Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 9 Episode 1


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 25, 2007 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • 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).

  • Quotes

    • 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.

    • Olivia Benson: (regarding Cragen's reassignment) We're the ones who screwed up.
      Don Cragen: On my command. 1-PP calls that 'failure to supervise'.
      Olivia Benson: That's insane.
      Elliot Stabler: You want insane? Guess who they put in charge?
      John Munch: I had nothing to do with that. If drafted, I will not run. If elected, I will not serve.
      Fin Tutuola: You're lying like a politician. You took the Sergeant's exam right behind our back. What's up with that?
      John Munch: I took it last year on a bar bet.

    • Heshy Horowitz: (to Janis, in response to being dismissed) I still say you're making a big mistake. Call me if you change one of your minds.

    • Olivia Benson: (about the missing baby) Tammy told us that Burt took her. She was about to tell me where when Petra showed up and bitch-slapped Elliot.
      Elliot Stabler: Yeah, I'd sure like to have five minutes with Burt.

    • Casey Novak: (about Janis Donovan's multiple personalities) They're all the same person, so I don't care how many names she goes by, I'm putting a body in jail.

    • Kathleen Stabler: (to Elliot) She's not supposed to be pregnant! (to Kathy) You're too old, I'm in college - people will think it's mine!

    • John Munch: (seeing a spider on the filing cabinet) Great, the captain leaves me with three months of back reports and a tarantula!

    • Olivia Benson (referring to Cragen): Is the captain in?
      Fin Tutuola: You better catch him while you can.

    • Olivia Benson: Is she a patient of yours?
      Dr. Henry Carlisle: Sorry, I'm not at liberty to say.
      Elliot Stabler: You just did. Confidentiality only applies to patients.

    • Chester Lake: It was an honor serving under you, sir.
      Don Cragen: I'm not dead yet, Detective Lake.

  • Notes

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.