Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 2 Episode 15

Countdown

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 23, 2001 on NBC
9.0
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The detectives become a little edgy after working around the clock to find an abducted girl, with clues pointing to a serial murderer and rapist who kills his victims on the third day. After trapping the killer, they are prepared to give him the death penalty until they find out that one of his victims was never found and he offers her location as a plea bargain.moreless

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  • After obtaining information concerning a copycat attacker who abducts young girls, the detectives have 36 hours to find the latest victim before it's too late.

    9.8
    This episode definitely had my full attention. It was great to see the detectives so on edge all at the same time after great sleep deprivation and no substantial leads to their perp. It was shocking to see the group snapping so easily at one another; I just started yelling at the screen because I was so shocked as to what was being uttered by Stabler and Benson especially. Overall though, one of the best episodes I've seen so far.moreless
  • Above Average!

    9.7
    I liked this episode very much. The case was exciting, and it was one of the cases that you try to figure out along with the detectives. This episode showed the dedication and commitment of Elliot, Olivia, Munch, Fin, and Cragen. When they must work on a case for three days straight, they start to get edgy. Elliot has to cancel on his family and his kids' birthday party, and Olivia has to cancel a date continuous times. This makes the detectives question their commitment as they start to see how much the job really means to them. It was also cute how they started getting on eachother's nerves. :)moreless
  • The SVU team has to find the kidnapped girl and no one has slept in at least three days. They're getting on each ohter's last nerve trying to find her.

    10
    I really thought it was great. Everyone was on their last nerve which actually made it kinda funnier. I like the quote about Elliot not wanting to use crime scene tape at his kids' birthday, but i don't have enough points to add it, so can someone add it for me? First review and everything so... can someone please add it? It was a great episode!! Oh and i liked when they all met outside the stall waiting for Cragen! "I'm not tipping all of you" HaHamoreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    9.0
    When a victim of a serial rapist/murderer is found, the Detectives of the Special Victimes unit are on the case. When another young girl is adducted, the detectives need to piece together the evidence to help find her and bring her to safety. The suspect normally only keeps his victims alive for three days, which puts the entire unit on a time crunch. Tensions run high as the clock runs out.



    This is one of my favorite episodes! I love seeing episodes when the entire Special Victims Unit works together to help solve a case and bring yet another suspect to justice. It gives the show an easy way to showcase all of its stars, and it helps you to see how everyone in the unit works together.moreless
  • Not one of my favorite eps, but it did catch my attention.

    8.7
    In 'Countdown' we get to see how the detectives react under pressure. From Elliot and Olivia exchanging 'Screw you's' (my favorite part) to Olivia slamming her fist down on a sandwich (sounds a bit weird I know). The race is on as these detectives try their hardest to find a missing girl who only has a matter of a couple of days to live. This episode kept me guessing at what was going to happen next since the detectives became unpredictable with their newfound overworked attitudes. This ep also becomes more emotional as we learn of 5 other girls who have been murdered and this seems to spur on the detectives even more. It was a relief when they found the missing girl, but I thought the ending was a bit bland, almost too easy. Other than that, it was an ok episode.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

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot

Debbon Ayer

Debbon Ayer

Mrs. Douglas

Guest Star

Andrea Bowen

Andrea Bowen

Sophie Douglas

Guest Star

Jonathan Fried

Jonathan Fried

Clayton Mills

Guest Star

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

Judge Lena Petrovsky

Recurring Role

Jeffrey Scaperrotta

Jeffrey Scaperrotta

Dickie Stabler

Recurring Role

Isabel Gillies

Isabel Gillies

Kathy Stabler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (The captain finds the squad room in a terrible mess.)
      Don Cragen: Damn it! This place is a pigsty!
      Olivia Benson: You're the one who said no janitors.
      Don Cragen: (sarcastically) Oh, thanks, Olivia. It's my fault.

    • (Emerging from the bathroom stall to find Munch, Fin, Stabler and Benson waiting for him.)
      Cragen: I'm not tipping all of you.

    • (Walking out on the street.)
      Elliot Stabler: Damn it, it's the twins' birthday. I never picked up their present.
      Olivia Benson: Well, I think you have an excuse.
      Elliot Stabler: Yeah, you come talk to me after you cancel on Michael again tonight.

    • (Benson has given up on finding the victim and is arguing with Stabler.)
      Donald Cragen: Get a few minutes of rack time, both of you!
      Elliot Stabler: Take a nap. I'll let you know how it turns out.
      Olivia Benson: Screw you.
      Elliot Stabler: Screw you.
      Captain Cragen: (to Benson) You, go out and get some fresh air. Elliot, talk to your wife.

    • Elliot Stabler: You want us to go to Queens? I live in Queens. You know how long it's gonna take us?
      Donald Cragen: Not as long as it's gonna take them to get their asses down here.
      Elliot Stabler: Good point.

    • Charlie Phillips: All those other mothers want him dead. The city wants him dead. Even protesters against the death penalty want to see this guy dead.

    • Olivia Benson: I've read the same paragraph five times and I still have no idea what it says.

    • Elliot Stabler: Pick up the phone.
      John Munch: The wacko on line one or the psychotic on line two?

    • Elliot Stabler: While we're there, remind me to get party tape for the twins' birthday party. I don't want to have to use crime scene tape.

    • Olivia Benson: (pounds the table in frustration) Look! I know we're on your turf, and I would be prickly about it, too. That's why I had every intention of coming down here, and shmoozing, and kissing a little ass! But we have got a ticking clock, do you understand? My partner and I have been on this case for three days straight, and we're too damn tired to get in a pissing match, so we just need to know if you're gonna help us or not!

    • Saul Garner: What if he shoots me?
      John Munch: I'll live.

    • Olivia Benson: We're positive it's him?
      John Munch: Unless there's a white-van-driving, dentally-challenged, pedophile convention in town, I'd say yes.

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