Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 3 Episode 15

Execution

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 01, 2002 on NBC
8.6
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As an inmate gets closer and closer to his death penalty sentence, Stabler struggles to find out whether that man was the perpetrator of a different crime with an unidentified murderer. Dr. Huang assists Stabler but the investigation goes haywire to mixed results.

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  • Not a very good episode

    2.0
    The only good was Chinlund performance.



    For example. Why wasn't this dangerous prisoner chained up when they question him? And why wasn't there any guards there to keep an eye on him? He just sat there totaly free. That was SO ***ed! Had they thought of that before that, the situation wouldn't have happened. Stupid cops!
  • Great show Great episode

    9.5
    Great show Great episode. This episode was very real and very frightening. The character of the prisoner was played very well. He looked cold and calculated. He had ice for eyes. I wish that they would not have shown the attack of Haung before the show because it would have been more shocking to see it happen when the perp lost it. It is also very disturbing to find out that if a person who is about to be put to death is not healthy they cannot be put to death. A very revealing show and very disturbing as well.moreless
  • The second episode this season not to have Benson and Stabler teamed up together.

    8.0
    I didn't like this episode as much as "Counterfeit" last week. It was still tense, the writing good and the acting was top-notch especially during the three-way scene between Stabler, the death-row prisoner and Huang. It certainly opened up with a punch in the teaser. I thought they might have shown Stabler talking to the parents at the end rather than the screen fading to black.

  • Harrowing, frightening, and a classic

    10
    Just as Homicide did with The Subway episode, Execution does the same for SVU. It wanders from the usual rhythm of the show and produces an hour you can't take your eyes off of.



    The story opens at the end, with fantastic use of sound so that when the moment is repeated at the end you know what is coming, but not why. Huang and Stabler have been speaking to an inmate in the box who is on death row, about to be executed, when a physical fight breaks out between them.



    The show then backtracks to tell how they got there. The death row inmate was a serial killer of woman, who failed to see them as people. While he is in another jurisdiction, Stabler learns that he may have killed one girl onder SVU's purview.



    The problem is, to try that case would stay his execution, frustrating the parent's of his known victims. Stabler battles to fight for the parents who don't have that closure yet.



    The creepiest moment is a desperate Stabler allowing another inmate, who may have knowledge of the case, to use his cell phone. The inmate, a rapist, calls up his victim to Stabler's horror.



    By the end, Stabler and Huang work on the dead man walking in the box, and finally may have gotten the crack they need.



    Spoiling the ending - But at the precise time of the shift change, with no guard close to them, the killer lashes out, throwing Huang against the wall and taking on Stabler. When the guards finally storm in and beat him, he smiles at Stabler, who realizes what he was doing. The man is beaten into a coma, and therefore spared his life at state expense. Stabler walks out into the cold air and at least gives the parents the knowledge that while they can't charge him, their daughter's killer was confirmed.moreless
  • Stabler and Huang work against the clock of a scheduled execution to get the killer to confess to another killing to get closure for the parents. The sadistic beast attacks the two, and things get out of control.moreless

    6.6
    This was the most intense stomach-twisting episode I've watched to date. The glee with which the sadistic rapist discussed his methods was sickening to me.



    I do hope the episodes I have yet to watch deal more with the actual solving of crimes rather than the creeps re-living how they tortured their victims.
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

William Hill

William Hill

Allen Cooper

Guest Star

Laura Hughes

Laura Hughes

Hannah Cooper

Guest Star

Ty Burrell

Ty Burrell

Alan Messinger

Guest Star

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Recurring Role

Daniel Sunjata

Daniel Sunjata

CSU Tech Burt Trevor

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode, Stabler mentions his previous partner – Dave Rosetti – for the first and, so far, only time. He was the lead detective on the Debbie Cooper case who shot himself in the mouth after he failed to capture her murderer.

    • Goof: When Huang and Stabler are crossing the street, Huang stops talking for a split second and his lips are still moving.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • George Huang (to Stabler): One of these days you're going to realize I know what I'm doing.

    • Alex Cabot: The state won't execute an unhealthy man. It's the law.
      Alan Messinger: Now there'll be no justice.
      Elliot Stabler: Yes, I got a confession for Debbie Cooper.
      Alan Messinger: (referring to the families) Doesn't make a difference. Would it to you?

    • John Munch: Tell me again how my partner failed to get his weapon re-certification?
      Olivia Benson: He choked!
      Fin Tutuola: I didn't choke!
      Olivia Benson: Okay, you got poor marks for shooting off your gun early.
      John Munch: It happens to everybody. You know, they have a pill for that now.

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