Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 9 Episode 6

Svengali

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 06, 2007 on NBC
5.8
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Episode Summary

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Benson comes under fire from fans of a convicted serial killer after a body turns up that greatly resembles his work.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A serial killer still doing damage from prison.

    9.0
    This was a good episode about a woman that is found dead but the way she was killed resembles victims of a serial killer who is in prison You would never expected Cecilia to be involved with this killer by killing for him and the worst part is when she cut herself just for him Benson doesn't take kindly to being nearly blown up and stabbed by the comic book guy who she smacked over the head countless times with a book This episode had a good conclusion where the serial killer in prison won't have any human interaction ever.moreless
  • great episode. casey never fails to please.

    9.3
    I thought this was a very good episode to open up sweeps. i totally didnt expect cecilia to be the killer, especially after she was put in the hospital and mutilating herself the way she did. can you say ouch! and i loved the scene where olivia beats the hell outta harrison thomas! with a book none-the-less! she's just great. the pizza bomb scene was good too. i love fins "its double pepperoni, it'll kill ya" and then BOOM, it almost does kill him. lol. but i think my favorite part was the end where casey "keeps" her deal with robert and transfers him to florence supermax! 23 hour lock down and no human contact for the rest of his life (and rightfully so, i might add!). casey just flat out rocks!moreless
  • I love SVU!!

    9.7
    The other Law and Orders just cant seem to stand up to SVU! This is one of many great episodes! I love when we get the episodes where the detectives get emotionally evolved or anytime it gets personal! I think it brings out a whole other side to everyone else! Although I did think it was strange that the didnt have cops with Olivia after she had gotten threatened twice! But if they would have then the episode wouldnt have happened like it did! Also Casey is a very smart woman... I mean everyone knew she was smart already but in this episode she really shows that she can bite back! This was a great episode!moreless
  • Pretty good episode...Felt like old times with the two detectives working together.

    8.0
    Really loved the pizza box scene and explosion. Interesting how more people are not worried about Olivia after that scene. The scene where Olivia tries to go after the guy at the grave site is great, really great acting and character anger, which always helps make for a better drama!! Didn't like the scene with Olivia and Benson at her apartment, he never asks if she is okay, wouldn't you be concerned if your partner had just been attacked? The trial part was okay, but I feel like SVU is doing to much court room in the last few seasons, and this was one. End of episode was really great with Casey.moreless
  • WOW, Not only one of the best episodes of SVU from this season but also very creepy and scary.

    10
    Much better than Harm. This masterpiece starts off when Benson and Stabler investigate the murder and mutilation of a young prom queen an elevator shaft where they team up with Fin and Lake go under the tunnel of the train station and find a man named Edgar who get accused of murder. They now find out it is a british serial murderer named Robert Morton who is doing 8 life terms in sing-sing with no parole. This case hits Olivia hard and she seriously becomes a serious dealy target to dangerous threats of violence and eventually a very seriously attack. And nothing will keep her off the case in this exciting episode.moreless
Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

ADA Casey Novak

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Adam Beach

Adam Beach

Det. Chester Lake

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Shannon Woodward

Shannon Woodward

Cecilia Strayer

Guest Star

Gareth Saxe

Gareth Saxe

Harrison Thomas

Guest Star

Justin Blanchard

Justin Blanchard

Edgar Rabinowicz

Guest Star

Joel de la Fuente

Joel de la Fuente

TARU Tech Ruben Morales

Recurring Role

Peter McRobbie

Peter McRobbie

Judge Walter Bradley

Recurring Role

Beverly D'Angelo

Beverly D'Angelo

Rebecca Balthus

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Benson's hair is dark and short, but when we see her looking at the screen comparing the comics to the victims' photos her hair gets lighter and a bit longer.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Fin Tutuola: 'Kay, well there's gotta be hundreds of miles of tunnels, any idea which ones are full of schist?
      Ryan O'Halloran: They're all full of schist.

    • Harrison Thomas: Murder is a part of our society, it's human nature.
      Olivia Benson: Unfortunately that's why I'm still employed.

    • Fin: Liv, I got your pizza.
      (Olivia looks over confused)
      Olivia: I didn't order a pizza.
      Fin: It's got your name on it.
      Olivia: Well I'm not hungry throw it out.
      (Olivia walks out of the squadroom and Fin goes to throw the pizza away)
      Lake: Hey you gotta recycle that box, dude don't you care about the environment?
      Fin: It's not empty there's a pie in here.
      Lake: I'll eat it there's no such thing as bad pizza.
      (Fin gives Lake the pizza)
      Fin: It's double pepperoni; it's gonna kill ya.
      (Fin walks away as Lake plops the pizza onto his desk and the pizza explodes)

    • (Morton is escorted out of the courthouse in chains.)
      Casey Novak: Well, you were great.
      Robert Morton: Did you like it? Bet you didn't know what was gonna happen next.
      Casey Novak: You put on quite a show. You got her off, she's going to a psych ward.
      Robert Morton: Is that a frown on your pretty face?
      Casey Novak: Actually, I think Cecilia is going exactly where she belongs. So are you.
      Robert Morton: (snorts) You're backing out on the deal.
      Casey Novak: No, you're being transferred to a federal prison.
      Robert Morton: I thought you'd be a sore loser.
      Casey Novak: You're gonna love Florence Super Max. 23-hour lockdown, no visitors, no mail, no phone calls. No human contact for the rest of your life.
      Robert Morton: You can't do that to me!
      Casey Novak: Why don't you wave bye to all of your fans?
      Robert Morton: We made a deal!
      Casey Novak: And it's a masterpiece. How do you like my work?

    • Fin Tutuola (after getting injured by a pipe bomb): Somebody tried to bust my eardrums, I'm gonna bust their ass!

    • Olivia Benson: You mutilated women.
      Robert Morton: There's beauty in everyone. Sometimes you have to dig deep to find it.

    • Olivia Benson: Why get her drunk, slip her a roofie, and not rape her?
      Fin Tutuola: Maybe he couldn't rise to the occasion.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The Mata Hari Bar is named after Dutch exotic dancer Mata Hari (real name Margaretha Zelle), who was accused of spying for the Germans during the First World War. In 1917, she was convicted of espionage in France and executed by a firing squad.

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