Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 1 Episode 7

Uncivilized

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 15, 1999 on NBC
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When a young boy is found murdered, suspicion leads Benson and Stabler to a recently paroled child molester. Although they both hate what the man has done in the past, it is soon obvious to the detectives that the teenagers who initially steered them in the man's direction are hiding secrets of their own.moreless

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  • Uncivilized?

    8.0
    Benson and Stabler investigate of the rape and murder of an eight year-old boy found in the park. According to two teen witnesses, they said a man named Bill Turbit is the suspect. After a background check, Det. Jeffries told the crew that Turbit was a child molester who abused his victim about a decade ago. Then, his own neighbors, who didn't know about this turned against him after word got out. The bartender told Stabler he was upset the other day. By the time of Turbit's arrest, the bartender recanted his story saying he was at the bar at the time of the killing. Turbit becomes a poster boy for sex offenders. However, his DNA did not match to the kid so he is let go. But, at the time of his hearing, the father of the victim kills him sending the case back to square one. They re-question the two eyewitnesses, and with evidence including the victim's glasses the crew discovers they have secrets of their own. That's twisted.



    This was a good episode. No court scenes. The boys doing some stupid stunt they learned from some website is crazy. Nice plot.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    9.0
    in this ep of the show law and order svu they are called to the scene were a child is found raped and murderd. and his glasses are missing. and they do investgating and they get this tip from two teenagers and they get lead to belive that it was a old child melester that was in the neiborhood and they think it was him and turns out it was not him he was cleard by dna and when he was leaving the courthouse someone shoots him a few times and he dies. and they later find out it was the two teenage kids that did it and blamed it on the melester . this was a good epmoreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.5
    Uncivilized is definitely a good episode of Special Victims Unit. It was storylines like this one which got me interested in the show. Dealing with the worst offensees, pedophiles. Ryan Davies was an innocent child, who was killed by two teenage boys who thought it would be funny to frame a convicted sex offender. It goes to show you how child molestors can never clear their names once they commit a crime. Everyone will always immediately point the finger of blame in their direction. This is what makes it so easy to manipulate the criminal justice system, just as Mike D. and Jimmy G. did in the show.moreless
  • Fantastic!

    10
    Another amazing episode in the strong first season of Law & Order SVU. In this episode when a boy is found molested and murdered, the detectives are quick to suspect a convicted sex offender who was seen riding his bike where the murdered boy was playing. I, along with the detectives and the man's neighborhood, really thought he was guilty for most of the episode up until the last 15 minutes. Unfortunately, it was then much too late to do anything to help the man. There were two moments I really loved in this episode. The first was when Olivia interviewed the man's first victim. The exchange between them was tearful and poigant. At the end the victim, now a fully grown man still living with his Mom, asks Olivia her name. She tells him and, wiping his eyes, he replies, "Olivia. Greek. Deriving from olive tree." I know it doesn't sound like much, but it was a beautifully done scene. The other moment I loved was when Elliot went to the park to meet his wife and four kids. He sees his wife and all three girls, but he doesn't see his son. They assure Elliot he is just playing somewhere, but in a panic Elliot goes running to find him. Sure enough, his son is just playing in the trees with several other kids, but Elliot runs to him and picks him up, holding him close with tears in his eyes.moreless
Jessica Hecht

Jessica Hecht

Miss Kreutzer

Guest Star

Ian Reed Kesler

Ian Reed Kesler

Jimmy G.

Guest Star

Austin Lysy

Austin Lysy

Mike D.

Guest Star

Michelle Hurd

Michelle Hurd

Det. Monique Jeffries

Recurring Role

Isabel Gillies

Isabel Gillies

Kathy Stabler

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Erin Broderick

Erin Broderick

Maureen Stabler

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • (As to why he is not a father)
      John Munch: I wouldn't want to give a kid the responsiblity of me.

    • Elliot Stabler: You show me a first time offender, I'll show you a guy who's never been caught before.

    • Donald Cragen: What have we learned?
      Olivia Benson: No one can handle crimes against children.
      Monique Jefferies: Yeah. And lesson two. Get out after two years.

    • John Munch: When I was a kid, my parents told me to never eat sweets.
      Don Cragen: So, as an adult, you overcompensate?
      Brian Cassidy: So I guess your parents said "never get married" either, huh?

    • Olivia Benson: I don't care if they're on their very last breath, you had no right to take it from them.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This is the last appearence of Holiday Segal in the recurring role of Kathleen Stabler, Allison Siko takes over the role starting with the season three episode "Popular".

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Mike D.: Maybe this world is another planet's Hell.
      John Munch: Aldous Huxley also said, "but I like the inconveniences."
      They are referring to English writer Aldous Huxley, whose essays, "The Doors of Perception" and "Heaven and Hell." They detailed his experiences with the psychedelic drug mescaline, and were frequent reading among early hippies.

    • Mike D.: (as Munch and Cassidy leave) I thought Men in Black sucked.
      Mike D. is mocking Munch and Cassidy's attire by referencing the Will Smith / Tommy Lee Jones film about two government agents who monitor the activities of space aliens living on Earth and save the planet from hostile invaders.

    • Cragen: Why don't we just release him and put an "M" on his back.
      A reference to the 1931 German film M about a child killer, who is identified on the street where a man uses chalk to put an "M" on his back, identifying him as a murderer. He is found by gangsters and given an underground trial.

    • This episode appears to be partly ripped from the headlines of the Nathan Leopold, Jr. and Richard Loeb case. These two young men are commonly known as Leopold and Loeb, and were two wealthy University of Chicago students. They murdered 14-year-old Bobby Franks in 1924, and were sentenced to life in prison. The duo was motivated to murder Franks by their desire to commit a perfect crime.

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