Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 1 Episode 3

Or Just Look Like One

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 04, 1999 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Benson and Stabler investigate after a teenager is dumped, beaten and raped, in front of a hospital's emergency room, and Stabler finds it hits a little close to home when the evidence leads to the world of modeling and its emphasis on waif-like appearances.

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  • Modeling is cruel sometimes

    So, Benson and Stabler are investigating the rape and beating of a teen model, who was dumped in front of an hospital. They are into a world of modeling where girls are forced and sometimes used for sexual favors or advances. They got some help from Det. Briscoe and Det. Greene who told them the suspect killed her best friend, who might be a possible witness. The victim and her friend were about to expose someone while getting out of the business. Here's the plot, it was the victim's photographer who had a sexual relationship with her after dumping his wife, who's now his business partner. Both of them were involved assaulting the girls. Love hurts.

    It was a good episode with the few appearances of Det. Briscoe and Greene of the original "Law & Order" to support the then new guys to stay true to the format. It's like a family. There was only one courtroom scene with Det. Jeffries and the 'Rapeman' case. But the focus was on the case and characters. As for the modeling business, a woman gotta sell herself for sex and money. It could be cruel sometimesmoreless
  • What made L&O great is the contant plot turns. This episode was SVU's first mutliple twist episodes.

    What I always liked about the original Law & Order is how it would twist the plot from the initial crime to a related, yet unrelated crime. (In one episode, a hooker is killed. They conviceted the madam for endagering the lives of the girls.)

    This episode starts with a girl being dumped at the ER parking lot. But what this is only the starting point of the episode. It turns out that the girl is a famous model. This turns to an investigation of perscription diet drugs, mail order drugs, finally it turns out to be about statutory rape. Even then the twist keep coming.

    This showed that this show could also have sharpe and challanging writing.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show law and order svu they are called to the scene after a girls body is dumped outside a hospital and she is stab a few times and looks like rape. so they are to invesgate it and so when they do it leads them to go talk to the mother who is seperated from the husband . and then they talk to the father. then they go talk to the guy that takes the pictures. and then they go talk to the agent and it involes a drug sceme that they give it to the modling girls and then they find out that her friend was found in a dumpester also murder. and so they find out that the camera guy was taken pictures of the girls in explict scenes and that the two got ahold of them and threatend to tell . and the camera guy secetary girl found out who used to be a old modle and killed the two with hamer and then had the camera guy rape her to look like rape and then they dumped the body. the girl at the end of the ep died at the endmoreless
  • Great Episode.

    I really liked this episode, even though it was really sad, as are most of the Law and Order: Special Victims Unit episodes. I especially enjoyed the tiwst at the end of the show, when Deborah had that scar on her face. That was a great plot twisted. THis episode showed the twisted ways of the modeling business that surprised, even Benson and Stabler. It was a good episode and it showed a different prespective on the modeling business that none of us normal people would ever get to see. This episode gives you that inside look on that.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    I really liked this episode beacuse it was about modeling and the fierce competition that goes along with it. Modeling is part of the fashion industry, which is the field that I am studying to work in. It was shocking to see the dark side of it all, but then again there is a dark side to everything. A young girl is dropped off in front of a hospital after being beaten and raped. As the detectives in the Special Victims Unit investigate the circumstances that surround her attack, they uncover a world of young models who starve themselves and use drugs to make weight cuts and get the most coveted jobs in New York City. It amazes me the lengths to which people, young girls especially would go to in order to reach their goals and make their dreams become reality.moreless
Catherine Dent

Catherine Dent

Deborah Latrell

Guest Star

Ritchie Coster

Ritchie Coster

Carlo Parisi

Guest Star

Damian Young

Damian Young

Hampton Trill

Guest Star

Michelle Hurd

Michelle Hurd

Det. Monique Jeffries

Recurring Role

Isabel Gillies

Isabel Gillies

Kathy Stabler

Recurring Role

Erin Broderick

Erin Broderick

Maureen Stabler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When Ken and Lennie Briscoe run into each other in the station, Lennie asks Ken to keep quiet that he is his uncle. The relationship is not referenced again.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Olivia Benson: Munch, do us a favor.
      John Munch: What?
      Olivia Benson: Get Parisi to sit in this chair, and then suggest to him that Deborah rolled on him.
      John Munch: Ah, cute. The prisoner's dilemma.
      Brian Cassidy: What's that?
      John Munch: See, we get each to think that the other one confessed.
      Brian Cassidy: Damn, I love this job! I'll get Parisi.

