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Olivia Benson (Character)
from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999)

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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Broken Rhymes (#18.6)" (2016)
Olivia Benson: Three lives ruined all because Eva was born a boy.
Rafael Barba: I read that Hype's single went to #1.
Olivia Benson: [dryly] Well that's what really matters.

Olivia Benson: I think that Vincent Love orchestrated Eva's murder.
Rafael Barba: [groaning] Oh, you are never letting me out of here.

Olivia Benson: [Hype looks to his lawyer] Don't look at him. This is your decision, not his.

Olivia Benson: A public bathroom of a crowded mall in broad daylight. This is a hell of a place to attack someone.
Amanda Rollins: Or it's the perfect place.
[showing Benson the vic's ID]
Amanda Rollins: Vic is transgender.

Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Vic's legal name is Eric Carson. She's a twenty-four year old art student from Montclair, New Jersey. Seems like she goes by the name Eva these days.
Olivia Benson: Parents?
Odafin Tutuola: They're on their way.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: This is the nurse.
Olivia Benson: Hey. What do we got?
SANE Nurse: Rape kit showed forced penetration, severe tearing and bleeding, perforated colon. Significant blunt force trauma to the head and torso, as well. She's lucky to be alive.
Olivia Benson: Okay. Semen? Is there any sign of... of intercourse?
SANE Nurse: No.
Amanda Rollins: Defensive wounds?
SANE Nurse: Bruises on her wrists and arms. We're checking her nails for DNA.
Olivia Benson: Thank you.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: [as the nurse leaves] Okay. So a transgender art student from the suburbs gets beaten and raped with a pipe in a public restroom just months after New York State signs the gender neutral bathroom bill. Media's gonna be all over this.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, for good reason. This is a hate crime.

Amanda Rollins: Where were you today between 12:00 and 1:00 pm?
Logan Blake: [sardonic laugh] Okay. I was here all day, since 8:00 am, in my office. I ran out for a quick lunch around noon.
Amanda Rollins: Oh, great. Did you eat around here?
Logan Blake: Yeah, a diner in Tribeca.
Olivia Benson: Well, Eva's father said that... that you two were fighting last night.
Logan Blake: It wasn't serious. I love Eva.
Amanda Rollins: [sarcastic] Yeah. Let me count the ways.
[consulting her notepad]
Amanda Rollins: "I'm tired of your lies". "I'm starting to despise you". "I wish you'd disappear."
Olivia Benson: I mean, I'd hate to see your serious arguments.

Odafin Tutuola: Just got off the phone with the event planner. He says he doesn't know the name of the guy who got slapped, but he does know he was a guest of Vincent Love's.
Amanda Rollins: Vincent Love, the rap guy?
Odafin Tutuola: Yeah, the founder of 187 Music. He works with the biggest names out there.
Olivia Benson: So I'm guessing that big-name rappers don't appreciate getting slapped by transgender models. All right. Let's find Vincent Love and find out exactly what happened.

Olivia Benson: Do we have anything on Hype's past that suggests that he's good for this?
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: One prior. Armed robbery. Plead it down to a misdemeanor, didn't do any time, but I listened to some of his music. It's hardcore.
Amanda Rollins: You mean hateful. It's full of homophobic rants, gay slurs.
Olivia Benson: So he may not be the spokesperson for the LGBTQ crowd, but it doesn't mean that he's good for the assault.
Amanda Rollins: This might. Look at this.
[turning her laptop around]
Amanda Rollins: "Look who I just ran into at Cypress market! #HypeRules." Posted yesterday at 11:54 a.m. I mean, that's twenty minutes before Eva's attack.
Odafin Tutuola: Yeah, so much for being in the studio all day working on his rhymes.
Olivia Benson: Let's bring him in. I want to find out what he was doing at Cypress market and why he lied about it.

Olivia Benson: [about Hype] Look, this guy's lying about something, so get his mug in a photo array and show it to the mother and the daughter.
Amanda Rollins: They're in Boston until Wednesday.
[checking her phone]
Amanda Rollins: Oh, and Hype's not the only one lying. Security video confirms Eva's boyfriend Logan left his law firm at 11:30 and didn't return until 1:45.
Olivia Benson: That's not a quick lunch.
Amanda Rollins: No, not unless you live in Italy.

Odafin Tutuola: That's Cash Lewis. That's Hype's business parter and producer.
Amanda Rollins: Well, he's got quite the rap sheet. Felony assault. Weapons. Narcotics. And gang affiliation for added measure.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Okay, so Cash is hanging out with Eva behind Logan's back. Why would he beat and rape her?
Odafin Tutuola: Lots of reasons.
Olivia Benson: All we need is one.

Dominick Carisi, Jr.: $50,000, payable to Eric Carson, aka Eva. We found it in a wastebasket in her apartment.
Odafin Tutuola: Written on a 187 checking account.
Olivia Benson: Okay, so why did she rip it up?
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: I'm guessing out of principle.
Odafin Tutuola: Cash the check first. Worry about principle later.
Olivia Benson: All right. So Cash and Vincent Love try to bribe Eva. She says no. Then what?
Odafin Tutuola: Well, Hype's worried about some transgender girl telling the world that she writes all his hardcore raps.
Olivia Benson: Okay, that sounds like possible motive to me.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Yeah, but for who? Cash? Hype? Vincent Love?
Amanda Rollins: My money's on Hype.
Olivia Benson: What do you mean?
Amanda Rollins: I just spoke with the lab. They found his DNA under Eva's fingernails.
Olivia Benson: Sit on his studio. I'll send Anti-Crime to the apartment.
[to Fin and Carisi as she leaves]
Olivia Benson: You two, work on an arrest warrant. Now!

Olivia Benson: Hype, we have your DNA under Eva's fingernails. We have you near the crime scene twenty minutes before the attack, and as for motive, there's too many to choose from.
Odafin Tutuola: Hate. Greed.
Olivia Benson: Not to mention that you were heading toward the hospital, to what? To kill her? To make sure that she never woke up so she couldn't ID you?
Odafin Tutuola: Hype. You gotta come clean, man. We already have enough to charge you.
Olivia Benson: He's right. We're just being polite.

Olivia Benson: We're giving you a chance to tell us what really happened.
Odafin Tutuola: Now, you can start by telling us how your DNA got under Eva's fingernails.
Hype: Okay. But if I tell y'all, will you promise to keep it private?
Olivia Benson: Absolutely. We won't say a word.
Hype: Like, for real? You can't tell no one.
Olivia Benson: For real.
Hype: Okay. Cool. I appreciate that. So... the reason my skin is underneath her fingernails is because... we had sex. We... we're dating. We're in love.

Dominick Carisi, Jr.: So Hype's in love with Eva.
Odafin Tutuola: That's what he says.
Amanda Rollins: And you believe him?
Olivia Benson: He seems credible, but he's told so many lies. It's really hard to tell where he's coming from.
Odafin Tutuola: That's what makes me believe he's telling the truth.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: How so?
Odafin Tutuola: I mean, Hype's an up and coming rapper. Hardcore, at that.
Amanda Rollins: So he's been lying to protect his image.
Odafin Tutuola: His career. I mean, this style of rap is all about reputation. It's all about street cred. For him to tell his fans that he's in love with a transgender woman, they'd laugh at him. His whole brand would go up in smoke.
Olivia Benson: It's 2016, for god's sake.
Odafin Tutuola: Not for people selling gangster rap.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Yeah, or some of my relatives.
Amanda Rollins: Or mine, too.
Odafin Tutuola: Look, this whole gender fluidity thing is coming out more nowadays, and that's cool, but the truth is it's confusing, and a lot of people can't make sense of it all. Me included.
Olivia Benson: And our friend Hype.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Okay, so let's... let's say we believe this guy, that he really does love Eva. That still doesn't make him innocent.
Olivia Benson: Listen, I agree. All that denial and... and self hatred. Who knows? Maybe Hype did just crack and took out all his rage on Eva. Let's go back inside and see if we can learn anything.

Olivia Benson: So, Hype, I just want to go over everything again and make sure that I... that I fully understand. So you and Eva were involved, and that's the reason that you went to the hospital? To check on her condition?
Hype: Yeah. I mean, I just wanted to make sure she was okay. But like I said, I ain't gay. Not even close. I just... you know, I just like her, that's all.
Olivia Benson: So when did you and Eva first meet?
Hype: Three months ago. At some party for some photographer. We liked each other. Started hanging out.
Odafin Tutuola: Why'd she slap you?
Hype: 'Cause I pretended I ain't know her. Started making some stupid jokes. I just ain't want nobody to know, that's all.
Olivia Benson: So this had nothing to do with the songs she wrote.
Hype: What are you talking about?
Odafin Tutuola: Your boy Cash told us she wrote some of your tracks, but you didn't want her name on the album. That's why he and Vincent Love had to give her 50k to remain anonymous.
Hype: What the hell are you talking about? Eva didn't write no tracks. She don't even like rap. Look, I write my own rhymes, from day one, a'ight?
Olivia Benson: Then why were you at Cypress market?
Hype: Eva wanted to have lunch. In public. She was tired of our relationship being on the DL. It was a big deal to her.
Olivia Benson: And?
Hype: I freaked out. Changed my mind. I mean, I wanted to have lunch, but I just couldn't do it. So I left. Went to the bar down the street, drank some peach schnapps, and went back to the studio.

Odafin Tutuola: The bartender at the Golden Goat says he remembers Hype. Says he's the first person in five years to order peach schnapps. Surveillance video show him there from 12:10 to 1:05.
Olivia Benson: Okay, so if Hype didn't do it, then who did? The boyfriend, Logan, is in the clear, right?
Amanda Rollins: Yeah. The office manager confirms he was at the doctor's office from 12:15 to 1:10.
Olivia Benson: So if it wasn't Hype and it wasn't Logan...
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: It's gotta be Cash.
Olivia Benson: Okay, so get the mother and the daughter down here right away and see if they can ID him.

Rafael Barba: The girl IDed Cash Lewis. Is it credible?
Olivia Benson: I think so. When she saw his face in the photo array, her eyes lit up, and she said she remembered the tattoo on his neck. It reminded her of SpongeBob.
Rafael Barba: Huh. Motive?
Olivia Benson: Look, Eva posed a threat to Hype's image. His career. So Cash tried to buy her off. When she refused, he beat and raped her with a pipe.
Rafael Barba: I'm not sure we have enough for an arrest just yet, but I'll get you a search warrant.
Olivia Benson: Okay.
[as she turns to leave, her phone chimes]
Olivia Benson: The sooner, the better. Our rape case just turned into a murder investigation. Eva passed away an hour ago.

Rafael Barba: This whole self defense thing is a total mess. First and foremost, Cash didn't pull the gun. Hype did. The kid is lying about everything.
Olivia Benson: To avoid admitting that he was in love with Eva.
Rafael Barba: Even if he tells the truth, that he was seeking revenge because of Eva's death, he could still be staring down a murder charge.
Olivia Benson: Look, the guy finds out that the love of his life has just died after being beaten and raped with a pipe. I mean, it sounds like heat of the moment to me.
Rafael Barba: No. He had three hours to cool down. He stole Vincent Love's gun. Then he drove sixty blocks looking for his victim, and he shot him in cold blood. To me, that sounds like murder.
Olivia Benson: Well, if the victim wasn't such a hate-filled, pipe wielding rapist, then I'd more inclined to agree with you.
Rafael Barba: From a legal perspective, that's irrelevant.
Olivia Benson: I know, but from a human one, it's not. Cash killed Eva because she was transgender. Is the world really gonna be a worse place because Hype does five years instead of twenty?

Rafael Barba: We're going to indict you for murder first thing tomorrow.
Mitch Hampton: Randall acted in self defense.
Rafael Barba: Mm. We disagree. The evidence doesn't add up. But the good news is I'm here to offer you a deal, sir. Man one. I will, however, need you to allocute so that the judge and the public knows why I'm offering you such a good deal.
Hype: What's that mean?
Olivia Benson: That means you need to tell the judge what really happened; that you killed Cash in a heightened, emotional fit of rage because you loved Eva.
Hype: [sharing a look with his lawyer, who shakes him off] Look, this ain't got nothing to do with nobody named Eva.
Olivia Benson: Okay, Hype, don't be stupid.
Hype: I shot Cash over a business dispute! In self defense! Like I said, I ain't no faggot.

Olivia Benson: That kid thinks because he's in love with a transgender woman that he's gay. He's confused.
Rafael Barba: Well, we tried. It was a good deal. It was almost too good. Either the guy has got a lot of confidence in this lawyer...
Olivia Benson: Or he's being handled. That lawyer is in Vincent Love's back pocket. Any time one of his rappers gets jammed up, good old Hampton gets a call.
Rafael Barba: So?
Olivia Benson: "So"? So the real client is Vincent Love, not Hype.
Rafael Barba: He's allowed to pay the legal fees as long as there's no conflict of interest.
Olivia Benson: No conflict? He just talked Hype out of the best deal that he is ever going to see, because he's protecting Love's brand. They're transphobic, homophobic, and if they have to sell Hype out in the meantime - you know, convince him to stay street - so be it.
Rafael Barba: I don't disagree, but it's not my problem. I've got a trial to win.

Olivia Benson: I understand that this is hard, but your daughter needs to start telling the truth.
Liza Johnson: She's not going to testify. I'm not going to risk her safety over some...
Olivia Benson: Some what? Some freak?
Liza Johnson: She's just a kid. It's not her fault some man in a dress got attacked.
Olivia Benson: Her name is Eva. She's an art student. She lives in Montclair with her family. With her parents, Nina and Mark; the mother is fifth grade teacher and the father is an electrician. And if you continue to interfere with our investigation, and encourage your daughter to lie, I will arrest you. Am I making myself clear?
[Liza doesn't reply, but Benson can see the understanding in her face]
Olivia Benson: Thank you.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Great Expectations (#18.11)" (2017)
Olivia Benson: Hey. What do we got?
Dominick Carisi Jr.: The victim's name is Jack Wilson. He's thirteen, he plays for the New York City Whitecaps.
Olivia Benson: Which is...?
Dominick Carisi Jr.: The best youth hockey program in the state. Now, Jack's teammates had a game this morning, but they lost after he missed a last-second shot. Now, his mother noticed he was bleeding in the parking lot afterwards, drove him over here.
Olivia Benson: You talk to the doctor?
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Yeah. He said there was tearing in his rectum caused by a blunt instrument. Like a... hockey stick. Sounds like a hazing.
Olivia Benson: No, that sounds like sexual assault.

Olivia Benson: Let's all just settle down here, 'cause I'm... I'm sure we want the same thing.
Linda Wilson: No, fundamentally, we do not. I didn't want him to join this team in the first place.
Frank Wilson: That's not fair. I played on the Whitecaps when I was his age, and I...
Olivia Benson: I think arguing isn't... isn't gonna help your son.
Frank Wilson: Neither are two police officers hovering over him.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Mr. Wilson, your son's injuries indicate he's a victim of a sexual assault.
Frank Wilson: Sexual assault? I saw the doctor on the way in. He said Jack will be fine. It was a... prank that went too far.
Olivia Benson: Mr. Wilson, that's... that's not how we saw it.

Olivia Benson: All those players in that locker room? Someone had to have seen something.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Yeah. It's a team full of young boys. Nobody wants to get out in front of this. Even the victim won't talk.
Olivia Benson: Okay, so call Rollins, uh... have her head over to the rink with Fin. Talk to refs, talk to coaches, and I want the name of every single player on either team.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Got it.
Olivia Benson: And have CSU head over to that locker room.

Olivia Benson: Hey, where are we with these Bang Brothers?
Odafin Tutuola: The Bash Brothers. Like McGwire and Canseco.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: No, like Reed and Portman.
[seeing Fin and Benson's blank looks]
Dominick Carisi Jr.: "Mighty Ducks 2"? Never mind. Anyway, these guys have never been in trouble with the law. They've got no juvenile records.
Olivia Benson: Okay. You checked the, uh... their contracts?
Odafin Tutuola: All signed and notarized. A lot of rules for an eighth grader.

Amanda Rollins: So, I've been taking a look at the security footage from the rink. Look. Here are players leaving the locker room, right? Most exit at the same time. But this is the last kid before... look; these two. Numbers 26 and 9. And they're hauling ass, too. It's ten seconds before our victim, Jack, comes out.
Odafin Tutuola: How can you tell that's him? You can't make out his face.
Amanda Rollins: Look. Look there, the sleeve. You see that? Number 14. That's Jack's number.
Olivia Benson: Who are these two kids that came out before him?
Dominick Carisi Jr.: [looking at the team roster] Number 9, William Harris. Number 26, Timothy Brown. The Bash Brothers.
Olivia Benson: Okay. Bring 'em in. This wasn't a couple of kids playing grab-ass. We need answers.

Helen Turner: Sexual assault? My son? That's not... that doesn't sound right. He'd never hurt Jack. They're best friends.
Olivia Benson: Well, we have two eyewitnesses who say that they saw him do it. They claim that it was your idea and that... that you were the main aggressor.
Helen Turner: No. That isn't possible. And I don't want him answering any more questions about this. Not until my husband gets here.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: That... that's fine. That's fine. We can wait, right?
Olivia Benson: Sure.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: [sitting down] Your number's 99? You gotta be a big Gretzky fan, right?
Kyle Turner: He's the greatest there ever was.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Yeah, he sure is. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take, right?
Kyle Turner: Right.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: You really love hockey, don't you, Kyle?
Kyle Turner: It's the best sport there is.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: What if, um... what if it all went away?
Kyle Turner: [as his face falls, he turns to look at his mother] What?
Olivia Benson: Well, we read your player contract. The one that you signed. It explicitly forbids violence against other players.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Which is exactly what we're dealing with here.
Kyle Turner: No. That's not fair.
Helen Turner: You can't kick him off the Whitecaps.
Olivia Benson: You're right. We could do a lot worse. Like... like arrest him, for example.
Kyle Turner: Please, I... I don't know who told you what, but... but it's not true.
Olivia Benson: Well, then tell us what is true, Kyle.

Olivia Benson: Mr. Turner? Can I help you?
Jim Turner: I don't know what my wife agreed to, but Kyle is done talking. I cannot risk him accidentally saying something that's gonna ruin his career. He's got too much to lose.
Olivia Benson: Oh, I agree with you. But we have two witnesses who say that they saw him assaulting Jack.
Jim Turner: I don't care if you have two hundred witnesses. You have the wrong kid.

Olivia Benson: The lab ran the hockey sticks. They're all clean. There's no blood, there's no DNA. So Kyle must have gotten rid of the one he used after he saw us at the hospital.
Amanda Rollins: So we don't have enough to hold him.
Olivia Benson: No, but we have Jack. You and Fin go to the hospital first thing in the morning and get him to tell you who attacked him.

Jim Turner: What is this? What are you doing here?
Olivia Benson: We have a warrant for your son's arrest.
Jim Turner: You're joking, right?
Helen Turner: Jim, what's going on?
Jim Turner: I got this, Helen. Kyle's still with the doctor. I know it doesn't matter to you, but he might have broken his wrist.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: How did that happen?
Jim Turner: Hockey practice. You know, we got enough going on right now without you harassing us, okay?
Olivia Benson: You don't want to talk to us, that's your prerogative, but we are gonna wait here until your son is released. And then we're going to arrest him.

Olivia Benson: Excuse me, Doctor, I'm Lieutenant Benson. This is Detective Carisi. We saw you in there with Kyle Turner. How is he?
Dr. Stephen Hale: Spiral fracture. He'll be okay. Uh, was he assaulted?
Olivia Benson: Uh, actually, he's a person of interest in a case that we're investigating.
Dr. Stephen Hale: I... I see.
Olivia Benson: And you asked if he was assaulted, why?
Dr. Stephen Hale: His injury suggests someone twisted his wrist, violently.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Which is hard to do playing hockey.
Dr. Stephen Hale: Hard, not impossible.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Can we take a look at the kid's medical records?
Dr. Stephen Hale: Not without a subpoena. There are laws...
Dominick Carisi Jr.: We're SVU. We know the laws.
Olivia Benson: We also know that as a mandatory reporter, you're required to call us if you have any suspicions, so... do you?
Dr. Stephen Hale: [glancing back at Kyle] I found a few other spiral fractures on his x-ray. It appears as if they went untreated.
Olivia Benson: So you're saying that it is possible that Kyle has been physically abused.

Dominick Carisi Jr.: Hey, Kyle. How you doing?
Olivia Benson: Your wrist must still be hurting, but Kyle, we need to take you down to the police station.
Kyle Turner: Because of what happened to Jack?
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Mm-hmm.
Olivia Benson: Yes.
Kyle Turner: Do we have to go now? Where's my dad? I... I need to talk to him.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Don't worry, he's... he's gonna come with us, too. Okay? So how'd that happen?
Kyle Turner: I got tripped up at practice. Landed on my wrist sort of funny.
Olivia Benson: At practice? Okay, so somebody else can verify that?
Kyle Turner: Well, it was only me and my dad. He... he didn't see it, though, when I fell.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Okay, well here's the thing, Kyle. We don't think you're telling us the truth. And the doctor's pretty sure that's not the way it happened.
Olivia Benson: And your medical records show that... that this isn't the first time that you've been injured this way.
Kyle Turner: I... I don't know what you mean.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Kyle, has anybody been getting physical with you? At home? Grabbing at you?
Olivia Benson: N... no! I... I fell.
Olivia Benson: Kyle, listen to me. We wanna help you. And there's a real chance that you could go to prison for what you did to Jack.
Kyle Turner: But... I thought only adults could go to prison.
Olivia Benson: Nope. Sometimes kids go, too. So you need to talk to us and tell us if somebody put you up to this or if somebody threatened you. You need to tell us that, okay?

Jim Turner: What the hell are you... how many times do I have to tell you you do not have my permission...
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Hold on. Look, we have more questions.
Jim Turner: Not without our consent.
Olivia Benson: Actually, we don't need your consent in this situation.
Helen Turner: What are you talking about?
Olivia Benson: We have evidence that your son has been abused. Physically.
Jim Turner: [derisive laugh] Abused? That's ridiculous.
Kyle Turner: I... I already told them that I fell.
Olivia Benson: So we have two choices. I can arrest Kyle right here, right now. Or we can all go down to the precinct and talk this through.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Your other sons, too.
Jim Turner: Fine. Let's talk it through. Get to the bottom of this. 'Cause we got nothing to hide.

Jim Turner: This is just a misunderstanding. That's all. How do we make it go away?
Amanda Rollins: We don't. We can't. But we might be able to find a way to make his punishment less severe.
Jim Turner: How?
Amanda Rollins: You admit to abusing Kyle.
Jim Turner: Excuse me?
[seeing her stoic expression, he scoffs]
Jim Turner: Look, my parenting style might be old school, but I'm never physical. Kyle wants to be a great player. I know how to get him there. Came close to playing pro myself.
Amanda Rollins: How do you explain the spiral fractures, all those untreated injuries?
Jim Turner: He's a hockey player. Sometimes he gets hurt. But he plays through the pain. He doesn't complain like most of his pansy friends. That's just who he is.
Olivia Benson: [watching in the observation room] Well, we tried. I mean, clearly this family is not gonna budge.
Odafin Tutuola: So what do you want to do?

Olivia Benson: Excuse me. Hi, can you tell us where Jack Wilson's been moved to? He's not in his same room.
Nurse Sofia Perez: [checking her computer] Are you with the Special Victims Unit?
Olivia Benson: Yes.
Nurse Sofia Perez: Didn't someone call you?
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Call us about what?
Nurse Sofia Perez: Jack. He died twenty minutes ago.

