Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 2 Episode 21


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 11, 2001 on NBC



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • 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

    • 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

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