Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 4

Loss

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 14, 2003 on NBC
9.2
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Investigating the brutal rape and murder of an undercover federal agent and forced to use discretion in order to protect the identities of those agents in the field, the detectives arrest a suspect highly connected with a Colombian drug cartel. As the case proceeds towards trial, Cabot is faced with death threats on herself and her family along with pressure to yield the case to federal authorities.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Oh, wow! That ending was crazy! SPOILER ALERT!

    9.0
    Wow, what a great episode! And the twist at the end revealing Alex's death was, in fact, faked, was very awesome. Question though: was she even injured, or was the whole shooting faked completely?
  • A great end to an amazing character

    9.3
    Alexandra Cabot has been one of my favorite Law & Order characters for years. I was completely unaware this was going to be her last appearance as a recurring character on L&O so to my surprise, she was shot. I was shocked, and surprised over this but had no idea that it was going to prove to be fatal. I was pretty much heartbroken, and very angry that they'd do this to such an awesome character. Then the surprise 'twist' came I suppose, it offered very little to help my mood. No matter how heartbreaking this episode is, it was very emotionally affective and if you were a fan of Alex it'll make you want to punch a hole in the wall. This just hows how great of a show SVU is, it really grabs at your heartstrings.moreless
  • Hits the bullseye immensly

    10
    **SPOILERS**







    From the start this episode will grab your attention and have you captivated until the very end and then it will twist your nipple rings some more! Surely this has to be THE candidate for the best ever episode?! It is a story worthy of Steph March's exit from the show. From the very start you wont fail to appreciate the horrific nature of the crime and the threat level of the suspects being dealt with here. An initial feeling of something awry permeates the opening scenes as the team struggles to identify the body. All leads get cold as the team gets a vibe that the victim was a cop. Confirmation comes when the DEA turns up at the office to reveal her id as a NY cop. The DEA provide more compication by hindering the investigation until SVU promise to prosecute the case as a murder/rape of a prostitute.



    The SVU becomes frustrated as all leads apparently end in dead-ends. However, Tutuolo's contact leads them to the primary site of the murder and the boat of a drug cartel lieutenant - links to the fibreglass found on the body. They arrest him and this is were all the hell breaks lose.



    Scene after scene after scene is filled with rising tension and a teneble build up of fear as ADA Alex dangles her safety on a line she inadvertently intimidates the cartel lieu.nt. I dont think Ive seen such a terrifying antaganist as Rafael Zapata Gaviria. He really gets into Alex's face and also into the viewers!



    With intimidation stretching across the episode, the threat of real harm grows steadily until the chief DEA agent is dealt with in one of the best scenes of this show. It interesting to see Alex character now fully comprehend the danger she is in, esp. with her mother also causally targeted by member of the cartel.



    All this in the 1st two-thirds of the epsiode.



    The final act takes the already high intensity level and incredibly lifts it to another level as the case against the Zapata looks to be dead in the water. Just when it looks like hes going to get away scot free, US marshalls arrest him and take him into protective custody and persuade him to provide evidence in return for immunity, against his employers.



    This scene becomes a doorway into the best final scene(s) I probably ever seen in a L&O episode, which is difficult to say with CI my preference franchise. A true tearjerker moment and and ending with the most ultimate twist.



    Superb, fantastic... insert your own superlatives.moreless
  • Emotional

    10
    This episode is definitely one of my favorites in the series. Alex Cabot is targeted by an angry suspect and injured. She is declared dead but surprise! she is sent to witness protection and only Olivia and Elliot know the truth. (Which creates problems in a future episode) This episode sets up Stephanie March's departure from the series, and it is a GREAT send off. She returns in "Ghost" as well as six episodes in the 10th season. All I have to say is that you will cry and be very entertained throughout this episode and it is one of the best in the series of SVU.moreless
  • One of the saddest episodes to date...and the best.

    10
    This episode was truly edge-of-your-seat worthy. I don't know how many times I watched it, but every time I do I cry when Alex is shot...the first time I watched it, I thought she was really dead. When they show her at the end of the episode I felt a little better, at least knowing that she was alive. One of the things I really liked was that the only people who knew she was alive were Benson & Stabler. It kind of made for a cliffhanger that would somehow resurface at some point, which just happened to be in season 6 (Ghost). In my opinion, Alex was definitely the best ADA on the show. I still miss her and maybe, just maybe she'll make some sort of surprise appearance (wishful thinking, I know).moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

ADA Alexandra Cabot

Josh Hopkins

Josh Hopkins

Tim Donovan

Guest Star

Mitch Pileggi

Mitch Pileggi

Jack Hammond

Guest Star

Jacinto Taras Riddick

Jacinto Taras Riddick

Rafael Zapata Gaviria

Guest Star

David Thornton

David Thornton

Lionel Granger

Recurring Role

Charlayne Woodard

Charlayne Woodard

Sister Peg

Recurring Role

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

Judge Lena Petrovsky

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: When the car explodes, Alex has numerous little cuts on her face but the next day they are healed and there are no visible scars.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Melinda Warner: I'm guessing whatever she was, she said something she shouldn't have.
      Elliot Stabler: How do you figure that?
      Melinda Warner: Guy cut out her tongue. I don't see it around here, you might want to check out that dog.

    • Alex Cabot: Let me tell you a little bit about my job, Agent Donovan. After I tell the judge that I cannot produce the informant, she is going to issue a John Doe material witness order. If I don't give her your name, I will be found in contempt.
      Agent Tim Donovan: That's your call, your conscience.
      Alex Cabot: I can tell you right now I'm not going to jail for you or for my conscience!

    • Fin Tutuola: Okay, you live like a monk, how come somebody wouldn't have any pictures or knick knacks around?
      John Munch: Some of us appreciate simplicity, others of us lost the knick knacks in the divorce settlement.

    • Alex Cabot: Lionel, I see Zapata still has you on retainer. That explains the $3,000 suit. How'd you get the blood out?
      Lionel Granger: My wife got me this suit.

    • Alex Cabot: (looking at a picture of Zapata's yacht) He must be compensating for something to need a yacht that big.

    • Olivia Benson: How long?
      Alex Cabot: Until Velez is extradited or otherwise dealt with...

    • Alex Cabot: If your client intimidates the informant in any way, I will have his bail revoked and his ass thrown in Rikers for the duration of the trial.
      Rafael Zapata Gaviria: You can't threaten me, bitch.
      Alex Cabot: I just did.

    • Alex Cabot: A woman can say anything she wants to about your performance in the bedroom, and you aren't actually allowed to kill her.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Company Credits: Lynn Kressel Casting (Casting), Grant Wilfley Casting (Background Casting), Panavision (Panaflex Camera and Lenses)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Bobby Mancuso (Assistant Cameraman)
      Brian Durham (Assistant Property)
      Jessica Burstein (Still Photographer)
      Sonya Andonov (Set Costumer)
      Mick Rossman (Scenic Charge)
      Jerry Detitta (Leadman)
      Tom Ford (Best Boy)

    • This was supposed to be the final contract appearance of Stephanie March as ADA Alex Cabot. She would return for a guest appearance in the season six episode "Ghost." Stephanie then reprised Alex Cabot for the short-lived Law & Order franchise series Conviction (where Alex Cabot was a bureau chief) which aired from March-May 2006 – lasting only 13 episodes. She returned to SVU in the season 10 episode "Lead" for a six episode stint as a special guest star, and then resumed her place in the opening titles of season 11 for the minimum of 10 episodes in which she appeared.

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