Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 13

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 13, 2004 on NBC
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After a man accused of the murders of three Arabs claims that he was genetically and biologically predisposed to hatred and violence, Benson and Stabler dispel the fallacy of his defense when they uncover the real impetus to the slayings.

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  • Great episode definitely makes you think

    9.5
    I admit one of the reasons I love SVU is because it is a show that makes you think and this episode definitely makes you think. Not really about the validity of the defense's argument. I don't think anyone can rationally argue that hate is genetically predisposed (though they did bring up a few interesting points), but the question here was not the defense itself, it was whether a jury would buy the defense especially in the current political enviornment. Overall, I thought this episode was very well written. It was a little intense but not gratuitous. It had good twists and as usual the acting was superb. I also have to admit that even though I love Casey (though she is kind of annoying in early episodes) I did enjoy a laugh at her expense when she confronted the detectives with the leak to the paper and said, "If my boss hears about this before I tell him I look incompetent" (or something to that effect) and no one said anything then Stabler cut in and they never addressed the comment, hehe. Anyway, highly recommended episode.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.0
    Several attacks and murders against Arab Americans take place in New York City. They are attacked and set on fire using fuel oil. The Detectives of the Special Victims Unit start the investigation by looking into the lives of the two victims. When they discover that they were both members of an organization that was trying to bring people of different races together, they begin to think that there is someone out there who doesn't like that idea. They find a young man named Sean Webster, who believes that only those born in the United States should be awarded with the benefits of living there. He attacked those people because he believed that they were evil and that they were working with terrorists. This is a good episode. It really shows you how people feel towards Muslims since the September 11 attacks. People need to realize that just because you are of a different race, you are all still humans.moreless
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

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Reynaldo Rosales

Reynaldo Rosales

Sean Webster

Guest Star

James Rana

James Rana

Al-Shani Elbisi

Guest Star

Donnie Keshawarz

Donnie Keshawarz

Joshua Feldman

Guest Star

Linda Emond

Linda Emond

Dr. Emily Sopher

Recurring Role

Caren Browning

Caren Browning

Judith Siper

Recurring Role

Tom O'Rourke

Tom O'Rourke

Judge Mark Seligman

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Nitpick: Stabler states that he went to a Catholic school called Sisters of Mercy. While the Sisters of Mercy do run and are affiliated with various schools and colleges throughout the U.S. and around the world, there is no Catholic school by that name in New York.

    • Elliot tells Shawn Webster that he has three brothers and two sisters, making six children in his family.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Donald Cragen: Whatever this is, let's be careful not to say Muslim men like to burn their wives.
      John Munch: No. If they want to burn people, they fly an airplane full of gasoline into an office building.
      George Huang: Excuse me, but they were extremists.
      John Munch: Sorry. But my next door neighbor's Iranian. At airports, even he's scared when he sees Middle Eastern passports. I mean, let's get real. People know it's wrong, but they think it anyway.

    • (Speaking to everyone in the SVU Squad room.)
      George Huang: Freud believed that setting fires was a sign of disturbed adolescent sexuality.

    • Donald Cragen: Casey.
      Casey Novak: Who talked to a reporter about this burned woman?
      Donald Cragen: And it's nice to see you, too.

    • Don Cragen: Your lawyer's going to be pissed, Shawn. You just convicted yourself.
      Shawn Webster: One less Arab, one less terrorist.
      Oliver Gates: Seal your lips, Shawn. Not another word.

    • (Refusing to deal in the face of the biological predisposition to racism insanity plea.)
      Casey Novak:: There's no way I'll honor an ounce of validity in this cockamamie defense.

  • NOTES (4)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of several domestic cases of Arabic people being singled out after 9/11. Some of the cases were more widely published than others, but they all showed that Muslims were being treated unfairly after the attacks on the World Trade Center.

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