Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 1 Episode 4

Hysteria

4
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 11, 1999 on NBC
8.7
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158 votes
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When a young woman is found dead, she is initially believed to be a prostitute and the latest in a long line of victims, but when looking into her home life Benson and Stabler realize that she does not fit the pattern, and may not be connected to the other deaths after all, but the other deaths have a connection no one anticipated.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Killer Cop

    8.0
    Benson and Stabler investigate the death of a young prostitute who was initially a victim of a serial killer targeting hookers. But that one just didn't fit the pattern. She was raised from a good family. So, why she had to dress provocative? They look into two veteran vice cops with one of the two turning out to be the suspect, who has a history of killing hookers for the past 30 years. But there is one problem. He didn't kill his recent victim a couple of days back. The detectives found out it was the victim's boyfriend, who's young and repulsive. His shoes is his evidence. "Nice Shoes" said Stabler.



    This episode had a plot twist with the boyfriend killing his girl, and not the cop. The court scene was funny when Munch mentioned Hysteria, David Hasselhoff, Spelling 'Orgasm', and the vibrator. And Stabler concerned his little daughter is sexually active. She's smart.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show law and order svu they are called to the scene of what looks like to be a prostitue that was murder. and when they do some digging they realize she was not the only one killed that way in the past week there were others and one got away. they are looking for her turns out after visting the girls parents by the look of her home she was not really prostute she was this dressed that way to look good for a guy. her boyfriend. and that all the other prostitues were killed in that pattern over the last 20 to 30 years it was a cop that did that and they were shocked and the girl that was killed they found out that her boyfrined was the one that did it .moreless
  • A show still finding its ground, ... but clever.

    7.0
    In these early episodes there seemed to be more emphasis on Stabler's family life and the general public's reaction to SVU. You can also wonder where the 'Law' element is. This episode ends (abruptly) with the arrest of the bad guy; there are no scenes in the court room. At times the show is very courageous. In a court scene (that has nothing to do with the central plot) Munch testifies about sexual abuse allegedly committed by a psychiatrist. Munch rattles off rather shocking facts about the nation's sexual habits and laws. It gives Munch a great chance to humiliate a perp, but also shows that he might have an unhealthy interest in all things sexual.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    9.0
    When a young woman is found murdered, Benson and Stabler begin looking for a perp who targets prostitutes. But the best thing about this episode is the array of possible perps that the detectives look into. At first they think that it is a customer who takes out his anger on those that he picks up. But by the end of the episode you find out that they were completely wrong about who commited the crime, bringing out the big surprise just before the credits role. This episode shows exactly why I started watching this show!There were so many twists in the storyline that I had a hard time guessing who the perp was. I love it when the episode keeps you guessing and keeps you on the edge of your seat waiting for more.moreless
  • A great episode from early with a brief connection to the original.

    9.5
    First off, this episode was silly in a good way. To be perfectly honest, the humor was the first thing that I noticed. Fin in the courtroom is just classic and he still shows it in the eighth season. Stabler reacting to her daughter admitting she was a virgin and just letting the ball go past almost made me fall out of my bed (where I watching it). Cragen meeting with Briscoe was a good way to tie in the original to this new series. The chain of victims was an interesting, yet also disturbing. The cop was a jackass and extremely pompous. This was one of those episodes that showed that it could tie itself into the original and proved that it could stand on its own if the original went away.moreless
Joe Lisi

Joe Lisi

Sal D'Angelo

Guest Star

Lisa Tharps

Lisa Tharps

ADA

Guest Star

Frederick B. Owens

Frederick B. Owens

John Henderson

Guest Star

Michelle Hurd

Michelle Hurd

Det. Monique Jeffries

Recurring Role

Isabel Gillies

Isabel Gillies

Kathy Stabler

Recurring Role

Erin Broderick

Erin Broderick

Maureen Stabler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • (The vice officer asks about the crime scene photos.)
      Sal D'Angelo: Hey, can you get double prints on these? 'Cause we could use a set for our bulletin board.
      Elliot Stabler: Hey, a little respect here.
      Sal D'Angelo: Don't get your boxers in a twist; she's N.H.I. (Benson begins recording his badge number)
      M.E.'s Assistant: What's N.H.I.?
      Olivia Benson: No humans involved.
      Elliot Stabler: Means, don't work too hard on this one. Why sweat it? The victim was just a useless piece of garbage.
      Olivia Benson: Kinda like a cop who ought to retire.

    • Monique Jefferies: Carmel received blunt-force trauma to the head. She was asphyxiated with a garbage bag, and left in a sexualized position.
      John Munch: Cut-and-paste that to Tracy's.
      Brian Cassidy: And to Lorinda's. Except asphyxiation was only attempted, plus she escaped and, uh, so there was no body to position sexually. Plus, she's not dead.

    • (While coaching his daughter on protecting the soccer net.)
      Elliot Stabler: C'mon, kick it back!
      Kathleen Stabler: Dad! I'm a virgin, okay? (she kicks the ball which rolls past him)
      Elliot Stabler: (faintly) Okay.

    • Lennie Briscoe: (to Cragen) D'Angelo's a bastard. C'mon, so are you. So am I. We're all bastards.

    • Lennie Briscoe: The 70s are a blur.
      Don Cragen: Hey, tell me about it, as close as I ever came to time travel.

    • John Munch: Ah but we digress, back to the dead whore.
      Monique Jeffries: Jerkwad, have some respect for the victim!
      John Munch: Hey, I respect hookers, at least they earn their money upfront, unlike ex-wives who get you with that lucrative backend deal.
      Monique Jeffries: Oh, so you're saying all women are whores?
      John Munch: Don't be ridiculous. I don't know all the women in the world.

    • John Munch: Up until 1952, hysteria was one of the most commonly diagnosed illnesses among women. The medical treatment was hysterical paroxysm.
      Court Reporter: Could the witness spell that?
      John Munch: O. R. G. A. S. M.
      Defense Attorney: Objection!
      Court Reporter (realising what he's spelled): Oh.

    • (Discussing one of the suspects.)
      Elliot Stabler: Must've been dead a week.
      Olivia Benson: Guess he has an alibi.

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • (While looking for the Valenti Brothers shoes.)
      John Munch: This kid's a closet Imelda Marcos. Got wing tips, tassels, white bucks, everything but the ugly ass shoes you're looking for.

      Aside from the reference to the wife of overthrown Phillipine dictator, Ferdinand Marcas, whose wardrobe that included over 3,000 pairs of shoes came to represent the excesses of that government, Munch's crack about the "ugly ass" shoes was likely meant to remind the viewers of O.J. Simpson. His 1995 criminal trial for the alleged 1994 murder of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman included evidence of a bloody footprint made by a rare Bruno Magli shoe. In testimony, Simpson emphatically stated that he would never wear such "ugly ass shoes." Later evidence revealed photos of Simpson wearing the shoes at different events.

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