Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 1 Episode 14

Limitations

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 11, 2000 on NBC
8.7
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At the request of a victim, the police commissioner comes to Cragen with a special request -- close the case of the man who raped three women nearly five years ago before the statute of limitations expires. The detectives finally get a lead when they realize one of the victims knows the rapist, but she's not willing to talk.moreless

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  • Out of time for limitations

    7.0
    Cragen is brought in by the board to bring in the prime suspect, who raped three women in one week period five years earlier, to justice before the statue of limitations expire on each case, thanks on the request of one of the victims. Benson and Stabler got 72 hours to find him or the victims will suffer for the rest of their lives. They get a break in the case when one of the victims ran into the creep and ended up praying together. She refuses to turn him over because of her religious beliefs, and gets locked up. The detectives finally got the list of names of this group the rape victim attends and finally caught up with the rapist, who happened to be confined to a wheelchair after an accident.



    This episode was good. The plot was a bit weak. I'm not saying it's silly. The courtroom scenes are back. You know the show focuses on cops personal matters.moreless
  • SVU has to find the rapists from several cold cases before the statute of limitations runs out.

    5.1
    Captain Cragen is ordered to reopen three or four cold cases involving a rapist from years past. Since the statute of limitations is almost up in each case, SVU has to work quickly to find the rapist so they can prosecute him. Over all, this was not one of the more exciting episodes. It is predictable and somewhat anticlimactic--basically, the statute runs out on all the cases but one when they finally catch the guy. While it by all means was not one of the worst episodes, it was rather dull. I don't think I even noticed when it ended. But not a bad one to watch if you're just looking for something to fill your afternoon.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show law and order svu they are called to a court were they find out that a man raped 3 women almost 5 years ago and the 5 year limitation is about to close and they only have so little days to find out the rapist and they are doing some old investgating and they find out that it was a man that was on a bike that did messengering and they realize that one of the women who is a quaker knows who the rapist is and she wont tell the name and she goes to lockup and they find the guy and turns out he was put in jail for a break in and was raped in prison and when they found him he was in a whale chair this was a good epmoreless
  • A complex episode that shows what television can do.

    9.7
    This episode deals with the many different aspects of rape. There's the limitations of the legal system: how long can an accusation of rape be handled fairly to everyone involved? (Even one of the victims has her doubts.) There's the psychological element: victims react differently to this degrading crime. They can become aggressive, guilt-ridden or very sensitive; what do they need for 'closure'? There's the police problem: should every complaint be treated with the same attention? Interviews with former SVU detectives pointed to the unbearable burden of dealing with constant depravity. Politics can play a role: when a politician takes a rape case to make a point, the police have to put everything else aside to save their reputation, creating more stress. All these themes are fluently brought together in a single episode, some just mentioned in one brief piece of dialogue. The only storyline I found 'overdone' was the reaction of the victim who had found religion. But the surprising ending more than made up for that.moreless
  • 4 days left on a statue of limitations and a really weird woman make the SVU detectives’ lives very difficult.

    9.9
    Really freaky. A woman that not only forgives her rapist, but prays with him. It doesn’t just end there either. She tries to protect him from the SVU detectives, even talking him out of turning himself in. She goes to jail for him! Who would do that?! And if I was one of those other victims, I don’t think I would have been so calm in talking to her. I kept hoping that they would punch her in the face.



    On another note, I liked the premise of this episode. 4 days before the statute runs out on a rapist. It’s eps like this that make us love SVU.moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Michelle Hurd

Michelle Hurd

Det. Monique Jeffries

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Judith Hawking

Judith Hawking

Victoria Kraft

Guest Star

Jenna Stern

Jenna Stern

A.D.A. Kathleen Eastman

Guest Star

Seana Kofoed

Seana Kofoed

Lois Creen

Guest Star

Peter Francis James

Peter Francis James

Judge Beck

Recurring Role

Harvey Atkin

Harvey Atkin

Judge Ridenour

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • After the appeal court denies the application for a JD warrant, the victim present in court breaks down and appears to be reciting something. It's the 'Bene Gesserit Litany against Fear' from Frank Herbert's Dune.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Victoria Kraft: (about their rapist) You have the power of life and death over this piece of crap.
      Jennifer Neal: I don't want that kind of power.
      Victoria Kraft: But's true, isn't it? So just drop the Lamb of God rap and tell us his name.

    • (Interviewing a man in a church.)
      Man: There are Quaker judges, Quaker lawyers, Nixon was a Quaker.
      Elliot Stabler: He put plenty of people in prison. Some were even guilty.

    • Elliot Stabler: All right, we're going to talk to some of the detectives who originally investigated.
      Donald Cragen: Munch, that okay with you?
      John Munch: Sure, it'd be like visiting the Special Victims Unit alumni association. All the people that used to sit at these desks. Where are they now?

    • Jennifer Neal: He's a changed man. We prayed together.
      Stabler: (incredulously) You prayed with your rapist.
      Jennifer Neal: Yeah. To turn him in after that would be a betrayal.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Don Cragen: Yeah, COMMSTAT is the worst system, except for all the others.

      Cragen is referencing a famous quote by Sir Winston Churchill, former British Prime Minister, who said, "...democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time."

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