Typically, we love the courtroom episodes in the “Law & Order” franchise, mostly because they are supremely intelligent, fantastic installments where there are all sorts of great character development.
Really, the difficult thing about Wednesday’s “Psycho Therapist” is trying to figure out whether or not this is a great episode of television, or something that is just, quite frankly, disturbing to watch. It was one of the roughest hours of TV that we have seen in some time, and there were moments where it felt like torture as Williams Lewis stood there in front of the jury and made himself out to be a victim. He manipulated everything in the story time and time again, and then tried to do it again in the courtroom.
But even through out most of the proceedings, it still felt as though the team was going to get a win, mostly because of what we were hoping to see when it comes to Barba’s own grilling of Lewis. But then, we learned that he was not going to allow it, saying instead that he would like to move straight to the closing statements.
So when the verdict came out and there were some guilty verdicts in there, we were pleasantly surprised. It was a good and probably realistic move to not have Lewis found guilty on everything. Mariska Hargitay had one of many brilliant moments in here as she started to tear up, thinking that it was over … but was it really? That moment at the end with the seizure definitely has us nervous.
In the end, the episode was very well-done and this is where our confusion lies. We just don’t feel like “SVU” really needs a villain like this to keep coming back and doing horrible things. At a certain point it could be perceived as a more of a comic book feel … and we definitely don’t want that. Grade: B.
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