Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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  • "In the criminal justice system, sexually based offenses are considered especially heinous. In New York City, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories."This hard-hitting and emotional companion series from NBC's Law & Order franchise chronicles the life and crimes of the elite Special Victims Unit of the New York Police Department. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit was created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf. SVU celebrated its 200th episode in April 2008. Although Law & Order: Special Victims Unit carries the brand name Law & Order, the newer program has established a strong and unique identity. It has proved itself as a hit in its own right. In the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons, the series broke into the Top 20. Mariska Hargitay has won a Golden Globe and Emmy each for her portrayal of Det. Olivia Benson. It also garnered Emmy wins for guest-stars Amanda Plummer, Leslie Caron, and Cynthia Nixon. The series' popularity was recognized with the People's Choice Awards, Image Awards, Satellite Awards, and the TV Guide Awards with nominations for Favorite New Series.The drama follows Det. Elliot Stabler, a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all, and his partner Olivia Benson whose difficult past is the reason she joined the unit. Overseeing the team is Capt. Donald Cragen. Cragen's tough-but-supportive approach to the team's complex cases guides the squad through the challenges they face every day. Also featured is Det. John Munch, a transfer from Baltimore's homicide unit, who brings his acerbic wit, conspiracy theories and street-honed investigative skills. Munch is partnered with Det. Odafin Tutuola, whose unique sense of humor and investigative experience make him a formidable match for Munch.Season 13 brought major changes to the squad. Det. Stabler left and was replaced by two new detectives. Dr. Huang also departed. Det. Nick Amaro brings empathy to his cases while dealing with a stressful home life. Det. Amanda Rollins' dogged persistence and instincts help her close cases, but her secrets could derail her career. A varied DA roster introduced Bureau Chief Michael Cutter, and the returning ADA Casey Novak with continued support from ADA Alexandra Cabot to bring closure to the intense investigations. NBC Broadcast History:September 2012 to present – Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m.January 2011 to May 2012 – Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m.September 2010 to December 2010 – Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m.March 2010 to May 2010 – Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m.September 2009 to March 2010 – Wednesdays at 9:00 p.m.September 2003 to May 2009 – Tuesdays at 10:00 p.m.January 2000 to May 2003 – Fridays at 10:00 p.m.September 1999 to November 1999 – Mondays at 9:00 p.m.moreless

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  • S 17 : Ep 15

    Collateral Damages

    Airs 2/17/16

  • S 17 : Ep 14

    Nationwide Manhunt

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  • S 17 : Ep 13

    Forty-One Witnesses

    Aired 2/3/16

  • S 17 : Ep 12

    A Misunderstanding

    Aired 1/20/16

  • S 17 : Ep 11

    Townhouse Incident

    Aired 1/13/16

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mariska Hargitay

    Lt. Olivia Benson

  • Kelli Giddish

    Det. Amanda Rollins

  • Ice-T

    Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

  • Peter Scanavino

    Det. Dominick 'Sonny' Carisi, Jr.

  • Raul Esparza

    ADA Rafael Barba

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  • Quotes (1582)

    • Stabler: I think sex should be one of the best parts of life, not the worst. I do see myself as the father of four children, none of whom I'd like exposed to Mr. Kloster's… shortcomings.
      Kloster: Shortcomings? (laughs) Shortcomings?!
      (He stands up and pulls down his pants, much to the surprise of everyone else in the courtroom.)
      Kloster: "Shortcomings", my ass, you putzhead!

    • Olivia: Do you mean to say you wouldn't have done the same thing if you had a chance? Serena Benson: Is that what you wanted me to do? Olivia: Yes. Serena Benson: How old is this little boy? Olivia: Five. Serena Benson: Will he be better off with his mother in prison? Would you have been better off with me in prison when you were growing up? Olivia: I hate what he did to you. Serena Benson: So do I, and if he hadn't, I would never have had you.

    • Olivia Benson: Our dead guy, Victor Spicer, had his hack licence revoked when he got assault and 11 months in Rikers. Elliot Stabler: Okay, what's the problem? Olivia Benson: He's still in Rikers. (pause) Don Cragen: You can't trust the computers, they get backed up and don't imput the releases. Olivia Benson: That's why I spoke to the watch captain and had him check personally. Spicer's still there. Don Cragen: Why is this ours? Elliot Stabler: Doer sliced off the vic's unit. (Cragen spits out part of the lollipop he just took)

    • Victor Spicer: Hey, you doing anything Saturday night? (blows Stabler a kiss) Elliot Stabler: (smiles) Oh, I'd hurt you.

    • Olivia Benson: She said something to you, didn't she? Elliot Stabler: I just want to be with my family.

    • Olivia Benson: I'm a good cop, Elliot. Elliot Stabler: Yeah, I know.

    • (Cragen chews out Olivia for not arresting a woman who then committed suicide.) Don Cragen: You just used your Get Out of Jail Free card, Olivia. There’s only one in the pack.

    • (Olivia cries after seeing the woman disfigured in an attack.) Elliot Stabler: There’s no crying in baseball.

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    Notes (799)

    • Company Credits: Lynn Kressel Casting (Casting), Grant Wilfley Casting (Extras Casting), Panavision (Panaflex Camera and Lenses)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Steve Gamiello (Assistant Property)
      Jessica Burstein (Still Photographer)
      Fionnuala Lynch (Set Costumer)
      Leslie Saulter-Yacuk (Scenic Charge)
      Keith Gardner (Boom)
      Jim McCullaugh (Best Boy)

    • Special billing was given to Angie Harmon (With Special Guest Appearance by) and Mili Avital (and) in this episode.