Linda Wilson: He had a fever. Um... they said all he needed was fluids, some antibiotics. We didn't think anything of it.
Frank Wilson: Then his blood pressure started dropping. They rushed him to intensive care, but... they said it was an infection.
Olivia Benson: We are so sorry for your loss.
Frank Wilson: Someone needs to pay for this.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: We'll be charging Kyle Turner with manslaughter.
Frank Wilson: Go ahead, charge Kyle. But it's his sick son of a bitch father you should really be after.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: How do you mean?
Frank Wilson: Jim got into Kyle's head, turned him into a bully. I've seen what he did to the older one, too. Who knows how long Mark has before that lunatic starts in on him?
Olivia Benson: You've witnessed abuse?
Frank Wilson: He's always berating, pushing, grabbing.
Olivia Benson: Have you ever seen him hit Kyle?
Frank Wilson: I didn't have to. With guys like him, you can tell. I didn't think it was my business, but all that pressure and rage... it was only a matter of time. If you ask me, his father is just as responsible as Kyle is for my son's death.

Dominick Carisi Jr.: We've got TARU, our tech experts, retrieving the audio from this video. Pretty soon, we're gonna know exactly what your dad said to you.
Olivia Benson: If he told you to hurt Jack...
Kyle Turner: He didn't.
Attorney Ryan Egan: You're sure about that?
Kyle Turner: Yes.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Listen, Kyle, Jack is dead. And somebody's gotta be held responsible for that.
Attorney Ryan Egan: He answered the question, Detective.
Adam Turner: Just tell them the truth, for god's sake!
Helen Turner: Adam, stop!
Adam Turner: But, mom! I... I mean...
Helen Turner: Kyle will be fine. Everything is going to be okay.
Olivia Benson: Mrs. Turner, everything will not be okay. That ship sailed once Jack stopped breathing. If you wanna help your son, have him tell the truth.

Jim Turner: What is this? What now?
Kyle Turner: He... he didn't tell me to do anything.
Olivia Benson: Okay. If you say so.
[turning to leave with Carisi]
Olivia Benson: The prosecutor will be charging Kyle with sexual assault and manslaughter. As an adult.

Adam Turner: This is crap. My brother's going to jail. Right? Look, why aren't you guys trying to help him?
Olivia Benson: With Jack dead, the only thing that's gonna move the needle on this is Kyle testifying that your father told him to assault Jack.
Adam Turner: Listen, he won't do it. Okay? My... my dad, has just got him all twisted up.
Olivia Benson: Then help us. Help us change his mind.

Olivia Benson: [watching the video of Jim Turner beating up his son] Well, this should make Kyle flip.

Dominick Carisi Jr.: You know something, Kyle? When I first saw Jack laid up in that hospital, I was pretty upset. I was angry at who did it. Because right away, Jack reminded me of... of me. You see, I was the scrawny kid way back when. Guys in the neighborhood, they used to pick on me every day. The worst was this... this kid, Bobby Bianchi. One day when we were at school, he grabbed me by the hair and he... he shoved my face through a plate glass window.
Kyle Turner: Must have hurt.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: I was bleeding, I was all cut up. The principal asked what happened. Now, I could have put an end to it. Right there. All I had do was say Bobby's name. But I didn't. Because I didn't want Bobby to get into trouble.
Kyle Turner: He got away with it?
Dominick Carisi Jr.: That's right. Nobody ever knew what happened. You know where Bobby is now? He's in Sing Sing for stabbing some poor sap to death during a bar fight. And I always think "What if I would have said something? What if I just would have said something? Maybe... that guy would still be alive." I missed my shot, Kyle. Not a day goes by that I don't regret it. But this is your shot. Right now.
Olivia Benson: And if not for you, Kyle, do it for your little brother. Because what happens when he gets older and you're not around to look after him? Hmm? You ever think about that? Look, if you're willing to talk to the judge, we can get this case sent back to family court, and you will get a reduced charge. Which means do less time.
Kyle Turner: Okay. I'll do it.

[last lines]
Amanda Rollins: A few years in juvie is a lot better than ten in state prison.
Olivia Benson: Small victories, I guess.
Amanda Rollins: And Liv... we got that father out of the house.
Olivia Benson: Thirteen years too late.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Terrorized (#18.1)" (2016)
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Hey, lieu, bad news. The, uh... older woman in the bicycle accident, she didn't make it.
Amanda Rollins: Unis did find a few witnesses in the park that put her and the lost boy together.
Olivia Benson: You get an ID?
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Rahima Babic. We got a city card with an address in Astoria. No cell phone, but we did find kids' sunscreen in her bag.
Olivia Benson: So she could be the grandmother or a caretaker. Let's just hope there are parents in the picture.
Odafin Tutuola: Nothing on the Glock. It's unregistered. They're tracking the serial number.
Amanda Rollins: We turn this over to the precinct?
Olivia Benson: No, I want to keep it for now. This kid got a gun from someone, so run prints, touch DNA, go to this Rahima's address and see what you can find.

Olivia Benson: It's been ten hours, and we are no closer to finding the boy's parents. I just feel so...
Ed Tucker: Responsible? Because you found him? That kid held a loaded gun on you.
Olivia Benson: He didn't know what he was doing.
Ed Tucker: Even more dangerous.

Odafin Tutuola: The lab picked up a partial print off the Glock, a match for Luka Terzik.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Yeah, he's twenty-six. He was born in New York. He was arrested in 2014 for possession, but the charges were dropped.
Olivia Benson: Any idea if he's related to the bike victim, Ana, or the little boy?
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Well, I mean, there is some resemblance. He could be the kid's father.
Amanda Rollins: All we know on Ana is that she's a Bosnian national here on a student visa. We're trying to track down her parents, and we're still waiting on the boy's DNA.
Olivia Benson: We have a last known for Luka?
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Yeah, an apartment in Queens.
Olivia Benson: Okay, well, I'm not gonna hold my breath, but let's go take a look
Odafin Tutuola: We got it covered.
Olivia Benson: No, I want to talk to this guy myself and ask him why his Glock was in the backpack of a four year old.

Odafin Tutuola: [searching Luka's apartment] Liv. We got a problem.
Olivia Benson: [Fin shows her the arsenal in a closet] Get back. Nobody touch anything.
Amanda Rollins: What are we looking at?
[noticing the writing on the wall]
Amanda Rollins: It's Arabic.
Olivia Benson: Call ESU, Joint Terrorism, and the bomb squad.

Deputy Chief William Dodds: All right, everybody, listen up. I'm sure you're aware we have a high-priority situation. Ana Kapic, Luka Terzik should be considered armed and dangerous. We have reason to believe they are planning mass-casualty event. We have no idea what the potential targets might be.
Olivia Benson: So we have their photos out to all media outlets, every precinct in the city as well as the outer boroughs. NYPD will coordinate with JTTF, state police, and of course, the FBI. We're all-in on this; round the clock shifts until this crisis is resolved.

Olivia Benson: Hey, that was Barba. He got the judge to grant an order to unlock the phone.
Deputy Chief William Dodds: Great. How long's that gonna take? Hours? Days?
Olivia Benson: Well, we don't know. The manufacturer's not cooperating.
Deputy Chief William Dodds: Of course not. It's not like there are people's lives in danger or anything.
Olivia Benson: We're trying, chief.
Deputy Chief William Dodds: Try harder.

Rafael Barba: We have Ana at the scene. There's an AR-15 around her shoulder. She is five feet away from the shooter. Yet somehow she's the victim?
Olivia Benson: Okay, you think Calhoun is just making this up?
Rafael Barba: I think she's desperately looking for a defense.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: [entering] Hey, Lieutenant, affidavit from Ana. She claims that Luka and his brother Armin repeatedly raped her for the past five years.
Rafael Barba: Calhoun's just covering her tracks, laying a record; it means nothing.
Olivia Benson: It's a disclosure. It means something.
Rafael Barba: Liv...
Olivia Benson: Just because she is a murder defendant doesn't mean that she's not a rape victim.

Rafael Barba: You're playing into their defense. The more you investigate this, the more you legitimize her story.
Olivia Benson: Okay, you telling me to ignore it?
Rafael Barba: Just be careful. This case is too big, it's too important, given what's been happening lately; San Bernadino, Orlando.
Olivia Benson: I know.
Rafael Barba: Dallas, France. People are fed up.
Olivia Benson: I understand that, but...
Rafael Barba: Ana needs to go down, hard. No matter how heartbreaking or tragic her story might be. Right or wrong, that's just how it is.
Olivia Benson: Well, you may be right. But no matter "how it is", I would still like to speak with Ana.

Olivia Benson: The DNA came back on the boy, Ali. The father is Luka's brother, Armin. Which means that he has paternal rights.
Rafael Barba: Liv, I understand...
Olivia Benson: You understand? If Ana's going to prison, right?
Rafael Barba: Mm-hmm.
Olivia Benson: If the feds can't up with a case against Armin, then that monster is gonna get custody of that boy.
Rafael Barba: [she starts to storm out] Where are you going?
Olivia Benson: I'm going to investigate a case that everyone wants me to ignore.

Armin Sidran: Are you crazy? I would never even think about such a thing. She was engaged to my brother! That's the beginning and the end of this.
Amanda Rollins: We're more concerned with the middle.
Armin Sidran: Excuse me?
Olivia Benson: Ana claims that you raped her.
Armin Sidran: Forced her to? Please.
Olivia Benson: So the sex was consensual?
Armin Sidran: I told you, we never had sex. It was neither consensual or nonconsensual. It never happened. I would never do that to Luka.
Olivia Benson: [sarcastic] Right, 'cause you're such a gentleman.
Amanda Rollins: And you're a liar.
Armin Sidran: What the hell are you talking about?
Amanda Rollins: Well, we ran Ali's DNA. You're the father. Ana's the mother. So unless you had in vitro, you two had sex.

Armin Sidran: Okay, fine. You're right. I had sex with her, a few times.
Olivia Benson: Sit down.
Armin Sidran: She's a whore.
Olivia Benson: That's not a nice word.
Armin Sidran: She's not a nice woman. She's a manipulator. A user. She came here and she ruined my brother's life! She turned him into a killer, a radical.

Amanda Rollins: Where were you two mornings ago?
Armin Sidran: I was home in bed 'till 8:30, and then I went to work.
Amanda Rollins: So you weren't at Luka's apartment?
Armin Sidran: No.
Olivia Benson: So you didn't have sex with her that morning?
Armin Sidran: Of course not.
Olivia Benson: So those scars and those bruises on her stomach and on her legs and on her back.
Amanda Rollins: Is that the belt you used on her?
Olivia Benson: [Armin remains silent] Hey, she asked you a question.
Armin Sidran: I want a lawyer.
Olivia Benson: Okay. But you're going down with or without a lawyer.
Armin Sidran: Ana is a terrorist, and a tramp. Do you really think anyone cares about her?
Olivia Benson: I do.
[nodding to Rollins]
Olivia Benson: And so does she. And trust me, that's enough.

Deputy Chief William Dodds: Are you a cop or a defense lawyer?
Olivia Benson: I did what I thought was right.
Deputy Chief William Dodds: You are aware that our goal is to win this case?
Olivia Benson: I am. What did you want me to do? Perjure myself?
Deputy Chief William Dodds: I just got done talking to the chief, the D.A., and the mayor. They're livid. Already looking for a head to serve up on a shiny, silver platter. They stuck their necks out with the feds just to get this case. Losing is not an option. So please, pretend you're on our side, not theirs.

Olivia Benson: [after getting chewed out by Chief Dodds] You looking for a fight, too?
Rafael Barba: I understand what you're doing. It's admirable.
Olivia Benson: But?
Rafael Barba: It's stupid, self-centered, idealistic.
Olivia Benson: But rape is rape. We don't get to invent our victims or our perps. We hear the evidence and we investigate. Unless, of course, you're a Muslim woman who's accused of murder, and then we jut throw you under the patriotic bus and live our merry lives.
Rafael Barba: I came here to tell you the judge ruled in our favor.
Olivia Benson: Not our favor. Your favor.
Rafael Barba: Either way, the rape testimony isn't coming in. Liv, like I keep telling you, this case is different.

Rita Calhoun: What do you want to talk about? My opening argument?
Olivia Benson: Hey, Rita, it's... it's over.
Rita Calhoun: I know we lost the motion. I get it. But we still have a defense.
Olivia Benson: But you're not going to win. This case is too important to too many people.
Rita Calhoun: Are you saying the fix is in?
Olivia Benson: I'm saying that it's time to cut a deal, for Ana's sake. Barba will listen today, now. But once this goes to trial, he's gonna have no choice but to max her out.
Rita Calhoun: That's not a reason to cut a deal.
Olivia Benson: [handing her a folder] No, but this is. Armin Sidran is seeking sole custody of the little boy, Ali. So if you cut a deal on the murder and terrorism charge, it will give us more leverage to pursue the rape case, and make sure that Armin never goes near that little boy again.

Olivia Benson: Look, I know you wanted more, but we have a strong case.
Rafael Barba: I'm not certain the D.A. would support moving forward with this right now, given the political climate.
Olivia Benson: Yes, I know that some monster just shot up a gay club in Orlando and another one killed five police officers in Dallas. It's horrific. We're under siege. Nobody knows what's gonna happen next. But Ana deserves justice for what happened to her.
Rafael Barba: Liv...
Olivia Benson: All she has left is her kid. She just wants him to be safe. I'm going to arrest that son of a bitch.

Olivia Benson: You don't have to worry about Armin anymore.
Ana Kapic: So my son...
Olivia Benson: We contacted your sister, Shanik, and she's on her way here now to New York. And Ali is going to go live with her in Bosnia.
Ana Kapic: Thank you.

[last lines]
Ed Tucker: Long week, huh?
Olivia Benson: Yeah. Yeah. The funny thing is... I've never been happier.
Ed Tucker: Then why are you crying?
Olivia Benson: Because I'm scared that it won't last.
Ed Tucker: That's not true. Not if I can help it. Come on, let's take a walk. It's a beautiful day.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Undercover (#9.15)" (2008)
Dr. Melinda Warner: How'd you know to ask Ashley about the mole?
Detective Olivia Benson: She remembered.
Dr. Melinda Warner: But you couldn't have known she was right.
Detective Olivia Benson: I saw it... when he had me in the basement.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Olivia, did he rape you?
Detective Olivia Benson: It's the closest I've ever come.

Detective Olivia Benson: He almost killed me.
Russell Hunter: He didn't know you were a cop.
Detective Olivia Benson: And that gives him the right to attack me?
Russell Hunter: The law gives Officer Harris every right to strike an inmate to force compliance.
Detective Olivia Benson: But not the right to try and rape me!
Lowell Harris: She's lying.
Detective Olivia Benson: You raped Ashley Tyler and you murdered her mother.

Lowell Harris: I go where I'm told.
Detective Olivia Benson: You go where you're not gonna get your ass kicked.
Lowell Harris: What are you talking about?
Detective Olivia Benson: I read your evaluations. They dumped you at Sealview because you didn't have the balls to handle men.
Lowell Harris: Shut up.
Detective Olivia Benson: You know what I think? I think you hate women. That's why you rape them and if you hate women so much that must mean that you like men.
Lowell Harris: Shut up. Shut up you filthy whore, do you understand me?
Detective Olivia Benson: Did I strike a nerve?

Detective Olivia Benson: Hold on, I didn't get my shot yet.
Matthew Parker: You'll get one later... maybe even two pricks.

Matthew Parker: Ooh, someone's been working out.
Detective Olivia Benson: Don't you touch me like that.

Detective Olivia Benson: The hole is over in C-block. What are we doing down here?
Lowell Harris: Shut up.
Detective Olivia Benson: Captain, I'm sorry I freaked because of the outbreak, I apologize.
Lowell Harris: Oh we're way past apologies now. Now shut up and do what you're told.
Detective Olivia Benson: Don't. What do you want?
Lowell Harris: What every guy wants.
Detective Olivia Benson: Oh no, no no no...
Lowell Harris: And you're gonna give it to me.

Detective Olivia Benson: Lowell Harris, you're under arrest for raping Ashley Tyler.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: And the attempted murder of a police officer.
Lowell Harris: You're a cop?
Detective Olivia Benson: Who's the bitch now?

Detective Olivia Benson: If this is how I have to do my job, I will do it.

Lowell Harris: You must like it rough. Yeah, you oughta watch me now
Detective Olivia Benson: Please don't!
Lowell Harris: I'm gonna take my time with you.

Detective Olivia Benson: No, no, NO!
Lowell Harris: Shut up!
Detective Olivia Benson: No! Let go of me! LET GO OF ME!
Lowell Harris: You bite me, and you're dead!

Detective Olivia Benson: Send me to Sealview. Undercover.
Donald Cragen: Not a chance.
Detective Olivia Benson: Why?
Donald Cragen: Because it's a suicide mission.
Detective Olivia Benson: I've done it before. I can do it again.
Donald Cragen: With tree huggers, not convicts and corrections officers.
Detective Olivia Benson: Captain, you know that I can handle it.
Donald Cragen: You go inside, you have no authority, no right, no backup.
Detective Olivia Benson: And if we don't stop this guard, he will continue to rape and abuse women.

Donald Cragen: It's not our job to police the prisons.
Detective Olivia Benson: And what should I tell Ashley, that "your mother is an inmate so she doesn't really count. She's not a real victim."
Donald Cragen: The warden stonewalled Elliot. She's not gonna go along with this.
Detective Olivia Benson: So don't tell her.
Donald Cragen: Do you have any idea what you're getting yourself into?
[Benson doesn't reply, but Cragen can see she's determined]
Donald Cragen: I'll see if I can convince the corrections commissioner. Work with Huang. Put together a bulletproof cover.

EMT Jones: I've never seen a rape victim attack a cop.
Detective Olivia Benson: Neither have I.

Detective Olivia Benson: Ashley's too afraid to talk. The perp's gotta be somebody she knows.

Detective Elliot Stabler: CSU says the crime scene was clean. Guy even dug up plants.
Donald Cragen: What about the victim? He leave anything on her?
Detective Olivia Benson: Oh, the nurse found fluids. But without Ashley's consent, the hospital won't release the rape kit.
Donald Cragen: Well, we can't force her to cooperate.
Detective Olivia Benson: No, but we can keep the case open if we suspect abuse.
Donald Cragen: Well, what about the machete-wielding gardener?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, he's a fruitcake, not a rapist.
Detective Olivia Benson: I still like the foster dad for it.
Donald Cragen: Or maybe you're just looking for a reason to keep investigating.
Detective Olivia Benson: Captain, the girl was traumatized. She was raped until evidence proves she wasn't.
Donald Cragen: You got the rest of the day. Find something or move on.

Dr. George Huang: I developed your prison persona based on a behavioral analysis of inmate profiles at Sealview.
Detective Olivia Benson: I've been using drugs since I was thirteen? And then started muling to support my habit.
Dr. George Huang: Prescription pills, mostly, but you won't say no to the hard stuff.
Detective Olivia Benson: What's my name?
Dr. George Huang: [over scenes of Benson's "conviction" and arrival at Sealview] You're not a recreational user. You're a hardcore drug addict facing withdrawal. You won't survive unless you get your hands on some pharmaceuticals. Abusive father, abusive husband. Just like all the other inmates. You're a target for abuse. Every man's punching bag. You'll have no privacy. You will shower, sleep, dress, and use the toilet in full view of other people. At times, you will feel humiliated and degraded. You're going to see things you wanna stop with every fiber of your being. But you can't react. Ever.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Burned (#8.11)" (2007)
Detective Olivia Benson: You have the right to keep your mouth shut!

Detective Olivia Benson: [after Olivia roughs up the perp] You got a problem?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Just nice to see someone else with anger issues.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Elliot] You're the longest relationship I've ever had with a man.

Judge Harrison: There were no grounds to issue the order of protection in the first place, but these days jurists feel so pressure by femi-Nazis, they just hand them out like candy.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, I read the court transcript. Valerie Sennet feared for her life and you just dismissed her.
Judge Harrison: She probably watched too many women in jeopardy movies. There's no history of violence or abuse in this case.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, explain the assault last night. Her husband raped her.
Judge Harrison: If you had the evidence to prove that, you wouldn't be here. Or do you always jump to conclusions?
Detective Elliot Stabler: It's our job to believe the victims, Your Honor.
Judge Harrison: I work in family court. It's my job to believe whoever's lying the least.

Detective Elliot Stabler: Miles Sennet's on a business trip. He'll be back tonight.
Detective Olivia Benson: That's convenient.

Donald Cragen: What evidence do we have?
Detective Olivia Benson: CSU found hair and fibers at the victim's house. They're running them now. Positive for intercourse, negative for fluids.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Which means he wore a condom. Doesn't sound like any husband I know.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, unless it was premeditated and he went there to humiliate her.

Detective Olivia Benson: I grew up with an alcoholic mother and, uh, abuse doesn't have to be physical to cause damage.

Detective Olivia Benson: Valerie Sennet has no reason to lie.
Judge Harrison: Sure, she does. For the spoils of war. Accuse your husband of abuse and tip the balance in your favor.
Detective Elliot Stabler: The silver bullet strategy.
Judge Harrison: Also known as sexual assault in divorce. It's very popular these days.
[to Stabler]
Judge Harrison: You have personal experience?
Detective Elliot Stabler: A divorce lawyer suggested my wife go in that direction, but she didn't hire him.

Judge Harrison: I'm not saying there aren't terrified women in need of protection, but there are a lot of vindictive ones who abuse the system under the guide of a divorce strategy. I think your alleged victim is one of them.
Detective Olivia Benson: Do you have any evidence to support that or are you just making it as you go along?
Judge Harrison: Accusing me of judicial misconduct without proof will get you time in a cell, Detective. If I were you, I'd watch my tongue.

Detective Olivia Benson: Valerie Sennet was raped. End of story.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You seem awfully convinced of that.
Detective Olivia Benson: And I think your current situation is coloring your judgment.
Detective Elliot Stabler: My current situation?
Detective Olivia Benson: You don't normally empathize with the suspect.
Detective Elliot Stabler: It's not empathy. It's outrage. The guy never touched his wife.
Detective Olivia Benson: Until last night, Elliot. You saw the bruises.
Detective Elliot Stabler: That doesn't prove rape.
Detective Olivia Benson: Is that your gut talking?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Miles Sennet never abuses his wife or his daughter, but he gets punished for it anyway? Now, how is that right?

Detective Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia] I'm the longest relationship you've ever had with a man. You have no idea how bad things can get when a couple goes sour.
Detective Olivia Benson: And eight years in this unit tells me that I don't need to be married to know when an abusive man is escalating.

Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, a statement with this many red flags, no good cop would overlook it.
Detective Olivia Benson: Especially not one with a dying marriage and a history of violence.

Kathy Stabler: Do you think this is easy, Olivia, talking to you about the state of my marriage?
Detective Olivia Benson: It's none of my business.
Kathy Stabler: Do you have any idea how much I used to worry that he preferred spending time with you than with me and the kids?
Detective Olivia Benson: Come on now. You know that's not true. Elliot talked about you all the time.
Kathy Stabler: The truth is, you know things about him I will never understand. That's what I'm counting on.
Detective Olivia Benson: You want me to try to convince him to sign the divorce papers.
Kathy Stabler: You're his partner. You give him stability. Elliot can't move on until he feels like he's on solid ground.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia about Miles Sennet] When you said he was escalating, you were right.
Detective Olivia Benson: Do you think that's what I want to hear? He set her on fire, Elliot. Who could've anticipated that?
Detective Elliot Stabler: If I'd listened to you, we could've prevented this.
Detective Olivia Benson: How?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Have Novak push for remand, get a blue-and-white on him when he made bail, anything but make excuses for the guy.
Detective Olivia Benson: Miles Sennet chose gasoline and a match, not you. He didn't just want to kill her, he wanted her to suffer.
Detective Elliot Stabler: He said he wanted her dead. I just wasn't listening.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, you weren't the only one in that room. I was there too.

