While we’re busy celebrating the best (and worst) in TV season finales, let’s also take a moment to air random grievances. One of my biggest pop culture pet peeves was poked by Law & Order: SVU‘s season ender last night: People who know they could be in danger and do not use the chain on their door. Yes, the chain probably won’t do much, but isn’t it just human nature to use it if it’s there? Especially if, say, the sadistic serial rapist you were trying to put away — the one who likes to torture victims for 18 or 19 hours in their home — was just freed? Of course, he was already somehow in the apartment when Olivia (Mariska Hargitay) arrived home (because a New York City homicide detective wouldn’t have a good security system).
This also happened on Arrow earlier in the season, when Laurel (Katie Cassidy) and Tommy (Colin Donnell) were watching a boy whose parents had just been murdered. Again, sounds like a good time to exercise some caution.