Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 3 Episode 11


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 04, 2002 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • Olivia Benson: (to Stabler) Hey, you know everyone in that room is on your side. But we're not mind readers.

    • Elliot Stabler (referring to Kathy): One of us has to be able to sleep at night. She thinks I'm shutting her out.
      Olivia Benson: You are. That's exactly what you do. You keep this up, you're gonna ruin the best thing you've ever had.

    • Olivia Benson: Nice place.
      Female Junkie: I cleaned up especially for you.
      Elliot Stabler: Your boyfriend doesn't mind the mess?
      Female Junkie: Who says I've got a boyfriend?
      Elliot Stabler: Come on... a girl like you? I'm sure you have a few.
      Female Junkie: You coming on to me? I'm into that. Your friend can watch.

    • Elliot Stabler: If that baby had been born in a hospital, it would've lived!
      Alex Cabot: That argument could also be used to condemn legal abortion.
      Elliot Stabler: That's different. Abortion is the mother's choice.
      Olivia Benson: I don't know, Elliot. You can't have it both ways. Either a fetus is a person, or it isn't.

    • Olivia Benson: His dirty laundry is cleaner than my entire wardrobe. Look, he has them all labeled: whites, colored, drycleaning.
      Elliot Stabler: Anything marked 'bloody clothes'?

    • Don Cragen: Doc, I want you in on this search. You know how shrinks operate; time to give up your trade secrets.

    • Elliot Stabler: Each case gets a little more horrific than the last. I go home to my wife, what am I supposed to do? Talk about my day? Honey, today, some man cut a baby out of his wife's stomach. Pass the gravy.

    • Dr. George Huang: This happens all the time in nature. Most species aren't naturally monogamous.
      John Munch: That explains my marital history.

    • Elliot Stabler: So, what was "lacking" in your relationship? Dick?
      Dr. Richard Manning: Challenging my masculinity? A little amateurish, don't you think?
      Dr. George Huang: Actually, I think he's challenging your masculinity because it's such an obvious weakness.

    • Alex Cabot: (questioning Dr. Manning on the stand) Did he cry? Did your son cry before you killed him?
      Dr. Manning: (in tears) He only cried a little. He only cried a little.

  • Notes

    • Stabler is upset because the most they can charge the suspect with is illegal third trimester abortion because they cannot prove that the child was born live and killed after the fact. This contrasts with what was established prior in the Law & Order episode "Misconception," which stated that once the fetus reached twenty-one weeks, an individual could be charged with manslaughter if they caused the mother to miscarry or the fetus to cease development. According to real New York law, if the woman is over 24 weeks pregnant, the crime is abortion in the first degree.

  • Allusions