Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 9 Episode 12


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 08, 2008 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Nitpick: When they identify the John Doe using his fingerprints, Agent Cooper says he "helped search for evidence" after one of the murders. No one asks why she didn't mention she knew the victim at the crime scene, or before this during the investigation.

  • Quotes

    • Lauren Cooper: You must get a lot of confessions in here. Can't wait to unburden the soul, confirm your deepest suspicions. They want absolution. They want to be able to sleep at night.
      Olivia Benson: Can you sleep at night, Lauren?
      Lauren Cooper: I sleep. Just. Fine.

    • (Walking around Agent Cooper's apartment.)
      Chester Lake: I'm going to blow your freaking brains out.
      CSU Technician: You better not be talking to me!

    • Don Cragen: She murdered Mr. Moore.
      Chief of Detectives: You mean the serial killer.

    • Olivia Benson: Exactly how close were you two?
      Lauren Cooper: He was like a father to me!
      Olivia Benson: Oh, is that what they're calling it now?

    • Lauren Cooper: Working with him was like having a father for the first time, you know what I mean?
      Olivia Benson: No, I don't,
      Lauren Cooper: Job is your family?
      Olivia Benson: Yeah.

    • Dr. Melinda Warner: Uterus punctured by a foreign object. Colon punctured by a foreign object.
      Special Agent Lauren Cooper: I don't think we need to hear any more.
      Dr. Melinda Warner: I speak for the dead, and I'm not done!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • Lauren Cooper: Those who fight monsters should make damn sure they don't become one.

      This quotation, originally from Friedrich Nietsche ("Those who fight monsters should take care that they never become one. For when you stand and look long into the abyss, the abyss also looks into you."), is often used in police academy training classes, and was likely learned there by the characters.