    • Lennie Briscoe (placing an evidence bag on the desk): You are looking at the fruits of four hours of dumpster-diving along 59th street. Nine dumpsters in all.
      Elliot Stabler: You trying to tell me the two'a youse went dumpster diving?
      Ed Green: Hell no! We supervised a couple of uniforms. I don't do disposable diapers.

    • Donald Cragen: Lennie, Lennie. I haven't eaten in an hour.

    • Donald Cragen: Intimidation? You need to talk to Joey Poole. (scene cut to a large man with a gun walking into a modeling agency)

    • Deborah Latrell: Beauty is power until you lose it and then you're garbage. Nobody gives a damn about you. You wouldn't understand that, Detective Benson, because you're still a beautiful woman.

    • (While searching Carlo Parisi's office.)
      Olivia Benson: Okay. So where does he hide his dirty pictures?
      Elliot Stabler: You got three choices - -under the bed, in back of the closet, or amongst boring, unappealing papers.
      Olivia Benson: I take it that's another guy thing?
      Elliot Stabler: Yeah.

    • Elliot Stabler: You want to know what drugs she's taking? You want to know if she's sexually active?
      Olivia Benson: This girl's gonna know 'cause girlfriends have no secrets.

    • Ken Briscoe: Hey. Uncle Lennie.
      Lennie Briscoe: Ken. Good to see you. Say hi to Eddie Green.
      Eddie Green: Hey.
      Lennie Briscoe: Listen, uh, cool it with the "Uncle Lennie" stuff around the stationhouse, okay?
      Ken Briscoe: Yeah, so, uh, what do you want me to call you?
      Eddie Green: Why don't guys save this for Family Court.
      Lennie Briscoe: Well, just, uh call me Briscoe.
      Ken Briscoe: Well, what are you gonna call me?
      Lennie Briscoe: Briscoe.

    • (Elliot walks in the door to find Kathy and Maureen in conversation at the kitchen table.)
      Kathy Stabler: Oh, you're home.
      Maureen Stabler: You're probably on her side.
      Elliot Stabler: You look healthy enough to me. (to Kathy) Have you eaten?
      Kathy Stabler: No, I was waiting until you got home.
      Elliot Stabler: "Manicotti Night", down at Scarentino's. Bottle of chianti, our name on it. Let's get out of here.
      Maureen Stabler: You can't make me eat Italian, either.
      Elliot Stabler: That's all right. You're not invited. See you.

    • (Talking about Theresa Burgess' injuries.)
      Monique Jeffries: Face, breasts, genitals? That says, "Bitch, I'm gonna erase you."

  • NOTES (3)


    • The manga, The Rapeman, is mentioned being found in the home. It's a black comedy series that features a "superhero" raping women to punish them for wrongdoing.

    • Nina Laszlo: Jazmin said he made her 'Lewinsky' him.

      Monica Lewinsky was the infamous White House intern that made national headlines by performing a sexual act on Bill Clinton in the Oval Office and then keeping the dress which bore the evidence of their actions. Since then, popular culture has coined the term 'Lewinsky' as slang for performing oral sex on a male. Not coincidentally, Olivia reveals that photographer Carlo Parisi, whom Jazmin was said to 'Lewinsky', left his own mark on Jazmin's dress.

    • John Munch: The real question is how so many reviewers failed to notice your blatant theft of Joan Didion.

      Joan Didion is a well-known essayist, novelist and screenwriter. She is known not only for her fiction, but also her non-fiction as well.

    • Hampton Trill: Look, I never read reviews, but you should know that Kakutani's had it in for me ever since she decided that one of my characters was based on her.
      New York Times literary critic Michiko Kakutani is well-known for her brutal, often painful, reviews of popular literature.

    • John Munch: Brat-packy little poseur, was published when he was 19, thinks he's the 'Emile Zola' of premillennial Manhattan.

      Emile Zola was a French author who wrote a series of controversial novels in the late 1800s. Some of his later works were attacked, suggesting that he was attempting to incite a revolution.