker, bitch,” which is 100% me playing Monopoly. 

But that’s also when she realized how twisted the job was.

Beth realized that she didn’t actually have it in her to do anything about it if someone didn’t pay up like the girl working for her sick mom who claimed she didn’t “have the money.”

Instead, Beth used this new gig Rio entrusted her with to work alongside the FBI. 

When she met up with him, her two FBI buds were right there for the whole conversation and she realized that Rio also has a boss that he answers to. 

There’s a chain of command here that forces Rio to do the things that he does or else it’s his head on the line.

Personally, I find this to be an exciting development. Rio has been sorely underutilized for almost two seasons and it seemed like the writers were just keeping him around because of his popularity with audiences. 

We’d see him in the bar, grabbing his washed cash, and creating a world of hell for Beth, but we never knew much about him. 

By adding this layer, we may actually get to explore Rio’s role in everything – how’d he get into it, what’s his motivation, why does he operate the way he does. 

Beth’s going right to the source, which proves that eliminating Rio actually wouldn’t solve any of her problems. 

At one point, I truly thought that when Mick drove Beth to do her “job,” the hitman would be alive and waiting for Beth. Many fans questioned whether he was actually dead, and it would be quite the twist if Rio spared him and used him against Beth. 

The writers also tried to capitalize on the chemistry between Beth and Rio with the striptease kitchen scene. 

Rio showed Beth the tracker and assumed she was wired up, so she bared it all for him to prove that she was on his side. 

It’s a good thing that this happened when it did because she was actually mic’d up for their previous meeting. And that wouldn’t have gone over very well. 

Rio is perceptive, so in order to fool him, the approach can’t be basic and obvious. 

Even Annie pointed out that tracker gave her “90s pager vibes.” Can’t the FBI get some better tech up in here? 

What did you all think of the stripping down scene? There’s no doubt Manny Montana looked hot in that scene, but did it come across as sexy to you, or was it demoralizing that Beth always has to prove herself or use her body to get what she wants?

Beth’s biggest motivation to risk her life and work with the FBI is obviously to get Dean out of prison, which she did. 

At least she kept that promise!

After getting the FBI dirt of Rio and his boss, Dean walked out a free man. But does that make up for everything else?

Are they suddenly going to be a happily married couple again? There’s no denying that Beth betrayed him once again and lied to his face about it! 

I’m interested to see how Dean will approach the situation. Will he be grateful that she came through for him or will he realize he can’t be with her anymore?

Poor Eric tried his best to save his buddy, but a life of crime is not up his alley. 

Eric’s been a good friend, and while I know plenty have enjoyed his character, it seems like wasted screentime in my opinion. 

The addition of Nancy and Gregg’s baby Dakota was hilarious. Annie would take a baby along and use it as a human shield to keep them safe from gang friend. 

The best part about it was how good Mick was with the little guy. Annie has zero maternal instincts, but Mick knew exactly what to do to get the baby to calm down.

Is anyone else kind of rooting for Mick and Annie? They have great chemistry!

I’ve never been a huge fan of Nancy, and I guess that continues as I wasn’t pleased with how she talked down to Annie. 

Annie may not be a responsible adult, but she tried her best. How could she know which diaper cream was preferred? 

Just imagine how Nancy would have reacted if she knew where Dakota really was for half the day! 

As for Ruby, well, she finally learned what Stan is up to at work and it wasn’t what she thought it was. 

I hate that Ruby veered into “he’s cheating on me” territory. Yes, Stan has been working odd hours, he was caught lying, and he’s tired all the time, but the one thing we know about him is that he’s not a cheater. 

I felt terrible seeing Ruby accuse him of being unfaithful when he’s quite literally in this mess because of her! He’s paying off her debt. Everything he’s doing, he’s doing for his family.

We know this, but let’s re-emphasize that Stan is the man! 

What did you think of the episode? Is Good Girls finally digging in deep?

Let us know in the comments below!


