Law and Order SVU: Benson and Stabler interrogation scene had major continuity error

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The 22nd instalment of NBC’s staple crime drama has just concluded with a massive crossover event. However, fans of both Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Organized Crime may be surprised to learn about the series’ shaky early beginnings.

Fans have spotted a distracting continuity error in the first ever season of Law and Order: Special Victims Unit.

Originally a spin-off from the first Law and Order series, the long-running crime serial has become one of the most popular dramas in NBC’s roster.

Detectives Elliot Stabler (played by Christopher Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) led the series together until the former’s departure in season 12.

Well before Stabler returned for his own series last year, Organized Crime, the partners were stumped by the disturbing results of a messy love triangle in season one.

In the fifth episode of SVU’s debut season, ‘Wanderlust’, the detectives investigate the death of the author Richard Schiller (Bruce Barney).

The travel writer’s dead body is discovered bound and gagged, with women’s underwear stuffed in his mouth.

Stabler and Benson soon discover both Schiller’s landlady, Mrs. Hayes (Patricia Richardson) and her daughter Virginia (Lynn Collins) both had feelings for the writer.

Their investigation eventually leads them to convict Mrs. Hayes’ boyfriend, Thomas Dayton (John Dossett ), who was actually a convicted paedophile named Scott Dayton using an alias.

However, it’s eventually revealed that Virginia and Richard Schiller had actually been having an illicit affair.

Their last night together ended in disaster when Virginia confessed her love for the writer, but admitted she hated the fact he was always away on business.

Begging Schiller to take him with her next time he travelled, the teenager grew enraged when he refused.

The detectives eventually draw a confession out of the girl, who tearfully recounts crushing the writer’s windpipe with her knee.

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Despite this episode’s upsetting conclusion, one fan couldn’t help but be distracted by a strange occurrence during Virginia’s interrogation.

They posted: “When Benson and Stabler are interviewing Virginia at the end of the episode, when she admits to committing the crime, she breaks down into tears and her face turns red.”

Unfortunately, it seems the editors of this episode failed to notice the actress was completely tear-free when the camera cuts away.

The fan continued: “The next shot is from over her shoulder, and her expression is normal.”

“In the very next shot, from the front, her face is flushed and tears again.”

For some eagle-eyed fans, it appeared Virginia went from crying to not crying and back again all in a split second.

Of course, this can easily be attributed to an unfortunate oversight in the editing room once filming had been completed.

Luckily most fans were able to overlook similar mistakes, and a whopping 21 seasons of the show and even a new spin-off series followed.

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit is available on NBC.


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