Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Season 9, Ep 1, Aired 9/25/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Benson and Stabler investigate a suspected child abuse case only to learn that the woman who reported it is the real case.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Dawn DeNoon

  • Mariska Hargitay

    Det. Olivia Benson

  • Isabel Gillies

    Kathy Stabler

  • Laura Allen

    Cass Magnall

  • Ann Morgan Guilbert

    Prince of Peace Church Employee

  • Fan Reviews (25)
  • Wonderful season premiere that deals with a woman with multiple personalties.

    By SVU_lover, Oct 07, 2007

  • When a child is reported missing the team finds out that it is the women reporting the missing child that is really the case.

    By rebaarmy, Oct 09, 2007

  • Benson and Stabler get a report of suspected child abuse. While looking into this case, they will find more about this certain child abuser than they thought.

    By IHeartSvu, Oct 13, 2007

  • An overall good episode with a nice ending twist.

    By causkitty, Jul 10, 2009

  • Great Episode.....until the end

    By houstontexans80, Sep 26, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (14)

    • Chester Lake: I'm not saying I didn't see crazies in Brooklyn, but you guys are cuckoo magnets.
      Fin Tutuola: This is nothing. You should of been here when the white supremacist shot Munch in the ass. He still has to sit on a special pillow.

    • Fin Tutuola: (answers the phone) Special Victims Unit. (pauses) I think you need to adjust your TV. The baby we're looking for is Caucasian. Casey Novak: And the circus begins.

    • Janis Donovan: (as Dori) Where's your gun? Elliot Stabler: In my locker. Janis Donovan: Can I see it? Elliot Stabler: Well, I'll tell you what. If you tell us where April is, I'll be glad to show it to you. Janis Donovan: If I knew … (giggles) I would so tell you.

    • Dr. George Huang: (about Janis) Tell me about her alters. Olivia Benson Her alternate personalities? So far we've seen a shrink, a little girl and a tough Russian. Elliot Stabler: And I bet she does a mean Christopher Walken too. Look, she's playing us.

    • Dr. George Huang: From what you're telling me, she has Dissociative Identity Disorder, or what we used to call multiple personalities. Elliot Stabler: Right, and I call it a crock. Dr. George Huang: Well, you're not alone.

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    Notes (4)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic – "Osobnost" (Personality)

    • Original International Air Dates: Czech Republic – June 15, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Special billing was given to Isabel Gillies (with) and Bronson Pinchot (and) for this episode.

    • The opening credits have been updated for season nine with new photos for all of the cast and the group photo. All the regular cast from last season are back, and Adam Beach has been added to the starring roster. In order, the opening credits read: Christopher Meloni, Mariska Hargitay, Richard Belzer, Diane Neal, Ice-T, Adam Beach, B.D. Wong, Tamara Tunie and Dann Florek. With nine people in the cast, this is the largest main cast that this show (and any Law and Order show for that matter) has ever had.

    Trivia (4)

    • One of Janis' "personalities" is "Dr. Anna Jung", which Munch states is a combination of Anna Freud and Carl Jung. Anna Freud was the daughter of Sigmund Freud, the father of psychoanalysis, and she carried on his work in psychoanalytic research after he died. Carl Jung was a Swiss psychologist, and he worked closely with Sigmund Freud in developing the theory of psychoanalysis. Freud's theory, called "Psychoanalysis", and Jung's theory, called "Analytical Psychology," are two of the most famous psychoanalytic theories, and both still have a heavy influence in the field of psychology.

    • John Munch has been promoted to Sergeant in this episode. Back in his days on Homicide: Life on the Street, Munch attempted to take the sergeant's exam with Kay Howard, but a 'comedy of errors' prevented his even reaching the exam. This time, he took the exam on a bar bet, and passed.

    • Fin refers to Munch getting shot by white supremacists. This happened during the episode "Raw".

    • Munch was temporarily placed in charge of the unit after Cragen was moved to another branch due to concerns involving Benson's actions (among other reasons).

    Allusions (1)

    • Cellmate: Hell, Cass read that book Sybil like it was the Bible. The cellmate is referring to the 1973 book written by Flora Rheta Schreiber about Shirley Ardell Mason, who is supposed to have developed sixteen different personalities to help her cope with abuse at the hands of her mother when she was a child. Mason's psychotherapist, Dr. Cornelia B. Wilbur, used hypnosis and sodium amytal interviews to draw the personalities out of her. In 1998, Robert Rieber of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice (neither of whom have any psychiatric training) concluded that Wilbur used the hypnosis and medication to manipulate Mason and create the appearance of MPD for the purposes of publishing a book, though that conclusion has been disputed as well.

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