Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 3 Episode 9

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 23, 2001 on NBC
9.0
out of 10
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102 votes
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The battered body of a five-year-old girl in foster care is discovered, and suspicion soon turns to the girl's foster brother, who is into violent video games and doesn't seem quite right in the head. The investigation turns to the girl's biological mother as well as to her foster mother and grandmother as the team tries to figure out who is the real guilty party, and who is only a red herring.moreless

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  • A little girl dies in foster care, and you find out that her foster brother tried to save her like the princess in his favorite video game...but who is responsible for her death-her natural mother, foster mother, or foster grandmother?moreless

    9.0
    I thought this episode was great...the suspense is exactly why I watch this show...I watched with bated breath, I couldn't turn it off until I found out who was responsible for the little girls death...from the beginning, I didn't like and suspected the foster grandma, who interuppted her daughter and was quite...well, not nice...

    I didn't really think it was the foster brother...I thought from the very beginning that whatever he had been through, he wouldn't hurt the little girl...and true to form, he was not only trying to save her, but he fought his own demons to testify against her murderer...moreless
  • A little girl dies in foster care, and you find out that her foster brother tried to save her like the princess in his favorite video game...but who is responsible for her death-her natural mother, foster mother, or foster grandmother?moreless

    9.0
    I thought this episode was great...the suspense is exactly why I watch this show...I watched with bated breath, I couldn't turn it off until I found out who was responsible for the little girls death...from the beginning, I didn't like and suspected the foster grandma, who interuppted her daughter and was quite...well, not nice...

    I didn't really think it was the foster brother...I thought from the very beginning that whatever he had been through, he wouldn't hurt the little girl...and true to form, he was not only trying to save her, but he fought his own demons to testify against her murderer...moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    9.5
    A five year old named Cassie Adams is found murdered at a construction site, the weapon of choice, a handmade wooden sword is found nearby. The Detectives of the Special Victims Unit set their sites on any known sex offenders in the area. When a construction worker tells Detectives that he saw young Cassie at the site with her foster brother Glenn, they turn their sights on him. During their investigation however, they uncover that the children's foster mother and grandmother mat not be fit to care for them.



    This is a great episode. I feel sorry for the children in this story, especially Glenn. He closes off to the world around him by retreating into a fictional video game. From personal experience, I know that being in your own little world is sometimes the best way to get away from your problems. It is too bad that he couldn't have received the love and care that he needed from a younger age.moreless
  • Excellent episode!

    9.5
    A 5 year old girl in foster care is found murdered and one of the first suspects is her foster brother. It is then revealed that the foster mother's mother (played by Piper Laurie) was the one who beat the little girl to death. This episode dealt with how child abuse can very easily be passed on from parent to child. I was convinced that the son, Glenn was the one who killed his foster sister but as the episode went on, it showed that he was trying to protect her from the abuse she was suffering from both her foster mother and grandmother through a video game which ultimately helped solve the crime. The courtroom scene towards the end of the episode was a tearjerker, mainly when Glenn was testifying against his grandmother. The guest stars were all fantastic; Piper Laurie surprised me with how cruel her character was and Kathleen Wilhoite who portrayed her daughter was wonderful as well.moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Fin Tutuola

Piper Laurie

Piper Laurie

Dorothy Rudd

Guest Star

Colin Fickes

Colin Fickes

Glenn Rudd

Guest Star

Jamie Goodwin

Jamie Goodwin

Danny Marston

Guest Star

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Recurring Role

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: Fin mentions a tattoo of a "Sword of Damascus." Unless this was supposed to be a fictional reference, the character misspoke or it was a wrong in the script. The term "Sword of Damascus" only has esoteric references from an obscure video game or old Italian movie. He probably meant "Sword of Damocles" from the well-known Greek parable of Damocles.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Stabler and Benson find Captain Cragen completing level 13 of SwordQuest.)
      Olivia Benson: How long have you been playing that game?
      Doctor Huang: Your captain's found his calling. He made it to the final level.
      Don Cragen: I defeated the Gorgon, freed the forest from evil demons, and rescued the dying princess from her dungeon.
      Elliot Stabler: Princess. Nice.
      George Huang: Well, wait 'til you hear how he lifted the spell she was under.
      Don Cragen: With a sword and a lock of her hair.
      Dr. Huang: It gets better.
      Don Cragen: I carried her to the secret cave, tied the hair to the sword, placed it at the entrance. She's as good as new.
      Olivia Benson: So, if we follow the game, then Glenn killed Cassie and then tried to save her?
      Elliot Stabler: Killer's remorse?
      Don Cragen: What doesn't track is Glenn identified with the boy hero, not the Gorgon.
      Olivia Benson: Well, what exactly is a Gorgon?
      George Huang: Are you familiar with Medusa?
      Elliot Stabler: Glenn's monster's a woman.

    • Don Cragen: (after seeing Munch and Fin playing SwordQuest) Maybe we should rethink the squad room video arcade.
      George Huang: Glenn retreated into that game.
      Elliot Stabler: Well, considering what he went through his first 4 years of life, who wouldn't?
      Olivia Benson: Not to mention the physical and emotional abuse he's taken at school.
      Don Cragen: Let's just make this case. (points at Munch and Fin) The Super Mario Bros. up there can re-canvas. (to Benson and Stabler) You two, go visit the boy.

    • (During Glenn's testimony, Dorothy drops her cane, frightening him.)
      Alex Cabot: Your Honor, I object to the blatant ongoing intimidation tactics by the defendant!
      Dorothy Rudd: I didn't do anything.
      Glenn Rudd: Liar! You beat her! You beat her the whole day.
      Dorothy Rudd: I took you in when no one else wanted you!!
      Glenn Rudd: Cassie was crying, and you kept hitting her. She tried to run away, and you made Aunt Jane tie her down. She was so little. You were supposed to protect her. But you beat her with the cane all day. You killed her! You killed her!

    • (Cabot finds Cragen and his detectives in the squad room with long faces.)
      Alex Cabot: Who died?
      Elliot Stabler
      : Dorothy Rudd.
      Alex Cabot: Please tell me you're kidding.
      John Munch: Just got a call from Rikers. Massive heart attack.
      Fin Tutuola: Bitch didn't even suffer.
      Don Cragen: Anyone else feel cheated?
      Olivia Benson: Prosecution abated by death. Sucks.
      Elliot Stabler: That's it. No vindication, nobody pays.

    • Alex Cabot: Can I put Glen on the stand?
      Dr. George Huang: He has no organic mental disease, but I don't think he's strong enough.
      Alex Cabot: What if I prep the hell out of him?

    • (At the crime scene looking for evidence)
      Fin Tutuola: What does that look like to you?
      John Munch: (blandly) A death trap.
      Fin Tutola: You're pathetic. That's the coolest fort ever.

    • Fin Tutuola: Why do we always get stuck with looking for the needle in the haystack?
      John Munch: Takes me back to the Easter egg hunts of my youth.
      Fin Tutuola: You're Jewish. Your parents hid eggs?
      John Munch: My point exactly. All those futile hours of searching.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When Cragen gave out assignments he referred to Fin and Munch as the Super Mario Brothers. Super Mario Brothers was a popular video game for all the Nintendo consoles as well as a live action movie.

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