Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 3 Episode 2


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2001 on NBC
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Episode Summary

The detectives investigate three murders that seemingly have with no connection to each other, but each one has ties to Benson's previous cases and the detectives worry that Benson is the intended target.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Olivia actually extremely annoyed me this episode, but good story line, good actors.

    I had to comment for the first time since watching this show. I found Olivia insufferable in this episode!

    While I really enjoyed the episode, and part of me was hoping that Plummer was not guilty the first time we saw him, it was pretty obvious he was. But he still made a good bad guy, and it is sad to think there are people who suffer imprisonment and can't even reflect on their 'crimes' because they didn't commit any.

    But she was acting like she can't understand why Stabler gave her a protective detail? I'm sorry if I was Stabler and in that situation I'd hope Benson would go behind my back to set one up for me. I'm stubborn too, but if I thought my partners life was in danger I'd rather them hate me but be alive. She completely overreacted (which at the time ok, but at the end? "Don't come near me").

    She takes vacation time so she can go on a manhunt, she wasn't even on duty! That also could've completely jeopardised the case. She was a rogue cop on a manhunt, and that is what the defence would say. She goes after this man alone, goes completely behind all 3 of her partners back (I consider Fin and Munch her partners also - they do work together) but expects them to forgive her.

    She should never have been on this case from the start, no matter how good a detective is, every time she handles a piece of evidence it could've been stated in court that she has a vendetta or felt personal etc. She was a liability and I'm surprised the feds didn't take over.

    And finally, it annoys me sometimes how they get so forceful with people. I don't like a rapist as much as anyone, but once he's served his time and is out, they don't deserve cops going to their place of work, yelling about their crimes, pushing them around because it's fun. No you can ask them nicely, explain why you're there and show them respect. They served their time THAT is their punishment. Being raped in prison for rape isn't 'karma' it isn't 'equal'. The prison sentence is the punishment.

    Oh and like someone else mentioned (I think) I did find the ending a bit anticlimatic after all that. I like that he gets to make her a 'murderer' because he had no bullets. We know it's a clean shot, everyone knows it was a clean shot, doesn't change how she'll feel though. But yeah, just him being at his apartment. It was complete luck that Olivia was acting illegally and stupidly and went there, she could've actually taken time off to be separate from the case and it would've been Stabler and all the cops coming through the door.

    Sorry for the rant, I do enjoy this episode but everyone already pointed out the good aspects and I needed it out of my system.moreless
  • Personal Matters

    Workers discover three dead bodies with no connection, but they are relatives of the victims Benson was working on. The squad discover that she is the target of a guy with a personal vendetta. Then, she discovers another victim who she talked to earlier, and the unit is concerned about her. A man who did time in prison shows up at the unit and denied killing four victims. That night, Benson confronting an agent thinking he's stalking her, spots the guy she'd seen earlier at work. Her co-workers think she's paranoid, but realized she was right all along when they discover something disturbing. They track down Olivia and the creep in a woman's apartment when they found him shot by Benson. Then, another cop discovered that the man's gun wasn't loaded.

    This was an emotional episode. Good acting from Olivia. Paranoia, Fear, and Emotion. That suspect suffered in prison and he had to do some crazy things to prove his point. He was wrongfully convicted, sent to prison, and raped. Prison will change people. And cops make mistakes in their career.moreless
  • Another great episode

    This episode was a great episode. It was also a very sad episode. The great acting made it even better. Olivia, when she found out she was the sole connection to all the victums, facial expressions were priceless. She actuall had fear in her eyes. When she closed the door and saw that it was her name spelled backwards on the door it was frightening. Her own anger was lashed out onto Elliot when he tried to help her. The ending of the episode was very sad. It was only one of a few episodes where we see Liv really loose it. Great episode.moreless
  • Yet another Olivia centered episode.

    When three people Olivia helped on past cases turn up dead, the squad close ranks around her and begin investigating the deaths, looking for a link between the three victims other than Olivia. Eventually they pin down the perpetrator, and some great and powerful scenes and moments ensue. From the discovery of perpetrator's company Aivilo (Olivia spelled backwards), to Olivia confronting Elliot about him going behind her back, to the final showdown between Olivia and the perpetrator, this episode was non-stop action. Every moment of this episode was fantastic. I loved the ending, leaving things between Elliot and Olivia unresolved and up in the air. Don't miss this episode! It's incredible!moreless
  • How far she's come

    In season one, Mariska Hargitay was the worst thing about SVU (along with meandering family scenes). Through season two she improved and now in the third season, an episode centered around her is a treat. Hargitay looks tough and comes off well.

