Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 1 Episode 13


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 04, 2000 on NBC
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Episode Summary

After a judge is found murdered in his car, the detectives begin looking into his background and learn that he often delivered special verdicts for women in return for sexual favors and was also behind the funding of a local governor's bid for re-election. The team soon turns their eye to a battered wife with a secret.moreless

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  • There Goes The Judge

    The squad investigates the death of a judge found inside his car. It turns out he'd given sexual favors on convicts wives or girlfriends in exchange to give them parole. There one piece of a puzzle missing. A witness, who's a heroin addict told the cops it was a blonde chick wearing a uniform on the day he died.

    The girl turned out to be an airline stewardess, who' s husband is locked up for some crime. She admitted that she had sexual relationship with the judge to continue the affair while her man is in jail, and killed him because he wanted to break it off with her. That's wicked! In the end, her man got out after a deal and threatened to kill her. But, Benson reacted by killing the guy. Damn.

    This episode was alright, but it was a shame to see Cassidy go. Munch and Cassidy have a somber moment in the next to last scene ending their partnership. Cassidy couldn't function after he slept, and get dumped by Benson. A certain gets to him and he feels he should do something that makes him happy ( In reality, he left the show so he can keep his commitment with 'Oz'). You had two guys from "Oz", and now we only got one guy left. Speaking of 'Oz', I noticed thae suspect on this episode played an Latino gang inmate on that show.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show law and order svu they are called to the scene of a man that was shot twice once in the head and the second in the croctch . and they do some investgating and find out that he was corupted and that he was taken sex favors and money and that women that wanted her husband put way did some sex favors for him and so she was the one that killed him and then one of the detectives left the svu office to go to narcotics. becasue he could not handle it. this was a good ep i thought and it was sad but thats what these eps of svu are supposed to be.moreless
  • A great, but sad episode.

    In this episode the SVU say goodbye to Det. Brian Cassidy. It was a sad goodbye, he can no longer handle working sex crimes. He says hi farwells to Munch who says he understands what he is doing. Meanwhile a Judge is shot one in the penus and once in the head. So straight away they know they are dealing with some kind of revenge thing. As he episode progresses we learn that the judge was not the nice guy we thought he was. He used to ask for sexual favors off of young women and eventually one of them did payback. So overall i thought this was a great episode and i am really looking forward to the next episode.moreless
  • Probably one of the best ones during the first season...

    This episode was one of the more pivotal episodes in L&O: SVU history, and I honestly think it is underappreciated. Det. Brian Cassidy had a short but meaningful run on the show. He did things that pretty much hadn't been done. I liked him, and wished he had stayed around longer. It could have added to the show if Elliot and Olivia's relationship had gotten to this point and Olivia also had a history with Cassidy. This is one of my favorite episodes.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    When an abandoned car is found with the body of a respected Judge, the Detectives of the Special Victims Unit start their investigation by looking into those who the Judge helped put away. What the end up finding is a corrupt system of bribes and sexual favors in order to obtain or deny parrol. This episode is a great episode. It shows you the darker side of the criminal justice system. You would have never thought that a Judge would use people for his own personal gain, but then again you never really know what a person is capable of.moreless
Jack Gwaltney

Jack Gwaltney

Roger Silver

Guest Star

Bill Marcus

Bill Marcus

State Attorney General Marcus

Guest Star

Kelly De Martino

Kelly De Martino


Guest Star

Michelle Hurd

Michelle Hurd

Det. Monique Jeffries

Recurring Role

Leslie Hendrix

Leslie Hendrix

M.E. Rodgers

Recurring Role

Chris Orbach

Chris Orbach

Ken Briscoe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This marks the first on-screen shooting of a suspect by Olivia Benson.

    • Goof: In the opening scene, Munch reaches into the victim's car and pulls a gun holster out of the car; however, he is not wearing latex gloves. Detectives would never touch any evidence from a crime scene without wearing gloves.

    • Goof: When Stabler hands Benson her breakfast, she takes a bite out of it and is chewing, but when they show it again, there is no part missing.

  • QUOTES (13)

    • Elliot Stabler: You know what's funny? We're cops from the city and you're treating us like we're the hicks from upstate.

    • (The suspect asks Stabler what the victim was whining about.)
      Elliot Stabler: Dead men don't whine.

    • (The victim has been shot in both the head and the groin.)
      Donald Cragen: Could it have been a hit?
      John Munch: If it was a hit, they would have shot him in only one head.

    • Roger Silver: Pretty and smart. You married, Detective?
      Elliot Stabler: Why don't you play The Dating Game with someone who shares your clinical diagnosis?

    • John Munch: Hello and welcome to Parole Phone. If you're paying with sex, press 1. If you want to make a donation to a phony charity, press 2.
      Elliot Stabler: Yeah, the charities are good, it's the donations that are phony.

    • Uniformed Cop: Ink wasn't dry on the son of a bitch's release when he makes a beeline for her.

    • Brian Cassidy: Okay. I'm outta here.
      John Munch: For good, you mean? Well maybe you should. You know, you're a sweet guy, Bri, stuff around here's too weird for you.
      Brian Cassidy: Yeah, Captain said I could go over to Narcotics, you know, play cowboy, beat up on some people.
      John Munch: That's not a bad idea. Seriously. I saw the way you were with that junkie, you got with her where must guys can't.
      Brian Cassidy: (Quietly.) Honestly, sex crimes? Come on. I still feel embarrassed buying rubbers at the drugstore.

    • (Cassidy breaks down after describing a girl's attack to Cragen.)
      Don Cragen: I think Benson and Stabler can take it from here.
      Brian Cassidy: No, I can handle this.
      Don Cragen: Oh, I know you can, Bri, I know you can. Or you could transfer out.
      Brian Cassidy: (Pauses.) Where?
      Don Cragen: There's an opening in Narcotics, Captain there's a friend of mine. You could do a lot of good over there, you know. It wouldn't...
      Brian Cassidy: Wouldn't what?
      Don Cragen: Well, it wouldn't be like this, Brian.

    • Monique Jeffries: Wow. 4.7 million in one year.
      Brian Cassidy: That's pretty good for a fledgling charity.
      Olivia Benson: Fledgling. I'm impressed.
      Brian Cassidy: Oh yeah, that's right, I'm a real dope, aren't I? You know what I did last night? I looked it up and I memorized it just so I could impress you.

    • John Munch: So, the mother has a stripper perform at her kid's sweet sixteen party dressed as, get this, a cop.
      Brian Cassidy: Yeah, what was her defense?
      John Munch: Something about how the strip tease is a religious ceremony. See, I wanted to have my bar mitzvah at the Mustang Ranch, but that sacred ritual is considered contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    • John Munch: (To Briscoe.) I want you to seal this crime scene tighter than an accountant's ass.

    • Olivia Benson: What happened with the ballpeen hammer? Let me guess. You were cleaning it, and it accidentally went off.

    • John Munch: You're reasonably good-looking, in a choirboy-ish kind of way.

  • NOTES (2)


    • Witness: (at a lineup) She could be #2… but she also looks like #3… and 4.
      Munch: Too bad you weren't at the grassy knoll.

      The grassy knoll refers to a site near the 1963 John F. Kennedy assassination, it is a small hill in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas. Many eyewitnesses were on the knoll overlooking the presidential cavalcade when the shots were fired, some of whom claimed the sounds came from the knoll, not the depository, fueling conspiracy theorists for decades to come.

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