Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 1 Episode 8


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 22, 1999 on NBC
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Episode Summary

When the body of an assistant district attorney is found raped and beaten in Central Park, Benson lets her emotions get the best of her as she takes it upon herself to bring the suspected rapist, a local realtor, to justice. Stabler tries to get the man's business partner to help him, but Benson may be the one who ends up needing help.moreless

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  • Crazy Stalker

    Detectives Benson and Stabler investigate the rape and murder of an ADA, in which Benson knows. According to one witness that the perpetrator turns out to be Richard Wright, a realtor. He is kind, but controlling stalker. He is brought in for questioning, but is let go without evidence. The squad is willing to try him again. Then things take a strange turn. Richie disappears, but he has Benson as his next target. He kills his ex-girlfriend in which he used to rape and control as a sign. Capt. Cragen in wants Benson off the case, but she can handle it. That night she gets a call from Wright telling her to meet him at the park alone. However, Wright is arrested by the squad when they set him up. He got on Benson's mind, and then he gets to her partners mind. Is he crazy?

    It was a good episode. There were some funny moments. And, no court scenes.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show law and order svu a women is found in the park dead raped and beaten in the park. and they do some investgating and it leads them to a guy that sells houses and he likes to take control over women that had the control he raped someone before and he sends flowers to the women he stalks and he is very interested in the detective benson who he thinks is aperson that is incontrol and he starts to stalk her and then she waits for him in the park and they get him and he tells the story but not enough evidence.moreless

    I thought this episode was very very very very very very good. LIKE EXCELLENT! I really liked the storyline. It showed how strong Olivia really is and what she risks for her job. I t also showed how much the whole squad cares for her. I really liked the concern Elliot showed as well. It proves for a great relationship between th two whether or not it is romantic. I feel like Olivia should have a little more concern though seeing as she could potentially be the next victim. Maybe she was scared and just didn't want to show it. I think that is an excellent character trait for Olivia.moreless
  • Benson proves that she is tough enough to handle the job.

    When an ADA is found dead in Central Park, Olivia recognizes her as Karen Fitzgerald, a friend of hers. She and Elliot then find out that she was raped and shot in the head. As the two investigate the case, they meet Richard White, a real estate agent who was prosecuted by the ADA. He soon becomes the prime suspect in the rape/murder and after he is questioned by Olivia, he takes an interest in her; he has her schedule written down (where her gym is, where she goes jogging, etc...). It is soon obvious that she is being stalked by him. Everyone in the squad does what they can to protect her, but Olivia says she can handle this on her own...

    This is definitely one of my favorite episodes; it's the first one where one of the detectives puts their life on the line to catch a suspect. The guy who stalked Olivia was simply creepy, especially when he was alone with Olivia in the interrogation room and on the phone with her, telling her to meet him in Central Park. I love how she was pretty much fearless when he came at her with the knife (probably because she knew the guy was going to get caught right when he made contact with her, but still, it shows that she really can handle practically any case!). Great acting all around and especially great writing in this episode.moreless
  • First time she shows recklessness and selfnessness for her job

    This is what we watch law and order for; great crime mystery and a little drama on the side. This is one of the first episodes where we see Olivia's obvious affinity and dedication to the job as she makes it quite clear that she can take care of herself and does not consider herself a civilian where safety is an issue. Her reaction to the phone call late a night shows that she was ready for her stalker's call or even visit. In this episode the writers revealed quite alot about Olivia to us, mainly her recklessness. We also hear for the first time a phrase which many people bypass when she's interrogating white and he calls her a b**** "Did i strike a nerve?" this phrase actually sounds like a question showing that she is self-concious.moreless
Allison Mackie

Allison Mackie

Kimberly Phillips

Guest Star

Jack Hallett

Jack Hallett


Guest Star

Charles Brown

Charles Brown

Mr. Krim

Guest Star

Michelle Hurd

Michelle Hurd

Det. Monique Jeffries

Recurring Role

Chris Orbach

Chris Orbach

Ken Briscoe

Recurring Role

Dean Winters

Dean Winters

Det. Brian Cassidy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (6)

    • Goof: When Benson is speaking to Stabler, there is less orange juice in the cup than there is later when she takes a sip in the kitchen.

    • Goof: When Stabler comes to drive Benson to work in the morning they go into the kitchen. Benson then grabs her keys and her bag and opens her bag to drop something in, but drops nothing and just moves her hand.

    • Goof: When Benson and Stabler are talking to White's business partner, a boom mic can be seen clearly in the mirror for a few seconds.

    • Goof: Cassidy suggests that a suspect is like "Mr. Jekyll and Dr. Hyde." The actual line should be "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

    • Goof: In the scene where Stabler and Benson interview White's partner, Stabler is standing when he is talking but when he is listening, he is seated and his reflection can be seen in the mirror.

    • One of the policemen describes the book found in the park as a murder mystery. The book, A Burnt-Out Case by Grahame Greene, is actually about an architect facing an existential crisis who goes to work in a leper colony in the Congo.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • John Munch: Need a lift home?
      Olivia Benson: I'm just waiting for Elliot to get back from Forensics.
      John Munch: It's just as well. I didn't bring my car.

    • Elliot Stabler: Stop acting like a cop.
      Olivia Benson: That's what Richard White would like me to do.

    • Brian Cassidy: Go ahead, Munch, rain on my parade.
      John Munch: I don't just want to rain on your parade, but I want to blow up all the floats.

    • Olivia Benson: I sure's hell wouldn't drive to Queens to save your ass.
      Elliot Stabler: Yeah, you would.

    • Elliot Stabler: Ten IDs. Birdman ID'd ten people.
      John Munch: Larry Bird and The Partridge Family.

    • Richard White: (to Olivia Benson) I'm fixed on you. And until I'm dead, I'll always be in your head. Just like your mother had somebody in her head ... Hmm ... We're joined at the hip now, aren't we?

    • (Refering to the small salaries that the detectives are making.)
      Lila White: For that you guys get to deal with filth all day.
      Elliot Stabler: All shapes and sizes.

    • Elliot Stabler: Blink your lights when you get inside.
      Olivia Benson: You're just gonna sit here all night until I do aren't you, you stubborn son-of-a-bitch?
      Elliot Stabler: Yes, I am.

    • Olivia Benson: You have the sedan with you?
      Elliot Stabler: Yep.
      Olivia Benson: Which means that you drove all the way uptown from the Queensboro Bridge, dropped off the car, picked up the sedan, turned around, all the way back downtown to get here. That's a lot of neighborhood, my friend.

    • Olivia Benson: You know what you are?
      Richard White: A realtor.
      Olivia Benson: A nosey parker.
      Richard White: And you're a bitch.
      Olivia Benson: Did I strike a nerve?

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