Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 14

Ritual

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 03, 2004 on NBC
8.7
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The investigation into the death of a young boy who appears to be the victim of a ritualistic killing leads to the discovery that he was one of many children smuggled from Nigeria to be sold into slavery

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  • They find out the little boy was killed by a pedophile who framed an old slave religion and they stop a shipment of Nigerian children coming in to be slaves. Awesome episode.moreless

    10
    I cried at the end of this one. It was so intense. Had me on the edge of my seat wondering if they'd catch the people and save those poor children who were about to be sold into slavery. Ice T also got teary at the end and that didn't help me either. it was good seeing Erika Alexander (Max ftom Living Single and Pam from Cosby Show) in this episode too. I'm a fan of hers. Overall this episode was amazing. They got the pedophile/ murderer and the slave trader. One question tho, why did they have to publically and embarrassingly arrest everybody? lol it was humourous and it served the guilty parties right, but what if they were wrong?moreless
  • The crimes just keep getting more horrific...

    9.5
    Man the writers were on a roll in Season 5. First we had the horror of Brotherhood, then they topped that with Hate, and now they seem to have topped that with the crime commited in Ritual. Let's just say it's not for the faint of heart. Overall, this is a great episode. It is well written and acted (as usual) and has some nice "Fin connecting with the victims" moments. The murder itself is solved pretty straight forwardly, but the real focus here is the bigger issue. It's horrifying to think that even in the United States slavery is still a problem, but it is and it must be brought to attention. Kudos to SVU for doing just that.moreless
  • A horrific episode

    6.0
    When Benson and Stabler are brought into the case of a young boy, a victim of a ritualistic killing. Leading both of them to discover this religion praised human sacrifices, yet one haven't happened till the 1930's. Apparently this leads to a smuggling of children from Nigeria, being sold as human slaves. Leading Benson and Stabler to a Warehouse of Immigrant Children.



    This episode was horrific in that, people do things like this. Immigration is nothing to laugh about, especially from other countries. I find this episode, to be extremely disappointing..



    Episodes like this sicken me, in that children are treated so badly.moreless
  • this chapter went better & beter every minute i can say honestly that Fin ( ICE-T ) had one of his best acts on TV

    9.5
    as i was watching it alone at night my wife was asleep

    just me looking FWR for the new episode

    as passed 5 min i just told my wife tht she must see this this chapter went better & beter every minute

    i can say honestly that Fin ( ICE-T )

    had one of his best acts on TV in this chapter

    i beilive it came from the heart as ICE mantion

    that he just love kids this was a great act

    this limk related to thr FIN act on SVU & kids

    "kids are kids"

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQbSs4cptqE

    i can recall his word on this episode

    "they are long way from home "

    the Fin & Nayima conversation on the house that Nayima worked was a highlight to me

    also the part when Nayima gave her doll to finmoreless
  • In this heartbeaking episode, a 7 year old nigerian boy is murdered and dismembered in an alleged Santeria ritual. Stabler and his detectives learn that the boy was smuggled from Nigeria and they must find the other kids and the boy's killer.moreless

    9.9
    A dismembered body of a 7 year old black boy is found in a NYC park by maintenance men. Stabler and benson investigate and believe that the boy was killed in a Santeria ritual since Santeria items were found at the crime scene. they question the local Santeria high priest but he angrily denies he and his followers killed the boy. Then throught forensic chemistry and geology, the detectives learn the boy came from Nigeria. Fin and Munch investigate and find the boy's sister who identifies him as Ajani Horuna. The sister was a slave at a rich elderly woman's home. The woman is arrested and she tells Stabler she got the girl from a Nigerian smuggling ring. The other Nigerian kids are found in a warehouse and they tell the detectives about Ajani who was brought by a white man. the Santeria priest tells the detectives a woman named Maggie Shay bought the bowls and a candle foudn at the crime scene from him. Her husband Allen, an art professor, is suspected when it is learned he gave a tiny good luck statuette and pouch like those given to Ajani's sister to his wife and assistant. He is arrested for the murder but denies it. However, an investigation of his property locates hard evidence, including the rest of Ajani's remains. Shay confesses and wiggles his way out of a possible death sentence by telling Novak he got Ajani from a Nigerian smuggler. The smuggler is arrested and the rest of the Nigerian kids saved.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

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Michael Emerson (I)

Michael Emerson (I)

Allan Shaye

Guest Star

Barry Shabaka Henley

Barry Shabaka Henley

Asante Odufemi

Guest Star

Trini Alvarado

Trini Alvarado

Maggie Shaye

Guest Star

Peter Hermann

Peter Hermann

Trevor Langan

Recurring Role

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: Allan Shaye's statement that "nobody's been executed in New York State in 40 years" is curious in light of the central event of the Law & Order episode "Aftershock", as well as the events surrounding the Law & Order episode "Bad Girl", where the character of Monica Johnson was executed for shooting a police officer.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Martin Bosa: (having taken a beating from Fin) Another African man brutalized by a vicious cop. I don't think your police commissioner wants more bad publicity.

    • Fin Tutuola: Ajani's sister kept her doll in a beaded pouch. Where's the pouch to this one?
      Olivia Benson: That's why God invented search warrants.

    • Fin Tutuola: Look lady, I don't give a damn what you and your damn friends do. Slavery is a federal crime. Now you're gonna be spending the next ten years in lock down. That's not the Junior League. Cooperate with us, we'll put in a good word for you with the feds. If you don't, I guarantee you're not gonna like the dress code in the joint.

    • Man at Immigration: The third largest money maker for organized crime in the U.S., after drugs and guns, is the sale of human beings.
      Elliot Stabler: You mean worldwide?
      Man at Immigration: I mean the United States.

    • Fin Tutuola: (investigating on Park Avenue) Not that many Nigerian kids in this neighborhood.

    • Casey Novak: A seven-year-old boy is dead. Someone cut his throat, hung him up, and bled him like a pig.

  • 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)
      Keri L. Lederman (Assistant Property)
      Jessica Burstein (Still Photographer)
      Tracy Sivertsen Devere (Set Costumer)
      Mick Rossman (Scenic Charge)
      Jerry Detitta (Leadman)
      Tom Ford (Best Boy)

    • International Air Dates:
      Finland – September 16, 2009 on YLE TV2

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the United Kingdom, where a partial body was recovered from the river Thames in 2001.

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