America's most beloved Television icons, Jerry Lewis, guest stared on Law
& Order: SVU this week. Hopefully viewers didn't tune in to see "The
Nutty Professor" solve a crime, because there was nothing funny about this
episode. In fact, the episode, entitled "Uncle," was downright disturbing.
The sadistic rape, torture, and murder of a woman and her pre-teen daughter
earn SVU the title Worst of the Week.
The show opens
with Elliot and Dani investigating a murder scene. They find a woman and
her young daughter lying in bed murdered, bloody, bound, and naked. Both
have been stabbed 40 times, raped, and then suffocated with packing tape.
Melinda (the coroner) explains, "The vaginal trauma was more severe on the
child…due to her pre-pubescence." Later she elaborates on the cuts saying
that each of the 40 cuts was inflicted before death and that the victims
felt every one of them. Detectives pry the little girl's hand open to
retrieve a crucifix she tore from her mother's neck. The entire scene is
too much for Dani to handle and she is noticeably shaken not only by the
gruesome sight, but at the idea that a child could suffer in such a way.
It is puzzling
how the writers of SVU could conceive of Dani being disturbed by the
sight of the murder scene and yet present the scene as entertainment for
Americans. Are we heartless, desensitized monsters who feel nothing at the
sight of a murdered child who was raped and murdered? Is the intention of
the show to disturb us?
through an hour of graphic descriptions and imagery of the deceased mother
and daughter, the show concludes with Jerry Lewis's mentally ill character
pushing the murder suspect in front of a speeding subway train to avenge the
young victim. For graphic and disturbing visual and verbal content
involving a child, Law & Order SVU is our pick for Worst of the