'Law & Order: SVU' Rips the Duggars From the Headlines in Awesome Episode

Law & Order SVU Episode, Nov. 4

You know that feeling you get when the title card that says "The following story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or event" flashes across the screen at the start of Law & Order? Well, last night's was no exception, as the Duggar-themed SVU episode delivered a "ripped from the headline" story that we unfortunately are way too familiar with.


The episode, "Patrimonial Burden," opens with a purity ball where the 13-year-old daughter of a famous reality show family, the Bakers, is promising to stay a virgin until she is married. As her nine impossibly wholesome siblings look on, she then dances with her father but -- oh no! -- faints in his arms. She's rushed to the hospital where it is discovered that she is pregnant and, as Olivia Benson notes, it isn't an Immaculate Conception.

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But who is the baby daddy? Could it be the father? The older brother (named Graham because calling him "Josh" would probably have gotten them sued)? The cameraman? The family's lawyer/pastor? The family tries to close ranks and get back home without the police investigating, but you know Oliva isn't going to let this one go. When super-pregnant Detective Rollins figures out that the girl was likely raped while on a mission trip to New York City, it is ON for the SVU squad.

You'll have to watch the whole episode to find out who the perp was, but let's just say that the episode has all the Law & Order twists you've come to expect. Along the way we find out that this isn't the first time this family has dealt with a pregnant 13-year-old, as the baby of the family turns out to be the son and not the brother of older sister Summer.

And, of course, we find out that the older brother had been caught inappropriately touching his sisters and sent away to a Christian labor camp as a result.

But sure, Law & Order, this is a TOTALLY made up story.

For me the most interesting part of the story is that at the end, the character of the mother was willing to give up the show and the fame to keep her daughters safe and justice done. Fans of the Duggars might disagree, but I can't help but wonder what would have happened if Michelle and Jim Bob would have been willing to do the same. Perhaps Anna wouldn't have married Josh and would never have had to deal with the crushing pain of finding out about your husband's cheating because of the national media covering it.

Sadly, sometimes real life doesn't get wrapped up as neatly as a Law & Order episode does.


Image via Michael Parmelee/NBC

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