Detective Olivia Benson: Valerie Sennet wasn't raped. She was sleeping with a law firm investigator. She really put her husband through the wringer.
Detective Elliot Stabler: She died 20 minutes ago.
Detective Olivia Benson: She knew that she was gonna die and she still lied to my face.
Detective Elliot Stabler: When love warps into hate, there's nothing you won't do. That's why I signed the divorce papers. I don't want Kathy to ever regret me.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Stabler] Like you said, you're the longest relationship that I've ever had with a man.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Streetwise (#9.11)" (2008)
Detective Olivia Benson: Where's Josie?
Cole Roderick: Haven't seen her for weeks.
Detective Elliot Stabler: What kind of father are you, don't even know where your children are?

Captain Donald Cragen: That girl is starving.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You want us to bribe her with food?
Detective Olivia Benson: I think coercion is more like it.
Captain Donald Cragen: Interventions aren't always pretty.

Detective Elliot Stabler: So what happened that night?
Josie: Cassidy heard the rich girl call my dad a name.
Detective Olivia Benson: And what name was that?
Josie: Stupid fag. That's a no-no. Time for S.O.S.
Detective Olivia Benson: S.O.S.?
Josie: Stomp On Sight.

Detective Elliot Stabler: Look at her, eyes gouged out, her cheeks split from ear to ear.
Cassidy Cornell: Please, stop!
Detective Olivia Benson: Stop? I'll bet that's what Josie said, only Cole wouldn't listen. The M.E. says she was tortured for over 12 hours.

Cassidy Cornell: I went to the shelter to look for Josie. I didn't think Cole was gonna go there.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Where would he take her?
Cassidy Cornell: I don't know.
Detective Olivia Benson: Why should we believe you?
Cassidy Cornell: I wouldn't lie. My being here is putting all of my other kids at risk.
Detective Elliot Stabler: But they're not your kids.
Cassidy Cornell: I take care of them when they're sick, I listen to their problems, I tuck them in at night. I do all the things that a good mother would do, okay?
Detective Olivia Benson: A good mother doesn't let her kids rob and kill.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Cassidy about Cole's whereabouts] Where is he, Cassidy?
Cassidy Cornell: I don't know.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You keep telling us what a great mother you are.
[about Josie]
Detective Elliot Stabler: That's your daughter then! That's your daughter and that son of a bitch killed her.
Cassidy Cornell: I don't think you get it! Cole Roderick saved my life! Before I met him, my mom rented my body to her drug dealers for three years! It was hell!

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Cassidy] Shelby must have seen you in the park that night. You freaked out. You knew that she was gonna blast your fantasy life to pieces.
Detective Elliot Stabler: She didn't call Cole a stupid fag, hmm? You just told him she did because you knew he'd fall for it.
Detective Olivia Benson: You had to stop her from running back to school and saying that she saw Helen wearing rags in Central Park. 'cause you knew your parents would come looking for you.
Cassidy Cornell: I didn't want to go back. My life was a living hell.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Hell? With a cook and a chauffeur?
Cassidy Cornell: You don't understand.
Detective Olivia Benson: No, I don't understand a girl who has everything lying about being raped.

Cole Roderick: I would never hurt Cassidy. I loved her.
Detective Olivia Benson: But what you loved wasn't real. She lied to you about everything. She disrespected you.

Detective Elliot Stabler: What do we got?
Detective Olivia Benson: Jane Doe. Rape/homicide.
Dr. Melinda Warner: From the lividity, I'd put time of death around ten p.m. C.O.D. blunt force trauma to the head.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Perp hit her with a rock?
Detective Olivia Benson: If he did, he took it with him as a souvenir.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Beat her up pretty bad. Forensics?
Dr. Melinda Warner: Fluids in her underpants.
Detective Olivia Benson: A weekend warrior found her while they were playing paintball. All the players volunteered their DNA.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Her earlobes are torn. Perp take the earrings?
Dr. Melinda Warner: He left one behind. There's blood on the wire.
Detective Elliot Stabler: He dropped it when he fled.
Dr. Melinda Warner: It's an Engel. Very expensive.
[Stabler gives her a look wondering how she knows that]
Dr. Melinda Warner: My sister's a buyer at Saks.
Detective Olivia Benson: We'll send a notice to all the pawn shops in the tri-state.
Dr. Melinda Warner: He'll definitely hock it. One of these babies is worth five grand.
Detective Elliot Stabler: It sure as hell wasn't worth this.

Dr. Melinda Warner: Jane Doe's blood alcohol was elevated; .1.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, she must have been partying before she hit the park. CSU didn't find a bottle.
Dr. Melinda Warner: And I found paint residue in the head wound. I'm trying to match the color.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Could it have come from one of the paintballers?
Dr. Melinda Warner: [holding up a paintball pellet] These pellets are made of water, sorbitol, and wax. Residue in your victim's head wound is black latex wall paint mixed with rust flakes.
Detective Olivia Benson: Any luck with the players' DNA?
Dr. Melinda Warner: They're clear. No match to the semen in your victim's panties.
Detective Olivia Benson: So all we know is something black and rusty killed her.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Not quite. I saved the good news for last.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Rapist's in the system?
Dr. Melinda Warner: No. Your victim is. Her name's Shelby Crawford.
Detective Elliot Stabler: What was she collared for?
Dr. Melinda Warner: DUI. Wrapped her Saab around a lamppost.

Detective Elliot Stabler: Doug's lying.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, I like Anna for it, El. Girls can do crazy things when they're pushed.
Detective Elliot Stabler: And when a woman cheats on her man, he can blow a gasket.
Captain Donald Cragen: [entering] What about Tony wham-bam? His DNA come back?
Detective Olivia Benson: Yup. And it's a match.
Detective Elliot Stabler: But the manager at the Roxy alibied him.
Captain Donald Cragen: So Shelby wasn't raped. Fluids are from the quickie she had in the stairwell.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, one of these two killed Shelby.
Captain Donald Cragen: Put the rats in the cage, let 'em fight it out.

Detective Olivia Benson: Josie, if you talk to us, we can help you. But if you keep us the silent treatment, then there's nothing we can do. Now, we know that you pawned Shelby's earring. But I don't think that you killed her by yourself, so who helped you?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Was it Cole? Daddy's little girl help him do it?
Josie: [spitting on him] Don't talk about my dad.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Thanks for joining us.

Josie: I won't rat the only person who cares about me.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Social worker at the shelter cares about you.
Josie: Paige isn't family. Dad's all I got.
Detective Olivia Benson: What about your real parents?
Josie: Those asswipes? When I told my mom her boyfriend was sneaking into my room at night, she blamed me and kicked me out. I was nine.

Chester Lake: Remember that robbery in Riverside Park a couple months back where the victim was knocked out and chained to a tree?
Detective Elliot Stabler: It was all over the papers. They never found the guy.
Chester Lake: Read the last paragraph.
Detective Olivia Benson: "While the crow slept, the boss lion chained her to a tree. That made it easy to pluck her feathers. The lion cubs said it was the perfect crime."
Chester Lake: I had Manhattan Robbery pull the file. The victim said she was knocked out with a chain.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Just like Paige and Shelby. Josie's writing about her family's crimes.
Chester Lake: This one worries me most. It describes a bloody battle between lions and crows. "Three crows are buried in graves throughout a kingdom."
Detective Olivia Benson: A group of lions is called a pride.
Chester Lake: And a group of crows is called a murder.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Josie can finger Cole for three more homicides.

Detective Olivia Benson: Cole got twenty-five years for each murder, consecutive.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Life without parole. Sounds about right.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Futility (#4.22)" (2003)
Det. Olivia Benson: Once the fingerprint came back we apprehended the defendant outside of his home. I advised him of his Miranda rights, detectives Stabler and Tutuola questioned him, with his attorney present, and Carrie Huitt positively identified him as the man who had raped her the night before.
ADA Alexandra Cabot: Thank you, Detective.
Michael Gardner: Why didn't you question me, Detective Benson?
Det. Olivia Benson: I was preparing your victim for the lineup.
Michael Gardner: Oh. So it wasn't because I punched you earlier that night?
ADA Alexandra Cabot: Objection! Relevance?
Michael Gardner: I'm trying to ascertain whether or not the detective has a personal stake in my rest in prosecution.
Judge Lois Preston: I'll allow it.
Det. Olivia Benson: I have no personal stake in you.
Michael Gardner: You're not mad at me? Or, uh, embarrassed that I eluded your grasp in front of your colleagues?
Det. Olivia Benson: It's not uncommon for a perpetrator to lose control of himself. And I have certainly been hit much harder.

Det. Olivia Benson: [to Bethany Taylor about Carrie identifying her rapist] Listen, Bethany, this case lives or dies by her ID.
Bethany Taylor: So no helping, just emotional support. I'm a rape crisis counselor, Detective. I've done this before.
Det. Olivia Benson: Yeah, I know. I just really want to get this guy.

Alex Cabot: [after Carrie tells Olivia that Gardner followed her into a coffee shop] It's not enough.
Det. Olivia Benson: Hold on, Alex. You think this is a coincidence?
Alex Cabot: Probably not, but a judge won't call it a violation. She entered the establishment, so in essence she followed him.
Elliot Stabler: Gardner's got to know where Carrie lives. He attacked her right in front of her own building. If he's stalking her, he's got to know where she gets her coffee.
Alex Cabot: His lawyer will argue that they live in the same neighborhood. It's not implausible they would frequent the same places.
Det. Olivia Benson: Orders of protection are real helpful when you can't enforce them.

Det. Olivia Benson: Gardner didn't attack Karen Leighton near her home. He got her address from the order of protection. I mean, we try to protect them, and then we end up giving the guy a map to find his victims. I mean, next time we should just drive him there.

Det. Olivia Benson: [after Carrie refuses to testify in court and Olivia tries to talk to her] Could you tell me why you changed your mind?
Carrie Huitt: You know why. I don't want to talk to him, I don't want to hear him. You know, I have to get on with my life. I can't keep going back to this.
Det. Olivia Benson: Carrie, how are you going to get on with your life knowing that Gardner got away with it?
Carrie Huitt: It's not my fault, it's not my responsibility.
Bethany Taylor: That's right. You're only responsible for yourself.
Det. Olivia Benson: [to Bethany] Did you discuss some of the positive things that could come out of a victim testifying against her rapist?
Bethany Taylor: [to Carrie] It's often empowering. The attack was out of your control, but in court you have complete control.
Det. Olivia Benson: And even though Gardner is doing the questioning, he is bound by the rules of the court. All that you're bound by is the truth.
Carrie Huitt: I just want I just want to get over it. When am I going to get over it?
Det. Olivia Benson: Carrie, I have never known a single victim who regretted testifying against her rapist, no matter how hard it was, but I have known plenty that wished that they had. And by then, it was too late.

Det. Olivia Benson: This is crap, Alex.
Alex Cabot: Yeah? 'Cause it looks to me like Michael Gardner making a really good case for tainted identification. I wish you'd told me about this, Olivia.
Det. Olivia Benson: Hold on. That line-up was not tainted.
Alex Cabot: How do you know?
Det. Olivia Benson: What could a rape counselor possibly gain from helping a victim make a false ID?
Alex Cabot: It doesn't matter what happens, only what appears to have happened.
Det. Olivia Benson: Oh, come...
Alex Cabot: If the judge tosses this ID, this case is screwed.

Judge Lois Preston: [to Olivia about Bethany] Detective Benson, I need you to take Ms. Taylor into custody for contempt.
Det. Olivia Benson: Wait, Judge, there's got to be another...
Judge Lois Preston: Either you do it, or I'll get someone else to.

Det. Olivia Benson: [to Bethany] Well, did you tell Carrie what Gardner looked like before the line-up?
Bethany Taylor: You know I didn't.
Det. Olivia Benson: Then what does it matter? Tell Preston what you talked about. She'll find it immaterial to the defense, and then no one else has to hear about it.
Bethany Taylor: Then the precedent is set. And every subsequent rape survivor gets to wonder, "Can I talk about this or will everything I say be broadcast on Court TV?" No one will trust us and no one will report the crimes.

Det. Olivia Benson: [to Carrie] You're not wearing your engagement ring.
Carrie Huitt: Yeah, that was my decision. I didn't want Eric to have to wait around for me to get back to normal. I couldn't have sex without crying. I love him, but I'm never going to be back to normal.
Det. Olivia Benson: Carrie, I really don't think that this is the right time to be making these kind of decisions.
Carrie Huitt: When is the right time? You're all sitting around waiting for me to shake this off and get back to normal. You have no idea. I can't sleep more than I hate to be alone. But, God, I hate to be around people more. And I am so afraid to walk outside or be in a crowded place, because, you know, I might see him. And all I can think to myself is it would've been so much better if he'd just killed me. So, that's what I talked to Bethany about because she told me that I could say anything to her and no one would ever know.
Det. Olivia Benson: Nothing that I do will ever change what happened to you. I can only try to prevent it from happening again. Except everything that I have done has failed. I'm not going to pretend that this is a good thing or that this is a fair thing, but I have to ask you for your help because you are our last chance.

Det. Olivia Benson: Bethany, I know you didn't want this, but thank you anyway.
Bethany Taylor: I didn't do this for you. I did it for Carrie. Want to know what you did, Detective? This is a subpoena from a man who raped another client of mine. He wants her records disclosed. So I was thinking you'd be the perfect person to bully her into waiving her rights.
Det. Olivia Benson: I did what I had to do to stop Michael Gardner from raping another woman.
Bethany Taylor: Six of my clients already quit counseling. They don't trust me anymore, but you got your win. Who cares if it's at everyone else's expense?

Det. Olivia Benson: [When Olivia stops by Elliot's house] Where is everybody?
Elliot Stabler: Kathy took the kids to "La Boheme." Pass.
Det. Olivia Benson: So on your one night as a bachelor, you go to the grocery store? That's pretty pathetic.
Elliot Stabler: Grocery store with strippers.

Det. Olivia Benson: I made Carrie relive the worst thing that's ever happened to her. I screwed any number of victims who might have sought counseling from Bethany Taylor. And a few less rapes may be reported because of it.
Elliot Stabler: And if Michael Gardner is convicted, he'll never rape another woman.
Det. Olivia Benson: It's not worth it. It's not worth the cost.
Elliot Stabler: To you or them?
Det. Olivia Benson: I'm not talking about me.
Elliot Stabler: Yeah, you are. For as long as I have known you, you've always identified with the victims. Now, maybe that's because you're a woman. I don't know. I do know it's one of the things that makes you a great cop. It's also one of the things that makes this job torture sometimes. You can never go back and change things that have already happened, Olivia. You can't. You kill yourself to make something happen or you do nothing.

John Munch: [after it's revealed that Michael Gardner is nowhere to be found] Locals are putting Gardner's mug shot on the 11:00 news. It'll be in the papers in the morning.
Dr. George Huang: But there's still a possibility that he's staying in town despite the danger. He's already shown a propensity for stalking which means that any number of people could be a target.
Donald Cragen: That's why I want warnings out to the judge, the D.A's, every witness, victim, juror. Anybody who set foot in that courtroom that he could see as an enemy.
Elliot Stabler: [answers the phone] Stabler.
Donald Cragen: That includes you, Olivia. This guy's got a hard-on for you.
Det. Olivia Benson: Good. I hope he tries something.
Elliot Stabler: He did try something. Another attack.

Elliot Stabler: [to Erin Russ about Michael Gardner] Still think your client's an innocent man?
Det. Olivia Benson: This is no longer a case of mistaken identities or false line-ups. This man is guilty of rape and murder.
Erin Russ: If I knew where he was I'd tell you.
Elliot Stabler: People are in imminent danger here.
Erin Russ: I told you, I don't know where he is. If I hear from him, you're the first call I'll make.

Erin Russ: [after Michael Gardner is found deceased in Erin Russ' residence and she is presumed to have murdered him] I found the murder weapon in the car. He denied it, even after I found everything.
Det. Olivia Benson: If he attacked you, there's nothing you could have done.
Erin Russ: That's right. Justifiable homicide. If he attacked me.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Fashionable Crimes (#17.20)" (2016)
Olivia Benson: How was the training at Quantico?
Mike Dodds: I can neither confirm nor deny I was there.
Olivia Benson: Okay.
Mike Dodds: Sorry I left you guys in the lurch.
Odafin Tutuola: We managed.

Mike Dodds: I ran Matt Kroger through the system. Domestic violence, assault charges.
Olivia Benson: Why am I not surprised?
Mike Dodds: Look, I know we're supposed to take every vic's story at face value, but what if this gets spun that Sally consented with Alvin to help her career?
Olivia Benson: And she's claiming rape to avoid a beatdown from Matt.
Mike Dodds: Yeah.
Olivia Benson: That's why we need a controlled meet.
Mike Dodds: With Alvin? He just assaulted her. You think she can handle that?
Olivia Benson: No. No, I don't.

Claire Gilbert: [SVU interrupts a photo shoot] Officers, this has to wait. We're prepping our show. We have an IPO looming. These are our investors.
Olivia Benson: Ma'am, that's none of our concern.

Olivia Benson: Alvin Gilbert lawyered up en route. It's not his first time at the rodeo.
Rafael Barba: Nope. There's stories about him all over town. The guy preys on young models, and his brother Benno's the fixer.
Olivia Benson: Well, his assistant Nora facilitated. She took photos. TARU's going through his camera and SD cards.
Rafael Barba: Uh-huh. I'm surprised it's gotten this far. The house of Gilbert, they're masters at image control.

Mike Dodds: Pictures are in.
Olivia Benson: [Dodds hands her a tablet] Finally.
Rafael Barba: Ugh.
Olivia Benson: She looks terrified.
Rafael Barba: Or they'll say that's the campaign. "When fear becomes obsession".
Olivia Benson: Seriously?
Rafael Barba: I have to tell you about rape culture?
Mike Dodds: That's not an ad campaign. That's a girl being assaulted.
Olivia Benson: Look, Barba's right. They're just gonna claim that this was staged. Is this enough to arrest?
Rafael Barba: I'd like more, but if we don't indict, he hops on a jet to France and doesn't come back 'till Sally gets paid off.

Olivia Benson: Nora Wattan, stand up. You're under arrest.
Nora Wattan: Me? Because I gave a girl a drink?
Amanda Rollins: [handcuffing her] For starters. Turn around.
Olivia Benson: And you facilitated her assault. In New York, that's rape in the first.

Rafael Barba: If Miss Wattan will testify about Alvin's assault, we can talk about withdrawing her rape charge.
Nora Wattan: That was not an assault. That was a creative collaboration; fear, lust, release, capturing primal emotions.
Olivia Benson: Okay, I get it. You've been Alvin's muse.
Counselor Jason Gruber: She's his associate.
Olivia Benson: But you're not seeing him for who he is.
Nora Wattan: Don't patronize me. Alvin is a genius. I would never betray him, and neither will any model in this city.
Olivia Benson: Well, I hope you're right, 'cause we're gonna be talking to all of them.

Olivia Benson: Three days, two dozen interviews. At least half of these models admit to being pressured into sex.
Odafin Tutuola: None of them will testify.
Rafael Barba: But what about the vic from twelve years ago?
John Munch: That story has a happy ending. She's pimping for him now.

Amanda Rollins: [Sally has chosen not to testify for the grand jury] Does anyone actually believe Sally is the one making this decision? Matt's obviously pulling her strings.
Olivia Benson: Sally is his meal ticket. The Gilberts must've made Sally an offer that Matt couldn't refuse.
Rafael Barba: Witness tampering? That's tough to prove.
Olivia Benson: Well, unless you have a better idea, that's all I got.

Counselor Jason Gruber: When there's no case, there's no case.
Olivia Benson: Well, actually, Nora has admitted to serving Sally, a minor, drinks.
Counselor Jason Gruber: Oh, please.
Rafael Barba: And what should be more troubling to her legal team, Nora has admitted to taking photos of Sally having sex with Alvin.
Counselor Jason Gruber: Consensual sex.
Rafael Barba: She's seventeen. And while New York may not be able to press charges, according to the feds, that constitutes child pornography.
Nora Wattan: [to Gruber] Is that true?
Rafael Barba: He knows it is. Punishable by five years for each image.

Rafael Barba: He was shot once in the chest, once in the groin?
Olivia Benson: Well, the M.E. thought that the shot in the groin was first.
Rafael Barba: Of course it was. Somebody wanted Alvin to have a couple seconds to think about who shot him and what his life would be like without his pecker.

Mike Dodds: No GSR on Matt's hand. Wrong gun. So we just let him go?
Olivia Benson: No, not until I talk to Sally; maybe get an OOP for her.
Rafael Barba: You're worried about what he might do?
Olivia Benson: Oh, I know what he'll do.
Rafael Barba: Then I'll hold him on the gun charge, make sure he does time on that.
Olivia Benson: Thank you.

Olivia Benson: Right there when Alvin turns around, the look on his face when he sees the shooter.
Mike Dodds: He knows him. He's not afraid of him.
Odafin Tutuola: [his phone chimes] Unis found a gun on the roof, a .357 Magnum.
Olivia Benson: .357? That's old school.
Odafin Tutuola: Yeah, it is. Just like Alvin's.
Rafael Barba: Wha... Alvin was shot with his own gun?
Olivia Benson: Maybe. By someone he knew. By someone he was happy to see.
Mike Dodds: We got this all wrong. It's not the guy who was shaking Alvin down.
Olivia Benson: It's the guy who's been cleaning up his messes.

John Munch: Fin told me you got a good squad working for you.
Olivia Benson: [picking up Noah] Fin said what?
John Munch: I was worried when I left that I'd fall apart without the job, or the place would fall apart without me.
Olivia Benson: Well, I was, too.
John Munch: Oh, yeah, but it's been good. Turns out there's more to life than SVU.
Olivia Benson: Hmm. Ain't that the truth?
John Munch: Well, I'm glad we both found that out.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: PTSD (#10.9)" (2008)
Detective Olivia Benson: I was sexually assaulted six months ago.
Master Sgt. Dominic Pruitt: Quit kicking yourself.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well... that's easy to say and hard to do.
Master Sgt. Dominic Pruitt: Takes practice. You'll get there.

Margo: He violated you, Rochelle. It is not your fault.
Rochelle Rodriguez: Yeah. But I was the one that had to hit the head for sneaking beer, and I was the one without my M4.
Kayla: I had mine and I still got raped.
Rochelle Rodriguez: Well, then you should have killed that bastard, Kayla. I'm always strapped now.
Detective Olivia Benson: You... you can't carry a concealed weapon. If you get caught, you'll go to prison.
Rochelle Rodriguez: Sounds better than gettin' raped.

Detective Olivia Benson: I need you to open your jacket.
Rochelle Rodriguez: Get off me.
Margo: This is a safe place. Everything that is said in session is confidential. You are a client here, Olivia.
Detective Olivia Benson: And I am a cop, and I cannot let you leave with a gun.
[Rochelle opens her jacket, and Benson removes said gun]
Detective Olivia Benson: Where'd you get this? If there are any bodies on this gun, you are gonna be in deep. Now, I don't want that. Do you?
Rochelle Rodriguez: I just wanna feel safe again.