    The story is a simple one, with victims turning up who have prior ties to Olivia. Viewers get to see before the detectives how much the killer wants Olivia to know, as his bogus company bears the name Aivilo, which looks interesting when scene backwards on the door.

    Olivia finally tracks the real killer, with a hostage, and is forced to shoot him. Despite legitimate concerns, she took umbrage with Elliot trying to protect her, and at the end, the episode makes you think they are breaking up as partners. However, they are together next episode and it never arises again.moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler



Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

ADA Alexandra Cabot

John Doman

John Doman

Rod Franklin

Guest Star

Lee Shepherd

Lee Shepherd

Mr. Platt

Guest Star

Ebony Jo-Ann

Ebony Jo-Ann

Mrs. Harding

Guest Star

Ned Eisenberg

Ned Eisenberg

Roger Kressler

Recurring Role

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: After Olivia finishes arguing with Elliot about the protective detail, she walks away from him and down the street. In the next close-up of Elliot's face, though, he is still staring at someone, and Olivia is still speaking and standing in front of him.

    • The is the second time that Olivia Benson has found herself the victim of an unwelcome stalker.

    • Benson calls Cragen by his first name, Don, which is rare. The officers under Cragen almost always refer to him as Captain, or as Captain Cragen.

    • This is the second time that Benson has been forced to shoot a suspect.

  • QUOTES (18)

    • Olivia Benson: We blame all kinds of people for creating monsters. Why not ourselves?

    • Olivia Benson: You worried about something?
      Don Cragen: Your safety.

    • Olivia Benson: He has killed four people and we're doing nothing.
      Alex Cabot: How many drinks did you have? Olivia, the system made a mistake before. Now everything we do is under a microscope.
      Olivia Benson: I wasn't drunk.

    • (Looking at the board of victims that were found at the body farm.)
      Don Cragen: Interview the families, let's find another link other than Benson.

    • Elliot Stabler: Let's go.
      Olivia Benson: I can't, got to give my statement.
      Elliot Stabler: I'll take it.
      Olivia Benson (looking at Stabler): You, leave me alone.

    • Olivia Benson: Please, Mr. Plummer, don't think I won't.
      Eric Plummer: I'm counting on it detective.

    • Eric Plummer: I was innocent.
      Olivia Benson: Yes, you were, but then you killed four innocent people.
      Eric Plummer: Three innocent people, and one child abuser. I thought cops cared about the facts.

    • FBI Agent: Which is why you need to get a protective detail.
      Olivia Benson: No, I'm not a victim.
      Elliot Stabler: Liv, it might not be a bad idea.
      Olivia Benson: We're wasting time. Does anyone know how Derricks was bailed out of the tomes?
      FBI Agent: According to the log, it was you.

    • Elliot Stabler: What about some dinner?
      Olivia Benson: When was the last time your kids saw your ugly mug?
      Elliot Stabler: Come on, I'll set an extra plate.
      Olivia Benson: Nah, see you tomorrow.

    • Suspect: I'm clean I swear. What's it gonna take for you guys to believe me?
      John Munch: A special kind of surgery.

    • Elliot Stabler: Someone's got my partner in their sights.
      Adam Cordell Jr.: They must not be very good, 'cause she's still breathing.
      Olivia Benson: You were never very subtle were you?

    • Olivia Benson: He wants me twisting, obsessing about him, the way that he is.
      Elliot Stabler: You can't know that.
      Olivia Benson: Yes, I can. 'Cause it's working.

    • Olivia Benson: I'm fine.
      Elliot Stabler: I'm not. Some low-life's out to get you.
      Olivia Benson: If he wanted to take me out, he would've tried it already.

    • Olivia Benson: When you can't trust your partner, Elliot, it's time to get a new one.

    • Eric Plummer: How does it feel, Detective Benson, to have your credibility shattered and your life in ruins?
      Olivia Benson: It sucks.

    • Victor Klaussen: I had to get a restraining order, but you cops never enforced it.
      Olivia Benson: 'Cause we figured a murdering rapist like you could take care of yourself.

    • John Munch: The victims were pumped full of potassium chloride. Death was painless.
      Fin Tutuola: Like that makes a difference.

    • Olivia Benson: It wasn't your name stenciled on that door, so whose ass are you really covering?

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