“You know when you see a photograph of someone you know, but it’s from years before you knew them.”
As previously noted, my chronic insomnia and the scheduling of television in the night’s more obscure recesses often compel me to watch Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
One side-effect of such viewings is that I sometimes drift in and out
of consciousness during commercial breaks, and I assume that anything I
remember watching is a daft melange of half-heard words and
half-remembered dreams of the sort an almost-deaf person might concoct
to explain the episode to himself after the fact. Like the time I
watched that episode about Big Boi being eaten by hyenas after Detective
Stabler was shot over a monkey in a basketball — that had to the product of secondary elaboration.
So, when I awoke this morning convinced that I’d seen two seasons of Doctor Who spoiled by a 2008 episode of SVU about “sexting,” I couldn’t just chalk it up to shoddy dreamwork. I fired up the Netflix machine, turned on the closed captions and wouldn’t you know it? A 2008 episode of SVU does contain the mother of all spoilers for the fifth and sixth seasons of Doctor Who. See what I mean below the fold: