Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 7 Episode 3


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 04, 2005 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Benson is on her way out for the evening when a call comes in from a little girl who says she's locked in a room alone. While trying to draw the girl out, Benson is drawn deeper into the little girl's life, and although the other officers begin to suspect the whole thing may be some sick joke, Benson is convinced that the little girl, Maria, is the real deal. By talking to Maria, Benson is able to ferret enough information from her so that they have a place to start, but Maria's captor has an affinity for electronics and has done everything he can to make sure that no one can find the little girl he has kidnapped.moreless

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  • This episode is Law and Order's "Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode

    I mean that in terms of it being the episode that singularly defines the series like no other. It is the most grippingly serious episode of the show, and it is basically a nearly a soliliquay of a tour de force performance by Mariska Hargitay which drives it. Everything else revolves around Olivia's single-minded determination to follow her gut that she is talking to a genuinely desperate child victim, when everything else is leading one to the conclusion that it's a hoax. Eventually, she is proven correct, and saves the child, amid tension that never lets up throughout the entirety of the show.moreless
  • Olivia Benson never gives up hope on finding a little girl who may not really exist.

    This episode is one of the best in the series. Mariska Hargitay threw everything she had into this performance. It seemed eerily real. From beginning to end I was completely hooked. "911" didn't really focus on the abuser which is ironic since they spend the whole hour of the show trying to figure out who he is. No, this one was all about Olivia's drive and compassion. Hargitay's performance was impeccable. When Olivia believed that she had lost the little girl for good, the emotion was so real and heart breaking. This is what makes not only this episode, but the entire series such a phenomena. The incredible acting is supported by the plots, not the other way around. Each detail of the girls whereabouts and her identity were perfectly written and carried out. The ending didn't fall into a cliche where it wipes out the effect of the plot and it didn't destroy it either. Hargitay and the rest of the crew fell into character so well, that it truly was like watching a real case unfold. Everything about this episode screams brilliance and heart.moreless
  • A stunning episode.

    One might think that a 40-minute episode that takes place in a police station with a cop talking on the phone might be boring, but this episode was anything but. When a little girl calls 911 for help, Benson is the only one who believes the call is for real when the girl cannot answer their questions in a believable way. Mariska H. gives a stunning and emotional performance in this episode, and I hope she is recognized for it in the future.

    Unless I missed something, Stabler wasn't in this episode at all. I can't really say I was upset over it because this season he's annoyed me a bit. Benson needs an episode that focuses on her. And next week seems like a "Stabler" centric episode anyway. The girl playing the kidnap victim was talented as well, and did a great job. All but a minute of her acting on this show was over the phone, but she was excellent at it.

    One of the best "Special Victims Unit" ever, this is definitely a favorite.moreless
  • A girl calls 911. Everyone but Olivia thinks its a prank. But Olivia puts all the clues together to find the little girl.

    I have to say that this is the best SVU episode ever. The whole time, I could not take my eyes from the screen. It was so suspenseful, I had to see if they found the little girl. This was a great story line followed by great acting. I love this show. It gets better every year.
  • You can almost feel the emotion pouring from the characters.

    Very exciting and powerful episode, Maria is a awe inspiring child actor, great voice acting, facial expressions, you could almost feel her pain when she said "That's when I feel like dying". The villain was so convincing as he feigned innocence, not like in all the other episodes, where the characters woodenly say "I didn't do anything" and you think to yourself "Yeah.... he's faking it..". Olivia reveals a kinder side to her brash character, but she shows she isn't going soft when she throws the villain against the bedstand and elbows the guy in the nose, spurting blood everywhere. You get to the point where you say "Go Olivia!" Mr. Wolf really has great scripting, and this is no exception.moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak



Det. Odafin Tutuola

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Christopher Evan Welch

Christopher Evan Welch

Richard Dwyer

Guest Star

Zabryna Guevara

Zabryna Guevara

Julia Ortiz

Guest Star

Jeanine Monterroza

Jeanine Monterroza

the voice of Maria Recinos

Guest Star

Joel de la Fuente

Joel de la Fuente

TARU Tech Ruben Morales

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Honduras did not begin using 9-1-1 for emergency calls until 2013. At the time the episode aired, Honduras used 1-1-9 for police emergencies. As Maria was kidnapped immediately upon entry into the U.S., it is unclear how she knew to dial 9-1-1 vs 1-1-9.

    • Goof: When the detectives look into the parking lot at the beginning of the episode, it is all dirt. When they ram through the fence at the end, there is grass.

    • This episode is another example of Benson's commitment to her job and lack of a personal life. Benson had a date in this episode, but gave up her night out to stay on the phone with the little girl.

    • Goof: When the police cars ram the fence at the vacant lot, they stop and the fence is resting on the hoods. Then half a second later, the fence is on the ground about a yard from both cars.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Olivia: (after pinning Richard down with just one hand) You know where she is. Now if she dies, I promise I will make the rest of your life hell.
      Richard: (muffled) You can't do this to me, I want my lawyer.

    • John Munch: I hear you had a date.
      Olivia Benson: Yeah. Even had theater tickets.
      John Munch: To what?
      Olivia Benson: Spamalot.
      John Munch: I hear it's funny.

    • Olivia Benson: (on the phone) Maria, wake up, Maria ... Maria?
      Richard Dwyer: Who is this?
      Olivia Benson: This is the police. We know exactly where you are.
      Richard Dwyer: No, you don't.

    • Don Cragen: What are we going to believe, the technology or the girl?

    • John Munch: Detective Tutuola...come pollute your soul with some child porn, my friend.

    • Maria Recinos: Olivia, can I go now?
      Olivia Benson: No, baby, you gotta stay with me.
      Maria Recinos: But I'm not with you.
      Olivia Benson: As long as you're on the phone, you're with me. Okay? I'm not letting you go.

    • Maria Recinos: Most of the time there's only his footsteps. Other nights it's more. Those are the nights I feel like dying.

    • Maria Recinos: He hurts me really bad. And sometimes his friends hurt me and he takes pictures.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Benson was supposed to see Spamalot with her date. This is a musical based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

    • Cragen mentions a hoax perpetrated in September 2004 by 'Jessica'. Jessica was supposedly a four-year-old girl in Paterson , New Jersey, whose mother had been hit and wasn't moving, and supplied the 911 operator with wealth of information, none of which turned out to be true. Police searched desperately for the little girl, only to learn that the entire call was a hoax perpetrated by a seventeen-year-old girl.

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