Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 3 Episode 14

Counterfeit

3
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 25, 2002 on NBC
8.6
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105 votes
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A woman is found raped and killed by her car. Benson and Tutuola try to figure out why there were drugs in the victim's trunk but then find that a similar rape was committed. This victim says that a police officer raped her after pulling her over for a supposed driving violation. The D.A. now has to zero in on the corrupt cop.moreless

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  • Benson and Fin Together

    7.5
    This is the first time I've seen Benson and Fin pair up looking like a dysfunctional interracial marriage. All jokes aside. They investigate a chick who was raped and killed while carrying illegal drugs. When they look into the company she worked for, another similar crime had occurred. Luckily, the red-headed victim informs them that it was a cop. So, Benson and Fin look into this cop, who was being investigated for having sex with prostitutes. He denied it at first, but fesses up telling them he saw a license plate that he thought it was his sergeants. It turns out to be a sick bastard who pretends to be a cop who uses victims ID's as a trophy after killing them. Benson and Fin finally got their man before he attempted to murder the redhead, who was questioned earlier.



    This is one of the rare occasions that Mariska, and Ice T get most of their screen time and have their characters clashing in personal lives. Mr. Ed Tucker makes his first appearance, too. It was a good one.moreless
  • Well written, suspenseful and reveals a good deal about Det. Benson and Det. Tutola's personalities and personal lives without overkill.

    8.0
    This wasn't the best SVU episode ever, but it was pretty decent. This is one of the first pairings of Olivia and Fin in an investigation, and of course the sparks flew. For most of the investigation Olivia and Fin are at each other's throats until it becomes quite clear who their perp is.



    In this episode it is revealed that Fin has a teen son, Olivia actually has a life outside of work (she was called in while on a date) and that, in Fin's words, you never really know somebody until you work with them. He says that after witnessing Olivia lying to her captain and the ADA to pursue the case her own way.



    A whack job impersonating a cop as a means to raping women... not original, but the suspense is what carried this one along.



    Two things: Huang's role and entrance was wholy unoriginal. Also, ADA Cabot should've been brought in much earlier.moreless
  • A fine episode which was one of the best of the season so far.

    8.9
    Well written, shot and acted this episode were my thoughts from seeing this episode last Saturday. Another observation I've noticed from other SVU fans is the cases which involve Benson and Stabler not partnered together aren't as good. On the evidence of this episode I disagree. It was strange at first but it was something different for a change.



    I wondered how many other people were going to comment on Olivia's dress! But I've got to agree, I'd like to see more of her in that dress. She is one of the sexiest actresses around.



    The episode came to a satisfying conclusion. I liked the use of locations around New York including the scenes by the bridge. It's one of the aspects of the Law and Order shows I watch them for.



    I'd give this episode well over 8.0 but not into he 9.0s.moreless
  • An investigation which twists its way to the right perpetrator in the end.

    8.3
    This episode is well up to the standards of this series. We start with a rape-homicide and things get more complex from there as the plot initially takes us towards the victim’s boss as our suspect, then moves on - not over-rapidly but at a believable pace as prime investigators Benson and Tutuola learn more.



    There’s some interesting tension between these two throughout much of this investigation because of their conflicting views on the crime, a tension that could not be much more well-written. Munch, by the way, is incapacitated and stuck on a computer after an accident, but still manages to be the Munch that this reviewer knows and loves.



    And I’d like to see more of Olivia Benson in her date dress.

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  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.0
    When Paula Grace is found murdered, whith the trunk of her car filled with a drug called Rytex, Benson and Tutuola assume that her death was the result of a drug deal gone wrong. But when anothe rwoman is attacked and claims that th perp was a police officer who pulled her over for a traffic violation, the Detectives then suspect one of their own.



    This is a good episode. It was kinda scary to think that there could be cops out there that think they can get away with whatever they want to, just because they are officers of the law. And at the same time it is scary to think that there are crinimals out there who think that if they impersonate a police officer, that they can get away with commiting any crime they want.moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

ADA Alexandra Cabot

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Khrystyne Haje

Khrystyne Haje

Francesca Jesner

Guest Star

Armand Schultz

Armand Schultz

Kevin Ragolia

Guest Star

LeAnna Croom

LeAnna Croom

Stacia Green

Guest Star

Daniel Sunjata

Daniel Sunjata

CSU Tech Burt Trevor

Recurring Role

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Recurring Role

Robert John Burke

Robert John Burke

Sgt. Ed Tucker

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Fin Tutola: Alright, nice dress.
      Olivia Benson: Yeah, it was a nice date. Where's Munch?
      Fin Tutola: He banged in sick.
      Olivia Benson: He's such a hypochondriac. How many times has he had anthrax this week?

    • Olivia Benson: These cases have too much in common. Same area, same time of night...
      Fin Tutuola: Paula Grace was front page news. There's enough details for Franscesca to fake hers.
      Olivia Benson: There is no way that she could have faked being that traumatised. I'm telling you Captain, this woman was raped.
      Fin Tutuola: I just don't want to send the rat squad on some witch hunt and screw some innocent cop.
      Olivia Benson: Neither do I.
      Fin Tutuola: Could have been anybody in a uniform, didn't have to be a real cop.
      Olivia Benson: Doesn't matter. This woman is a rape victim until we prove otherwise.

    • (After discovering Francesca is missing.)
      Marcosi: You wasted your time fingering me.
      Olivia Benson: You're right. So hate us, don't let her die.

    • Fin Tutuola: You know if this goes south, we're both back in uniform.
      Olivia Benson: And if we don't try Franscesca's dead.
      Fin Tutuola: You don't know someone till you work with 'em.

    • Fin Tutuola: When are you going to tell me how you really got hurt?
      John Munch: Why should I give that up, when you never even once mentioned that you have offspring?
      Fin Tutuola: My son? What, Olivia told you that?
      John Munch: I bare my soul to you and you can't even share that there's a little Tutuola running around.
      Fin Tutuola: He's not little, he's 18.

    • Olivia Benson: You just soft-pawed them.
      Fin Tutuola: I don't wanna blow two good cops.
      Olivia Benson: You sound more like their union rep.
      Fin Tutuola: Whose side are you on?
      Olivia Benson: The victim's, where we're supposed to be.
      Fin Tutuola: What about the truth? Your victim's definitely not telling that.
      Olivia Benson: We just had a chance, and you blew it. Now it's IAB's call.

    • Don Cragen: Burning the midnight oil.
      Fin Tutuola: Just like you asked.
      Don Cragen: Nice dress.
      Olivia Benson: Don't start.

    • Olivia Benson: Were you a car thief in a former life?
      Fin Tutuola: No, baby. A boy scout. Always prepared.

    • (Munch walks by on crutches.)
      Fin Tutuola: I can't wait to hear this.
      John Munch: Your sympathy is overwhelming.
      Olivia Benson: What happened to you?
      John Munch: Skydiving, hard landing.
      Elliot Stabler: He wiped out riding his friend's Harley.
      Don Cragen: Now the only thing he'll be riding is a desk.

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