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Recap / Law And Order Special Victims Unit S 9 E 4 Savant

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Written By Judith McCreary

Directed By Kate Woods

A young woman is attacked in her home and left comatose with the only witness being her learning disabled daughter with extraordinary audio recall abilities.

Tropes for the episode:

  • Bewildering Punishment: A brain-damaged Corrine who doesn’t remember her unfaithfulness to Ben doesn’t understand why her husband is cold to her, and is leaving her while taking Katie away.
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  • Bittersweet Ending: Thanks to Katie's testimony and Casey's legal knowhow, Alex Parven is forced to plead out to assaulting and almost killing Corrine and is sent to prison, while Corrine, after being touch-and-go in her recovery, wakes up and is healed enough to be released. However, she has lost her unborn baby as well as all memories of her affair with Alex's father Joel (the father of her lost baby) and her resentment of her husband and daughter, and Ben is unwilling to forgive and forget her infidelity and her irresponsibility with their child (even in spite of her not remembering any of it) and refuses to allow her to come home, to the point of forcefully separating her and Katie and dragging the latter away, much to both of their dismays.
  • Double Reverse Quadruple Agent: Ben started selling chemical dispersal technology to enemies of the US to pay for his daughter’s healthcare. However, the FBI turned him and forced him to provide his buyers with disinformation. Notwithstanding, he turns again just before his wife is attacked, but by episode’s end is back to being an FBI informant.
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  • From the Mouths of Babes: The reason why Ben refuses to let Katie testify about her mother’s attack - he is afraid she will blurt out that he is still selling secrets to adversaries of the US.
  • Healthcare Motivation: Ben sells dual use biochemical aerosol technology to US adversaries in order to fund his daughter’s continuing care.