Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Season 9, Ep 12, Aired 1/8/08
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  • Episode Description
  • A woman's body is found murdered in a park alongside a man with a bullet in his head - Benson and Special Agent Cooper join forces and suspect "The Woodsman", a serial killer Cooper has tried to catch for years. Lake and Benson begin to question Cooper's true motives when the male victim is later identified as "The Woodsman".

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mariska Hargitay

    Det. Olivia Benson

  • Adam Beach

    Det. Chester Lake

  • Erika Christensen

    Special Agent Lauren Cooper

  • BD Wong

    Dr. George Huang

  • Tamara Tunie

    Dr. Melinda Warner

  • Fan Reviews (29)
  • This episode makes you question whether the killer should be punished.

    By DexterMorgan2, Mar 17, 2013

  • Pretty good for amateurs

    By bethrjacobs, Jan 15, 2012

  • Painful from Beginning to End

    By MissAuthoress, Jan 12, 2012

  • Really really really really Bad!!!

    By zvyozdnayapyl, Jan 09, 2008

  • Review to up the average.

    By saffikeagan, Dec 05, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Lauren Cooper: You must get a lot of confessions in here. Can't wait to unburden the soul, confirm your deepest suspicions. They want absolution. They want to be able to sleep at night. Olivia Benson: Can you sleep at night, Lauren? Lauren Cooper: I sleep. Just. Fine.

    • (Walking around Agent Cooper's apartment.) Chester Lake: I'm going to blow your freaking brains out. CSU Technician: You better not be talking to me!

    • Don Cragen: She murdered Mr. Moore. Chief of Detectives: You mean the serial killer.

    • Olivia Benson: Exactly how close were you two? Lauren Cooper: He was like a father to me! Olivia Benson: Oh, is that what they're calling it now?

    • Lauren Cooper: Working with him was like having a father for the first time, you know what I mean? Olivia Benson: No, I don't, Lauren Cooper: Job is your family? Olivia Benson: Yeah.

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    Notes (3)

    • This episode was rated MA 15+ (in Australia), and was aired after the season finale because of that particular reason at a later timeslot.

    • Original International Air Dates: Australia – July 3, 2008 on Network 10 Czech Republic – August 31, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Special billing was given to Erika Christensen (Special Guest Star) Priscilla Lopez (with) and Frankie Faison (and) in this episode.

    Trivia (1)

    • Nitpick: When they identify the John Doe using his fingerprints, Agent Cooper says he "helped search for evidence" after one of the murders. No one asks why she didn't mention she knew the victim at the crime scene, or before this during the investigation.

    Allusions (1)

    • Lauren Cooper: Those who fight monsters should make damn sure they don't become one. This quotation, originally from Friedrich Nietsche ("Those who fight monsters should take care that they never become one. For when you stand and look long into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you."), is often used in police academy training classes, and was likely learned there by the characters.

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