Margo: You know, you're supposed to be addressing your anxiety from sexual assault. I put you with these women because you have the same mindset.
Detective Olivia Benson: And if you knew that Rochelle Rodriguez was carrying, you should have reported it.
Margo: I had my suspicions. No one would trust me if I frisked them.
Detective Olivia Benson: And I had probable cause.
Margo: You crossed the line, Olivia. When we're in session, you have to put your job aside.
Detective Olivia Benson: Not if they break the law.

Dr. Melinda Warner: Rigor's set. T.O.D.'s about twelve hours. She has bruising around her throat.
Detective Olivia Benson: Looks like she was yoked.
Dr. Melinda Warner: One jagged stab wound to the back.
Detective Olivia Benson: Any way the baby could have survived the attack?
Dr. Melinda Warner: How far along was she?
Detective Olivia Benson: 32, maybe 33 weeks.
Dr. Melinda Warner: The lungs aren't fully developed yet, but that's not what worries me.
Detective Olivia Benson: You think the baby was cut.
Dr. Melinda Warner: I'd be surprised if it wasn't. The killer really hacked up the womb. I got pieces of placenta and part of the umbilical cord. I'll rush DNA on the cord blood, see if we can ID the father.

Donald Cragen: Do we have any idea where this Marine was killed?
Odafin Tutuola: A large pool of blood was found in Battery Park. The lab's testing it now.
Donald Cragen: She was stationed in North Carolina. What was she doing in New York?
Detective Olivia Benson: She went AWOL to join a therapy group that specializes in treating military rape victims with PTSD.
Donald Cragen: That's a long way to travel for therapy.
Odafin Tutuola: It's a long waiting list, and returning vets need help now.

Donald Cragen: What do we know about the sexual assault?
Detective Olivia Benson: Next to nothing. She was raped in Iraq and couldn't, or wouldn't, identify her attacker.
John Munch: Let me guess, the military will not release an active file.
Odafin Tutuola: Well, if it happened in-country, it had to be somebody she worked with.
Donald Cragen: What unit was she assigned to?
John Munch: A squadron in the 2nd Airwing. Maintenance on light attack helicopters.
Odafin Tutuola: Okay, there's fifteen helos per squadron.
John Munch: So?
Odafin Tutuola: Cobra gets a three-man maintenance team to work on engines, navi, weapon systems, and ordnance. Plus there's two pilots and door gunner per bird.
Detective Olivia Benson: That's over seventy-five suspects.
Donald Cragen: Then narrow it down. Go back to the therapist, see if the victim gave her a name.

Odafin Tutuola: What's our next move?
Detective Olivia Benson: Talk to one of the patients from Jessie's support group.
Odafin Tutuola: The shrink won't tell you about the rape. What makes you think she's gonna give up her patient list?
Detective Olivia Benson: I don't need it. I already know who to talk to.
Odafin Tutuola: Does anyone else know you're in therapy?
Detective Olivia Benson: No.
Odafin Tutuola: Then they won't hear it from me.

Donald Cragen: Pruitt's about to ship out again. You think he raped any others?
Odafin Tutuola: There's no record of sexual assault.
Detective Olivia Benson: That means nothing. When women refuse to serve with the men who rape them, they get court-martialed for desertion, dereliction, conduct unbecoming. I mean, their files get red flagged and the men who raped them get a weekend pass.
Donald Cragen: He passed a polygraph, Olivia.
Detective Olivia Benson: Any psycho can do that.

Odafin Tutuola: We should probably figure the best way to talk to Pruitt.
Detective Olivia Benson: Put him in the box and sweat him.
Odafin Tutuola: He's not like a normal hump we pick up off the street. Pruitt's not just gonna start spilling his guts. They train him not to.
Detective Olivia Benson: Look, he's gonna cooperate or he's gonna sit in a cell.
Odafin Tutuola: Sounds like you've already decided he's guilty.
Detective Olivia Benson: 'Cause that's how it looks.

Odafin Tutuola: I can't let you question the suspect.
Detective Olivia Benson: I'm fine, Fin.
Odafin Tutuola: You held your gun to the back of a man's head. Do you have any idea how much trouble you're in?
Detective Olivia Benson: You reported me?
Odafin Tutuola: No, I'm talking about you getting your head together.
Detective Olivia Benson: I am working on it.
Odafin Tutuola: Are you? Seems like you even have issues with your shrink. You need to talk to someone.
Detective Olivia Benson: The only person that I'm interested in talking to is the man who raped and killed Jessica Crewes. We need to find that baby.
Odafin Tutuola: If I let you do this, I'm sitting in.
Detective Olivia Benson: Look, I'm okay!
Odafin Tutuola: No, no, no. It's either me or it's Cragen. You choose.

Odafin Tutuola: How'd it go?
Detective Olivia Benson: Better than I thought. Pruitt's attorney didn't mention the fact that I held a gun to his client's head.
Odafin Tutuola: It had nothing to do with Jessie's murder.
Detective Olivia Benson: Defense attorneys find every weakness. That's what they do
Odafin Tutuola: I get you not wanting people to know that you're in therapy.
Detective Olivia Benson: Ah, well, I may not have a choice.
Odafin Tutuola: As long as you work at it, the flashbacks will go away. Did for me.

Detective Olivia Benson: Your husband raped and murdered Jessica Crewes, and you helped him.
Marlene Rosten: That's ridiculous.
Detective Olivia Benson: You like being married to a pilot. You love the prestige. And you weren't gonna let Jessica ruin everything that you built.
Marlene Rosten: You're crazy. I... I'm not listening to this, and you can't keep me here.
Detective Olivia Benson: [Marlene stands to leave] Your husband's DNA matches the baby's blood.
Marlene Rosten: That's a lie. There is no baby.
Detective Olivia Benson: Then how come I have a piece of the umbilical cord that the bastard left behind? You could be charged with aiding and abetting. And trust me, no judge is gonna be lenient.

Donald Cragen: I want you to take some personal time off.
Detective Olivia Benson: Why?
Donald Cragen: You know why. Just do it.
Detective Olivia Benson: Is that an order, captain?
Donald Cragen: No. If it was, I'd have to make a notation in your jacket.
Detective Olivia Benson: How much time should I take off?
Donald Cragen: As much as you need.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Intoxicated (#6.19)" (2005)
Detective Olivia Benson: [to Cragen] Denise Elderidge is a fruit cake.
Detective Elliot Stabler: [interrupts them] And dessert is served.
[reveals Denise]

Detective Olivia Benson: Denise didn't care about Carrie. All she cared about was where she was gonna get her next drink.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: You didn't kill your mother Olivia.
Detective Olivia Benson: But I know what it's like to want to.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: You didn't kill your mother, Olivia.
Detective Olivia Benson: I know what it's like to want to. That's how I know Simone Brice. I called her back then. She was a law student, and she helped me survive it.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Why didn't Carrie say something?
Detective Olivia Benson: Because then the abuse becomes real. If you keep quiet, you can pretend that it's not.

Detective Olivia Benson: My mother was an English professor. When I was sixteen, I started dating one of her students. He was a senior, he was twenty-one years old. And he asked me to marry him. And I said yes. Because I wanted to get away from my mother. She found out and she told me that if I didn't stop seeing him, that she would have him kicked out of college. And I told her that I was moving out. She was half way through a bottle of vodka and she dropped it. It shattered all over the floor. And then she picked up the jagged edge of the bottle and... and she came at me, screaming, 'I'll never let anyone else have you.' And so I kicked her, hard. And then I kicked her again. And she went flying across the room, into the wall. And she slid down to the floor. I'd never hurt her before. I ran out. I was so afraid...

Detective Elliot Stabler: These pots and pans haven't been used in so long they got cobwebs on them.
Detective Olivia Benson: Sounds like the ones in my kitchen.

Detective Olivia Benson: Those two are like magnets. Romeo and Juliet.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, except Juliet's too young and Romeo's too old.
Donald Cragen: Any chance we can get Romeo's parents to put some pressure on him?
Detective Elliot Stabler: No, they died in a car accident two years ago.
Detective Olivia Benson: Wouldn't matter. Neither one of 'em's ever gonna admit that they did anything.
Donald Cragen: Well, unless mom was in bed with them and saw what they were doing, there's no rape case.

Denise Eldridge: I'm a parent. I have rights, too.
Attorney Simone Bryce: Not when it comes to Carrie's privacy and sexual matters.
Denise Eldridge: [to Carrie] I don't care what she says. We're not leaving here until you've been checked out.
Denise Eldridge: It's her body, and she's made her decision.
Detective Olivia Benson: Why don't you take your daughter home, Mrs. Eldridge? We're done here.
Denise Eldridge: My daughter's been violated. Whose side are you on?
Detective Olivia Benson: Hers.

Donald Cragen: Why is Denise Eldridge screaming to 1PP that you talked her daughter out of a rape kit?
Detective Olivia Benson: Carrie didn't want it.
Donald Cragen: Now, that's exactly what Simone Bryce told Carrie's mother. That's funny how a children's rights attorney just happened to show up at the ER.
Detective Olivia Benson: She was there because I called her.
Donald Cragen: You've got enough on your plate without taking on this kid as a cause.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, somebody's gotta protect her from that lunatic mother of hers.
Donald Cragen: Why are you calling her that?
Detective Olivia Benson: You saw how she humiliated Carrie in front of the entire squad. I don't like her.
Donald Cragen: Well, she has a right to be upset.
Detective Olivia Benson: She's upset because she thinks Carrie is gonna end up just like her: pregnant without a man.

A.D.A. Casey Novak: So, what, you guys couldn't deal with Denise Eldridge so you sicced her on me?
Detective Olivia Benson: What happened?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Oh, she blew in here with her shopping bag saying you guys weren't doing anything about her daughter. She wanted me to charge you guys for not arresting Justin Sharp.
Detective Elliot Stabler: So what do you want us to do?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Did he rape Carrie?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Letter of the law, yeah. But we can't prove it.
Detective Olivia Benson: The sex was consensual. You charge Justin with endangering, it's a misdemeanor, first offense. He's not gonna do any time. So how is justice served there?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: It's not.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Right. And when Denise comes back next with the same accusation...
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Why don't you advise her that unless she has pictures, we're not prosecuting Justin.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [going to talk to Denise] She's probably not even home.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, I'll leave my card in her mailbox.
Detective Elliot Stabler: With your name on it, she'll probably rip it up. Here, use mine.

Detective Olivia Benson: Hey, how'd it go?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Judge remanded Carrie to Bridges. At least she won't be in Rikers.
Detective Olivia Benson: I really misjudged her. All I saw was a desperate teen needing help.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Look, I saw my daughter going out with a grown man. Sometimes it's hard to keep your own crap out of the work.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [entering] Speaking of crap, psych defense.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder?
[sarcastically to Benson]
Detective Elliot Stabler: PMS made her do it.

Detective Olivia Benson: [showing Stabler the booze bottles in Denise's apartment] No wonder I hated Denise so much. All along, Carrie was just trying to get me to protect her. Look at this. Denise didn't care about her daughter. All she cared about was where she was gonna get her next drink.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Why'd you come here?
Detective Olivia Benson: To find out what else I was wrong about.

Detective Olivia Benson: Women who suffer from PMDD always have one week where they don't have any symptoms. All their anxiety, psychosis, depression is gone. One normal week starting from around day four of their period. Carrie killed her mother on day six. Which means she couldn't have had any symptoms.
Carrie Lynn Eldridge: I was early this month.
Detective Olivia Benson: You put this defense in her head.
Attorney Simone Bryce: She tied my hands behind my back and wouldn't let me tell the whole story.
Detective Olivia Benson: About the drinking.
Attorney Simone Bryce: Yeah.
Detective Olivia Benson: You didn't want anyone to know. You were too ashamed. Carrie, tell me what really happened.
Attorney Simone Bryce: [Carrie looks at her in worry] It... it can't hurt you anymore.
Carrie Lynn Eldridge: I was at school that day when Justin called me on my cell and told me that... he told me that he didn't want to see me anymore, because he was afraid of my mother.
[starting to cry]
Carrie Lynn Eldridge: And I tried to deal, but I just couldn't. So I went home. My mother was there. And I... I tried to talk to her. I really did. But she... she just picked up a bottle and started drinking. She said that if she couldn't put Justin in prison, that she was gonna get him fired from his job. She was gonna do anything she could so that he wouldn't love me anymore. And I told her that I would always be with Justin, and that I would rather be homeless than spend another minute with her. And then she slapped me really hard. She called me a slut. And she hit me again, and again, and again. And I just lost it. I grabbed a lamp. And I hit her over and over and over. I loved my mom very much. But when she was drunk, she wasn't a mother.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Shadow (#11.12)" (2010)
Olivia Benson: [about the Gillettes' murder] It's not domestic violence anymore. Turf it to Homicide.
Donald Cragen: Already tried. The P.C. said the Gillettes were special victims.
Elliot Stabler: Because they're rich, powerful and connected.
Donald Cragen: And we're stuck with it.

Olivia Benson: [about Anne Gillette] But why would the Prestwick Foundation want her on the board?
Detective Ash Ramsey: Daddy gave them $10 million.
Elliot Stabler: I got my daughter a job at Target. Didn't cost me a dime.
Detective Ash Ramsey: I'm sure your daughter's more qualified to sit on the Prestwick Foundation board.

Olivia Benson: [about Anne Gillette] So, poor little rich girl can't cut it in the real world, but she's smart enough to steal $3.5 million.

Yancey Winthrop: I'm Yancey Winthrop. Ms. Gillette's counsel.
Olivia Benson: You're welcome to her.
Yancey Winthrop: Yeah. First, I'd like a few words with you two.
Elliot Stabler: Look, I'll tell you what. Save your speech about how well connected she is. I don't give a damn. You got 10 minutes before I take her to Central Booking.

Detective Ash Ramsey: I suppose I should explain.
Elliot Stabler: Look, no need. I hate the bitch as much as you do.
Detective Ash Ramsey: It's hardly worth booking her. Two misdemeanors for witness tampering? She'll waltz out of arraignments on low bail, the minute the judge gavels.
Elliot Stabler: We got nothing on the murder.
Detective Ash Ramsey: We could get a felony charge if Nigel Prestwick cooperates on the embezzlement.
Elliot Stabler: Okay. Does he have any weaknesses we can leverage?
Detective Ash Ramsey: He's a milquetoast, typical fifth generation WASP elite. Inbreeding has melted their brains.
Elliot Stabler: There's got to be something. I mean, is he a tax cheat? A philanderer?
Detective Ash Ramsey: Just a cheapskate. Nigel bills all his personal expenses to the Foundation. It pays his dues at the Yale Club, the Century Club, and something called the Donatien Society. What did I miss?
Olivia Benson: Mr. Milquetoast is not so vanilla. Hold off on transporting Anne. Let's go talk to Prestwick.

Olivia Benson: [to Preswick] On your knees, Worm.

Detective Ash Ramsey: This picture's worth 10 pairs of Prada.
Nigel Prestwick: Please. Delete it.
Detective Ash Ramsey: I will. After you press charges on Anne Gillette for embezzlement.
Nigel Prestwick: You don't know what you're asking of me. The scandal will ruin the Foundation, donors will lose respect for us...
Olivia Benson: Your wife is going to lose respect for you after she finds out about your dirty little fetish. You think you're pretty clever there, naming your secret society after the Marquis de Sade: Donatien Alphonse Francois.
Detective Ash Ramsey: You can protect Anne, or you can save your own skin, but you can't do both.
Olivia Benson: You see, because last year, we arrested two sadists who were members of your little club and I remember we seized a whole lot of videos. You know, we should check the evidence locker to see if our friend Nigel here is on tape. Because I specifically remember, there was one on Nazi role...
Nigel Prestwick: Enough! I'll do it.

Olivia Benson: At least we've got Anne on a felony embezzlement charge.
Detective Ash Ramsey: Not the world's best case. Prestwick told the Chief of D's it was a misunderstanding. Defense counsel will call that a recant.
Olivia Benson: We've got the business manager.
Detective Ash Ramsey: Nate Hartman's a co-conspirator, so his testimony requires corroboration unless we go federal.
Olivia Benson: Did you go to law school?
Detective Ash Ramsey: London School of Economics.
Olivia Benson: Not a lot of MBA's on this job.
Detective Ash Ramsey: Economics and mathematics impose order on chaos like police work.
Olivia Benson: Learning something new about you all the time.

U.S. Attorney Camilla Velez: Good thing you didn't ask me to take this case a year ago. After 9/11, all our manpower went to anti-terrorism.
Olivia Benson: The U.S. Attorney's Office has jurisdiction over bank fraud. You're all we have left.
U.S. Attorney Camilla Velez: How solid is your evidence?
Detective Ash Ramsey: I spent six months on a forensic accounting of the Foundation's books. I've got affidavits from every bank, plus a match between embezzled cash and Anne Gillette's expenditures.
U.S. Attorney Camilla Velez: And there's the rub.
Olivia Benson: You don't want to go after Anne Gillette.
U.S. Attorney Camilla Velez: Her parents have given millions to politicians.
Olivia Benson: Her dead parents who she killed.
U.S. Attorney Camilla Velez: Which you can't prove.
Detective Ash Ramsey: But we will, and when we do, you can fold the homicide right into your case. She tried to cover up the theft with her parents' cash. The cases are inextricably linked.
Olivia Benson: Homicide's the big show, but they're usually state cases. Do you know how many federal prosecutors go their entire career without ever trying a murder?
U.S. Attorney Camilla Velez: Get me the files. I'll draft a writ moving Anne Gillette into federal custody.
Detective Ash Ramsey: Thank you, Camilla.
U.S. Attorney Camilla Velez: And she'll spend the night at Rikers. You can move her down to MCC tomorrow.
Olivia Benson: I'll give Elliot the good news.

Detective Ash Ramsey: [When Olivia and the police arrive at Ramsey's apartment]
[to Olivia]
Detective Ash Ramsey: Don't you ever sleep?
Olivia Benson: You didn't answer your phone.
Detective Ash Ramsey: So you asked Truck One to boom my door?
Olivia Benson: They're here to protect you. Anne Gillette just took out a hit on us.

Detective Ash Ramsey: [When Olivia sees Camilla leave Ramsey's apartment]
[to Olivia]
Detective Ash Ramsey: Don't say it. Conflict of interest, gross impropriety, compromising the case...
Olivia Benson: You could have kissed her goodnight.
Detective Ash Ramsey: I didn't make her climb down the fire escape.

Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia] You going somewhere?
Olivia Benson: Just got a few errands to run.
Elliot Stabler: Yeah?
[pulls out Olivia's bulletproof vest out of her bag]
Elliot Stabler: Your dry cleaner have anger issues?

Anne Gillette: I will kill you. I will kill you all! Get off of me! Get off!
Detective Ash Ramsey: Finally, the mask comes off.
Olivia Benson: We get to see the real Anne Gillette.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Soulless (#4.25)" (2003)
[Talking to Vienna, the girl who last saw the vicitm]
Elliot Stabler: You were at AirBar with her.
Vienna Sterling: No I wasn't.
Olivia Benson: Really?
[grabs Vienna's hand and shines UV light on it to reveal an elephant stamp]
Vienna Sterling: What are you doing?
Olivia Benson: Well, Elephant says you were.
Elliot Stabler: And they never forget.

Olivia Benson: This is a capital offense, Mitch. Looks like you're going away forever.
Mitch Wilkens, aka Max Van Horn: Don't worry. I'll write.
Elliot Stabler: Well, we did a little digging. You don't own that brownstone where you were living. You never paid rent. You had no lease.
Olivia Benson: It's owned by an elderly woman called Emily Owens. No family, most of her friends have died, and we can't find her.
Mitch Wilkens, aka Max Van Horn: Huh.
Elliot Stabler: Eric, everybody, including your own mother, believes that you are beyond redemption. That's not true. This woman deserves a proper burial. You know that's the right thing. Where is she?
Mitch Wilkens, aka Max Van Horn: Gee, I don't know. I guess I'm going away for a while, so I should probably give notice.
Court Officer: Let's go.
Mitch Wilkens, aka Max Van Horn: [Mitch is led away in handcuffs, and looks back over his shoulder at Benson and Stabler] Do let me know if you find her.

Olivia Benson: You think that your mother can't be broken? You think you're in total control of her? You just watch me!
Mitch Wilkens: Bring it on, bitch.

Olivia Benson: You're either born with a conscience or you aren't.
Elliot Stabler: No no no, it's all in how you're raised.

Vera Galeano: I comply with all codes. Even this new, pain-in-the-ass no smoking ban. See?
Olivia Benson: I think the Liquor Board might be more interested with how many patrons are rolled out of here with acute alcohol poisoning.
Vera Galeano: I don't know anything about that.
Elliot Stabler: Lady, you've got your own ambulance waiting for them outside.
Olivia Benson: I wonder how many girls leave here with GHB in them? You know, a date rape drug isn't taken voluntarily.
Vera Galeano: I know clubs have had people die in the time it takes to call 911. That's why I go that extra mile to protect my clients.
Elliot Stabler: You did a piss-poor job of protecting this one.

Donald Cragen: [about Chloe Dutton] Our girl still MIA?
Fin Tutuola: She didn't show up for school yesterday, but apparently that's par for the course.
Donald Cragen: Well, they didn't even bother to call the parents?
Olivia Benson: Her mother's out of town staying at some fat farm and the housekeeper said that Chloe's staying at her father's this week.
Elliot Stabler: Her father, Phillip Dutton is across town in merger negotiations. His assistant's trying to get word to him, but he swears it's the mother's week.
Donald Cragen: Let me guess, an acrimonious divorce?
John Munch: Is there any other kind?

Olivia Benson: Look, all I'm saying is that this girl was raped and kidnapped, and nobody in her family even noticed.

Olivia Benson: [after Olivia's card is found in Chloe Dutton's mouth] Please tell me this guy was stupid enough to leave his name.
Dr. Melinda Warner: No. Yours.

Olivia Benson: [to Stark after showing a picture of Chloe] Is this how you like it, you little freak?

Andrew Kenworthy: You don't know Vienna. It's all about her.
Olivia Benson: Oh, what is it with you people? What is wrong with you? Do you have a conscience? You raped and killed a little girl!

Elliot Stabler: [to Cabot about Mitch Wilkens] They couldn't publish the killer's name because of his age, but I'm telling you, it was the most gruesome murder in Bedford, New Hampshire's history.
Olivia Benson: We talked to the local police. They said that he was always a psycho. He's been collared five times for breaking and entering.
Elliot Stabler: His juvenile records were sealed and then expunged when he was released.
Alexandra Cabot: When did he get out?
Olivia Benson: Three years ago when he was 19.
Elliot Stabler: He was supposed to be in there till he was 21, but he got out early for good behavior.
Olivia Benson: Of course he did because he's a sociopath. He gets a clean slate, a new name and then he moves here.
Elliot Stabler: Where he kills again.

Elliot Stabler: [to Mrs. Wilkens about Mitch] He ruined your life. You lost your job, your friends, your husband. You stood by him. He's murdered again.
Olivia Benson: Only this time, he dragged you into it. You perjured yourself, you obstructed justice and you could go to jail.
Sally Wilkens: I didn't lie. He didn't kill that girl.
Olivia Benson: Her name was Chloe. She was only 15.
Elliot Stabler: Of course that's five times older than his first victim.
Sally Wilkens: Eric was only a baby then. He didn't know what he was doing. He thought it was a game.
Elliot Stabler: A game? This is not a game. Your son is sick!

