Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 1 Episode 5


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 18, 1999 on NBC
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Episode Summary

After a travel writer is found tied up with a woman's undergarments choking off his air supply, Benson and Stabler initially suspect his landlord's boyfriend, but suspicion soon turns to the landlord and her daughter. Both seem far too interested in what their tenant is doing with his time. After learning the daughter had a sexual relationship with the tenant, things take an even stranger turn.moreless

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  • May to December gone twisted.

    Benson and Stabler investigate the death of a tenant, who is also a travel writer. At first they suspect the landlady's boyfriend, who was a sex offender. But her daughter confessed she had a sexual relationship with the man before he died. They say he got killed after he and the girl got caught. But the girl admitted of killing him instead of rape because he wanted to travel light. They both had desires to travel, and that's sparked up their relationship. Talk about May to December romance gone twisted.

    This was a good episode, and there were no court scenes. And than actress from 'Home Improvement' suspected of murder, she was alright.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show law and order svu a man is found in his appartment with tape over his mouth and womens panties in his mouth. and they start to investgate and find out the mother could of had something to do with it so they go and question her and then they find out that her new boyfriend is not who he says he is and he was a convicted sex offender but thing is the daughter lies and says it was him. and then they find out the daughter was in love with the guy and so she had sex with him alot and the day he was killed she had sex with him and she stuffed the panties after she killed him since he would not take it with her. this was a good epmoreless
  • Just when you think who know who the killer is...look again...

    This episode was full of many twists and turns! You never knew who to believe was the actual killer until the last 15 minutes or so of the show. At first I suspected the landlady (played by Patricia Richardson, of "Home Improvement" fame) since she was for the most part in love with the guy. Never did I expect it to be her daughter though. We find out that her daughter was "raped" by the tenant, only to find out that she was in love with him?! And got so jealous that she got obsessive...enough to kill him. Wonderful, wonderful writing. This was one of my favorite episodes of the season (I think Stalked was my absolute favorite though!).moreless
  • Wanderlust.

    I liked this episode a lot. It showed how a mother daughter relationship was not easy when a man is involved. This episode started with a well known author found dead in his apartment with panties shoved in his mouth. The panties were his landlords but she says it wasn't and reported that her daughter was missing. They find the daughter in the train station and proved that she knew a lot about the trains helped a man find his train when Liv and El couldn't. I like how my country's food was commended in this episode and in the end the daughter was charged but not before she called her mom a BI**H.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    I wasn't very impressed by this episode. I was interested at the beginning when they first find the vicitm's body and that fact that he had a pair of women's underwear shoved in his mouth. But after that, I just wasn't into it. I didn't feel attached to any of the characters (save for Olivia and Elliot.) This definitely wasn't one of my favorite Law and Order Special Victims Unit episodes. However, I did enjoy the underlying story line involving Elliot and his children. I have a soft spot for anything to do with him and his kids!moreless
John Dossett

John Dossett

Tom Dayton

Guest Star

Henry Strozier

Henry Strozier

John Freeman

Guest Star

Lisa Tharps

Lisa Tharps


Guest Star

Michelle Hurd

Michelle Hurd

Det. Monique Jeffries

Recurring Role

Isabel Gillies

Isabel Gillies

Kathy Stabler

Recurring Role

Erin Broderick

Erin Broderick

Maureen Stabler

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: When Benson is asking for information on the phone from Belize, she does so in Spanish. Even if in some areas of the country people speak Spanish, the official language is English, so she shouldn't need to ask in a different language.

    • Goof: When Benson and Stabler find Virginia and are leaving, a man walks over and asks for help. A woman in a cream sweater is walking by on the right, but after Virginia gives him directions several seconds later the camera pulls out and the same woman walks by again in the same direction.

    • Goof: During a scene in which Benson and Stabler are talking outside, two guys can be heard in the background yelling, 'Hey! They're on TV!'

    • Goof: Benson and Stabler interview Annabel Hayes at work and in some shots, the actress' hair is pushed back behind her ears and in others it is not.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • John Munch: The guy's wanderlust is one adverb short of Robert James Waller.
      Monique Jeffries: Mmmm... Bridges of Madison County.
      Brian Cassidy: That was incredible.
      John Munch: How 'bout incredibly banal: short, muscular sentences displaying total absence of original thinking?
      Brian Cassidy: I was talking about the movie.

    • (Munch has just explained one of conspiracy theories.)
      Jeffries: Is there anything you just accept?
      Munch: Yeah, ... compliments.

    • Donald Cragen: (to Stabler) Hey, don't worry when you feel something. Worry when you don't.

    • Donald Cragen: Elliot, your feelings will always be apart of your police work.
      Elliot Stabler: Yeah, but I...
      Donald Cragen: The more you try to deny that, the more control they will have over you.

    • Olivia Benson: (to Elliot) Haven't you ever tried to protect someone you love?

    • Olivia Benson: Virginia, Detectives Munch and Cassidy are going to take you home.
      Virginia Hayes: Can I drive?
      John Munch: Since you're probably as old as my partner, I don't see why not.
      Brian Cassidy: What?
      Virginia Hayes: Cool.

    • John Munch: Yes, Santa Claus, there is a Virginia.

    • John Munch: Think you can still make direct deposit from the great beyond?

  • NOTES (1)


    • This episode is inspired by elements of the Vladimir Nabokov novel Lolita, including plot points and character names. Lolita features Humbert Humbert, a man in his forties, who becomes obsessed with a widow's 12-year-old daughter Lolita, who seduces Humbert. The term Lolita is often used to refer to extremely young women who seduce much older men.

    • John Munch: Yes, Santa Claus, there is a Virginia.
      This is a play on words from the well-known quote 'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus', best known from the 1947 George Seaton film Miracle on 34th Street; originally from an editorial in the New York Sun back in 1897.