Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Trials

Season 10, Ep 1, Aired 9/23/08
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  • Episode Description
  • When a seven-year-old boy steals a van to get away from abusive foster parents, it's the first string that will begin unraveling a cold case where a serial rapist uses the womens' biggest vulnerability to keep them passive. Meanwhile, Stabler's investigation into his stolen credit card reveals a surprising suspect, the new ADA introduces herself, and Olivia's flashbacks to her assault leave her distracted at work.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Allison Siko

    Kathleen Stabler

  • Jae Head

    Christopher Ryan

  • Mariska Hargitay

    Det. Olivia Benson

  • Mary Beth Evans

    Dr. Eichenberry

  • Richard Belzer

    Sgt. John Munch

  • Fan Reviews (12)
  • Angry little boy claims his foster parents are abusing him...

    By charlotte_wos, Sep 30, 2008

  • New ADA!

    By lawgotham, Oct 14, 2008

  • We have a new ADA

    By vicky24c, Jan 13, 2009

  • A 7-year-old crashes a van in the opening scenes of "Trials". SVU are called in to figure out if the boy was trying to escape issues at home. Just as B&S decide that the boy's only is ADD, he discloses that his foster parents have been abusing him....

    By becki-boop, Mar 11, 2010

  • A 7-year-old crashes a van in the opening scenes of "Trials". SVU are called in to figure out if the boy was trying to escape issues at home. Just as B&S decide that the boy's only issue is ADD, he discloses that his foster parents have been abusing him.

    By becki-boop, Mar 11, 2010

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • John Munch: Captain, Fin and I are thinkin' of going in on a bar. You wanna buy in? Donald Cragen: Well gee, John, I don't know. Let me run it by the guys at my next AA meeting.

    • (Stabler reviews the charges on his stolen credit card.) Elliot Stabler: This is weird. These guys usually hit electronics, stuff they can resell. This is all wacky stuff. (reading) Hand-carved African tribal mask. Fin Tutuola: What, you consider African art wacky? Elliot Stabler: It's wacky when I'm the one paying for it.

    • Donald Cragen: Fin, grab Elliot and go check out the Lydia. (Fin doesn't leave) There a problem? Fin Tutuola: You know my beef with Stabler, he's a total head case. I'd rather have any other partner. Donald Cragen: It's not lady's choice today, detective. Suck it up, do your job.

    • Elliot Stabler: (discussing Christopher's foster parents) What do they want you to eat? Christopher Ryan: The stinky food that they make. They're vegetable-tarians. I hate vegetables. They make me puke. They're torture.

    • Olivia Benson: It happened four months ago. I was, um, working undercover in a prison and... and the male guard tried to rape me. And I was-- I was okay at first, and then-- I've started reliving it. Just feel really jumpy, can't sleep. And I fe-- I feel very out of control. And the thing is, is that I wasn't even raped.
      Dr. Fulton: Olivia, you were sexually assaulted.
      Olivia Benson: He came so close, and there was nothing that I could do to stop him. He had a weapon. And he completely overpowered me. And I never should have let him take me down there, 'cause I know better than that.
      Dr. Fulton: Rape victims often blame themselves. You know how misplaced that blame is.
      Olivia Benson: I know, I know. (puts finger to her forehead) I know that here. I've told that same thing to a lot of women. But now I... I feel... I feel like I don't deserve to be here. I feel like-- I feel like he has-- he stole something from me. And... and I need help dealing with it.

    Notes (6)

    • Original International Air Dates: Czech Republic – October 26, 2010 on TV Nova

    • Although listed in the press release as Kaitlyn Ryan, by the time of broadcast Sara Gilbert's character was Caitlyn Ryan.

    • Crew Transitions: Writer/co-producer Paul Grellong has left the series, and Daniel Truly has joined the writing team as a supervising producer. Director David Platt returns with a bump from producer to co-executive producer.

    • Special billing was given to Sara Gilbert (with) and Luke Perry (and) for this episode.

    • Luke Perry (Noah Sibert) was nominated for the 2009 People's Choice Award for Favorite Scene Stealing Guest Star for his appearance in this episode.

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    Trivia (1)

    • Detective Stabler has actually been cold with each new A.D.A. that has been introduced to the squad.

    Allusions (1)

    • John Munch: You know, if one more person dumps me I'm gonna start taking it personally. Aside from my wives, there was Jeffries, Cassidy, Meldrick, Stan "The Big Man" Bolander...
      Munch references two shows in this list of departed partners and co-workers. Jeffries and Cassidy are Detectives Monique Jeffries and Brian Cassidy from seasons one and two of SVU. Meldrick and Bolander are Detectives Meldrick Lewis and Stan Bolander from his time in the Baltimore Police Department (Homicide: Life on the Street)

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