Olivia Benson: [about Chloe's death] Mrs. Wilkens, a mother knows her son. Now you know that that's him, dragging her from the hospital to her death. Before he dumped her body into the river, he shoved her face into the toilet and he held it there until she was dead.
Elliot Stabler: That's how much regard he has for human life and when he gets out, he's gonna kill somebody else.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Abuse (#2.11)" (2001)
Detective Olivia Benson: I want you to know, my only concern was for Ashley.
Ricki Austin: You get near her again, I'll have your badge.

Detective John Munch: Three more calls.
Detective Elliot Stabler: From Maureen?
Detective John Munch: Not yours.
[to Olivia]
Detective John Munch: Yours.
Detective Olivia Benson: Ashley? Is she okay?
Detective John Munch: No. She saw the latest N*SYNC video and was devastated, as was I.
[beat]
Detective John Munch: She just called to chat.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Dr. Warner] Did you finish with the celebrity's kid?
Dr. Melinda Warner: He's in the fridge. The parents' "people" have been raising holy hell to have him released.

Detective Olivia Benson: [after Ashley ends up in the hospital] Ashley, you would let me know if there was anything that I could do to stop these accidents, wouldn't you?
Ashley Austin Black: You can't help accidents.

Donald Cragen: [to Elliot and Olivia] You had no business going back to that house.
Detective Elliot Stabler: We were in the neighborhood.
Detective Olivia Benson: I dragged him there.
Donald Cragen: You have no grounds for an investigation.
Detective Olivia Benson: Captain, they're covering something up.
Donald Cragen: They're celebrities. People pick through their garbage tape, their cell phone conversations, sell their intimate secrets. Covering up is second nature to these people.

Detective Olivia Benson: [about Ashley] Anyone gets close to helping her, Ricki buys a wall to block them off.
Detective Elliot Stabler: And I think we've definitely hit ours.
Detective Olivia Benson: There's gotta be something that we can do.
Detective Elliot Stabler: What? They don't abuse her, they don't criminally neglect her.
Detective Olivia Benson: They don't love her.
Detective Elliot Stabler: What? How many unloved kids you think there are in this city? It's not an SVU case anymore. You just gotta let it go.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Dr. Olivet about Ashley] She calls all the time.
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: What happens when you have to hang up?
Detective Olivia Benson: At first, she begs to talk, just for a few more minutes and then when I have to go, she just... she sounds so depressed.
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: When you first met, how much time did you spend together?
Detective Olivia Benson: Just a few minutes.
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet: It sounds like reactive attachment disorder. It is very common in orphans who are abandoned during their crucial bonding cycle. They meet complete strangers and they form instant relationships.
Detective Olivia Benson: So it's not just my sparkling wit?

Detective Olivia Benson: Ricki, your daughter needs help.
Ricki Austin: Get away before I call the police.
Detective Olivia Benson: Miss Austin, I am the police.
Ricki Austin: Then it's damn lucky I have my own security!

Donald Cragen: Benson, you're on desk duty.
Detective Olivia Benson: Captain, I can explain.
Donald Cragen: You can't follow my orders on the street, you try keeping my files straight.

Detective Olivia Benson: [about Ashley] Alex, you can't imagine how needy this little girl is.
Alexandra Cabot: Needy? Olivia, we do sex crimes and child abuse. I'm sorry, but there's not much we can do for the emotionally short-changed.

Donald Cragen: [to Olivia] Are you trying to get fired? Because that's the only option I have left.
Detective Olivia Benson: Would I put myself on the line if I didn't know what was in store for this little girl?

Ashley Austin Black: [to Olivia] Can we go home to your house now?
Detective Olivia Benson: Sweetie, we're not going to my house.
Ashley Austin Black: What? But you came and got me. You don't want me to live with you?
Detective Olivia Benson: It's not that, Ashley. It's just that my house isn't set up for kids.
Ashley Austin Black: That's okay.
Detective Olivia Benson: And even if it was I'm hardly ever there. You know, my work, it just It takes up all my time. You understand that, Ashley, don't you?

Detective Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia] It's been about a month now, hasn't it?
Detective Olivia Benson: Since what?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Your mom.
Detective Olivia Benson: Where did that come from?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Olivia, it's me. I know the issues you had with her.
Detective Olivia Benson: No. No connection.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Successful woman, rarely home. When she was home, she was drunk. You were lonely and neglected and you never had a chance to resolve the thing before she died.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Beautiful Frame (#14.11)" (2013)
Odafin Tutuola: [to Olivia] Liv, when's the last time you heard from Jessie Sturgis?
Olivia Benson: Jessie, the single mom who was raped in the Meatpacking District.
Amanda Rollins: Yeah, that was Labor Day Weekend. That still hasn't gone to trial yet, right?
Nick Amaro: The D.A'.s office hated that case. She was drunk and her story was a mess.
Olivia Benson: But she was raped.
Nick Amaro: I'm not arguing that.
Olivia Benson: She knew her assailant, I remember. She was afraid that her boyfriend would find out.
Odafin Tutuola: Okay, her boyfriend, Tommy, last night, Jessie was arrested for killing him. A.D.A. Barba wants to see us now.

Olivia Benson: [while going over the case with Barba] Four months ago, Jessie Sturgis was raped by a Michael Provo.
Nick Amaro: Provo's side, it was consensual sex and she lied 'cause she was afraid of her boyfriend.
Rafael Barba: Tommy Bandolce. The guy that Jessie's accused of murdering last night?
Nick Amaro: Right.
Rafael Barba: That's why Ms. James wants to see your case. She wants background on Jessie. She's also worried Provo was falsely accused.
Olivia Benson: Did she tell you that Michael Provo is a CI for their office, helped make her the DA? She's just looking to protect her own.
Rafael Barba: Didn't come up. Either way, she wants us to open our kimono.
Odafin Tutuola: Excuse me?
Amanda Rollins: She wants to see all of our casework, all the D.A.'s files.
Olivia Benson: So she can build a case against Jessie. I assume you told her no.
Rafael Barba: Detective, there's a protocol among D.A.'s. I can't just say no.

Olivia Benson: So, Jessie, aside from Tommy, you were also in a relationship with Michael Provo?
Jessie Sturgis: He's sort of there when Tommy isn't.
Nick Amaro: And the black gunman in the town car, he's not real, is he?
Jessie Sturgis: No, I'm sorry. I made him up. I didn't want Tommy to know.
Nick Amaro: To know what? That you called Michael three times? That you got in a car with him? Jessie, you weren't raped, were you?
Jessie Sturgis: I didn't make that part up. I was raped by Michael Provo. I begged him to stop.

Jessie Sturgis: You're the one who talked me into pressing charges. Why haven't you arrested him yet?
Olivia Benson: We just want to make sure that there aren't any surprises.
Jessie Sturgis: Am I on trial or is he?

Rafael Barba: [about Jessie after she's arraigned for murder] We're in someone else's courthouse and it's not our case. She's their defendant.
Olivia Benson: I know, but she's also our victim.

Jessie Sturgis: [to Olivia and Amaro] So you can prove it? That Michael killed Tommy and set this whole thing up?
Nick Amaro: Our D.A.'s adding conspiracy and murder to Provo's rape charge.
Jessie Sturgis: Oh, thank God. Can I go home tonight? My boy's in foster care.
Olivia Benson: See, Jessie, that's the bad news, is that the Suffolk County D.A. won't drop the charges.
Jessie Sturgis: Why? That's impossible. Michael did it.
Nick Amaro: We believe you were framed. They think you did it. It's two separate counties, two separate trials.
Jessie Sturgis: This is insane. He raped me, killed Tommy, put me in here. You're telling me you can't get me out? What if they convict me?
Olivia Benson: We're building your case, we're working with your defense team. The D.A. will not give up. I just... we just need you to hang in there a little longer, okay?
Jessie Sturgis: Just hang in there? Get out. Leave.
[yells]
Jessie Sturgis: Get out!
[Olivia and Amaro leave]

Eddie Baker: [when Amaro and Olivia arrive to Carol's house] Who the hell are you?
Nick Amaro: Looking for Carol McEwan.
Eddie Baker: Yeah, what do you want with her?
Olivia Benson: Carol, can we speak with you privately, please?
Eddie Baker: No.
Carol McEwan: We're married ten years. I'm more comfortable with my husband here.
Nick Amaro: Okay, we're here...
Carol McEwan: I know why you're here. My 911 call. The D.A. told me not to talk to anyone before I testify, not even cops.
Nick Amaro: Okay, but, uh, you live a half hour from the crime scene. You just happened to be driving by that night?
Carol McEwan: I was taking a shortcut to meet my husband. It was our anniversary.
Eddie Baker: Okay? Good-bye. Go back to the city. She got nothing else to say to you.
Olivia Benson: Carol, please.
Carol McEwan: No, I'm sorry.
Olivia Benson: If you're scared of Michael Provo...
[Eddie shuts the door in their face]

Carol McEwan: [When Amaro and Olivia approach Carol] I'm not supposed to talk to you.
Olivia Benson: Says who? Your husband or Michael Provo?
Nick Amaro: You know you could be charged with perjury for lying in front of a jury?
Carol McEwan: Who said I was going to lie?
Nick Amaro: You told us you heard shots on the way to your anniversary dinner, but it turns out you two are common law.
Carol McEwan: So what? I didn't say it was a wedding anniversary.
Olivia Benson: No, it was another kind of anniversary. It's been a year since Eddie was paroled from prison.
Nick Amaro: Where Michael Provo helped to send him.
Carol McEwan: So you know we don't owe him anything.
Nick Amaro: Except we checked and Eddie was supposed to do 15 years upstate. Instead, he does five in Queensboro Correctional in Long Island City. That's a lot closer to your house.
Carol McEwan: He got time off for good behavior.
Nick Amaro: Yeah, after Michael Provo got the D.A. to intercede on his behalf. See, we know Provo's M.O. He was having a relationship with you while your husband was away.
Carol McEwan: You can't prove that.
Olivia Benson: Carol, it's what he does. He takes advantage of women who are already in trouble.
Carol McEwan: I love my husband.
Nick Amaro: Did Provo threaten to tell Eddie about your affair?
Carol McEwan: I'm Eddie's whole world. If he finds out, he'll kill me, then he'll kill himself.
Olivia Benson: And we don't want to have to tell him, but there's an innocent woman who's looking at 25 to life.
Carol McEwan: So you're gonna blackmail me into doing what's right? Who's taking advantage of who now?

Rafael Barba: [to Provo] You remember Carol McEwan. She made the second 911 call, reporting gunshots that nobody else heard moments before Jessie even got there.
D.A. Pam James: This is my witness. She's on my list.
Rafael Barba: She's on mine now. She's going to testify that she was blackmailed by Provo into making a false report.
Michael Provo: That lying bitch.
Olivia Benson: Your frame's collapsing, huh, Provo?

D.A. Pam James: Mr. Barba, you have to understand, these allegations come as a complete shock to me. You can be assured that my office will conduct a thorough investigation.
Rafael Barba: I've no doubt you will.
Amanda Rollins: And in the meantime, all your charges against Jessie can be dropped.
D.A. Pam James: Due diligence first, Detective.
Olivia Benson: Due diligence? I'd call it saving face. Jessie Sturgis is innocent. She has a child in foster care.
Rafael Barba: More to the point, once I get Mr. Provo convicted of conspiracy, every one of your cases he was involved with will be under the microscope. So will your office. Think about what that means, Pam.
D.A. Pam James: Don't threaten me. Either of you.
Rafael Barba: Counselor, no threat was intended.

Jessie Sturgis: It's over now? They can't hurt us anymore?
Nick Amaro: Provo's going away for a very long time.
Jessie Sturgis: What about the rest of the case? What Michael did to me?
Nick Amaro: [to Jessie's son, Matthew] Hey, Matty, why don't you show me that missing tooth, huh?
[walks off to the side with Matthew]
Olivia Benson: Jessie, we had to withdraw charges.
Jessie Sturgis: What? But he raped me. He beat me. He left me bleeding in the street.
Olivia Benson: Barba had to make a deal to get you out right away. That was... that was the priority.
Jessie Sturgis: And the rape never happened?
Olivia Benson: Legally, no. Jessie, take Matthew home. You won.

Nick Amaro: [about Jessie] Raped, put in jail, her kid taken away. I don't know how she held it together.
Olivia Benson: She did it for her son.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Branded (#12.6)" (2010)
Olivia Benson: Well, you don't get "ruiner" branded on your chest for being well-liked.

Olivia Benson: [after she and Elliot talk to Alexander Gammon] You believe a word of that?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Only the part about the lubricant. He's gonna wish he had some if he's attacked.

Olivia Benson: So tell me, Camille. Who are you?
Camille Walters: I'm nobody. Who are you? Are you nobody too?

Olivia Benson: So where do we go from here?
A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke: How 'bout nowhere? I can't prosecute this case.
Donald Cragen: Well, that's a hell of a "how do you do," Counselor.

Olivia Benson: We're all branded, I guess, By our parents, our childhoods.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Think you turned out all right.
Olivia Benson: Makes one of us.

Olivia Benson: You're not nobody, Camille. You were 14 and you spent a summer at a camp run by the Clean Air Fund and something terrible happened. Now, whatever that was, yo've been holding it in all these years and you need to talk about it now.
Camille Walters: I don't want to.
Olivia Benson: Camille, you've been through terrible pain and I'm here to listen. Camille, I'm asking you to tell me. Please tell me.
Camille Walters: It was 4th of July, and they just set off the fireworks across the lake. And... and I was walking back to my bunk, And I saw Alexander. And he said He said that a bunch of people were gonna go into the woods and drink and play games.
Olivia Benson: Victor and Bill were there too?
Camille Walters: Yeah. They were already drunk and after they led me into the woods, I asked where everyone else was. And they laughed and said that it was a p - that it was a private party.
Olivia Benson: It's okay.
Camille Walters: Alexander and Bill held me down. And Victor tried to get them to stop, but Alex - Alexander ripped off my shorts and raped me. And then Bill and I was bleeding.
Olivia Benson: He ruined you.
Camille Walters: And Victor didn't want to, but Alexander pushed him and said he was a punk if he didn't get a little.
Olivia Benson: Making him a traitor.
Camille Walters: When they were done, Alexander told me that if I told anyone, he'd deny it and he said, "who'd believe the word of a little nobody anyway?" Yeah, I branded them so they'd never forget what they did to me. And I wish, I wish that I'd branded Alexander. I would have burnt "hell" on his chest becaue that's where I was gonna send him.

Olivia Benson: Camille, why would you wait 14 years after you were raped?
Camille Walters: A few weeks ago, I was walking down Central Park South and I h... I heard this laugh. And it sounded exactly like the way that I used to laugh. And I knew. I knew that it was her. I could feel it!
Olivia Benson: Who, Camille?
Camille Walters: [crying] My daughter.
Olivia Benson: The rape got you pregnant.

A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke: That's quite a stretch. Hearing a laugh and assuming it's the child you gave up for adoption?
Olivia Benson: A mother knows her child.

Olivia Benson: [to Hardwicke] You're going to prosecute Camille when you can get irrefutable evidence that she was raped?
A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke: I have no choice. You gave me her confession on tape.
Olivia Benson: So Camille goes to prison for a post-traumatic reaction to being gang-raped and those bastards are gonna walk away free?
A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke: Before you get too weepy for the defendant, bear in mind, she sodomized two men and seared their chest with a scorching coat hanger.
Olivia Benson: You bear in mind that she was raped or is keeping your percentage up too important?
A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke: You did your job. Now it's time to do mine. No matter how much it hurts.

Olivia Benson: [to Hardwicke] Are you proud of yourself? You trashed her.
A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke: My job's to win the case.
Olivia Benson: No, your job is to make sure that justice is done. Convicting Camille isn't justice.
A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke: That's for the jury to decide.
Olivia Benson: The jury is gonna throw the book at her because you turned her into some crazy slut. Congratulations.

Camille Walters: Thank you, Detective Benson.
Olivia Benson: You'll still need to see Judge Andrews about sentencing, but on two minor counts of trespass, I think you'll do okay.
Camille Walters: Well, whatever sentence the judge gives, I deserve it.
Olivia Benson: Come on. Somebody wants to say hi to you.
[shows her Camille's daughter, Hannah]
Camille Walters: Hannah
Hannah Milner: I just wanted to say good luck in court.
Camille Walters: I'm sorry this is the way we had to meet.
Hannah Milner: I'm not.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Payback (#1.1)" (1999)
Detective Elliot Stabler: Ok, so it's not robbery, but stabbings aren't necessarily sexual. You know sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. Is there a specific reason you called us out?
Bremmer: Whoever did this sliced off his cigar and took it with him. Is that specific enough?
Detective Olivia Benson: Works for me.

Detective Olivia Benson: [Stabler returns from testifying against a 'weenie wagger'] Hey, how'd it go?
Detective Elliot Stabler: He's in Bellevue.
Detective Olivia Benson: The jury came back that fast?
Detective Elliot Stabler: He waved his flag at 'em before they got the chance. Nobody saluted.

Det. Olivia Benson: Question - Who'd want to cut your penis off?
Victor Spicer: Take a number.

Detective Olivia Benson: Somebody killed him in his cab last night.
Waitress: This city sucks!

Captain Donald Cragen: Okay, Olivia, let's just say the vic had the misfortune of buying the wrong hack license. Spicer's the target. Who wanted him dead?
Detective John Munch: Whoever called the dispatcher.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Wow.
Detective Olivia Benson: Nice. Good stuff. Keep that.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Thanks, thanks a lot.
Detective John Munch: It never stops.
Detective John Munch: [to Cragen about donuts] You know they have more varieties than that.

Detective Elliot Stabler: That was the M.E. The stab wounds... 37 of them. This still reads gay to me.
Captain Donald Cragen: Panacek's prints are clean here, right?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yes.
Captain Donald Cragen: So do this by the numbers. He's illegal, send a set to Interpol too.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Forensics report...
Captain Donald Cragen: What?
Detective Elliot Stabler: They found part of a fingernail in the front seat of the cab with red nail polish on it.
Detective Olivia Benson: Dispatcher said that he thought it might have been a woman who called about Spicer.
Captain Donald Cragen: Kind of undercuts your gay theory, huh?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Could be a he/she?
Captain Donald Cragen: Didn't two of Spicer's married johns take a bust?
Detective Olivia Benson: Yeah, about six months ago vice was targeting the piers.
Captain Donald Cragen: I'm sure their wives must have been thrilled.
Captain Donald Cragen: [Munch chuckles] What are you doing?
Detective John Munch: Eavesdropping.

[offers a bucket of licorice]
Captain Donald Cragen: You can't trust the computers. They get backed up and don't input the releases.
Detective Olivia Benson: That's why I talked to the watch captain and had then check personally to see if Spicer's still there.
Captain Donald Cragen: Well, why is this ours?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Doer sliced off the vic's unit.
[spits out licorice]

Det. Olivia Benson: I went down to the hack bureau. Our dead guy, Victor Spicer? His licence was suspened when he got 11 months for assault.
Elliot Stabler: And?
Det. Olivia Benson: He's still in Rikers.

Detective Olivia Benson: He was stabbed last night, his genitals were cut off.
Marta Stevens: So?
Detective Olivia Benson: So I can see you're greatly affected by this.
Marta Stevens: How would you feel if your neighbor raped you for 3 weeks and the government gave him a medal?

Elliot Stabler: How do you know Stefan Tanzer?
Anya Rugova: He murdered my husband and my grandson with a hatchet, why?
Detective Olivia Benson: He was murdered sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Anya Rugova: Good.

Detective Olivia Benson: [after debating the light punishment given to a murderer who is otherwise a good person] I think we did the only thing that will let me go home and sleep tonight.
Captain Donald Cragen: You just used your Get Out of Jail Free card. There's only one in the pack.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Smut (#10.10)" (2008)
Olivia Benson: I don't know what's worse: not being able to remember your attack or not being able to forget it.

Elliot Stabler: [about the diamonds discovered in Eric Lutz's apartment] Looks like the stuff at the bottom of my son's fish bowl.
Olivia Benson: Okay, if those were keeping Dickie's fish company, all three of us could retire.

A.D.A. Kim Greylek: Get Morales to clean up the video. We'll release their faces to the media and get IDs for the women.
Olivia Benson: You can't plaster them all over the news. The media's not going to cooperate. They're victims.
A.D.A. Kim Greylek: Are you sure?
Olivia Benson: Did you just watch the same tape that I did?
A.D.A. Kim Greylek: Does it look like rape? Yeah. Does it turn my stomach? You bet, but Lutz is going to argue it was consensual rape fantasy and until we have a woman who says otherwise, we're stuck with his version.
Dr. George Huang: Your perp has found the perfect MO. He can do whatever he wants and not worry about getting caught.

Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia about Laurel Andrews] Why did you do that?
Olivia Benson: She's the same happy wife and mother she was before August 19th. It was like she was never raped.
Elliot Stabler: But she was. We have it on tape.
Olivia Benson: Right now, that woman is not a victim. If we play her that tape, we're making her one.
Elliot Stabler: If we pretend that woman wasn't attacked, then Lutz gets away with it and when he rapes his next victim, that will be on us.

Olivia Benson: [after Elliot shows Laurel Andrews a video of her being sexually assaulted] What the hell were you thinking?
Elliot Stabler: I was thinking about getting a serial rapist off the streets.
Olivia Benson: I want to catch the guy as much as you do, but what about Laurel Andrews?
Elliot Stabler: How many times have you said, "Confronting the attacker is the only way to move on"?
Olivia Benson: Laurel doesn't have to move on. In her mind, she wasn't even raped.
Elliot Stabler: Lutz will learn from his mistakes. He'll improve his MO. Then we'll never get him. You can't change what happened to Laurel.
Olivia Benson: I can protect her from the damage.
Elliot Stabler: No, you can't. You should know that better than anyone.

Olivia Benson: [to Laurel Andrews] A few months ago, I was sexually assaulted by a man while I was working undercover. I felt guilty that I didn't stop him, ashamed of how powerless I was. And then I got angry, but that didn't help me get over it.
Laurel Andrews: What did?
Olivia Benson: Admitting that it happened and putting the man who did it behind bars and going to counseling.
Laurel Andrews: Are you over it now?
Olivia Benson: I'll never be over it, but I can live with it now and I have my life back now.

Olivia Benson: [to Greylek about Eric's psych defense] Just like that? The judge didn't even want to read the motion.
A.D.A. Kim Greylek: Nope. "Porn made me do it." Unbelievable.
Olivia Benson: But is it? I can't count the number of perps that we've collared with porn stashes that would make Jenna Jameson gag.

Elliot Stabler: Women making porn? That's like the whore on the corner working her way up to pimp. Doesn't make it right.
Odafin Tutuola: Lighten up, choirboy. You don't have to be a perv to like porn.
Olivia Benson: Oh, yeah? Then how come people don't put V for "vagina" next to "Vertigo" on their bookshelves?
Odafin Tutuola: Because they're afraid of being judged by prudes like you.

Laurel Andrews: Detective Benson?
[slaps Olivia across the face]
Laurel Andrews: You're going to make me go through this again?
[Elliot gets up to intervene, but Olivia stops him]
Olivia Benson: It was my duty to turn those photos over.
Laurel Andrews: I thought your duty was to protect victims like me.
Olivia Benson: Believe me, Laurel, the last thing that I want to do is to hurt your case.
Laurel Andrews: You made me remember, relive that awful night! And now for the rest of my life, I will never get those horrible images out of my head.
Olivia Benson: I'm sorry...
Laurel Andrews: And I won't testify again.
[storms away]
Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia] You okay?
Olivia Benson: No.
[walks away]

Olivia Benson: [to Eric Lutz] Who was she, Eric?
Eric Lutz: What are you doing here?
Olivia Benson: Just asking you a question.
Eric Lutz: You're trying to intimidate me.
Olivia Benson: A woman walks down a public street and you find that intimidating? Interesting.

