Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 1 Episode 22


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 19, 2000 on NBC
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Episode Summary

After a shopkeeper brings a note for help to the squad, the detectives begin trying to locate a young Romanian woman named Ilena, only to find her aunt, who hasn't seen the girl in months. The squad eventually find her at the home of the Morrows, a successful yuppie couple. A forensic psychologist analyzes the team, and presents disturbing findings to Cragen, suggesting that one of the detectives be removed from the team.moreless

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  • Missing Person

    Benson and Stabler get information from a Romanian Shopkeeper that a woman, desperate for help has been missing. Her aunt got word, but ends up dead with Benson's card the following day. They finally found the young woman, who's been working for a couple, but hasn't been in touch with her aunt for a few years. The squad discover the couple are a pair of wolves. The husband is a corporate, arrogant, and controlling jack-ass who tortured the nanny with bondage gear, while his wife killed the girl's aunt to keep her quiet. They finally save the girl who was inside some coffin under the bed. In one subplot, a shrink analyzes the unit including Capt. Cragen about their lives affecting their jobs. In a shock, Stabler fantasies of killing criminals in anger while Jeffries confessed to sleeping with a possible suspect. The shrink tells the captain that one or two of them is got to go. There's a cliffhanger here.

    The episode was good. No court scenes. The subplot will carry on to the next episode and one will step down. What happened to Andrew McCarthy? How is this has been appear on the show? Well, we will be seeing more stars as the series progress. That's the end of Season 1. Munch needs to stop joking and get serious with relationships.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show law and order svu its the season one final and there is a case that involes a women that is being a abused and she is from romana and they go and investgate and turns out the guy is a bussiness man that likes to control women and they have to get info out of him and his wife to go and find out where she is being held and they come across the tortor devices and stuff and then the svu unit is being talked to one by one by shrink to dignose what is going on and turns out one of the dectevis is about to have a melt down this was a big ep and a good way to end the first seasonmoreless
  • fudigilzhd

    that was sick! the ways that the man tortured that woman made me want to through up all over the place several times :( that was awful. He really had no presence of mind that what he was doing was horendous or he just didn't give a darn. it was sick and disgusting but very well written haha. I thought it was very well played and the writing was good aand yeah i'm rambling but oh well.... it's what i do best. so... yeah this was great episode and a very good season finale for law and order special victims unitmoreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    A Romanian man who runs a fruit stand come to the Detectives at the Special Victims Unit to report a sexually based crime. A young woman approached him to ask if he would pass a message along to her aunt. After reporting the incident to Detectives Benson and Stabler they begin their investigation. It turns out that the girl is being held against her will as a slave by an investment banker. She is tortured in a closet of sorts and even kept in a locked box beneath the bed. At the same time the Detectives are being psychologically evaluated. This is a great episode! It is very interesting and keeps you on the edge of your seat.moreless
  • This one gets personal.

    The episode manages to interweave into the main story some very revealing and personal confessions, for the first time showing what the detectives think of their work. Their struggle to deal with the harsh crimes they must face on a daily basis exposes some chinks in their armor, not otherwise apparent.

    Those truths are disclosed at meetings with a psychologist, Det. Monique Jeffries, which is part of a bi-yearly checkup to locate problematic personalities. The checkup concludes with only one red flag, the season finale cliffhanger, whom in which one of the SVU's team members will be immediately removed from duty.

    Elliot Stabler: Did you ever see a child with no soul? I have.

    Monique Jeffries: How do you handle it?

    Elliot Stabler: I think... I think a lot.

    Monique Jeffries: About?

    Elliot Stabler: The crime, the victim, the people that do that sort of thing.

    Monique Jeffries: What else?

