Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 8 Episode 6


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 31, 2006 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Novak tries to find Benson when the case for a previous rape victim, Chelsea Arndale, hinges on her testimony. Benson, meanwhile, is still living as Persephone James and has been arrested in Oregon after the ecologist's group she has infiltrated is involved in a fracas with the local police. After the local sheriff advises her that her group is being looked at in connection with a recent murder, Benson decides to do a little investigating on her own and learns that the man was a pedophile. When she finally finds his private hideaway, it leads to a shocking conclusion.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • The Bitch Returns

    The vile man hating bitch Olivia Benson returns.
  • Finally!

    So glad to see Mariska back, even if we have to wait a few more weeks before she's back full time. The show is definitely missing a key element without her. As an E/O shipper, LOVED that Liv was muttering Elliot's name while she was unconscious. Also, I loved Munch's comment about the rumor that she was off having his love child--classic Munch line and I think maybe a nod toward Mariska's real life maternity leave.

    I found myself getting really annoyed with the small town cop's attitude and blatant abuse of power. I kept waiting for Olivia to snap. But, I enjoyed the town Sherrif's random comments about her playing "girl detective". Overall, I thought it was a great ep, and I can't wait until the end of November when we get Liv back for good.moreless
  • Liv returns!!! Do I really have to say anymore?

    Olivia returns! And in my opinion an excellant show of Mariska's acting ability. She did a brilliant job in this episode. She completely and utterly deserved that Emmy! I have two favorite parts to this awesome episode, the first is when Olivia's in the hospital and evidently she's been calling out Elliot's name all night in her sleep! My little shipper heart went a pitter patter.*sighs dreamily* Of course I very nearly fainted at what the writers were suggesting. My other favorite part is when Olivia and her handler(don't remember his name) were in the car and he asked her whether her partner thought her annoying, she said "We're best friends." Way to give me another heart attack! My shipper mood has definately increased.*sighs dreamily while day dreaming* It was definately E/O shipper friendly. Hard core Elliot/Olivia shippers will faint with excitement at possible implications. If you haven't seen it, go watch it!! Why aren't you listening!? You're still reading! Go watch it!moreless
  • Olivia is back! She is back!

    Oliva is back and that she is torn between testifying

    In NYC and being undercover as an eco-terrorist. I loved

    It when Casey tried to go to the feds and blasted

    That arrogant federal agent trying to stonewall her case while looking for Oliva.

    Elliott and Oliva seemed to be missing one another.

    Munch is funny about the love child comment as it relates to Mariska's real life pregnancy.

    Vincent Spano as her temporarily partner, came off a bit jerky at times. But you still, he seemed reasonable and may have wanted to go out with Liv, giving her a hard time.

    Loved it when she dissed him. A Liv classic!moreless
  • Novak needs Benson to testify in court, but she's in deep cover in Oregon. Back at the proverbial ranch, Olivia (aka Persephone) stumbles across a case that is clearly meant for an SVU.moreless

    Wow. This episode - there are no words. It was the most shippy SVU episode that I've seen, simply for the fact that unresolved sexual tension between Elliot and Olivia was acknowledged. The plot in Oregon was a "standard" SVU case - that is to say revolting yet so, so interesting. It was also interesting to see how Benson interacted with /her/ temp partner, and that reaction wasn't very different than Elliot's with Dani's. This episode had me so far on the edge of my seat that I was standing up, and it had me running to my computer to email my friends at each commercial break... Overall? WOW.moreless
BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

ADA Casey Novak

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Debra Jo Rupp

Debra Jo Rupp

Debra Hartnell

Guest Star

Steven Rishard

Steven Rishard

Deputy Jimmy Ibold

Guest Star

Chris Bowers

Chris Bowers


Guest Star

Ned Eisenberg

Ned Eisenberg

Roger Kressler

Recurring Role

Vincent Spano

Vincent Spano

FBI Special Agent Dean Porter

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • This episode features a doctor named Richard White. Richard White is also the name of the man who stalked and tried to kill Detective Benson in the episode episode "Stalked".

    • Goof: When Porter and Olivia are in the car together, when the camera is on Olivia's face the first time, the door is unlocked. When the camera switches back to Olivia talking for the second time, the door is locked.

    • The scene in the court room is one of the rare occasions where Benson is seen wearing a skirt.

    • Nitpick: Britney was supposedly kidnapped when she was ten years of age. It is unlikely she would have been able to drive Dunford's car since she had not left the room since then.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Deputy Trudi Minehart: Ma'am, you're under arrest for assaulting an officer.
      Olivia Benson: What?!
      Deputy Trudi Minehart: You have the right to remain silent.
      Olivia Benson: I never assaulted anybody!
      Deputy Trudi Minehart: Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
      Olivia Benson: I was the one assaulted!
      Deputy Trudi Minehart: You have the right to an attorney.
      Olivia Benson: I know my rights.

    • Elliot Stabler: Where is she?
      Dr. George Huang: I don't know
      Elliot Stabler: Then tell me who does, I'll talk to them.
      Dr. George Huang: I can't do that.
      Elliot Stabler: Are you playing company man with me, Doctor? I'm not going to give away state secrets, I just want to make sure Liv is safe.

    • Attorney Kressler: No cop ever planted evidence before?
      Casey Novak: Not this one and you know it. She's a decorated detective with a spotless record.
      Attorney Kressler: You say tomato, I say motive for revenge.

    • FBI Agent Porter: Your partner back in New York, does he find you as annoying as I do?
      Olivia Benson: We're best friends.

    • (Porter watches as Britney circles the room.)
      FBI Agent Porter: Isn't it making you dizzy? I'm getting motion sickness.

    • Olivia Benson: What was the cause of death?
      Sheriff Bartley: Well, we're not sure which one of the stab wounds was fatal. But I do know we're looking for somebody with a penchant for freeing willies. If you know what I mean.

    • Delray Mellott: My name is Delray Mellott, and I'm your assigned public defender.
      Olivia Benson: What are you, 12?
      Delray Mellott: I'm 25.
      Olivia Benson: Oh, this is great.

    • Casey Novak: Look, I just need her for a day. In closed court.
      Donald Cragen: (sternly) No.
      Casey Novak: Come on! She can't be thwarting arson plots everyday! For all we know, she's got some down time right now, and is bored out of her skull!

    • Casey Novak: Hey, captain! Elliot around?
      John Munch: He just went out on a call with Dani.
      Casey Novak: Well, I need to get in touch with Liv.
      Donald Cragen: Forget it. He doesn't know where she is.
      Casey Novak: Do you?
      Donald Cragen: Nope.
      John Munch: Word in the conspiracy mill is she's out having my love child.

  • NOTES (3)


    • Sheriff Bartley: I do know we're looking for somebody with a penchant for freeing willies. If you know what I mean.
      This is a ribald reference to the 1993 Simon Wincer film Free Willy about a boy who tries to save an Orca whale from being put to death.

    • John Munch: (about Olivia Benson) Word in the conspiracy mill is she's out having my love child.

      A tongue-in-cheek reference to the real-life pregnancy of actress Mariska Hargitay. The storyline of Benson going undercover was used to explain the absence of the actress while she was off on maternity leave.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Natascha Kampusch case. Natascha was kidnapped in Vienna, Austria at the age of ten and held hostage by Wolfgang Priklopil for over eight years before escaping on August 23, 2006. Priklopil committed suicide shortly thereafter.

    • Hope: Deputy Abu Ghraib tried to brain you for helping T-Bone.

      Hope was referring to the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, where several Iraqi detainees were photographed being degraded and abused by American soldiers.