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Walker Review – A Tornado and the Truth (1×08)

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Walker Review Fine Is a Four Letter Word Season 1 Episode 8

A tornado blew onto Walker and forced many truth’s to bubble up to the surface. 

I guess natural disasters have a way of making everyone confront situation head-on. 

And sadly, not all relationships survived the hour. 

Liam’s relationship with Bret hasn’t been featured too much in the series, but it was still heartbreaking to see him purposefully sabotage things between them in an effort to keep him safe. 

Instead of telling Bret the truth, Liam decided to lie and say that he cheated on him during his trip to Mexico. 

In reality, Liam has been hiding out in his office terrified that the Northside Nation gang is coming after him. What else could he possible think after they blew up his and James’ car for investigating Emily’s death.

By cutting Bret off, Liam ensured that he wouldn’t be used as leverage as he delved further into the case. 

However, he couldn’t keep the truth from Walker any longer. 

Walker’s reaction was much calmer than I expected. He didn’t flip out on Liam or get mad that he and James kept this from him. Instead, he acknowledged how difficult it had to be for Liam to tell the truth. 

But it’s unclear how he’ll handle things moving forward. Cordell is hotheaded, so he’ll likely want to pursue the lead himself and get revenge, especially once he finds out that Geri may be involved!

The news hit him right as Cordell was considering going on his first date since his wife’s death. Maybe it’s for the best that he isn’t quite ready because watching him flirt with Julie was all sorts of uncomfortable. 

Walker, Micki, and Trey ventured out into the dangerous weather to help the locals including Ruby’s grandfather. 

The rescue mission hit a bit of a snag when Micki suffered a panic attack brought on by the intel that Adrianna isn’t her birth mother.

She’s had a bit of trouble processing the truth likely because she bottled it all up inside. Aside from Cordell, she didn’t tell anyone the truth. 

Eventually, she had to face the music and came clean to Trey, who wasn’t pleased with her continuing to keep things from him.

Initially, it didn’t make sense why her first call was to Walker, but once she broke it down, it made sense. 

By telling Trey, Micki had to acknowledge that it was the truth. It made it real, and she wasn’t ready for that. 

Walker Review Fine Is a Four Letter Word Season 1 Episode 8

Walker — “Fine is a Four Letter Word” — Image Number: WLK108b_0600r — Pictured (L-R): Keegan Allen as Liam Walker and Alex Landi as Bret — Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Micki always holds things close to heart, but this is the first step into letting Trey fully in. 

Also, the three of them make such a great team! 

While Trey and Micki figured it out, Stella and Trevor’s perfect high school romance hit a snag when she realized that his father was Clint West. I guess Cordell told her all about Duke’s escapades with Clint, so she immediately connected the dots and realized that Trevor was using her. 

Truthfully, I didn’t expect Stella to find out so soon or in this way, but I’m glad the truth is out there. 

She’s too sweet to get caught up in some vengeful scheme.

And the deeper she got into it with Trevor, the more it would hurt both of them as the feelings between them seem to be real. 

Like Romeo and Juliet, they’re caught up in a love story that’s doomed due to their families.

Trevor was definitely conflicted about the whole situation because even though he wants to do right by his family, he can’t deny that the Walker’s are good people.

Does this mean things are over for good?

Will Stella inform her father about Trevor’s motivations? 

Will Cordell and Clint meet face-to-face? 

Other Musings

  • Bonham and Abeline are finally putting the infidelity behind them and moving forward! At least one couple was salvaged during the storm!
  • Liam told Micki the truth about Emily’s death before he told his brother. Did anyone else find that strange? 
  • Why isn’t James around to help Liam deal with the fallout?
  • Keegan Allen sold me on the role of Toby on Pretty Little Liars (even with all the crazy twists), but I’m just not buying what he’s selling with Liam. I can’t put my finger on why that is, but it just doesn’t work for me!

What did you think of the episode?

Were you hoping for more action or are you enjoying the character development?

What do you think happened to Emily?

Let us know in the comments below! 


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