Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 5


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 21, 2003 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • When Munch and Fin are at the diner Munch says to Fin that he should buy a place like this and Fin says he knew about that dive that Munch had in Baltimore. This is a reference to Homicide: Life on the Street where Munch, Bayliss and Lewis owned a bar named the Waterfront.

    • Goof: During the scene at the docks, a clear "action" can be heard in the background.

    • Goof: When viewing the episode in HDTV, at the scene on the docks when the camera follows in front of Nestler, Benson and Stabler, you can clearly see the tracks the camera is wheeled on in the right side of the screen.

    • Goof: When Stabler is on the dock, fighting with the criminal in the water, water spots can be clearly seen on the camera lens.

    • Goof: When Warner first extracts the tube, the sutures are in the middle. When she holds it up for the detectives in the next frame, the sutures are at one end.

  • Quotes

    • Casey Novak: Great. Tell you what, let me take a quick sweep, then we can go to the crime scene together.
      Olivia Benson: It's already been processed.
      Casey Novak: Not by me.

    • (Casey interupts Olivia and Elliot in the Interrogation room.)
      Elliot Stabler: Where's Cragen?
      Casey Novak: I don't know.
      Elliot Stabler: (raises his voice) Then you don't interrupt me when I'm in there with a perp. You stand here, watch through this one-way, and see where we are.

    • John Munch: Last call for bets on Dr. Newland's paternity test.
      Donald Cragen: Just give us the results, John.
      John Munch: What do you want, the good news or the bad news first?
      Donald Cragen: John.
      John Munch: He's not the father.
      Casey Novak: So what's the good news?
      John Munch: We cleared a cold case.

    • M.E. Warner: This woman was burked.
      Elliot Stabler: What the hell is that?
      M.E. Warner: An arcane method of suffocation, dating back to 19th century Scotland.

    • Fin Tutuola: A woman had her frigging baby and you didn't hear anything?

    • (Stabler discusses the previous victim with Dr. Newlands.)
      Elliot Stabler: You know what her biggest fear was before you? Starting the first grade.

    • Casey Novak: Got a minute?
      Arthur Branch: When you save a little girl's life, you get two. Have a seat.
      Casey Novak: I can't do this.
      Arthur Branch: Sure you can. Just bend your knees and let gravity take over.

    • (Casey shows up at a crime scene as Benson and Stabler are looking for evidence.)
      Olivia Benson: Who the hell are you?
      Elliot Stabler: That's our new ADA. Casey Novak, Olivia Benson; Olivia, this is Casey Novak.
      Casey Novak : Do I know you?
      Elliot Stabler: Yeah, shortstop, cop's team.
      Caey Novak: Oh yeah, I didn't recognize you when you weren't covered in my dust!

    • Olivia Benson: CH3, COO5H11...
      Elliot Stabler: He's a chemist, what are you cooking?
      Ron Wolcott: Not that it's any of your business, isobutyl acetate.
      Elliot Stabler: Oooh, sounds pretty hardcore.
      Ron Wolcott: It's the predominant component in banana flavoring. What the hell is this about?

    • Olivia Benson: Smart ones change M.O.s, but no one changes signature.

    • Judge Lois Preston: Where is your client, Mr. Langan?
      Trevor Langan: I've just put in a call to his wife, and my assistant is checking local hospitals.
      Casey Novak: Oh, please.

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • This story appears to be ripped from the headlines of the case of Dr. John Schneeberger. The doctor inserted a tube into his arm filled with a patient's blood in an attempt to fool investigators in Kipling, Saskatchewan, into thinking that he was not responsible for the sexual assaults for which he was eventually found guilty.