    • Christopher Meloni was billed as "Chris Meloni" for the entire first season of the show. Dann Florek received special billing in the opening titles (and) throughout his run on the show.

    • The characters of Elliot and Olivia are named after the creator's children.

    • The originally proposed title of the series was Sex Crimes, which was later amended to Law & Order: Sex Crimes Unit before being changed for public relations reasons. Dick Wolf had made the creation of the show an integral part of continuing the original Law & Order contract. Created in a partnership with the USA Network, the agreement between NBC and USA is that USA would air the brand new episodes one to two weeks following NBC's airing.

    • Dick Wolf schedules his hiatus breaks to coincide with his cast and crew members' childrens' summer vacation, meaning that the show shoots a few episodes of the next season before breaking at the end of June for three months.

    • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has the distinction of being spun-off from not one, but two popular shows. Although it exists on its own without being dependent on either of the previous shows, there are elements of both the original Law & Order and Homicide: Life on the Street.

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    Trivia (370)

    • Don Cragen can be seen eating something in every one of his scenes in this episode.

    • Don Cragen: You just used your 'Get Out of Jail Free' card, Olivia. There's only one in the pack. This statement is incorrect. In Monopoly, the game Cragen is almost surely referring to, there are two 'Get Out of Jail Free' cards - one is a 'Chance' card and one is a 'Community Chest' card.

    • Although later episodes reveal that Benson's mother was an alcoholic and verbally abusive to her, Serena Benson is portrayed in this episode as caring and loving. She asks Benson whether or not she would have been better off without her, to which Benson lovingly holds her mother's hand.

    • While Olivia and Serena Benson are enjoying lunch, the waiter pours wine into both their glasses. This is somewhat strange since later episodes state that Serena has a serious drinking problem.

    • Goof: While Benson and Stabler question Spicer at Rikers Island, Benson writes notes using a ballpoint pen. In close shots, it's evident that the pen is not clicked "out", thereby making it impossible to write with it.

    • Continuity: Det. Jeffries reads from a Rolodex card still in the Rolodex. In the next scene, as Stabler and Benson are collecting items from the victim's apartment, Stabler runs through the cards in the same Rolodex and Benson holds an armful of files that likely contain the clippings from which everyone read in the previous scene.

    • Goof: During the coroner scene, a boom mike can clearly be seen during the whole scene.

    • This is one of the few episodes that narrows down an actual timeframe for the happenings. Gretchen Quinn was born in the spring of 1967, and is stated by her sister to have been 32 at her death. The show gives September dates for certain events, establishing that this episode takes place the week of September 20, 1999.

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    Allusions (246)

    • John Munch: Not to mention the fact that I lost a wife after less than one night of connubial bliss to someone who was not only a detective but a member of my own squad. Munch is referring to the final episode of Homicide: Life on the Street, where his character married Billie Lou Hatfield. Billie Lou left her husband for a former detective on the force, Stuart Gharty. Munch's presence in New York is explained by saying that he retired from the Baltimore police force, and is reaping the benefits associated with collecting a pension in Baltimore and a salary in New York.

    • Elliot Stabler: Have you ever seen that Tom Hanks movie where he manages a baseball team?
      In the film A League of Their Own, Tom Hanks manages a women's baseball team.

    • Kloster's Lawyer: So you see yourself as the 'Ken Starr' of the N.Y.P.D.? Ken Starr was a special prosecutor appointed to preside over the Whitewater investigation in the mid-1990s. His role in the investigation into then-president Bill Clinton's involvement has been a topic of controversy for many years.

    • Elliot Stabler: Oh, I'd hurt you. Stabler makes this comment in response to being hit on by Spicer at Rikers Island. In the HBO series Oz, Chris Meloni (Stabler) played the character of Chris Keller from 1998 to 2003, who had a nasty habit of killing his male lovers. Meloni is not the only regular from Oz to show up on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit -- Dean Winters, Lance Reddick, B.D. Wong and J.K. Simmons also had regular roles on Oz.

    • Donald Cragen: …I was home, scrubbing algae off the tiles around the swimming pool that we never used. The one that got me into hot water with Internal Affairs, because "what's a cop doing with an in-ground pool," right? This is a reference to the Law & Order episode "The Blue Wall" where Donald Cragen comes under suspicion for laundering drug money. Cragen also reveals in this same conversation that Marge died, and it took everything in him not to turn back to the bottle.

    • Elliot Stabler: What's his face, Warner -- the 'Peter Jennings' look-a-like? Peter Jennings was a well-known media personality. Originally from Canada, Jennings joined ABC in 1964, and over the years, won numerous Emmys.

    • The manga, The Rapeman, is mentioned being found in the home. It's a black comedy series that features a "superhero" raping women to punish them for wrongdoing.

    • Nina Laszlo: Jazmin said he made her 'Lewinsky' him. Monica Lewinsky was the infamous White House intern that made national headlines by performing a sexual act on Bill Clinton in the Oval Office and then keeping the dress which bore the evidence of their actions. Since then, popular culture has coined the term 'Lewinsky' as slang for performing oral sex on a male. Not coincidentally, Olivia reveals that photographer Carlo Parisi, whom Jazmin was said to 'Lewinsky', left his own mark on Jazmin's dress.

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  • Fan Reviews (446)
  • Special victim

    By donaldrosa2, Jan 10, 2016

  • 10/21/2015 should be titled "BS"

    By VicHernandez1809, Oct 22, 2015

  • Getting rid of benson?!

    By CrystalMcgregor, Oct 14, 2015

  • Real cop giving it straight

    By teabig, Oct 08, 2015

  • The Gang in Blue

    By vsaiz, Oct 07, 2015