Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 2 Episode 21

Scourge

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 11, 2001 on NBC
9.0
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126 votes
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The team searches for a serial killer who justifies his crimes with paranoid religious motivation set on by a rapidly deteriorating medical condition.

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  • A serial killing spree, and a full out manhunt. What's better for a season finale?

    9.0
    The first victim is slit then roasted for being a prostitute. The second beaten worse than the first because the killer thought she was a prostitute. The pattern seems to be set until victims 3 and 4 come. A little boy and his father, killed because of the 'evils' of video games.



    The killer isn't in his right mind and the city is terrified. There's a task force, and thousands of tips when this manhunt begins. The detectives still have a hard time because of the last twist. They can't predict where he strikes next.



    When finally caught he and everyone else is caught in a legal tangle when they have to pick who to blame. The person with mental problems that did it, or the people that made him that way?moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    9.5
    After a prostitute is found stabbed and set on fire, the Special Victims Unit are ont he lookout for any clues leading to the perp. The entire unit is unable to find this guy until the death toll reaches four. After a tip comes into the station, Benson and Stabler find suspect Daniel Varney. He claims that God has been telling him to kill his victims in an attempt to cleanse and purify their souls. Daniel is then given a psychiatric evaluation and it is determined that he is suffering from a severe case of syphilis which is contributing to his deteriorating mental condition. Daniel was unaware of his condition because the life insurance company to which he applied for coverage, failed to report the illness. This is a great episode and definitely one of the best I've seen. It is so sad that big companies are willing to over look small details in order to make sure that they can make money. You never know what could happen to someone like Daniel Varney.moreless
  • Brilliantly acted!

    9.5
    Law & Order Special Victims Unit often have very strong guest stars, but Richard Thomas who plays the perpetrator in this episode stands out as easily being one of the best. His performance was phenomenal. He had me in tears the way he played his very confused and very sick character. At the end, the completely blank and empty look on his face was absolutely gut wrenching. Olivia and Elliot also had some nice moments when they were just talking with each other. I love those brother/sister kind of scenes that they have every now and then. All in all this was an outstanding episode.moreless
  • Great acting from Richard Thomas & other guest stars

    8.5
    A very compelling and frightening episode features Richard Thomas in a very un-"Waltons" like performance. The team frantically races to find a spree killer who seems to have a religious fixation. Karen Allen as Thomas' wife is very good as well. The mom whose family is killed is heartbreaking and very moving. The reason behind the killer's illness is a shocking twist.
  • Excellent episode

    9.7
    Even though this was a excellent episode it was extremely painful to watch. The acting was excellent the story line was great it drew you into it. I loved how it was written that you wanted to hate the perp.You hoped he would get caught and burn for what he did but then in the end you find out it was all due to some mistake some doctor made years ago. That it was an illness that made him do what he did and could have been avoided if only he had been given a shot of pennicillin. Great story line.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

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot

Karen Allen

Karen Allen

Paula Varney

Guest Star

David Chandler

David Chandler

Malcolm Hunt

Guest Star

Kevin O'Rourke

Kevin O'Rourke

Sam Tiffany

Guest Star

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

Judge Lena Petrovsky

Recurring Role

Tom O'Rourke

Tom O'Rourke

Judge Mark Seligman

Recurring Role

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Daniel Varney: I have to ask you something.
      Olivia Benson: What?
      Daniel Varney: Why didn't you shoot me?
      Olivia Benson: Because I didn't want to hurt you.
      Daniel Varney: But you must.
      Olivia Benson: I must what, Daniel? I don't understand.
      Daniel Varney: Kill me. Please. Please. I can't take any more pain.

    • (Fin and Munch go to get some sleep.)
      Elliot Stabler: You, too.
      Olivia Benson: Oh, no. I'm too pissed to sleep.

    • Elliot Stabler (when asked how it was going): Ah, 500 calls since 11:00 and more sightings than Elvis. Wanna trade places?

    • Elliot Stabler: It's four o'clock in the morning. Why don't you guys get some shut eye?
      Fin Tutuola: You don't have to ask me twice.

    • Fin Tutuola: These people have a serious problem.
      John Munch: Yeah, they're scared.

    • Elliot Stabler (answering telephone): Special Victims, Detective ... Oh, Kathy. Nah, it's just good to hear your voice.

    • Elliot Stabler: You know, it's the middle of the night, and I'm sitting here realizing I spend more time with you than I do with my own family. (She looks up to him) No offense.
      Olivia Benson: We both need a vacation.
      Elliot Stabler: You got that right.

    • Dr. George Huang: (speaking about the yet-to-be identified serial killer) He's impulsive, disorganized, unpredictable, ...and he's not gonna stop until you catch him.

    • Olivia Benson (arresting Malcolm Hunt): Please put your hands behind your back.
      Malcolm Hunt: Is this necessary?
      Elliot Stabler (smiling): Standard procedure.

    • Dr. George Huang: His brain is Swiss cheese.

    • Judge Petrovsky: (while in arraignment) Mr. Newvine, how does your client plead?
      Daniel Varney: Are you God?
      Judge Petrovsky: Just an overworked judge, Mr. Varney. And I ask the questions, not you. Guilty or not guilty?
      Daniel Varney: How can you judge me if you're not God?
      Judge Petrovsky: Mr. Newvine, control your client.
      Don Newvine: We plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect, your honor. (to his client) Daniel, please!
      Judge Petrovsky: Miss Cabot?
      Alex Cabot: Remand, your honor. The defendant is clearly a dangerous-
      Daniel Varney: No!
      (he punches Newvine; the court officers restrain him.)
      Daniel Varney: You can't judge me! You don't sit in judgment of me! You don't sit in judgment of me! You don't sit in judgment of me! You can't judge me! You can't judge me!

  • NOTES (2)

    • A deleted scene from this episode reveals Benson and Stabler were promoted to Detective Second Grade and Detective First Grade, respectively, due to their work on this case.

    • In at least one scene, you can see a USMC tattoo on Chris Meloni's right forearm, which is later explained in episode #101. The USMC tattoo is not real (the crucifix on his shoulder is).

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Having the serial killer slitting prostitutes' throats down to the spine and eviscerating their genitalia is based on Jack the Ripper's modus operandi.

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