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Law & Order: SVU Review: Dawson's Creep

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SVU always has some creepy facts that increase our knowledge of the appalling world of sex crimes. And this week, it was genetic sexual attraction (GSA), a condition that causes people to be sexually attracted to parents, siblings and other family members if they are separated at a young age.

Gross!

The topic is pretty taboo and, in fact, was explored in the aptly titled episode "Taboo" during the show's seventh season. In that episode, Ella Christiansen reconnected with her long-lost father and literally started making babies with him, abandoning her newborn in the trash.

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"Father Dearest" may have tread some familiar territory, but it definitely added a much more menacing father-figure with James Van Der Beek's Sean. Unlike Ella's father, Sean purposefully sought out these girls for one reason: revenge.

Van Der Beek appears to trying for a comeback. He appears on Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, and he's gained some internet notoriety from James Van Der Memes. Those efforts seem to focus on his comedic side. For this episode, he took a decidedly darker turn.

I think the success of the episode really did hinge on Van Der Beek's ability to play an angry, obsessed ex-boyfriend with some serious daddy-daughter issues. Luckily, he pulled it off. Just look at the SVU quotes to see just how creepy he can really be. He was really believable in this role, although I'm not sure that's a good thing. Perhaps he might not want to scare off his female fans. Sean was disturbing enough in that final scene to make it difficult to watch reruns of Dawson's Creek without remembering this performance.

But then again, that might the point!

Was he a believable sexual criminal to you?

This episode didn't indulge in the detectives' storylines as much as previous weeks, but I was thrilled to see the return of Dr. George Huang. His character's calming presence, not to mention his great skill as a psychiatrist, is always a welcomed addition to the show. 

There are only a few episodes left until the star-packed season finale. Are you ready?

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Second, in his real life, James lost Katie Holmes to the Top Gun himself (in 2005~2006). Never mind the amicable public show of congratulations for Katie, I am sure James (just like Sean in tonight's episode) holds a mountain of grudge against the Top Gun & Katie for the rest of his life (because he still loves/is secretly obsessed with Katie). So, what could happen in the future? By 2023 or so, James could concoct a similar scheme as in tonight's episode to manipulate, kidnap and slow dance (to a lame song) and do who knows what else with the Top Gun & Katie's daughter...let's name her...wait, she already has a name! That would be Suri! Is it too late to hide Suri?

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Even though James Van Der Beek's character was first introduced in the 30th minute mark, I thought he was perfect in his limited airtime as "the super jealous ex-boyfriend from college who never moved on" on two levels. First, in his most famous TV role, James' Dawson Leery lost Joey Potter to Pacey in the finale (in 2003). Never mind the amicable phone call exchange in the final scene, I am sure Dawson (just like Sean in tonight's episode) held a mountain of grudge against Pacey & Joey for the rest of his life (because he still loved/was secretly obsessed with Joey). So, what could happen in the future? By 2022 or so, Dawson could concoct a similar scheme as in tonight's episode to manipulate, kidnap and slow dance (to a lame song) and do who knows what else with Pacey & Joey's daughter...let's name her Jennifer. :) Second, in his real life, James lost Katie Holmes to the Top Gun himself (in 2005~2006). Never mind the amicable public show of congratulations for Katie, I am sure James (just like Sean in tonight's episode) holds a mountain of grudge against the Top Gun & Katie for the rest of his life (because he still loves/is secretly obsessed with Katie). So, what could happen in the future? By 2025 or so, James could concoct a similar scheme as in tonight's episode to manipulate, kidnap and slow dance (to a lame song) and do who knows what else with the Top Gun & Katie's daughter...let's name her...wait, she already has a name! That would be Suri! Is it too late to hide Suri?

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Totally agree with Ivesian that the teenage victims on this episode were not believable. When the show was over, I wanted to take a shower.

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In a sense, this episode was a tease: It introduced the idea of genetic sexual attraction and then dropped it, since the perp was not in fact related to any of his victims. Sean's motive wasn't GSA. It was revenge. But for me, the real question raised by "Father Dearest" was, just how stupid does Dick Wolf think teenage girls really are? The three half-sisters were morons. They believed everything Sean told them, and they fell for an "awesome song" that would bore a real-life teenager to death. Even when confronted with the truth, Taylor got all bratty, insisting that Sean was her real father. It was an unnerving spectacle.

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James van der Beek didn't guest star on "Don't Trust the B..." He is a series regular on the show. He, Kristin Ryter, and Dreama Walker (I probably spelled all their names wrong, sorry), are the three stars of the show.

Law & Order: SVU Season 13 Episode 20 Quotes

You know I always dreamed about giving away my daughter at her wedding.

Sean

I just wanted to give them a father's love.

Sean
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