    Elliot Stabler: How I could get away with killing them.moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Michelle Hurd

Michelle Hurd

Det. Monique Jeffries

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Reiko Aylesworth

Reiko Aylesworth

A.D.A. Erica Alden

Guest Star

Kelly Bishop

Kelly Bishop

NYU Registrar

Guest Star

Mary Lou Rosato

Mary Lou Rosato

Constanta Condrescu

Guest Star

Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick

Dr. Taylor

Recurring Role

Harvey Atkin

Harvey Atkin

Judge Alan Ridenour

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Randolph Morrow: She doesn't even blink without my permission.
      Elliot Stabler: She blinked. You broke her down too well, you made her too pliable. A lot of wives get the electric chair for what their husbands do, but not her. You like controlling women. Would you try with a tough guy? Stand up. (Morrow rises) Sit down. (Morrow sits) Stand up, stand up. (Morrow rises) Sit down, sit down. (Morrow sits)

    • Mrs. Morrow: Randolph kept Ilena in the closet for the first six months.
      Olivia Benson: Except when he raped and tortured her.
      Mrs. Morrow: You have no idea what I went through!
      Olivia Benson: Which is why you did nothing for Ilena, because he'd stopped doing it to you.

    • (Psychologist Audrey Jackson gives her impressions of John Munch)
      Audrey Jackson: (To Munch) You've been married multiple times. Each wife was beautiful, spoiled, and not one of them matched you intellectually. You distrust all women, any form of government, and you could smell a conspiracy at a five-year-old's lemonade stand.
      John Munch: Anything else?
      Audrey Jackson: You've given up on relationships, but you still believe in true love. And the pain of never having found it is...unbearable.
      John Munch: (Wearily, and with sadness) Anything else?

    • (To Audrey Jackson about the effect his work has on him.)
      John Munch: Believe it or not, I have serious intimacy issues. I'm critical, negative, have the occasional bout of, lets see, melancholy. I'm a lousy date, but a good cop. So. That covers everything?

    • Audrey Jackson: Tell me what you do to relax. Go jogging? Racquetball? Walk?
      Don Cragen: Audrey, it's New York. Everybody walks.

    • John Munch (talking to psychiatrist): Does dealing with sexual deviants every day affect me? The answer is no, just ask my blow-up doll.

    • Randolph Morrow: Honey, I'd like a mineral water, no ice.
      Olivia Benson: And I'd like your balls in a blender, but ain't life a bitch.

    • Audrey Jackson: Do you have a girlfriend?
      John Munch: Do you?

    • Donald Cragen: So, uh, this is what it feels like.
      Audrey Jackson: What does?
      Donald Cragen: To be the suspect ... just kidding ... sort of.

    • (The brass just issued orders for SVU to undergo psychiatric evaluations.)
      Elliot Stabler: Do you believe this?
      Olivia Benson: Shrinks get shrunk. Maybe we could use a little.

    • (The phone rings at Air Bucharest headquarters.)
      John Munch: Don't answer that phone. Anyone who calls an airline waits twenty minutes minimum while being subjected to a Clockwork Orangeian loop on the benefits of your awards program.
      Executive: I believe that's your phone, sir.
      (Munch sighs and answers his cell phone.)

    • Don Cragen: Okay, let me see if I got this straight; some girl is being sexually abused by some guy, somewhere in Manhattan?
      Elliot Stabler: Something like that.

    • Audrey Jackson: How do you handle it?
      Elliot Stabler: I think, a lot. About the crime, the victim, the people who do this sort of thing.
      Audrey Jackson: Anything else?
      Elliot Stabler: (Pauses.) How I could get away with killing 'em.

    • Audrey Jackson: We still have 45 minutes.
      John Munch: I suppose you want to hear a detailed account of my sexual history? But how're we gonna kill the remaining 44 minutes?
      Audrey Jackson: Do you always deflect personal questions with jokes?
      John Munch: Do you always deflect jokes with personal questions?

  • NOTES (1)


    • This case appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Colleen Stan case as well as the Tanya Kach case. Stan, aka "Carol Smith", was held hostage for seven years by Cameron Hooker to be used as a sex-slave and kept in a box under his bed. Tanya Kach was kidnapped and held hostage by a security guard from her Pennsylvanian school before being released ten years later.