Keith, Jeanette, and the boss all go before the boss for their arraignment. Later that night, Fin finds Manuella sitting outside and strung out begging for money. The police question Department of Child Services caseworker Keith Musio guest star John Magaro , whose vague and backdated reports on the family suggest he hadn't checked on the children in months. John Munch, a transfer from Baltimore's homicide unit, who brings his acerbic wit, conspiracy theories and street-honed investigative skills. But when neglect leads to death, Barba Raúl Esparza takes matters into his own hands and arrests them for manslaughter. Overseeing the team is Capt.
Wilder , Josh Mercantel Matt Sheridan , and Scott William Winters Det. But there's a difference between letting kids slip through the cracks because you're short staffed and demanding caseworkers cover up negligence. Whoopi Goldberg, who plays casework supervisor Janette Grayson, makes a powerful witness stand speech on the failure of society to protect children. Screen capture courtesy of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. The police question Department of Child Services caseworker Keith Musio guest star John Magaro , whose vague and backdated reports on the family suggest he hadn't checked on the children in months. The detectives speak to Keith and his supervisor, Janette Grayson Whoopi Goldberg , who maintain that not only did Keith visit the apartment two weeks prior, but the family seemed healthy. But when neglect leads to death, Barba Raúl Esparza takes matters into his own hands and arrests them for manslaughter.
Cragen's tough but supportive approach to the team's complex cases guides the squad through the challenges they face every day. When the overworked Keith accuses his supervisor, Janette Grayson, of orchestrating the false reports, Chief Dodds promises to conduct an internal investigation. Manuela: What do ya mean, you got my kids? Elliot Stabler, a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all, and his partner, Olivia Benson, whose difficult past is the reason she joined the unit. I watched the episode of Law and Order and felt it was a really well done episode. There were a lot of good points to this story, and I enjoyed watching it. I found the conflict between One Police Plaza and our heroes to be way more interesting than the moral or political question of the hour.
After court, the deputy commissioner corners Olivia and reprimands her for letting the case go to court. When the overworked Keith accuses his supervisor, Janette Grayson Goldberg , of orchestrating the false reports, Chief Dodds guest star Peter Gallagher promises to conduct an internal investigation. You wouldn't last an hour in my world. Oh my God, what have I done? Also starring Ice T Det. Amanda Rollins , and Peter Scanavino Det. The police question Department of Child Services caseworker Keith Musio, whose vague and backdated reports on the family suggest he hadn't checked on the children in months. Carisi asks Keith how Keisha looked two weeks ago when he last visited the Ozunas, but Keith can't remember - the family's case was piled onto his already overwhelming workload.
Meanwhile, Dodds indicates some changes coming to Benson's squad. Also starring Ice T Det. I know of many agencies where the Social Workers are handed impossible case loads. Munch is partnered with Det. Also starring Ice T Det. When the overworked Keith accuses his supervisor, Janette Grayson Goldberg , of orchestrating the false reports, Chief Dodds guest star Peter Gallagher promises to conduct an internal investigation.
While you wait for our recap hit the comments and let us know how excited you are about the new season? Barba is doing the right thing. When he tries to buy a snack at a neighborhood bodega, a clerk calls the cops. Keith takes the stand and tells the truth about Janette and Matt forcing him to compose, backdate and file false reports. Next, Barba questions Janette and eventually provokes a breakdown where she rants about how difficult her job is and how it's the system, not the employees within it, that's to blame for tragic cases like Keisha's. . Jeanette winds up having a complete breakdown and lands in a mental hospital, Matt is sentenced to a year in prison.
I could go on about the problems in that speech, but this isn't a political blog — and anyway Goldberg's character conveniently was labeled as having a nervous breakdown and shipped off to Bellevue so that she didn't have to take much responsibility for her decisions. She leads with empathy and professionalism, all the while dealing with her difficult past as a product of rape, and her future as mother to a young child, both of which influence the way she relates to each victim in need of help. While I have to admit I love this show, and watch it every week, I am always angered by the way that social workers and mental health providers are portrayed—it seems that they are always either abusing their clients in some way, or they are just completely incompetent. This city has blood on its hands. He leads them to the Ozunas' disheveled apartment, where they find Bruno's half-sister Keisha unconscious in a dog crate. In a powerful speech she condemns police, the courts and society for using caseworkers as scapegoats while not addressing larger societal problems such as poverty, drug addiction and crime that lead to child abuse and neglect. George Huang, whose insight into the minds of the accused often provides significant clues that lead to the resolution of a case, and M.
Felippe got shot on 4th of July weekend and died and Manuella fell off the wagon after that and stopped taking care of her kids. I wondered if it was based on a true story as I have heard about situations similar to the one depicted in the episode. Jeanette, Keith, and their boss are all arrested and charges with a slew of reckless endangerment charges and child abuse — along with felony murder. In fact, the direct care worker was shown to have done everything in his power to achieve impossible expectations for performance, given his case load. They head to court and the doctors from the hospital testify about how malnourished Keisha and Bruno were. Olivia and the Chief are out together when Olivia gets the call — they rush to the store.
But when neglect leads to death, Barba takes matters into his own hands and arrests them for manslaughter. The episode also showed several issues at the society level that needed to be addressed. Taunts and jokes intensified to pushing and shoving, leaving Avery in the hospital and three assailants under arrest. A starving toddler found wandering the streets alone leads detectives to the home of Manuela Ozuna and another child in grave condition. The episode implies that we social workers need the police to teach us compassion and ethics. He informs Olivia that this is not a police matter and she and her team have to back off.
She'll have to have a sergeant under her. Odafin Tutuola , Kelli Giddish Det. People with these problems are often stigmatized by society and they are not provided with the support and treatment they need to change, grow, and recover. The next morning Rollins heads to the projects where Bruno was found — the people outside have confirmed that Bruno lives there, but no one knows which apartment is his. Hargitay garnered eight Emmy nominations for Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Olivia Benson, and won the 2006 Emmy for that category.