LAW AND ORDER: SVU “Double Strands” Review


LAW AND ORDER: SVU “Double Strands” Season 13 Episode 4 – Whoever came up with the title, “Double Strands” for this week’s Law and Order: SVU did the show a great disservice. Two seconds after reading that on my DVR menu, I knew that an evil twin would be somehow involved.

And I was right. When a pretty ballerina is raped in the park, Rollins (our Atlanta belle) recognizes the MO from a string of southern rape cases she was never able to solve. At first, no one believes her; Olivia—who I’ve seen piece together wilder theories on far less evidence—acts as if she needs to be sent back to the academy. Are they trying to make Olivia seem old and ornery, ’cause if they are…good job!

A sketch of the rapist goes public and immediately a suspect, Gabriel (TR Knight of Grey’s Anatomy fame), is arrested, thanks to his distinctive ying-yang tattoo (which, for me, was total confirmation of my twin suspicion). His DNA is a match to all the rapes, he lived near every southern city where a rape was reported, he’s picked out of a line-up and Novak wishes all of her cases were as easy to solve.

Only Amaro is curious as to why the suspect, an upstanding family man, would practically make their case for them by admitting to living in the areas of the rapes. He starts to dig a little deeper and finds out that in at least one case, Gabriel had a solid alibi for one of the rapes.

Now it’s time to question the DNA, something you just don’t do in our post-CSI world. DNA never lies! Well, at least until it does. Mistakes happen all the time. But this isn’t one of them; as Amaro investigates further, he finds out that Gabriel was adopted and has an identical twin brother he never knew existed.

But the twin, Brian, knew all about him and as revenge for Gabriel having gotten a golden life, Brian decided to follow his brother around the country and set him up for rape everywhere they went. Kind of brilliant, as it creates reasonable doubt for him automatically. Of course, if Brian had been caught and had to reveal that he had a twin in order to create that reasonable doubt, wouldn’t it also have given Gabriel’s case the same advantage? For all of his supposed brilliance, Brian was kind of dumb.

The least believable moment of the night came when Rollins, who happened to be Brian’s type, went deep under cover as a pretty blonde jogger to lure Brian into a getting caught in the act. Things got out of hand and by the time Amaro caught up, Rollins was on the ground. Of course, this gave Amaro license to beat the crap out of Brian. Rollins had to forcibly stop him. Is he going to be our new Stabler? That wild look in his eyes tells me that he might have even more demons.

SVU has to start being more careful now that most everyone has a DVR; if you give such an important clue away in the title, don’t be surprised when your twist falls flat.

What did you think of the episode? How did TR Knight do in his duel roles? What is bugging Olivia and are you ready for her to get over it already? Let me know below!