Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 4 Episode 18

Desperate

5
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 14, 2003 on NBC
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After a young boy witnesses the brutal sexual assault and murder of his stepmother, his father blocks the efforts of the detectives to question him.

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Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

ADA Alexandra Cabot

Rob Estes

Rob Estes

Dan Hoffman

Guest Star

Signy Coleman

Signy Coleman

Kim Hoffman

Guest Star

Max Weinstein

Max Weinstein

Tommy Hoffman

Guest Star

Harvey Atkin

Harvey Atkin

Judge Alan Ridenour

Recurring Role

Jordan Gelber

Jordan Gelber

Layton

Recurring Role

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

M.E. Warner

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (5)

    • Dan Hoffman: (after Tommy fails to testify) I love you.
      Tommy Hoffman: You killed Jill. (court gasps)
      Judge: Order, order!
      Dan Hoffman: Tommy, don't do this!
      Tommy Hoffman: (to Cabot) I'm ready. I can do this.

    • Olivia Benson: You've got an answer for everything, don't you? I'm not buying your 'loving father' act. Tommy's terrified of you.
      Dan Hoffman: My son is everything to me. I would die for my son.
      Olivia Benson: Tommy almost died for you. You killed Jill and then you left him alone in that apartment. And had firefighters not responded so fast, you'd be burying him along with your dead wife.
      Dan Hoffman: You wouldn't dare talk to me like that if you didn't have that badge and gun.

    • Alex Cabot: (when Hoffmann's attorney starts to complain about her taking an X-indictment before the Grand Jury) The D.A. is under no obligation to inform...
      Judge: I know the law, Miss Cabot. I also know your reputation for bending it.

    • Woman: It's the same old story, Detective. Your husband's the nicest guy in town, but every night when he comes home, he beats you. He degrades you. He tortures you. And who's going to believe that the "Man of the Year" is a batterer? And you can't just leave. There's nowhere to hide in a small town. The only solution is to get away, far away, and start over. But that takes money. And help.
      Elliot Stabler: And that's what you provide?
      Woman: Not just me. A group of us.
      Elliot Stabler: What is this, some kind of DV Underground Railroad?
      Woman: You could call it that.

    • Alex Cabot: Well, he wouldn't be a single parent if he hadn't killed his wife.

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