Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 1 Episode 21

Nocturne

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 12, 2000 on NBC
8.9
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After a pharmacy turns over some disturbing photos of a young boy, Benson and Stabler arrest a piano teacher for child molestation. After the boy claims to have seen other pictures of young boys at the teacher's house, the detectives get a warrant and while going through his personal affects, they find a series of videos that document the life of a young boy named Evan. Believing he can make or break their case, the team hunts Evan down only to realize that his testimony may not help at all because Evan is scarred far more deeply than they realized.moreless

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  • Victim or Perv?

    7.5
    Benson and Stabler apprehend a piano teacher after disturbing photos of one of his students surface at a pharmacy. The boy tells them there are other photos of boys in their undies. The squad search his house during a search warrant, and discover tapes of his students giving them lessons. They watch one of the students growing up between their eyes. Maybe he can break the case. When they find him, they figure out he's more traumatized when he sees himself. While the unit track down the perv's former students, Munch tells Stabler that the young man isn't as victimized as he seems. Benson becomes bitter at the victim turned suspect and to protect his kids chastises him. The guy came forward at trial, and the teacher is convicted.



    This was a good episode. There were few court scenes. The actor who played the ADA looked like a dead ringer for Michael Moriarty. The plot picked up during the second half. It shows that a kid getting molested might become monsters.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show law and order svu there is a pharmacy that gets these photos of a boy that was in sexual positons and so they the svu is called to take a look at the phots and they do and it leads to them getting a warrent and they finds hundreads of video tapes and stuff and they find a student that is older that was younger with hult and they get him to testif but he was also a molester just like holt was and so he gets holt to go to jail for 115 years and he goes for 3 years becasue he wants it to stop this was a good epmoreless
  • A piano teacher is accused of molesting his students over the years. One of his former students (played by Wilson Jermaine Heredia) ends up coming forward to tell the detectives what happened to him when he was a student. But the plot slowly thickens...moreless

    9.5
    This was a great episode in that there was quite a twist in the middle of it. A piano teacher is accused of molesting his students over the years. The detectives locate one of the students who has been being abused by this man for several years. At first, I felt really bad for the young man. But after Benson and Stabler find out from one of the video tapes that this same student/young man has basically started doing the same thing his teacher did to him, I automatically started to hate him. At the same time though, it's so hard to hate a victim who has turned into a molester mainly because it isn't completely his fault. I pretty much blamed the teacher the whole time but some of that blame ended up being with his student. In the end, I felt the worst for the little boy the former student was molesting.moreless
  • Piano teacher molests students for years. Keeps tapes hidden where he thinks noone will find them...tada! locked room! Anyway, detectives find them, track down one victim, who ends up being an abuser himself...very screwed up, theres a trial then so on...moreless

    8.4
    This was a really good episode but it was really difficult to watch. I mean seeing the poor kid go through all that crap then end up being a criminal as well? It sucked. I mean he was still a victim and yet after they found out what he'd done, all of that went right out the window...No more sympathy for the kid who went through it all to begin with. I was angry for what he did too but I think Munch knew what he was talking about when he mentioned that the abuser was once human too. I hated when Elliot tore the book from his hands... so sad, poor guy...Funny though, a couple of years later a sick teenager by the name of Teddy molests his kid brother because his father use to do the same to him, and this kid unlike Evan was really disturbed though Elliot still saw the victim in him... maybe its the age, or maybe it was just Evan...who knows. Really hard episode to watch.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    9.5
    Benson and Stabler are called to a photo finishing shop where pictures of a young boy are found. He is posing for the camera, wearing nothing more than his underwear. When the owner of the pictures enters the store to pick them up, they arrest him for fear that he might destroy other evidence he might have. When they finally get enough just cause to get a search warrent for his house, they not only find more pictures, but videos. He would record himself abusing his students during piano practice. The detectives then set out to find a young man who has been abused since he was young. After finding the victim, they also come across evidence that proves that he is not only a victim, but a perp as well. This is a great episode of Law and Order SVU! The story line keeps you interested from start to finish. It is also one of my favorite episodes because Wilson Jermaine Heredia is a guest star.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

John Benjamin Hickey

John Benjamin Hickey

ADA

Guest Star

Carole Shelley

Carole Shelley

Judge Pamela Mizener

Guest Star

Kent Broadhurst

Kent Broadhurst

Larry Holt

Guest Star

Patricia Cook

Patricia Cook

Elizabeth Stabler

Recurring Role

Jeffrey Scaperrotta

Jeffrey Scaperrotta

Dickie Stabler

Recurring Role

Peter Francis James

Peter Francis James

Judge Kevin Beck

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • ADA: He'll be eligible for parole in 38 years.
      Evan: But he's almost 60!
      ADA: Isn't math fun?

    • Olivia Benson: I bet I know what you're thinking.
      Elliot Stabler: Bet you don't.
      Olivia Benson: Even the best parents can't protect their children.
      Elliot Stabler: Gutter at home. Part of it is broken. I need to fix it.
      Olivia Benson: Well you can't do everything.
      Elliot Stabler: You'd feel everything for them if you could. All the pain.
      Olivia Benson: Sometimes I just look at the kids and I think 'Why? Why do it at all?'
      Elliot Stabler: Because you want to more than anything in the world. 'Cause you want to love them every day.

    • Elizabeth Stabler: Daddy, why does Christmas only come once a year?
      Elliot Stabler: Because Santa Claus's credit cards are all maxed out.

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  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Evan says he decided to play piano because his mother used to play Elton John on the stereo all the time. He loved when Elton John sang high notes, and he said that if he could sing like that, he would. Since he can't, he learned how to play. This is an inside joke. Wilson Jermaine Heredia starred as Angel Dumott Schunard, a high-singing drag queen in the hit musical RENT. He won a Tony for that role, and he can definitely sing "like that."

    • Don Cragen: This is post-McMartin.

      This is in reference to the case against the McMartin family who owned a preschool in Manhattan Beach, California. In 1983, a mother accused the owner's grandson, Ray Buckley, of sexual abuse. When the word got out about the first case, others then came forward making accusations. After six years of trials, no convictions were ever obtained and all the charges were dropped.

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