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Character actor takes it to the hilt!
garrard5 March 2010
Warning: Spoilers
"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" was just in its third season when it aired this episode which featured an award-worthy turn from guest star Nick Chinlund.

Chinlund is riveting as a death-row sociopath who holds valuable information for a case investigated by Stabler and Benson. The actor pulls out all the stops, using much of his body language and glances to create a character that is truly memorably evil and without a conscious.

His assault on both Stabler (Chris Meloni) and Dr. Huang (B.D. Wong) is both unexpected and savage.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences missed an opportunity when it failed to nominate Chinlund for an Emmy for 2001-2002 season of SVU.
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Stabler and Huang try to break the will of a human monster
snicewanger30 September 2018
A really great episode featuring Christopher Meloni. He is joined by BD Wong in one of his earliest appearances as Dr George Huang.The real star ,however, is Nick Chinlund as convicted serial killer Matthew Brodus. Brodus is facing eminent execution in a New Jersey Prison and Stabler with Huang's help is try to pull a confession to a ten year old unsolved murder from Brodus. Chinlund plays Brodus as a combination Hannibal Lecter and the Frankenstein Monster. As his hour of execution is coming ever closer and having nothing to gain by cooperating, the serial killer plays mind games with the two. The fact that Stabler and Huang seem to competing with each other as to which is the cleverest at breaking down Brodus isn't lost on him and Brodus uses that fact to his advantage. This episode was one of the most suspenseful and terrifying in the whole series history
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Getting used to
bkoganbing10 August 2014
B.D. Wong was not even an SVU regular yet when he did this story as one of the guest cast. His character is an FBI profiler who gets teamed with Christopher Meloni as Meloni goes to interview a convicted sex offender serial killer Nick Chinlund about a new lead on an old case.

Of course later on when Wong becomes detached from the FBI and part of the team they work well. But now it becomes something of a contest as Meloni and Wong match expertise. Guess who wins?

But this features a pair of specimens who are clearly arguments for the death penalty. Nick Chinlund and a former cellmate Timothy Wheeler will terrify you. In fact Wheeler gets over on Stabler causing him no small amount of embarrassment.

Some people are pure evil and this episode demonstrates that. It also shows that Dr. George Huang and Detective Elliott Stabler will take a bit of getting used to.
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