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'Law & Order: SVU' fan recap: #CrossoverWeek ends with a tragic death

Season 16 | Episode 20 | “Daydream Believer” | Aired Apr 29, 2015

And that’s another NBC SVU/Chicago Fire/Chicago P.D. crossover in the can. The SVU portion was particularly brutal, thanks to a scary-as-hell performance by Dallas Roberts as Ted Bundy 2015, and the death of a major Chicago P.D. character. P.D. devotees must have been a little wrought over Nadia (Stella Maeve) being brutally slaughtered on a whole ‘nother show. It’s like Blanche Devereaux turning up dead on Empty Nest.

For the lowdown on the first part of the crossover, click on over to Maggie Fremont’s recap!

To bring you up to speed, familiar TV and movie face Dallas Roberts is Greg Yates, physician and serial killer. After an investigation of Det. Jay Halstead’s (Jesse Lee Soffe) brother, Will, turns up nothing, Yates’ car is IDed at one of the crime scenes. He is an utterly creepy creepster, and delights in eye-raping Det. Erin Lindsay (Sophia Bush) during his interrogation. For reals, I wanted to Purell my mind after watching this cat in action. He spots precinct assistant Nadia Decotis on his way out, and consider her marked for death. *sad face*

Yates is intrigued by Lindsay, and asks her to meet him in the park. By this time, Amaro and Fin have arrived and it’s a big team-up! There’s a big stakeout, with Lindsay as the bait. Yates shows up, acts creepy some more, makes some sort of analogy about rats, and splits. He didn’t go home to have a cup of tea and watch The Daily Show. He sashayed on over to the precinct and kidnapped Nadia. Destination: New York City!

Chicago P.D. slides smoothly into Law & Order: SVU, and Chicago cops are on Yates’ trail. Nadia is tied up in his backseat, and man, does this dude like to club women. He just keeps clubbing ladies left and right. Tire irons, license plates, blackjacks—anything that’s handy, really. He’s also the type of sex criminal who likes to instill as much fear in his victims pre-death as possible, so there’s a bunch of stuff about begging and screaming and her mother, etc. This guy is a doctor?

If you’ll recall, Yates is returning to the scene of his crimes a decade ago. He’s a case that Benson, back when she had a cute bob, never solved. He’s in NYC for about 10 minutes when he attacks two women in their apartment, wait for it … CLUBBING THEM and raping them. One doesn’t make it, and the other has brain damage. This episode is like a PSA supporting the death penalty. So that ups his victim count to about 765.

They finally catch up with him having a lovely lunch with his oblivious fiancée. He’s hauled in for Rollins to interrogate, as the fiancée acts like she has no idea why Gregory would come home from his evening walks covered in blood with post-atrocity smile face. Voight (Jason Beghe), Halstead, and Lindsay are watching the interrogation, and Benson has to act as Voight’s better nature once again, restraining him from storming him in there and killing their suspect.

Rollins employs that technique where you ask the perp to speculate on what the killer might have done with his victim. Yates loves this opening, and describes in graphic detail what he did to Nadia. His monologue about torture, rape, and murder lead them to Pelham Bay, NY. They find several old bodies. And Nadia. Ouch. Yeah, the producers wanted this crossover to count, so they offed someone important. Everything bad was done to Nadia, and Yates’ head needs to be on a pike STAT.

They’re able to charge him, and the case goes to trial. Not wasting yet another opportunity to torture people, he acts as his own attorney, so he can grill witnesses about all the heinous things he’s done. Not being a devotee of Chicago P.D. (don’t hate me, Dick Wolf), I learn that Nadia was a former prostitute with a heroin addiction who managed to clean up her life, and was Lindsay’s roommate. She worked as an administrative assistant at the precinct while studying to be a cop. Yates, of course, brings up the hooker/drug thing to make Nadia look shady and piss off the cops. His story, by the way, is that he hitched a ride to NYC with Nadia because she was escaping being raped by Voight. Oh, gurrrrlll, I exclaimed aloud in my living room, joyfully anticipating the beating he would surely receive by episode’s end.

On the stand, Benson is forced to admit that Halstead’s brother was briefly considered a suspect. It looks pretty bleak until everyone notices that Yates gets all sorts of dreamy grossness when the graphic deets of his crimes are mentioned in open court. Like, “Do you need a moment in private with yourself, weirdo?” dreamy grossness.

ADA Barba is not just an acid-tongued peanut gallery for Benson’s occasionally lunkheaded detectives. He’s also a smarty! Medical Examiner Warner is called back to the stand (oh, Tamara Tunie, how we’ve missed you), and Barba makes sure that Yates notes the crime-scene photos on his desk. Those pics are like Internet porn is to a normal dude, and he starts interrogating Warner about Nadia’s demise, He wants ALL the gory details. He’s practically taking his clothes off, and I never need to hear the phrase “anal sphincter” ever again. The jury notes exactly how demonic this dude is, and they find him guilty. Good work, team! Let’s have a toast to poor Nadia.

As expected and joyfully welcomed, Voight goes to rough up Yates before he’s transferred to Rikers. However, he retains his badge by not pummeling Yates to a bloody wad. Instead, he reminds him exactly what happens to the killers of young women in the pen. Have fun, Gregory Yates!

NBC really kicked it up a notch with this second “Crossover Week.” Don’t even think of going anywhere near Carisi in the next one. Do you hear me, Warren Leight?

Law & Order: SVU airs Wednesdays at 9/8C on NBC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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