Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 4 Episode 23

Grief

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 02, 2003 on NBC
8.8
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Benson and Stabler investigate when a server is found in the alley behind a club, where she was raped and shot to death. Multiple suspects and no real leads make it a difficult case to solve and prove, until evidence eventually tells the story. Stabler's bond with the victim's father turns deadly, and ultimately upends the man's trial. Only Alex can right the wrong to get her desired verdict.

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  • communication?

    10
    [ourkissgoodbye], [ArwenEvenstarU], & [AvatarBlue] are Little Dumb becuz They haven't Read any of my Messages. Where are They? I hope that they're still alive. Their reviews are Little Dumb becuz It sounds like They're saying, "I also feel that Ray should go to prison because he didn't specifically ask Perry if he actually raped Vanessa against her will. Alex can't plead out Ray becuz Perry's corpse can't say if he actually rapedmoreless
  • I disagree with ChrisGreen1751

    10
    Ray Bevins did the right thing to get his daughter's rapist (Perry Williams) off the streets (so he wouldn't rape again; Vanessa's diary, the Rape Crisis Center, and Perry's history of sadism proves that he did it), but he also did the wrong thing to kill him. Alex Cabot-- I understand why she did not accept Donna Emmett's plea offer of manslaughter-2 and probation. Whether or not Perry was innocent until proven guilty (but he was nowhere near innocent), the result of Ray's trial still would've been the same, since he killed Perry out of retaliation.



    There is a right way and a wrong way to do the right thing. What Ray did was the right thing, the WRONG way.



    But at least Ray took his conviction well.moreless
  • opinion

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    in my opinion, since Alex didn't give plea bargain to Ray, I think that it's because Ray killed Perry whose Guilt hadn't been Proven Legally. Before Ray killed Perry, Perry didn't specifically say if he raped Vanessa. Does anyone know for sure why Alex refused to give Plea Bargain to Ray?
  • The father inside Elliot is shown as he sympathizes with a father put on trial for killing his daughter's rapist.

    9.5
    This episode was done to near perfection. The only thing missing was Olivia. I could have used some more scene with her in them. On the positive, however, Christopher Meloni really got to shine as Elliot in this episode. Being a father and having fantasized about killing rapists himself, Elliot's judgment is called in question as he identifies with a man who killed his daughter's rapist, after she killed herself. In a real tearjerker of a scene, Elliot confronts the man after he killed the rapist. The man has gun in his hands, saying now he just wants to be with his daughter. Elliot has to talk him out of it, saying some of the nicest thing I've heard him say. It was really unnerving to see Elliot so shook up and so invested in the case to the point he actually had tears in his eyes. This was an outstanding episode due to Christopher. Somebody get this man an Emmy!moreless
  • Stabler puts his career on the line

    9.4
    Great story and great sacrifices make this a plot full of jeopardy for Stabler and the victim of the father.



    A good first act quickly puts us in the middle of a the murder/rape of a normal well thought of young woman. The apparent barbarity of the attack will make you side immediately with Stabler who does a great job of hook our emotional tendons into his way of thinking. This sets up an intriguing story of mixed emotions as we discover the apparent young woman was not what her fathers view of her was. Furthermore, the dynamic of submission to her brutal antaganist is well demonstrated by the script, and the acting. Stabler has a good few scenes in the middle act that provides a good source sympathy which setups up for a truly tragic finale - one that LO:SVU does very well.



    A superior episode from this franchise.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

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. Fin Tutuola

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Joe Morton

Joe Morton

Ray Bevins

Guest Star

Paul Leyden

Paul Leyden

Perry Williams

Guest Star

D.J. Cotrona

D.J. Cotrona

Donovan Alvarez

Guest Star

Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Donna Emmett

Recurring Role

Caren Browning

Caren Browning

Judith Siper

Recurring Role

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

M.E. Warner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Donovan Alvarez: (to the detectives) Why would you stick a plunger up Abner Louima's ass?

    • Alex Cabot: Did you actually lawyer up for Ray Bevins?
      Elliot Stabler: He needed an attorney.
      Alex Cabot: So you called one of the best defense attorneys in town? Usually you get a confession instead of throwing up road blocks to protect the perps.
      Elliot Stabler: Ray Bevins is not a perp.
      Alex Cabot: He killed a man in cold blood.
      Elliot Stabler: He killed a sexual predator that you said we couldn't convict.
      Alex Cabot: I will not condone vigilantism. I am not going to let my compassion for Ray prevent me from doing my job.
      Elliot Stabler: Well, I did my job. I arrested him. He's all yours.

    • Alex Cabot: (her closing argument) Some of you may believe that Perry Williams raped Vanessa Bevins in that alley. But Perry Williams is not on trial here. In fact, he never got his day in court at all. So, in the eyes of the law, he is innocent until proven guilty. Even if his guilt had been established, beyond a reasonable doubt, he could not have been executed for his crime. Ray Bevins executed Perry Williams. He shot a man who was on his knees, begging for his life. Now, some of you may think that he deserved to die. But you have to ask yourselves if he would execute a man whose guilt had not been proven. We have all felt the need for revenge at some point in our lives. We have all lashed out in pain and anger, and we have all thought that justice means an eye for an eye. But is that justice? Does Perry Williams' family now have the right to kill Ray Bevins? Does Ray Bevins' family then have the right to retaliate against Perry Williams? When would it stop? An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.

    • (Stabler is on the stand, having been subpoenaed for the defense)
      Alex Cabot: Detective, do you condone what Ray Bevins did?
      (very, very long pause)
      Elliot Stabler: No. It was wrong.

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  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Alex Cabot: An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.
      This quote is credited to Mahatma Gandhi. Ben Kingsley palyed the title character in the movie Gandhi. The character Tevye says something to the same effect in the movie version of Fiddler on the Roof.

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