Eric Lutz: [to Olivia] I'm going to have your badge.
Olivia Benson: Yeah? Not before I throw you in jail.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Popular (#3.16)" (2002)
Capt. Donald Cragen: Since when is oral sex not sex?
Detective Olivia Benson: Since Bill Clinton said so.

Elliot Stabler: Olivia, I need a favor.
Detective Olivia Benson: Okay. Bear in mind I don't have any money. I'm an underpaid detective, just like you.

Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia] A 14-year-old girl was raped by a teacher. She got the exam at the hospital, but she didn't want to report it. Kathy knows the nurse who works there, but if she sees me snooping around...
Detective Olivia Benson: She absolutely is not supposed to give out that information.
Elliot Stabler: I know. I just got to make sure that it's real.
Detective Olivia Benson: And then what?
Elliot Stabler: Convince her to come forward.
Detective Olivia Benson: Not a good idea, Elliot.
Elliot Stabler: She's just scared, Olivia. She's a kid who doesn't know that there are people out there who want to help her.
Detective Olivia Benson: And if she doesn't want to tell us, then we can't make her.
Elliot Stabler: So she just sits in the classroom being taught by her rapist.

Detective Olivia Benson: [while Olivia and Elliot are looking at the sign-in sheet from the hospital] Okay, here it is. Cynthia Wilmont. Signed in at 9:45 a.m.
Elliot Stabler: According to this list, she had a note from home explaining her absence.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, it's got to be a forgery. I used to do it all the time. Everyone does. Except, of course, your kids. I'm sure that you're very intimidating.
Elliot Stabler: Yeah, I'm real scary.

Detective Olivia Benson: Cynthia, you can tell us if somebody touched you, no matter what.
Cynthia Wilmont: I don't understand.
Detective Olivia Benson: Did anything bad happen to you the day before yesterday?
Cynthia Wilmont: No.
Detective Olivia Benson: Then why aren't you feeling well?
Cynthia Wilmont: Are you going to talk to my parents?
Elliot Stabler: Absolutely not.
Cynthia Wilmont: Why should I believe you? Why should I believe anything you say?
Elliot Stabler: Because it's true.
Cynthia Wilmont: Yeah, I've heard that before. That nurse promised me that she wouldn't say a word. No one else knows, not even my best friend. So she had to have told you. She lied and now so are you.
Detective Olivia Benson: Cynthia, if you tell us who did this, we can make sure he never does it again.
Cynthia Wilmont: [turns away from the detectives] I'm fine. No one did anything to me.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Stabler about Cynthia] You expect her to come forward when most women won't. Either she's a kid or she's an adult, Elliot. You can't have it both ways.

Elliot Stabler: [after Cynthia ends up in the hospital after being pushed down the stairs] Should have told Cynthia's parents right away instead of going to the school. We could have prevented this.
Detective Olivia Benson: Depends on who's responsible. I want to check the parents out.
Elliot Stabler: You think they tossed their daughter down a flight of stairs?
Detective Olivia Benson: Her father seemed pretty upset about his daughter having sex.
Elliot Stabler: She didn't. She was raped.
Detective Olivia Benson: And what if she fabricated the rape to cover up sexual activity? We've had lots of cases like that.
Elliot Stabler: Well, you saw that girl. She was afraid of someone.
Detective Olivia Benson: Maybe it's Dad.
Elliot Stabler: What, you think he raped her?
Detective Olivia Benson: We've seen it too many times before.
Elliot Stabler: Cynthia does have the clap. Daddy gave it to her, Mommy's got to have it. You really see her covering for her husband?
Detective Olivia Benson: I don't know. I just think we should check the whereabouts of the parents during the assault.
Elliot Stabler: First, let's check out the best friend.

Elliot Stabler: [to Ross McKenzie] Now, you only teach high school kids?
Ross McKenzie: It's safer that way. My teaching methods are considered a little unorthodox.
Detective Olivia Benson: Is that because you get too familiar with the student body?
Ross McKenzie: You've been talking to the principal. See, he hasn't changed the curricula since the '70s. If you want to reach the kids, you to have to meet them at their level.
Elliot Stabler: And partying with them does that for you?

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Cynthia] I know that Tommy makes you do things that you probably don't want to.
Cynthia Wilmont: That's not true. I love Tommy.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, I know that he traded you to a man for drugs. Now, that doesn't sound to me like he cares about you very much.
Cynthia Wilmont: Tommy wouldn't do that. He's my boyfriend. The most popular guy in school and he picked me.
Detective Olivia Benson: And that's important to you? Being part of the in crowd?
Cynthia Wilmont: It's everything.
Detective Olivia Benson: But it's not worth your safety or your health.
Cynthia Wilmont: Well, it doesn't matter now. My parents know about the parties. My dad won't even look at me. I think he hates me.
Detective Olivia Benson: Cynthia, your dad doesn't hate you. He's just upset. They just want what's best for you.
Cynthia Wilmont: Look at my mom. She's beautiful. If I looked like her...
Detective Olivia Benson: There's nothing wrong with the way you look. You are beautiful, too.
Detective Olivia Benson: Right. On the inside. Pretty girls always say that to make the ugly ones feel better.

Detective Olivia Benson: Your friends are scared and in pain just like you, Cynthia, but they don't have half of your resilience and half of your courage.
Cynthia Wilmont: Sure.
Detective Olivia Benson: You were raped and you went to that hospital all by yourself. Do you know that there are grown women who couldn't cope with that situation the way you have?
Cynthia Wilmont: Really?
Detective Olivia Benson: Yeah, really.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Nick about Cynthia] You must've hated her.
Nick Radsen: No, I like her. Cynthia's too smart to be used by that clown. Tommy's lame.
Elliot Stabler: And that's what pisses you off. He's the one getting all the attention, the girls, the glory.
Nick Radsen: That's not how it is. He's my friend.
Elliot Stabler: No, he's not. He gives you his leftovers, man. I mean, that's got to burn you, knowing that he's not in your league. You think Tommy's beneath you.
Detective Olivia Benson: But he's the most popular guy in school. That's why Cynthia likes him. That's why Cynthia wouldn't give you the time of day, and that's why you had to take what you wanted.
Mrs. Radsen: I've heard enough. We're leaving.
[tries to leave with Nick, btu Nick jerks away from her]
Nick Radsen: She started to cry, like being with me was so awful. I told her I'd tell Tommy and then she laid down, but then she changed her mind. Girls can't do that.
Detective Olivia Benson: Then what happened?
Nick Radsen: Nothing.
Elliot Stabler: Well, you had sex, didn't you?
Nick Radsen: She let me do it.
Elliot Stabler: She fight you?
Nick Radsen: She said no, but she just laid there. Afterwards, she said we'd never talk about it again.
Detective Olivia Benson: Is that why you beat her up? 'Cause you thought she'd come and talk to us?
Nick Radsen: No. She gave me the clap and she didn't even apologize.
Detective Olivia Benson: So you followed her home?
Nick Radsen: After baseball practice. She accused me of rape and that pissed me off 'cause that just didn't happen. If she wants Tommy, she can have him. He's a loser.
Elliot Stabler: So are you, Nick.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Stranger (#10.11)" (2009)
Heather Hallander: [offscreen as Olivia enters the hospital room] Hi, Olivia. My dad thinks I should go to college, so he dropped off these study guides to get me started.
Detective Olivia Benson: [unaffected] That's nice.
Heather Hallander: [looks down at Olivia's hands; more apprehensive] Is that my clarinet?
Detective Olivia Benson: It is. I thought, uh - thought you could play something for me.
[opens case]
Heather Hallander: I don't think I'd remember how.
Detective Olivia Benson: You were first chair; why don't you try putting it together and see what comes back?
Heather Hallander: I - I don't really feel like it right now.
Detective Olivia Benson: [pulls up a seat] Musta gotten that tattoo when you were young. What's the story?
Heather Hallander: There's no story. I - just got it.
Detective Olivia Benson: Where?
Heather Hallander: [pauses] Tattoo parlor.
Detective Olivia Benson: No, you didn't. The boy Nikki was dating bought a kit on eBay. They convinced Heather to let him give her a tattoo.
[Heather/Kristen looks up horrified]
Detective Olivia Benson: The Hallanders were furious. Nikki never saw the boy again. Heather was grounded for a month.
Heather Hallander: [nervous] I'm Heather. I - I'm Heather.
Detective Olivia Benson: When Heather went missing, the lab took DNA from her toothbrush. We're gonna run the DNA from your rape kit. In a few days, when the results come back, we're gonna compare the two.
[Heather/Kristen noticeably more agitated as Olivia speaks]

Detective Olivia Benson: I don't understand how a mother wouldn't know her own child.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, but Mrs. Hallander didn't recognize this girl until sister Erica saw that tattoo on her wrist.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Munch, zoom in on the ink. Put 'em up side by side.
Detective Olivia Benson: Looks the same to me.
Sergeant John Munch: Except they're mirror images. On this one, the stem curved to the right; on this one, it curves to the left.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Girl's a con artist.
Detective Olivia Benson: Then why would she try to kill herself?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Maybe she knew the game was up.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Who's gonna break it to the Hallanders that their real daughter's still missing?
[walks away]
Detective Olivia Benson: Let me talk to Heather first.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Liv, she's not Heather.
[walks away behind Fin as Olivia still studies tattoo photos on the screen]

Captain Donald Cragen: What, are you waiting for an invitation?
[Olivia and Elliot turn around to Cragen]
Detective Olivia Benson: Just thought we'd give Vasko a taste of his own medicine.
Captain Donald Cragen: I think he's familiar with the tactics of breaking someone. All you're giving him is time to lawyer up.
Detective Elliot Stabler: We're buying ourselves some.
[Melinda comes]
Detective Elliot Stabler: You got something?
Dr. Melinda Warner: It's too soon for DNA results, so I ran an individual specific auto-antibodies test on Mr. Vasko. It's not admissible in court yet but, uh, it only takes two hours.
Captain Donald Cragen: Well, how did we get a court order for his DNA already?
Detective Elliot Stabler: We didn't need one. Vasko ran, Fin clotheslined him, bloodied up his nose on Fin's sleeve.
Dr. Melinda Warner: And Fin was kind enough to pass it along to me. He's a match for the semen on your girl's dress.
Detective Olivia Benson: [smiles slightly] That's all we need.
[starts walking]
Dr. Melinda Warner: Hold on. I'm not finished. I did get the DNA results from your Jane Doe's rape kit. She's not Heather.
Detective Elliot Stabler: We figured that one out ourselves.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Did you know her name is Kirsten Vuscelik?
Captain Donald Cragen: What, she's in the system?
Dr. Melinda Warner: No, in CODIS. She was abducted in Ohio six years ago. Her mother Marcie was certain it as a parental kidnapping.

Heather Hallander: [hounded by the press as she returns home] Are they gonna print my photo?
Detective Olivia Benson: Not if he has a conscience.
Reporter Steve Harris: Heather, what was the lowest point of your four years in captivity?
Detective Elliot Stabler: You take a step in that building, I'll arrest you for trespassing.
[to Harris' photographer]
Detective Elliot Stabler: You, be a human being. Erase the photos.
Reporter Steve Harris: What world do you live in? Cute, middle-class white girl held as a sex slave. The story's huge.
Detective Elliot Stabler: [ignoring him, he turns to face the photographer again] I asked you nice once. Come on. I'm asking you nice.
Photographer: [retreating, he stumbles and falls, his camera breaking on the pavement] Son of a bitch!
Detective Elliot Stabler: [sarcastic] That's a shame. Looks expensive.

Detective Olivia Benson: That was Heather's father. She's not feeling well; drive-along's off.
Detective Elliot Stabler: She saw the paper.
Detective Olivia Benson: They tried to keep it from her, but the sister Nikki slipped her a copy.
Sergeant John Munch: The brat sister isn't helping at all. You ask me, we bring Nikki in here for a sit-down.
Detective Elliot Stabler: What, are you a social worker now?
Sergeant John Munch: Hardly.

Sergeant John Munch: The day Heather ran out after Nikki called her fat, mom sent the brat after her to apologize.
Detective Olivia Benson: Nikki never found Heather.
Sergeant John Munch: Yeah, so she claims.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Nikki was sixteen years old. What'd she do, sell her younger sister as a sex slave?
Sergeant John Munch: No, but maybe she saw her get in the van.
Detective Olivia Benson: And never said anything?

Sergeant John Munch: Nikki admitted that she tormented her little sister. Maybe she was glad to see her go. Parents said that she's been on a downward spiral ever since. Sounds like guilt to me.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Or acting like a teenager.
[Munch heads to his desk]
Detective Elliot Stabler: Anything back from forensics?
Detective Olivia Benson: Scarring from long-term sexual abuse, but no DNA in the rape kit.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, Heather scrubbed herself clean. We kind of expected that.
Detective Olivia Benson: The lab found semen on the dress. They're working up a DNA profile now.
Detective Elliot Stabler: If we're lucky, the perp's already in the system.

Detective Olivia Benson: Heather, the man that was holding you, did her ever take you outside?
Heather Hallander: No, never. I've told you that.
Detective Olivia Benson: We have a chance to catch your abuser. That's why there's no reason for you to hold back any important details.
Heather Hallander: Like what?
Detective Olivia Benson: Like St. Francis Cathedral.
Heather Hallander: I don't know what you're talking about.
Detective Olivia Benson: Based on your reaction, I would say that you do. Somebody saw you there. They saw you with an older man.
Heather Hallander: They're lying.
Detective Olivia Benson: I really want to help you. But I can't unless you're honest with me.
Heather Hallander: I want you to go now.
Detective Olivia Benson: Heather, please, listen to...
Heather Hallander: Go! He raped me every day. He stole my childhood from me. And if you don't believe me, then get out!

Detective Elliot Stabler: Doc, was she abducted or not?
Dr. George Huang: I wouldn't rule it out.
Captain Donald Cragen: Even with the lies about her field trips to church?
Dr. George Huang: After four years, he's established total domination over her. Heather's programmed to follow orders blindly and without question. The ultimate test of his power is taking her out in public.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, that doesn't bother me. I mean, he took her to a church. You got two hundred people there, it's a sanctuary. Why not scream, ask for help?
Dr. George Huang: Because his control over her was so complete she couldn't. I once worked a case in Rochester where the perp took a victim who he had kept for two years to a karaoke bar. They got up and they sang a song together. No one suspected.
Captain Donald Cragen: Heather is safe now. Why isn't she helping?
Dr. George Huang: Extreme Stockholm syndrome.
Detective Olivia Benson: She's bonded with her captor as a survival mechanism and now has this misguided need to protect him.
[her phone rings]
Detective Olivia Benson: Detective Benson. Where are they taking her? I'm on my way.
[hanging up]
Detective Olivia Benson: Heather slit her wrists.

Detective Elliot Stabler: How did she manipulate you into getting her that tattoo?
Carl Vasko: It was my idea. She showed me a picture. I wanted her to have it for good luck.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, it worked. She needed it to pass herself off as another person. She ran away to another family. Complete strangers are better than you, you disgusting piece of filth.
Carl Vasko: Where's Kristen? I'd like to see her.
Detective Olivia Benson: And I would like to see you castrated with a rusty steak knife. Neither are gonna happen, but we can both dream.

Captain Donald Cragen: That was a little too convincing.
Detective Olivia Benson: It was brilliant. Elliot's gonna sucker a full confession out of that idiot.
Captain Donald Cragen: While you do what?
Detective Olivia Benson: Kristen's seventy-two hour psych hold is up. I gotta get the Hallanders to drop the charges before she's transferred to the Tombs.
Captain Donald Cragen: Liv, I checked. Kristen's already on her way there.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, I gotta get her out.
Captain Donald Cragen: Munch and Fin went to talk to the Hallanders.
Detective Olivia Benson: Where's Greylek?
Captain Donald Cragen: She's tracking down Judge Andrews at a black tie event.
Detective Olivia Benson: You didn't see that basement. I cannot let this girl sit in a cell all night.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Savior (#11.14)" (2010)
Marmalade: [to Gladys] Cops don't give a damn about you, Sunshine. So shut your mouth!
Olivia Benson: You need to shut yours before I put my fist through it.
Marmalade: I like a feisty bitch.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, then you're going to like being one when I throw you in the slammer.

Olivia Benson: [to Gladys] There are recovery houses, and I could take you to one. You'll have a safe place to live, get counseling, get a GED. You could have a better life.
Gladys Dalton: That's what he said.
Olivia Benson: Marmalade? What, did he follow you home from school?

Marmalade: [When Marmalade is questioned by the detectives for having an underaged prostitute] I don't know her and if you ask her, she's going to say she don't know me.
Olivia Benson: Oh, one of them is going to talk and your sweet jelly is going to spread all over prison.

John Buchanan: [to Gladys] Don't worry, young lady. I don't think they'll arrest you.
Gladys Dalton: Why would they arrest me?
John Buchanan: Well, you are a prostitute.
Gladys Dalton: Is he telling the truth? Are you going to arrest me?
Detective Elliot Stabler: No.
Olivia Benson: No, Gladys, we just need you to identify the man that tried to kill you.
John Buchanan: The police lie, Gladys, all the time.
Detective Elliot Stabler: One more word, I'll collar you for intimidating a witness. One more word.

Olivia Benson: Gladys, you can't ignore the fact that you're pregnant.
Gladys Dalton: I'm not ignoring it anymore. I have an appointment at the clinic tomorrow and I'm taking my vitamins. You know, I don't think I've ever been this excited about anything.
Olivia Benson: But you understand that if you decide to keep the baby, you're going to have to make some big changes in your life.
Gladys Dalton: What are you talking about? Of course, I'm keeping my baby.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, if you change your mind, there are organizations that can help with adoption.
Gladys Dalton: I won't change my mind. Look, I want a new life and this is my way to get it.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Gladys, you're giving life to the baby. It's not the other way around.

Olivia Benson: [to Shawna about Gladys] Did you kick a pregnant girl out on the street?
Shawna Grant: I gave her every chance at a normal life.
Olivia Benson: You gave her a lousy sofa to sleep on as long as she could pay your rent.
Shawna Grant: Look, I got two kids of my own, all right? And disability doesn't make ends meet. How am I supposed to pay for her and a baby?
Olivia Benson: Not by abandoning her.
Shawna Grant: Look, that girl makes her own decisions, all right? And she started when she got in that pimp's car.
Olivia Benson: She was only 12 years old. Once she met him, that's the last decision she ever made on her own. Have you ever heard of breaking a bitch? That's what pimps do to young girls. Make them so dependent that they never have a chance. Shawna, Gladys has one now. Here with you, but only if you help her.

Olivia Benson: [to Dr. Frantz] How is Gladys?
Dr. Frantz: She had a grand mal seizure. Most likely brought on by pre-eclampsia with brain edema.
Detective Elliot Stabler: In English, Doc?
Dr. Frantz: Her blood pressure was dangerously high, so I had to do a crash C-section, but Gladys is going to be okay.
Olivia Benson: What about the baby?
Dr. Frantz: Four months early, barely weighs a pound. She has respiratory problems, necrotizing enterocolitis, intraventricular hemorrhaging. Bottom line, at the very least, she's going to need multiple surgeries and months of care in the NlCU.
Olivia Benson: So what are her chances? Seriously.
Dr. Frantz: Babies born any earlier, we usually place in the hospice. This one, I'd say anywhere between 17 and 40%.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Still worth it.
Dr. Frantz: I don't know if l'd necessarily agree with you.
Olivia Benson: You think heroic measures shouldn't be taken.
Dr. Frantz: I think withholding treatment is an option.
Detective Elliot Stabler: It's not an option. It's murder.
Dr. Frantz: And pouring thousands, if not millions, of dollars into saving a baby who will be blind with cerebral palsy and severe mental retardation, you think that's what's best for her?
Detective Elliot Stabler: You cannot say for sure that this baby will not live a normal life.
Dr. Frantz: No one can, but the odds are very small.

Olivia Benson: Gladys wants to use heroic measures to save her baby.
Detective Elliot Stabler: I don't blame her. Whatever happened to "First, do no harm"?
Olivia Benson: What if keeping her alive does more harm than good?
Detective Elliot Stabler: If you had kids, you wouldn't be asking that question.
Olivia Benson: Oh, so just because I'm not a mother, I don't care about this baby?
Detective Elliot Stabler: That's not what I meant.
Olivia Benson: Elliot, what if little Eli was going to die? Or he was so disabled that he would have to have round-the-clock care for the rest of his life?
Detective Elliot Stabler: I wouldn't play God.
Olivia Benson: Then don't play doctor, either.

Alexandra Cabot: Listen, I need Gladys to testify.
Olivia Benson: Alex, her baby is barely alive. I doubt she's going to leave the hospital.
Alexandra Cabot: I'm not putting that psychopath back on the streets and neither are you.
Olivia Benson: What do you expect me to do?
Alexandra Cabot: Arrest her for prostitution.
Olivia Benson: You're serious.
Alexandra Cabot: Cuff her to the crib. Do whatever it takes to keep her from running. I'll cut her loose after the hearing.
Olivia Benson: What if her little girl gets even sicker while she's in court? What if Gladys has to make a decision and she can't get back to the hospital?
Alexandra Cabot: What if Gladys doesn't testify and Billy Skags murders another young girl?

Olivia Benson: Gladys, I need your help. I need you to testify against Billy Skags.
Gladys Dalton: What? I'm not leaving my baby.
Olivia Benson: Gladys, if you don't, I have to arrest you for prostitution.
Gladys Dalton: I'm not going anywhere.
Olivia Benson: Gladys, please don't make me do this.
Gladys Dalton: Go to hell.

Gladys Dalton: [to Olivia] Back there in court, everything that lawyer said about me is true.
Olivia Benson: You've turned a page on that. That's behind you now.
Gladys Dalton: It will never be behind me. What am I supposed to tell my baby when she grows up?
Olivia Benson: Gladys, you love your little girl and that's all that matters. And if you make the right decision for her now, she'll understand.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Intersecting Lives (#17.22)" (2016)
Olivia Benson: Somebody win the lottery?
Amanda Rollins: Sort of. Carisi passed the bar.
Olivia Benson: Carisi, congratulations.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Thank you.
Olivia Benson: Does that mean you're leaving, too?
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: What? No.
Odafin Tutuola: What do you mean "too"?
Olivia Benson: Dodds is going to Joint Terrorism. This is his last week.

Charisse McCabe: Until today, Gary just... would make me go down on him, but I said I didn't want to do that anymore; I was back with my boyfriend. He got mad. He hit me. And then he raped me.
Olivia Benson: How many times did this happen?
Charisse McCabe: I don't keep count. At least once a week since I got out. I'm on his route. I thought it was bad enough when I was inside.
Odafin Tutuola: Did he assault you in Rikers?
Charisse McCabe: He never hurt me, but when he'd take me back from a visit, he'd make a stop in the chapel.
Odafin Tutuola: There are no cameras there.
Charisse McCabe: He knows what he's doing. He'd say "You do me a favor, I do you one."
Olivia Benson: Meaning?
Charisse McCabe: Meaning I get to see my kids. Don't get stripped searched, thrown into solitary. Don't get my teeth knocked in.
Olivia Benson: Did you report this?
Charisse McCabe: In Rikers? The COs and the gangs run that place. Every female inmate there knows that. Every time he'd do me, he'd say "Cry all you want, but you're just a broke, black crack whore. Who's gonna believe you?".
Olivia Benson: I do, Charisse.

