Law & Order: Special Victims Unit


Season 7, Ep 12, Aired 1/3/06
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  • Episode Description
  • Monica Phelps is found dead in her apartment, her son Nathan hiding in the closet behind her body. Detectives soon link Monica's death to philanthropist Ted Carthage, who runs an organization dedicated to helping people get off the streets. Benson is certain that Carthage is the killer, but a shaky ID from Nathan puts him back on the street. After Nathan kills Carthage himself, Sophie Devere argues that Nathan committed the killing because he saw Carthage shoot his mother -- something the gun manufacturers don't like.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jill Marie Lawrence

    Cleo Conrad

  • Annie Potts

    Sophie Devere

  • Mariska Hargitay

    Det. Olivia Benson

  • Judith Light

    Judge Elizabeth Donnelly

  • David Aaron Baker

    Mike Geddes

  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Gunplay 2

    By snake63, Sep 20, 2009

  • wow very good epi!! boys gets to see his mother get killed by her pimp Det. Benson really bonds with the boy

    By Dragon-fly2088, Feb 09, 2009

  • One of my all-time favorite episodes- even if it's not shippery.

    By iq_two, Aug 20, 2007

  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    By ourkissgoodbye, Apr 03, 2007

  • Infectd Name Mix-up

    By Smartyfan4life, Oct 01, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Olivia Benson: What are you gonna do? Casey Novak: Draft a plea bargain. Olivia Benson: I damaged your case that much? Casey Novak: You changed my mind. And, I'll bet you convinced a juror or two.

    • John Munch (looking at detergent while Fin questions a suspect): So what should I use? Lemony Goodness, or Mountain Stream?

    • Casey Novak: Detective Benson, does witnessing a murder justify committing a murder? Olivia Benson: It doesn't justify it. But it might explain it.

    • (Finding 15,000 dollars in Monica's work locker.) Elliot Stabler: We should go into the hot dog business.

    • Sophie Devere: Violence is the disease, guns are the virus, and we have an epidemic on our hands.

    Notes (5)

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic – "N├íkaza" (Infection)

    • Original International Air Dates: Czech Republic – April 2, 2009 on TV Nova

    • Special billing was given to Gordon Clapp (Special Guest Star), Annie Potts (Special Guest Star), Glynn Turman (Special Guest Appearance), Judith Light (with) and Malcolm David Kelley (and) for this episode.

    • This is the first episode to be broadcast in a 16:9 ratio, which is known as letterbox format.

    • The original working title for this episode was "Plague".

    Trivia (2)

    • Goof: At the end of this episode, Casey claims she never has seen anyone gunned down in front of her. Earlier this season during the episode "Raw," she in fact saw more than one person "gunned down in front of her."

    • Goof: During a discussion between Benson and Nathan, the actress slips up and refers to Nathan as David, which is part of the actor's real name.

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