Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 4 Episode 23


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 02, 2003 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • 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.