Olivia Benson: If a CO is having sex with an inmate, forced or not, that's rape.
Rafael Barba: It is, but Rikers, it's like "The Lord of the Flies" there. If anyone finds out we're investigating him, Munson gets tipped off, and his vics pay.

Odafin Tutuola: You want to spend your last week at Rikers?
Mike Dodds: I'm not coasting out. I'll put in my time to the end.
Olivia Benson: What, are you trying to make me miss you now that you're already gone?
Mike Dodds: I'm just doing my job.

Olivia Benson: I know that it seems like I'm just someone else coming into your life to take control.
Charisse McCabe: No, I don't care about you. I don't care about me. I don't care about any of this.
Odafin Tutuola: But you do care about your daughters.
Olivia Benson: You keep saying that your life is over, that Munson owns you. I don't want that to be true for you, Charisse. Do you want those two little girls growing up to think there's no chance? Or do you want them growing up and seeing their mother fight?

Olivia Benson: We wouldn't be here if we didn't have good reason.
Lisa Munson: He didn't do this, and I'm calling my father. He's a deputy inspector, and when he hears about this, you are all gonna be on traffic detail.
Olivia Benson: I understand that you're angry, but what I'm about to say is gonna make you more angry. You should get yourself tested for STDs and for HIV. Your husband is a... reckless man.
Lisa Munson: You can go to hell.
Olivia Benson: Just get tested.

Orita Wilkins: My lawyer's on his way.
Olivia Benson: Listen, that's your right, but you should know that once he gets here, I can't help you.
Orita Wilkins: What do you want, lady?
Olivia Benson: What I don't want to do is go after you for time card violations.
Orita Wilkins: Everybody cheats on OT. It's allowed.
Olivia Benson: Yeah? Until it gives us leverage.
Orita Wilkins: So I say again, what do you want?
Olivia Benson: You know that Munson is a rapist.
Orita Wilkins: Do I?
Olivia Benson: Yeah, you do. 'Cause you're his lookout. See, I know how it works in there. You do him favors, he gets his guys to look after you; no double shifts on holidays, overtime when you need it.
Orita Wilkins: If you know so much, why you need me?
Olivia Benson: Orita, you better start listening to me, 'cause I'm trying to help you out. Maybe we don't get you on facilitation of rape, but those time cards? Theft of service, fraud. Who's gonna look after your kids when you're in jail with all your friends?

Rafael Barba: Thank you for coming.
Olivia Benson: What's going on?
Rafael Barba: My gut is when the grand jury gets back from lunch, they'll return a bill of indictment on multiple counts of rape and sodomy of both Charisse and Leanne. Each of their stories reinforced the other. Plus the female CO's testimony.
Olivia Benson: Okay, what about Lisa, the wife?
Rafael Barba: She honestly believed that she could alibi him. Munson didn't even bother to tell her what she was walking into.
Mike Dodds: Do you need us to pick up Munson?
Rafael Barba: He's out on bail, and he surrendered his SIG and passport. He'll be informed of the indictment through his lawyer. When the indictment does come down, I'll need you to walk me out of here.

[last lines]
Olivia Benson: Hey. Everything all right?
Rafael Barba: Not really. Someone just threatened to kill me.
Olivia Benson: What?
Mike Dodds: Who was it?
Rafael Barba: Just a face in the crowd. Tell the squad to watch their backs. This is just the beginning.

[as Benson and Dodds hold off the crowd of corrections officers, a strange man walks up behind Barba]
Man: Barba, you don't know me or who I am but we know a lot about you. Things people would want to know.
Rafael Barba: Is that a threat?
Man: A threat? No. A threat would be right here, right now, I shove you down these steps and get your skull cracked open. Bleeding to death.
Rafael Barba: Right here in front of all these people? Maybe they wouldn't be able to save me but they sure as hell would catch you.
Rafael Barba: [takes out a pen and paper and starts writing a note] So, amegito, I'll tell you what. You want to kill a D.A.? Right here? Surrounded by all these cops and cameras? And spend the rest of your life in prision? Here's my home address. You come by anytime you want.
[the man takes the note from Barba and walks away]
Olivia Benson: [to Barba] Hey, everything alright?
Rafael Barba: Not really, someone just threatened to kill me.
Olivia Benson: What?
Mike Dodds: Who was it?
Rafael Barba: Just a face in the crowd. Tell the squad to watch their backs. This is just the beginning.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Identity (#6.12)" (2005)
Detective Olivia Benson: Do you realize that disseminating pornography to a minor is a felony?
Dr. Preston Blair: I showed them art books.
Elliot Stabler: Doc, I saw the art in your office, and even I was uncomfortable at how many phalluses were on display.
Dr. Preston Blair: That's because you're a bourgeois American, completely uptight about sex. It's what screws up your children and turns them into sex offenders.
Elliot Stabler: You lost me at "bourgeois".

Elliot Stabler: [to Carmen and Tiny] Ladies, sorry for your loss.
Carmen: I didn't lose. I'm high scorer.
Elliot Stabler: I'm talking about your gang brother, Luis.
Tiny: We ain't no bangers.
Detective Olivia Benson: [looking at Tiny's nails] Sweetie, you have SCA stenciled across your nails.
Tiny: Gotta belong somewhere, yo.
Elliot Stabler: Right, with a bunch of guys who abuse you?
Carmen: Assassins take care of us.
Detective Olivia Benson: How? By using you as drug mules? Pimping you out? Beating you up?
Tiny: It's better than the crap I get at home.

Elliot Stabler: That's why the Feds are here: mail fraud, ongoing criminal conspiracy. They'll be trying you under RICO.
Carmen: Never heard of him.
Detective Olivia Benson: Sweetheart, it's a law that'll keep you in jail till you're old and wrinkled.
Elliot Stabler: Unless you wanna tell me who can call the dogs off Katie.
Carmen: I ain't talking to no police! Let's go meet Rico whoever the hell he is.

Dr. Melinda Warner: [about Katie's death] Gangbanger cut her ear to ear.
Detective Olivia Benson: He was sending a message, cutting her vocal cords.
Dr. Melinda Warner: It was completely pointless.

Dr. Rebecca Hendrix: How many children have you had who caused the death of their attackers? You have to appreciate how much that compounds the trauma of the sexual assault.
Detective Olivia Benson: And you have to appreciate that this is an open homicide. He's gonna have to work with us.
Dr. Rebecca Hendrix: I don't have to tell you the staggering statistics on how few boys report their rapes.
Detective Olivia Benson: No, you don't.
Dr. Rebecca Hendrix: And there might be other factors. If Logan is homosexual, he may feel he somehow brought it on himself.
Elliot Stabler: He's coming to terms with his sexuality. He's conflicted. It's a theory.

Elliot Stabler: [about Lindsay] Why is she taking the blame for him?
Dr. Rebecca Hendrix: They're twins. They develop closer bonds than most siblings. There are documented cases where one twin, thousands of miles away, knew the exact moment when the other one died.
Detective Olivia Benson: What, Lindsay empathically sensed when Logan was attacked?

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Mr. and Mrs. Stanton about Lindsay] Well, we understand that you sent her to a sex therapist. Along with her brother.
Elliot Stabler: Is there something going on between them? Sexually?
Mrs. Stanton: Oh, my God. Of course not.
Elliot Stabler: If you know they're having sex and you've allowed it to continue under your roof, we can arrest both of you for endangering the welfare of your children.
Mr. Stanton: Okay, we're done here. Get out of my house.
[the detectives leave the Stanton house]
Detective Olivia Benson: That pushed some buttons.
Elliot Stabler: He's just pissed they ran out of excuses.

Dr. Preston Blair: [about Lindsay] In order for the experiment to work, she has to look like a girl, be treated like a girl, and taught to act like a girl.
Elliot Stabler: Your experiment didn't work.
Dr. Preston Blair: I disagree.
Detective Olivia Benson: Lindsay's miserable.
Dr. Preston Blair: What 14-year-old girl isn't?

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Dr. Blair] So you're saying that children would be healthier if they were sexually active.
Dr. Preston Blair: All I'm saying is people should be more open about the human body and not put taboos on it.
Detective Olivia Benson: So you're not denying any of the allegations that Logan made against your practices.
Dr. Preston Blair: Denying them? I'm writing a book about them.

Detective Olivia Benson: [after Dr. Blair is murdered and the Stanton twins are considered suspects] Can we charge both of them?
Casey Novak: And what, have two separate trials? Dual theories of the crime give each of them grounds for dismissal.
Detective Olivia Benson: They came up with the perfect crime.
Casey Novak: Until you get one of them to flip.
Elliot Stabler: That's not gonna happen. They're way too close.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Girl Dishonored (#14.20)" (2013)
Detective Olivia Benson: If anyone here has been sexually assaulted, or know anyone that has, it's never too late to come forward. Denying the pain doesn't make it go away.

Detective Olivia Benson: It's all about control. I mean, they do their own investigations. If the school decides no crime has been committed, it's dropped. No press, no police.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: We need to go after the school.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: And charge 'em with what?
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: That's the great part about being a D.A. I don't have to decide that right now.

Detective Olivia Benson: What about these frat boys?
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: The first rule of bureaucracy is self-preservation. Those boys become a liability, they will cut them loose.

Detective Olivia Benson: So? Boys will be boys and girls get raped?

Amanda Rollins: [while reviewing the case] Lindsay Bennett, freshman. She's home-schooled from upstate, a virgin. She's hazed by her sorority, she drinks too much and she's gang-raped by three Tau Omega brothers.
Captain Donald Cragen: That frat again. Anybody at the party confirm her story?
Detective Olivia Benson: Yeah, her sorority sisters admit that she was assigned to get a photo of Travis' package and they're slut-shaming her for anything else that happened.
Captain Donald Cragen: Great. Mean girls.

Detective Olivia Benson: In my experience, a survivor can heal much more quickly if they're listened to.

Renee Clark: [When Olivia and Amanda go speak with Renee Clark] The police need to pretend they care?
Detective Olivia Benson: Look, we know that you've been through a lot.
Renee Clark: You have no idea.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, then, tell us.
Renee Clark: I told the story a dozen times and no one believed me until I ended up here.
Detective Olivia Benson: I'm sorry that it took so long for us to find you, and I know how hard it is to talk about again, but if you give us a chance, I promise you, Renee, it'll be different this time.
Renee Clark: No, the only thing that's gonna make it different is frying my brain until I can't remember any of it.
Detective Olivia Benson: The boy who assaulted you, Travis, we think he's the one who assaulted the student.
Renee Clark: You know what I'd tell her? To shut up about Travis or they'll go after her.
Amanda Rollins: The fraternity?
Renee Clark: Them and the school. When I filed charges, Dean Meyerson tried to make it out to be my fault. And when I posted online about what a sham their investigation was, I got a letter saying that they'd charge me with a violation of the TSU honor code. That I was intimidating my rapist! That place... nothing's gonna change them.

Renee Clark: I've decided to stop the ECT. Just being believed, I feel so much better. I want to go back to school.
Detective Olivia Benson: School. Back to Tompkins Square?
Renee Clark: I don't want them to win.

Amanda Rollins: [after the detectives discover that Lindsay committed suicide] I just talked to her yesterday.
Detective Olivia Benson: This isn't your fault, Amanda. You did everything you could. Come on.
Amanda Rollins: No, no. She was pink clouding and I knew it.
[walks away upset]

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Renee] You sure you want to be here?
Renee Clark: I want to pay my respects. The school said they'd let me come back. They accepted your offer to supervise me.
Detective Olivia Benson: I'm very happy to hear that.
Renee Clark: You know, I was thinking about maybe starting a kind of support group on campus. So, you know, survivors know that they're not alone. You think that's a good idea?
Renee Clark: Yeah, I do.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Spring Awakening (#15.24)" (2014)
Olivia Benson: [about Amaro] $500.000? He is not a flight risk and he is not dangerous.
Lieutenant Declan Murphy: He acted like Dirty Harry. He beat a man bloody.

Olivia Benson: And CSU didn't get anything from the hotel room?
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: A midtown tourist hotel? They'll be going through bodily fluids, hairs and prints for weeks.

Trevor Langan: I am looking for Ellie Porter. Sorry I am late; I just caught the case.
Olivia Benson: I thought she had a public defender. Eh, Rollins, meet Trevor Langan. He is a, uh, high priced mouthpiece for lowlifes.
Trevor Langan: And you once. How soon we forget. Nice to see you again, Detective.
Olivia Benson: It's actually Sergeant now. Eh, what? Caught a pro-bono?
Trevor Langan: Yeah, do a few of them a year. Keeps me an honest lawyer.
Lieutenant Declan Murphy: An oxymoron.

Amanda Rollins: He's tall.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, like that is a skill set.
Amanda Rollins: You two have history?
Olivia Benson: I don't date lawyers.
Amanda Rollins: Since when?

Olivia Benson: I did everything I could.
Lieutenant Declan Murphy: Did you?
Olivia Benson: What is happening?
Lieutenant Declan Murphy: I don't know. You seem to have an antipathy towards...
Olivia Benson: Toward what?
Lieutenant Declan Murphy: Never mind.

Lieutenant Declan Murphy: Take back your office. Tell everybody godspeed.
[picks up his umbrella an leaves the office]
John Munch: [walks towards the office passing Declan Murphy] I knew that guy. Who the hell is he?
John Munch: Mary Poppins.
Olivia Benson: What?
Olivia Benson: Never mind.

Judge Ruth Linden: As the birth mother is deceased and no father or other relative have come forward, I officially declare Noah Porter an orphan and ward of the state of New York. He shall continue to be cared for in an ACS facility unless... Sergeant Benson, you rescued the infant, isn't that right?
Olivia Benson: Yes, your honor.
Judge Ruth Linden: You are the only one who has taken a consistent interest on his behalf. Is there any change you might like to become a foster mother to this baby?
Olivia Benson: I'm sorry. Excuse me, your honor?
Judge Ruth Linden: I have a feeling about this, Sergeant Benson. Call it a judge's hunch. If you agree, I will order Noah Porter into your care as custodial parent for one year, at which time you will be given the option to permanently adopt him. Do you agree?

Olivia Benson: Ellie, have you ever gone through full withdrawal? Hmm? I can see that you're shaking, huh? You're not feeling well. You're going to be crying, lying on the floor of your cell, curled up in the fetal position, puking your guts out.
Ellie Porter: Shut up.
Olivia Benson: Is that what you want? To be lying in a pool of vomit, dirty, pathetic? Because you have a chance to break this cycle. You have a chance to clean up your act.
Ellie Porter: You want to be my mommy? Lady detectives love saving girls like me, but I like my life just the way it is.

Lieutenant Declan Murphy: Simon Wilkes admitted he threw the first punch at Amaro, instigating the fight.
Amanda Rollins: You're kidding.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: So he's coming back?
Lieutenant Declan Murphy: Well, Amaro and his lawyer are with the D.A. right now. Whether he comes back to SVU or not is up in the air.
Olivia Benson: Up in the air? I know that you have hooks at 1PP. You tell them that this is not who he is.
Lieutenant Declan Murphy: It isn't? He came after me when I was undercover, sucker punched me on the street. Now I'm not gonna shank him, but I'm not helping him either. Every favor you use, you owe six more and I'm not wasting one on this guy.

Olivia Benson: Come on, Tino, who did it? Who gave the order?
Little Tino: I did. That bitch turned. She got what was coming.
Olivia Benson: Ah, so you gave the order.
Little Tino: Yeah.
Olivia Benson: Come on, Tino, who are you kidding? You still live with your mama.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Snitch (#9.10)" (2007)
Dr. Melinda Warner: [during the murder victim's autopsy] The scarring is from an improperly healed female circumcision.
Elliot Stabler: She was mutilated.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Along with 150 million other women in Africa, The Middle East and parts of Asia.
Olivia Benson: Because men think cutting a woman to shreds will prevent her from being promiscuous.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Done safely, they lose all sexual sensation, but too many die from infection.

Chuckwei Bothame: Are you going to interrogate me In front of my dead wife?
Olivia Benson: Your dead wife is a 15-year-old girl you mutilated.
Chuckwei Bothame: The circumcision was her decision.
Elliot Stabler: You didn't force her?
Chuckwei Bothame: You don't know Nikki. You can't force her to do anything.
Olivia Benson: Well, somebody forced her into the river.

Elliot Stabler: [to Chuckwei] You're under protective custody until the trial's over.
Chuckwei Bothame: What about Almani and the children and Sara?
Olivia Benson: Unfortunately, witness protection only extends to immediate family.
Chuckwei Bothame: But they are my family.
Elliot Stabler: In this country, immediate family means your wife and your children.
Chuckwei Bothame: Almani, Sara and the children: they are my immediate family.
Olivia Benson: Nikki was your wife.
Chuckwei Bothame: Yes, and so are Almani and Sara.

Olivia Benson: Chuckwei is a polygamist. He's breaking the law.
John Munch: Not in Nigeria.
Elliot Stabler: If it's legal for a man to have three wives over there, what's he supposed to do when he moves here?
John Munch: Well, in France, they make allowances for pre-existing multiple marriages for African immigrants.
Olivia Benson: We're not in France. That's why we had to arrest him.

Elliot Stabler: [about Chuckwei] Maybe he'll take a plea. Poor guy could get one to three off each count.
Olivia Benson: Poor guy? I find polygamy degrading. His third wife was a 15-year-old that he married over the phone.
Elliot Stabler: Yeah, to save her from religious persecution in Africa.
Olivia Benson: Only to mutilate her in America.

Elliot Stabler: There's no evidence that Chuckwei had more than three wives.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Danielson: That's comforting.
Olivia Benson: We've moved them to a motel, but the families expressed some concern about being seen coming or going.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Danielson: Chuckwei can't leave. The others shouldn't unless they have to.
Olivia Benson: Well, there's seven people living in one room. I mean, Sara goes to work, the children go to school...
Elliot Stabler: We'd like to station a car outside their motel.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Danielson: If I only had the money. This office has $1.2 million to protect thousands of witnesses for the entire fiscal year.
Olivia Benson: I thought that convicting King was a top priority.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Danielson: It is. Which is why we're giving Chuckwei a pass on the polygamy.
Olivia Benson: I'm not a fan, either, but the man Is putting his and his family's life on the line.
Elliot Stabler: All for a trial that's already cost him his wife. I mean, what guy in his right mind would ever become a witness in this system?
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Danielson: I wish I could do more, but every dollar I spend on Chuckwei, I'm taking away from another witness's safety. Every one of them wants more protection.
Elliot Stabler: Okay, so what do we tell them?
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christine Danielson: Next time, to witness a federal crime. They know how to treat their witnesses.

Chuckwei Bothame: [after he discovers a threatening note] Tomorrow, Obie Bothame will be beaten to death in front of his mother, brothers and sisters. I won't risk my family's safety.
Olivia Benson: We got the D.A.'s office to put security cameras at the motel.
Sarah Flint: That's not enough to protect us. King knows where we are.
Chuckwei Bothame: No, stop! Stop! No more police, no more investigating. It's over.
Olivia Benson: We'll keep you safe. The D.A.'s office gave us these body alarms. They're a direct line to us.
Chuckwei Bothame: And what about after the trial, huh? What if King is acquitted?
Elliot Stabler: The only way he walks is if you let him.
Chuckwei Bothame: I know men like King. In Nigeria, they kill thousands. They think they are above the law. I came to America because it is a land of dreams. I need it to stay that way.
Elliot Stabler: Well, how can it if you don't talk? Now, you don't wanna go back to the motel. I understand that, fine. Go home. I'll stay with you.
Chuckwei Bothame: You would do that for us?
Elliot Stabler: Look, I need you safe. I need your testimony.

Elliot Stabler: Chuckwei screwed us. We should lock him up for perjury, contempt and polygamy.
Olivia Benson: Don't you think he's been through enough?
Elliot Stabler: Since when did you become his defender?
Olivia Benson: Well, you just said that he lied under oath to protect his family. Now, I can't imagine that's easy for a devout Christian.

Elliot Stabler: [to Braden] How do you sleep at night?
Matthew Braden: Sorry?
Elliot Stabler: You can't win with the truth, so you let your client intimidate good people who stand up to him?
Matthew Braden: If anyone's intimidating witnesses, it's the police and your D.A. You coerce, you plea bargain, you threaten them with criminal charges unless they testify.
Olivia Benson: You know that's not true.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Wet (#12.5)" (2010)
Detective Olivia Benson: So I'm guessing that the fountain washed away any evidence.
CSU: Yeah, on the outside, but I got blood and semen in her hoochie-hoo.
[Olivia stares at her]
CSU: Sorry, I sometimes forget they're people.

Detective Olivia Benson: You get anything out of Skinny and Dipper?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, he can't stop staring at her ass and she can't wait to never see him again.

CSU: Petechiae. It means she drowned. That's hard to do in a foot of water.
Detective Olivia Benson: Not if somebody knocks you out or holds you under.

CSU: [showing Benson and Stabler something on the body] Detectives? This is not a fashion statement.
Detective Elliot Stabler: So our perp cut off a hunk of her hair as a keepsake.
Detective Olivia Benson: So he can relive every sick moment.
Detective Elliot Stabler: 'Till he finds his next victim.

Detective Olivia Benson: Captain say how long we'd be here?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Nah. He's at the old precinct trying to clean it up.
Detective Olivia Benson: You hope they condemn it.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Hell, yeah. After a flood like that, I don't even want to know where that water's been.
Detective Olivia Benson: Not to mention this place is closer to your house.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah? Something wrong with that?

Sassoon: That girl in the fountain was already dead when I cut her hair.
Detective Olivia Benson: Yeah, but not when you raped her. You're going down for that and murder.
Sassoon: No, no, I got a lullaby.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You want to sing us a few bars?
Sassoon: I was at Bananatrama all night.
Detective Elliot Stabler: That's an alibi, not a lullaby, you moron.

Detective Elliot Stabler: Bad news. Night manager of Bananatrama confirms Sassoon's "lullaby". He's a regular. He was booted out of there for giving Miss Terry an unwanted bob.
Detective Olivia Benson: What time?
Detective Elliot Stabler: 4:30. After our Jane Doe was drowned.
Detective Olivia Benson: So we're back to nothing.
A.D.A. Mikka Von: [entering] Speak for yourself. Mikka Von, your new ADA.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Hey. Stabler, Benson.
A.D.A. Mikka Von: I don't get first names?
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, we go through ADAs pretty fast around here. What do you got?
A.D.A. Mikka Von: DNA from the semen inside your victim.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You work fast.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, it says here that it belongs to a woman. Monica Worley, collared for assaulting a cop at the Republican National Convention in '04.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, I got an SVU fun fact for you: semen only comes from guys.
A.D.A. Mikka Von: There were no hits on the sample. So I asked the lab to run a partial match.
Detective Olivia Benson: Which points to Monica's brother as our perp.

Dr. Vincent Prochik: [Benson was accidentally dosed with psychedelic mushrooms] Glad to see you're okay, Olivia. Fungi should never hurt anyone.
Detective Olivia Benson: [to Stabler] Get anything useful yet?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Uh, no, but I've had it about up to here with the... "subtle and the disgusting"?
Dr. Vincent Prochik: Subtle and the gross, detective. Gross as in big, like gross profit. Have you ever been on a beach?
Detective Elliot Stabler: [sotto to Benson] You see, watch this. He keeps doing these sudden mental pivots.

