Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 2 Episode 18

Manhunt

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 20, 2001 on NBC
8.9
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The details of a kidnapping are similar to a series of rapes and murders that may link the crime to a serial killer.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • It's The Munch & Fin Show!

    9.0
    This is the episode where the other pair of detectives get full attention, and it's Richard Belzer and Ice-T.



    They're on the case where they track down a serial killer named The Bowery Stalker. Where, he abducts, tortures, and kills them. They track him upstate, and even across the border to Canada, where the killer is finally caught with his latest victim, who survived. ADA Cabot is up there to deal with one of the Canadian courts and the murderer gets sent back to the states. Munch tells one of the victims that she can sleep east tonight.



    This is the episode where Munch and Fin's partnership is put to the test. Funny sometimes, but this is serious. It's good to see the Canadian Courts.moreless
  • A "Munch" needed and welcome respite.

    9.0
    This episode was a real good episode even though it didn't center around our favorite detectives Benson and Stabler. I've always rooted for Fin and Munch and in this episode they really get to shine. They are so the Odd Couple, comedic relief at times, but a serious part of the whole team.



    It was obvious Munch took this really personal and you cannot blame him. I appreciated it when he lost it at the farm. He is often so cynical and sardonic that it is good to see that hard outer shell crack.



    Fin let's Munch, and the rest of us, know why he quit his successful run in Narcotics. Did he figure he'd be less likely to have to dodge bullets on SVU? Or with a partner like Munch, he'd actually get the bullet meant for him?



    I love Ice-T in this role. He just fits so well with Richard Belzer. Although Richard makes a great muppet--check out YouTube for the Special Letters Unit! I digress, back to the topic. This was a serious and fantastic interlude and a "Munch" needed and welcome respite!moreless
  • The Munch and Fin odd couple are finally brought out of the background and shine in an episode based on a nationally famous case

    9.5
    In one of the best episodes of the season Munch and Fin track down a team of two serial killers who kills woman and their families, loosely based on the case of Charles Ng and Leonard Lake in the 1980s. In the episode the crimes are initially attributed to an unknown suspect called the belfry rapist that Munch was unable to capture the year before and he is the lead investigator in the current case. Throughout the episode Fin and Munch develop and we finally get to see a more then a glimpse into their relationship with them discussing why the left their previous police units to the mediocre motel accommodations provided by the NYPD. R. E. Rogers of HBO’s Oz is superb as psychopath Darryl Kern who flees the country to Canada to avoid extradition. Manhunt is an excellent stand out episode which adds a little different feel and flow to the show with Munch and Fin at the helm.moreless
  • When a brutal series of murders are connected to the same men, Munch and Fin are brought into the spotlight to solve the case.

    9.9
    Two murderers lead the detectives on a wild chase through the country with a family of hostiges. They eventually find themselves in Canada where they find out they can\'t prosecute the perp for the murderes in the states. But he is overconfident, as A.D.A. Alex Cabot gets lesser charges and is able to bring him back to the states to be charged with the other crimes.



    Fabulous episode that down played the main characters to let the passion and personalities of our favorite bickering duo shine through.moreless
  • Seriously suspenseful

    9.2
    This might be one of my favorite detective chases from the episodes I've seen so far, but the most horrible perpetrator.



    There's a rapist/torturer/murderer on the loose and this perp is good. The detectives are constantly a step or two behind, and in his wake, they find more and more dead bodies. By the time that Fin and Munch were upstate and discovered the bunker with the torture room, I was not only in shock but really wondering how they were going to catch this guy.



    I don't know what it was about this perp, but he somehow seemed more realistically crazy than a lot of the other SVU cases, but what made it worse was the severity of his crimes. There were simply SO MANY DEATHS.



    Also, Fin and Munch going upstate was priceless. (Not quite as good as "he's my Jew" line, but still good.)



    Also, for once in an SVU episode, I felt like justice was actually served, even though I felt like Canada winked at New York State and turned the other way. But that last scene (when you know the episode is winding down and you're just waiting for the turn to go for the worse), he's crossing the border and Fin and Munch are waiting there? Seriously made this episode so much better.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 Tutuola

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot

Adam LeFevre

Adam LeFevre

Walden Falls Police Chief

Guest Star

Dan Frazer

Dan Frazer

Ontario Provincial Judge

Guest Star

Mike Dooly

Mike Dooly

ATF Agent Gus Stone

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: In the scene where Munch arrives late to the team meeting, the door is never closed, but when he leaves the room with Cabot, she opens the door before they walk out.

  • QUOTES (3)

  • NOTES (2)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Charles Ng and Leonard Lake case. Lake and Ng are believed to have tortured and killed as many as 25 men, women and children from 1983 through 1985 in Central California. They raped the women before they were killed. Lake committed suicide via a secreted cyanide pill before his crimes were discovered, after being arrested for possession of an illegally modified pistol. Ng, after a prolonged extradition fight with Canada, stood trial for 12 of the murders in 1998. He is currently awaiting execution at San Quentin State Prison in California.

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