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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 3 Episode 2


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Oct 05, 2001 on NBC
out of 10
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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.

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  • 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
  • This amazing ep, really shows how Olivia Benson works, i think it just gives us more details on her character, and what she would do in these situations

    This is personally, one of my favorites, i have seen it over and over and over again, for the SVU viewers, we know Olivia Benson has only been stalked once, before, i think this goes into more depth on what she would do in this kind of situation, the first was just sexual fixation, this, was much personal, and you can tell, that the whole case really got to her, MH doing an excellent job in the end showing that, and how she would react again, if she shot someone, but this time, someone innocent, who ended up in the system because of her mistakes in the first place when she first started to be a cop, so grab a bowl of pop corn and some good old soda and sit down to see it for the 100th billionth time!!! :Dmoreless
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. Fin Tutuola

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

A.D.A. 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?

  • NOTES (1)