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“Bombshell” is the 19th episode of season 12 in “Law & Order: SVU.” It features Melissa Sagemiller (“The Guardian”), Ryan Hurst (“Sons of Anarchy”), Tom Irwin (“My So-Called Life”) and Rose McGowan (“Charmed”) as guest stars.
The episode opens up with a married man named Jerry being hospitalized after getting stabbed in the groin area. After questioning the “neighborhood weirdo” who was seen with blood on his clothes, detectives Benson and Stabler discover a secretive swingers club appropriately called “The Swing Set.”
The detectives go undercover to the club (in sexy get-up that I’m sure many SVU fans savored). Here, they discover that Jerry (Irwin) was a regular who was particularly fond of a woman named Cassandra (McGowan). They also discover that Jerry’s wife, whom they had spoken to previously, was also a member of the “erotic establishment.”
After Cassandra tauntingly flirts with Stabler ala femme fatale, Jerry awakes in the hospital to reveal that his wife was the one who stabbed him (although he didn’t seem too concerned about it). Jerry’s wife says she didn’t mind that her husband adored another woman; she simply got pissed because he was spending all their money on her.
Doug (Hurst), a man who displayed aggressive and harassing affection for Cassandra, (and who detectives initially suspected stabbed Jerry), is released from custody. Although he’s innocent of the crime accused, the police insist on following him further, to Cassandra’s apartment. Here detectives witness Doug and Cassandra in a loving embrace, and here is where the episode starts to fall by the wayside.
Apparently amidst the stabbing of Jerry, detectives were running some background checks on Cassandra and Doug. They discover that the couple is wanted for larceny and fraud; they travel around conning people by pretending Doug is a danger to Cassandra, allowing a preferably rich man to swoop in and save her, lavishing her with gifts and money. Detectives also learn that the couple has ties to a dead man found by a swingers club in Miami; skin cells under the man’s fingertips reveal Doug’s DNA. What’s also revealed is that Cassandra and Doug are in fact brother and sister.
Benson and Stabler confront Cassandra, throwing this information in her face; she responds that Doug is her twin, her soul-mate, and Jerry, ever-the-fool, was still willing to be her breadwinner. Fearing the worst, detectives beat Cassandra to Jerry’s apartment where they find he stabbed Doug in order to have Cassandra to himself. The episode ends with Cassandra entering the apartment and weeping over her dead lover and brother.
Compared to many episodes this season, “Bombshell” was indeed entertaining. McGowan was the perfect actress for this role, although credit should also be given to actors Hurst an Irwin (the latter whom I’m glad to see is still acting.) While a show doesn’t need high-profile actors to contain quality material, including such people doesn’t hurt in attracting an audience and making the show more interesting to watch; especially if there’s lack of plot ideas.
According to the Huffington Post, McGowan stated about her role, “Cassandra is a complex character and that’s what I liked about her. She had a lot of different layers. She’s got her own plots going no matter what. I think she’s always thinking of a different angle.” Indeed, with McGowan on the cast list, we as an audience should have expected her role to take the forefront. However, I felt the episode could have delved a bit deeper into the dynamics of Cassandra and Doug’s relationship.
If they’re really twins, it should be no surprise that they’re extremely close, and perhaps that’s why they make the best con team because there’s unwavering trust involved. While certainly many twins don’t embrace each other like a couple and kiss on the lips, there is a big difference between these actions and that of sleeping together. Detectives called the situation incest, but we as an audience never see whether or not the twins were indeed a couple, or just abnormally close.
In addition, as mentioned previously, detectives seemed all too intruding and critical on Doug’s character. Obviously following him to Cassandra’s home was essential to the plot, but trespassing, consensual “incest,” an even murder are not Special Victims territory.
Still, I hope to see more mainstream actors and actresses on this show in the future.
Lessons from this Episode:
– Parents who are swingers are typically more open in confiding with their children.
– Detectives Benson and Stabler make a great-looking couple, (although we’ve known this for a long time now.)
– Wandering men with their fingers cut off aren’t crazy; they’re simply insomniacs with bad luck.
“Law & Order: SVU” airs at 10 pm ET every Wednesday on NBC.