Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 6 Episode 4

Scavenger

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 19, 2004 on NBC
9.1
out of 10
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177 votes
9

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Episode Summary

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The entire squad races against the clock to solve the puzzles and uncover the clues scattered throughout the city by a serial killer who is taunting them to find him and the next victims on his list.

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  • Awesome episode, with non-stop action. It was also quite different from any of the other episodes in this series.

    10
    I absolutely loved this episode. I have been trying to figure out which episode this was with the puzzles and running around NYC. So I'm glad I came onto this site to find out. As for my review.. it is definetly my favorite episode out of all of them. There was just so much non-stop action and I liked how even the beginning of the episode, it started off differently. It was also great because most of the cast was in there too. Not just Benson and Stabler. All in all, my favorite episode. And I can't wait till I can get this season on DVD so I can watch it all the time.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.0
    When an abandoned baby if found in central park by two runners, the Detectives of the Special Victims Unit are called in to investigate. When they get there they find that there is a riddle that was duct taped to the baby stating that his mother had been abducted. It becomes a race against the clock as Benson, Stabler, Munch and Tutuola piece together clue after clue to try and find the victim. When they finally find her, they are too late and find that she had been murdered. But that is only the beginning as the killer, nicknamed RDK, had already started yet another one of his sick games.



    This was a good episode. It definitely kept you guessing the whole time you were watching it. You never knew if the Detectives were going to find the next clue in time or not.moreless
  • Just excellent!

    10
    This episode was very clever. It had many twists and always kept me on the edge of my seat. It was very cleverly written and very surprising. The one thing that this episode has that more recent ones lack is equal airtime of all the actors. I believe that everyone had a fair bit amount of airtime and that was excellent. I also thought the clues were very clever and they kept me thinking. The interrogation room scenes with only Stabler are always fun to watch. Stabler using tries to hurt the suspect and gets pulled off by his boss and other coworkers. Overall, I think this is one of the better episode of Law & Order: SVU!moreless
  • Clever! It really had me thinking.

    9.8
    This is one of those episodes that keep you guessing the entire hour. The detectives play the tradition view of detectives -- people who go around town looking for clues and puzzles to solve the crime. This episode was definitely different. The perp wrote riddles that the detectives had to find out, and it was very frustrating for them. He keeps finding new ways to taunt them. He seemed like a smart perp until they talked to his mother, who revealed that he was afraid of the dark.



    I think it was very cleverly written, and all of the detectives got a lot of airtime. I think it's definitely one of the best episodes.moreless
  • A killer is on the loose! Puzzles are the only clues. Its the return of RDK!

    9.7
    The Special Victims unit has their work cut out for them in this one! A killer from 20 years ago has returned and he taunts police with riddles and puzzles. It takes all the dectectives skills to unlock the clues, and find RDK before he Rapes, Dismembers, and Kills yet another victim. The search takes them all over the city. The only other question is... is this really RDK or just a copycat?

    I kept this episode in my DVR for at least a month. I loved how the dectectives kept following the clues. Every character appears, Why I Watch.moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Remy Auberjonois

Remy Auberjonois

Eric Liebert

Guest Star

Elizabeth Franz

Elizabeth Franz

Jeannette Henley

Guest Star

Anne Meara

Anne Meara

Ida Becker

Guest Star

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran

Recurring Role

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: In this episode, Stabler says that serial killers don't stop killing. In real life, the BTK killer eventually retired and went about his normal life without taking another life for many years before he was arrested.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (Detectives bring Becker's mother Ida, whom he has not seen in twenty years, into the interview.)
      Humphrey Becker: They're not interested in my childhood.
      Dr. George Huang: Oh, but we are.

    • Fin Tutuola: Is Julie missin' any fingers?
      John Munch: No. Why?
      Fin Tutuola: I just found three on the pillow in the bedroom.

    • Dr. George Huang: What did your mother do to you?
      Humphrey Becker: Please, with you people, it's always the mothers.

    • Olivia Benson: (summing up their perp) A serial killer kleptomaniac who's afraid of the dark.

    • Casey Novak: I just set a world record getting these search warrants, not to mention risking my life to interrupt Judge Terhune's poker game ... again!
      John Munch: Poor baby, I've been up for forty hours.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Casey mentions that in obtaining the warrant she had to barge in on Judge Terhune's poker game again. She's referring to the time in the episode "Bound" when she went to the Judge's house to get a warrant signed and he was playing poker with some other judges.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the BTK killings in the 1970s and 1980s in Kansas. It was an interesting twist of fate that led NBC to re-broadcast this episode the same evening that a suspect, Dennis L. Rader, was arrested.

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