Dr. Vincent Prochik: Lindsay Elding. She wanted to privatize water. It's a resource that belongs to everyone.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Doesn't justify murder.
Dr. Vincent Prochik: Oh, I agree. I hate to say it but... Yay! She's dead!
Detective Olivia Benson: She had a daughter, Dr. Prochick. Who's now gonna grow up without a dad.
Dr. Vincent Prochik: [Correcting Benson] You mean a mom?
Detective Elliot Stabler: A mother. That you dosed with several kinds of South American mushrooms. Your specialty.
[Stabler slides a photograph across the table to Prochik]
Detective Elliot Stabler: We have a photo that puts you at the scene.
Detective Olivia Benson: [Suddenly delirious] At Niagara Falls? Ring a bell?
Detective Elliot Stabler: [to Benson] Detective, are you okay?
Detective Olivia Benson: [still delirious] We saw you on the roof with your gunmen.
Detective Elliot Stabler: What's going on?
Detective Olivia Benson: I'm not the one who stabbed the Captain with a pickle!
Dr. Vincent Prochik: Uh-oh. Let me look at you.
[Stabler intervenes and holds off Prochik]
Detective Elliot Stabler: I need you to back off.
Dr. Vincent Prochik: [to Benson] Let me see your eyes.
Detective Elliot Stabler: [to Prochik] You, stay there.
Dr. Vincent Prochik: Quick, catch her. She's gonna fall.
Detective Elliot Stabler: [Benson starts to pass out but Stabler catches her] Liv. Liv! Get a bus! We need a bus! Officer down!


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Torch (#11.21)" (2010)
Detective Olivia Benson: Or maybe Frank killed his kids and we'll never know it unless we find a smoking gun.
Detective Elliot Stabler: What about a smoking house?
Detective Olivia Benson: We can't burn a house down.
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: I can.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [tackling an arson suspect] Where you going? You're running like your pants are on fire.
Detective Olivia Benson: [holding up a hand-held blowtorch the suspect dropped] Well, what do you know? They nearly were.

[Benson is surprised to find out Stabler's old partner is female]
Detective Elliot Stabler: What are you talking about? I've been telling you Jo Marlowe stories for years.
Detective Olivia Benson: Except the one where Jo is actually a woman.

Detective Olivia Benson: [while looking at the pictures on Marcy's wall] Make a million dollars. Buy a yacht. It doesn't look like any of your fantasies have come true yet.
Detective Elliot Stabler: I don't see "Take care of my kids" up there on the board.

Marcy: Some kid grabbed Kedzie's vajayjay a while back. I thought it was just puppy love.
Detective Olivia Benson: Does he go to Kedzie's school?
Marcy: No. He's 20, 21.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Kedzie was ten years old. That's not puppy love. That's pedophilia.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Michael Parisi] Hey, good-looking.
Michael Parisi: Do I know you?
Detective Olivia Benson: No, but I know you. Pizza Face, right?
Michael Parisi: Call me that again and we're going to have some problems.

A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: [about Michael Parisi] Arsonists love to watch their handiwork. Problem is Mikey's not watching. He's got his eyes closed.
Detective Olivia Benson: He's having a private moment.
Detective Elliot Stabler: He's getting off.
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: I light a couple of candles if I want to get in the mood. I don't torch my house.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Marlowe] There goes your paycheck.
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: That's not all it's going to cost me.
Detective Olivia Benson: What are you talking about?
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: Oh, I can hear the defense now. "Your Honor, Detective Stabler sexually aroused my client to elicit a confession. He was raped at SVU."

A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: I need to re-interview Dad. See if he'll put the bastard there.
Detective Olivia Benson: Frank said that he didn't see anybody hanging around last night.
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: You think I don't trust your interview skills?
Detective Olivia Benson: I think that you have a much more hands-on approach than most D.A.'s
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: Cut the euphemisms, Olivia.
Detective Olivia Benson: Just because you were a cop doesn't mean that you're on our side.
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: I wasn't just a cop. I was Elliot's partner. I wouldn't betray him any more than you would.
Detective Olivia Benson: You transferred back here to work with him again.
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: Jack McCoy needed to replace Cabot, so I was drafted. It's a happy accident. Speaking of Elliot, you and he ever...?
Detective Olivia Benson: No. He's married.
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: [chuckles] Yeah.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Fault (#7.19)" (2006)
Det. Elliot Stabler: I'm calling for backup.
Det. Olivia Benson: Tell them we can't wait.

Det. Olivia Benson: Shut up, Elliot!

Elliot Stabler: If that sniper hadn't beaten you to it... I know you would have taken that shot, Olivia.
Olivia Benson: No, I wouldn't have. Did you really expect me to? Did you really expect me to cause your death? What about your kids?
Elliot Stabler: I don't know. I just couldn't get that boy out of my head.
Olivia Benson: [softly] What about me?
Elliot Stabler: Look, we both chose each other over the job. We can never let that happen again. Otherwise... we can't be partners.
Olivia Benson: I can't believe you're saying that.
Elliot Stabler: Look, you and this job are about the only things that I've got got anymore. I don't want to wreck that. I couldn't take it.
[walks away]

Det. Elliot Stabler: We can't be partners.
Olivia Benson: I can't believe you're saying that.

Elliot Stabler: [after Olivia was stabbed by Gitano, and Elliot ran to her,instead of going after Gitano] Olivia! Oh my god, no!
[Dropping to her side]
Olivia Benson: It's okay, I'm okay. Where's Gitano? Go Elliot, go, I'm fine. Go!

Olivia Benson: Is there something you want to say to me? Because if you do, then let's hear you say it.
Elliot Stabler: [Obviously angry] Why didn't you shoot Gitano?
Olivia Benson: He was using the child as a shield.
Elliot Stabler: [Still angry] How could you let him get so close to you?
Olivia Benson: There were innocent civilians around. I couldn't get a shot
Elliot Stabler: Well you got close and Ryan's dead.
Olivia Benson: So this is my fault?
Elliot Stabler: [Starting to yell,while walking away] I can't do this anymore. I can't be looking over my shoulder, making sure you're okay.
Olivia Benson: You son of a bitch, you know that's not true.
Elliot Stabler: [Yelling even louder] I need to know you can do your job and not wait for me to come to your rescue.

Captain Donald Cragen: Olivia, what's up?
Det. Olivia Benson: I want a new partner.

Olivia Benson: [about Rebecca] Tell us where she is, Victor.
Elliot Stabler: She's here! She's not dead otherwise he would've been long gone. Unless, you like them dead, you sick like that, too, Gitano? You like to play with corpses?
Victor Paul Gitano: Yeah, I love that. The deader, the better. They don't fight as much.
Elliot Stabler: Olivia, you think about me, Rebecca is dead. Pull that trigger. Shoot him. Shoot him. Olivia, shoot him.
Victor Paul Gitano: Yeah, do that. But you'd better make sure you take me out with one shot. One perfect, perfect shot.
Olivia Benson: [Benson keeps the gun pointed at Gitano]
Victor Paul Gitano: Of course my reflexes are pretty tight. I could pull the trigger before the bullet even hits me, or maybe you miss me altogether. Either way, there's an 80% chance that I'm gonna take this guy's head clean off! But you try it, definietly. It'll probably turn out great.
Olivia Benson: You can kill us both, Victor. You'll still never wak out of here.
Victor Paul Gitano: Right. Right, 'cause yyou got some buddies coming, huh? When's that going down?
Olivia Benson: Any minute.

Det. Olivia Benson: Victor, there's no way out of this.
Victor Paul Gitano: Stop talking!
Det. Olivia Benson: You know what's gonna happen if you don't put that gun down. Now, enough people have died.
Elliot Stabler: Olivia...
Det. Olivia Benson: [continuing] And I know that you don't want to die. You could've pulled the trigger on Detective Stabler, and then I would've had to kill you but you didn't do that. You didn't do that because you're being smart.
Elliot Stabler: [to Benson] You've only got one chance, you gotta take it.
Det. Olivia Benson: Where's Rebecca, Victor? Is she alive?
Victor Paul Gitano: I'm not gonna tell you dick until you drop the gun, bitch!
Elliot Stabler: Shoot him!
Det. Olivia Benson: Shut up, Elliot!
Victor Paul Gitano: Stop moving, or he's dead!
Det. Olivia Benson: And then what? Do you really think that you're gonna walk out of here? Because that's not gonna happen. Now, this is your choice, dead or alive.
Victor Paul Gitano: I go, he goes.
Det. Olivia Benson: Victor, tell us where Rebecca is and we can end this right now.
Victor Paul Gitano: Dead. I used her up and I bled her dry. You want to hear how she screamed? How she begged for her mommy?
Det. Olivia Benson: Stop it.
Victor Paul Gitano: She was a slut, that one. A real little whore
Elliot Stabler: And I'm looking at a deadman!
Victor Paul Gitano: [Gitano grabs Stabler and points the gun at his head] Any closer and you're gonna be wearing his brains on your coat!
Elliot Stabler: Olivia, there is no reason to keep this piece of crap alive. Pull the trigger right now. Olivia, pull it. Shoot him!
Victor Paul Gitano: You know... You know that little girl, it's possible that she isn't dead. She could be locked up in this building somewhere, huh? Or someplace else 50 miles away. You don't really know, do you?
Det. Olivia Benson: You're a liar
Victor Paul Gitano: Yeah, well. That's the point.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Personal Fouls (#13.2)" (2011)
Olivia Benson: [to Nick Amaro] A cop who doesn't eat donuts? How can I trust you?

Olivia Benson: [to Cragen] We're hiring another detective?
Donald Cragen: Well, we're short-staffed. He's a good guy, out of warrants. He starts tomorrow. You have a problem with that?
Olivia Benson: Well, it's hard enough showing one rookie the ropes and now we have two. I mean, what is this, a day care center?
Donald Cragen: Elliot's not coming back, Liv.
Olivia Benson: It takes me twice as long to explain the job to somebody else as it does to do it myself.
Donald Cragen: It's not your call. Now you want to be here, you're gonna have to start working with other detectives. All right? Let him go. And you can start by packing up his desk. We can't keep it as a shrine.

Donald Cragen: Folks, this is Detective Second Grade Nick Amaro. He just transferred in.
Amanda Rollins: Second Grader already, huh? You must have caught some big fish.
Nick Amaro: Nah, just kissed a lot of ass.
Donald Cragen: Detective Amaro is being modest. Two years under in Narcotics, Warrants. He took down the MS-13 case.
Olivia Benson: Well, this is a whole different world, Serpico. Not everybody has the stomach for it.

Olivia Benson: [to Coach Masters] Think the law can't touch you, Coach?

Supreme: [to Fin] Hey, man, you got your 20 years in yet? I mean, when you put your papers in, why don't you come on down and work for me. I take real good care of my soldiers.
Olivia Benson: No job for me, Supreme?
Supreme: I don't know, sweetheart. Uh, can you dance?

Nick Amaro: I gotta call my wife.
Odafin Tutuola: Short leash?
Nick Amaro: Not exactly. She's in Iraq. It's a seven-hour difference.
Olivia Benson: Iraq?
Nick Amaro: She's in propaganda, you know, just trying to win hearts and minds. She's got eight months to go. If anyone could do it, it's her.

Olivia Benson: [to Dr. Warner after Stevie Harris' death] Circumstances undetermined? All that heroin in his blood? The guy's not exactly an amateur. Somebody gave him a hot shot.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Or he gave it to himself. What's undetermined, Detective is whether it's a homicide or a suicide. It's a cuppi: pending police investigation.
Olivia Benson: Come on, Melinda.
Nick Amaro: See, that's why the M.E.'s office is separate from the police. So they don't jump to our conclusions.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Don't play me, Amaro.
Nick Amaro: Never.

Olivia Benson: [to Dr. Warner] Look, Melinda, it's not our call. There's someone that we really like for this and we need cause to bring him in.
Dr. Melinda Warner: I can't get you there. Your scenario works. Here's another one: you saw the beating he took at the club. He was concussed, got woozy, couldn't find a vein. Fielder's choice.
Olivia Benson: So if it could go both ways. Then give us a break.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Come on, Olivia. You know better.

Olivia Benson: [to Prince about who murdered Stevie Harris] You were telling the truth. It wasn't you. It was Supreme.
Prince Miller: Supreme wouldn't kill Stevie, either. That's crazy.
Olivia Benson: Wouldn't he? Supreme and Coach are the same. Coach ran you for ten years and now it's Supreme's turn. Neither one of them ever looked out for you, Prince.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Funny Valentine (#14.16)" (2013)
[after several vain attempts to convince a pop singer to leave her abusive boyfriend]
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: So what do we do now?
Sergeant John Munch: We wait.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: For what?
Detective Olivia Benson: The inevitable.

Micha Green: [about Caleb getting arrested for assaulting her] You had to do this to Caleb?
Detective Olivia Benson: He did it to himself and to you.
Micha Green: Not according to my Twitter feed. They're either calling me a ho or begging me to forgive him.
Detective Olivia Benson: Anyone who says that, you should block them immediately 'cause what he did to you is despicable.

Micha Green: I've been on my own a long time.
Detective Olivia Benson: And here you are again, looking like this. And look at him, acting as if nothing ever happened.
Micha Green: [after looking at Caleb on TV] Caleb thinks he can do this to me and get away with it? It's not happening.

Brass: We are all concerned about Micha.
Mr. Price: Yeah, not just about her health, but all aspects of her life, including her brand.
Detective Olivia Benson: Her brand?
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Oh, right, I'm sorry. Uh, corporations are people, people are brands.

Detective Olivia Benson: Micha, with all due respect to your brand, you're also a role model. Women and girls look up to you. If you stand up and say, "No more"...
Micha Green: I just don't know about a trial. And like Mr. Price says, things are starting to happen for me. The single with Caleb...
Detective Olivia Benson: [as she removes Micha's sunglasses] Caleb? Micha, the Caleb who did this to you?
Brass: What Caleb did was indefensible, but he breaks the law and she gets punished?
Detective Olivia Benson: Micha, we know that when men do this once, they do it again. The bottom line here is that you are not safe.
Micha Green: I want this to be over. I don't want the world to see me like that, like a victim. This is my call. I'm not going to court.

A.D.A. Rafael Barba: [about Caleb's plea deal] He pleads to assault, five years suspended sentence, community service...
Detective Olivia Benson: Hold on. No jail time?
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Well, we get a felony conviction. He does this again, he's a two-time loser.
Detective Olivia Benson: If he does this again, Micha might not be alive.

Nick Amaro: [after Caleb is given a suspended sentence for breaking his restraining order against Micha] Now, why didn't the judge just ask for a photo with Caleb?
Detective Olivia Benson: [to Barba] What did they pull to get Ortiz? She talks tough, but always sentences light.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: I know. It's an endless disappointment to NYPD that we don't summarily execute people you arrest. This isn't a conspiracy. She saw a first offense, contrition, no violence in the encounter.
Detective Olivia Benson: I saw a woman who's traumatized, who doesn't realize the danger that she's in.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: It's domestic violence. There's only so much the courts can do until the victim's ready.

Micha Green: Brass is dead because of you.
Detective Olivia Benson: Micha, you know that's not true.
Micha Green: You went and turned him against Caleb. Got him all fired up.
Nick Amaro: Did you see what happened? Did you see who shot Brass?
Micha Green: No.
Detective Olivia Benson: Micha, when we found you, you were laying unconscious on the floor right near him and you're telling us that you didn't see anything?
Micha Green: No.
Detective Olivia Benson: Was Caleb at the club last night?
[Micha doesn't answer]
Nick Amaro: Brass told us he was there.
Detective Olivia Benson: Micha, I understand that you're in shock and I understand how difficult this is, but if Caleb killed Brass, he needs to answer for that. Brass had a wife, he had a little boy.
Micha Green: No. I didn't see anything.
Nick Amaro: [reading a card from the flowers that were sent to Micha] You can count on me and I can count on you. Is that from Caleb?
Micha Green: So what if they are?
Nick Amaro: He's asking you to cover for him.
Micha Green: It's just a lyric. Can you let me get some rest?

A.D.A. Rafael Barba: [to Olivia] You ever been in love like that?
Detective Olivia Benson: Like the guy kills somebody in front of me, but he sends me flowers, so I let it slide? That's not love, that's brainwashing.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Yeah, I know, but she thinks she's in love. Eleventh grade, Lauren Sullivan. She could have massacred my entire family, I would've looked the other way.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Rhodium Nights (#13.23)" (2012)
Olivia Benson: Nine men in that elevator, and they're all deaf, dumb, and dumber.

Olivia Benson: Why are we treading lightly?
Captain Donald Cragen: The harder we push, the faster they'll lawyer up.

Olivia Benson: [Cragen doesn't want to pursue the investigation of a dead teenage hooker] We gotta go after these guys. Maggie Murphy was only 16. She spent the entire night on her knees.

Amanda Rollins: We got a hit on our vic's breast implants. Her plastic surgeon ID'd her as Maggie Murphy from Winnipeg. She's 16.
Olivia Benson: Sixteen and he gave her implants.
Captain Donald Cragen: Liv, we can't prosecute a Winnipeg surgeon.

Captain Donald Cragen: And the invite list?
Olivia Benson: Oh, the Secret Service agents are being debriefed by Homeland Security. "If we have anything pertinent to your investigation, we'll let you know."
Captain Donald Cragen: Anybody else?
Nick Amaro: Goalie's back in Canada. The ballplayers are at the stadium, hung over in front of 50,000 fans.
Amanda Rollins: I mean, they're rich and powerful. They know how to duck and cover.

Olivia Benson: You're worried about your image, Mr. Hannigan. Being with an escort? We're way past that.

Olivia Benson: Cassidy, you ass. You punched my partner?
Brian Cassidy: Nice to see you too, Olivia.

Olivia Benson: [about Delia Wilson] I don't buy her Sunnybrook Farm act. Delia Wilson put a dead underage hooker in Clayton's bed as an opening salvo in her war against Bart Ganzel.
Captain Donald Cragen: Liv, on paper, Delia Wilson teaches at her children's Sunday school, she drives them to soccer games. Now, if she is New York City's most notorious madam, she is putting up quite a front.

Marvin Exley: [about Delia Wilson] She has the goods on everyone you work for, everyone you will ever consider working for. You just don't know how deep this goes.
Olivia Benson: We'll do our job. You do yours.
Marvin Exley: Right, and you and your DA friend Haden. You're in this way over your head, sweetheart. I get paid top dollar for my legal advice. I'll give it to you for free. Walk away, little people.
Nick Amaro: Now watch yourself, Counselor.
Marvin Exley: Yeah, and you... you think your marriage is rocky now, kiddo? Just wait till your wife finds out about you and your star witness.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Quickie (#11.11)" (2010)
Captain Donald Cragen: Attempted murder?
Detective Elliot Stabler: The way this guy was plowing through women, he might as well have been shooting a gun into a crowd.
Captain Donald Cragen: We can't get him on rape, so we go after him for spreading HIV? Do we have proof he infected somebody?
Detective Olivia Benson: He's positive, he's slept with hundreds of women, and he's bragging about riding bareback.

Captain Donald Cragen: We want to encourage people to get tested, not arrest them.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Butler brags about nailing a different piece of tail every night.
Detective Olivia Benson: Captain, he's just like a rapist. He gets off on hurting women.
A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: Only he's found a way to injure his victims without technically raping them.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to a perp who's been knowingly infecting his sexual partners with HIV] Men that hate women this much usually have mommy issues. Is that what happened to you? You punishing your mommy?
[Butler lunges at Benson and claws at her through the cell bars]
Peter Butler: You leave her out of this!
Detective Olivia Benson: Guess that answers that question.

Dr. Melinda Warner: [to Olivia and Elliot] Even if we get the records, a lot of HlV testing is anonymous, so there are no names, only numbers.
Detective Elliot Stabler: But at least we'll get an idea of how many women he might have given a death sentence to.
Detective Olivia Benson: Melinda, you said it yourself. This guy could be a walking epidemic.
Dr. Melinda Warner: To do this properly, I'll have to screen thousands of HlV samples.
[Elliot and Olivia give her a look]
Dr. Melinda Warner: Have Cabot get a court order for the names of potential infected partners.
Detective Olivia Benson: I know where to start.
Dr. Melinda Warner: There's still a stigma attached to HlV. A lot of people won't talk about it.
Detective Olivia Benson: I'll bring reinforcements.

Peter Butler: [to Olivia] You don't know anything about me.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, I know that you still live with your grandfather. Now what well-adjusted man does that? My grandfather raised me.
Peter Butler: He's the only one who ever gave a damn about me.
Detective Olivia Benson: So did Mommy abandon you? She beat you or just ignore you?
[Peter spits on her]
Detective Olivia Benson: You trying to infect me, too? You know what the sad thing is, Peter? Is no matter how many women you hurt, that anger is going to be inside of you until the day you die.
Peter Butler: Yeah? Well, part of me is going to be inside those women until the day they die.

Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, the worse Butler's injuries look to the jury, the more sympathy he's going to generate.
Lionel Granger: A man is savagely maimed for life and you think I'm only concerned about how to work the angle.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, if it quacks like a duck.

Detective Elliot Stabler: That son of a bitch. He really thinks he's got the upper hand.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, he just might after what Rebecca did. She has made a real mess for us.
A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: And for herself. The D.A's office wants me to charge her with First Degree Assault.
Detective Olivia Benson: Alex, the only reason she was in that courtroom is because you and l begged her to press charges against Peter.
Detective Elliot Stabler: It's not like you forced her to throw acid in his face.
A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: Now I have to prosecute my own complaining witness. When that's done, I go back to Butler's case. Look how impartial the D.A.'s office is.

Detective Olivia Benson: I can't say I'd blame the jury if they let Rebecca off.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, she did stop Peter from infecting other women. Not that I agree with how she did it.
A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: But that's just it. If Rebecca goes free, it sends the message to other victims that it's okay to take the law into their own hands.

Detective Olivia Benson: Rebecca, Peter's grandfather disinherited him. He gave all of his money to a trust fund to pay the medical expenses for the women that Peter infected. You will get care for the rest of your life.
A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: It's over, Rebecca.
Rebecca Ellison: No, it's not. My rapist is still out there.
Detective Olivia Benson: And we will never stop looking for him until you get justice.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Jersey Breakdown (#15.12)" (2014)
Olivia Benson: You know, Nick, you should really talk to somebody. You know, my shrink...
Nick Amaro: I see my priest.
Olivia Benson: Okay. I was just thinking that maybe doing something different...
Nick Amaro: No, I... I'm glad that works for you, all right, but that's not me.

Amanda Rollins: [to Olivia] What are we looking at?
Olivia Benson: Young woman, Erin Fogarty. Unis found her passed out under the highliner. Her clothes were torn, signs of an assault. Picked up three guys at the scene all pointing fingers at each other.
Amanda Rollins: Another great week at SVU begins.

Clare Wilson: I'm crashing now. I just want to get out of here.
Olivia Benson: That's not happening, Erin. So why don't you sit back down? Now, you need to talk to us now.

Nick Amaro: [to Olivia] We're short-staffed and I'm not good with the desk duty. I want my gun back.
Olivia Benson: It's just a few weeks since the shooting, Nick, okay? You don't know what could startle you.
Nick Amaro: And you think I'll shoot somebody else.
Olivia Benson: Or you could hesitate. PTSD is real, Nick. It's a process. Don't rush it.
Nick Amaro: Let me try one tour, all right? I'll know.
Olivia Benson: It's not just you that I have to think about. This entire squad is my responsibility now.

Nurse Shelby Roberts: Erin Fogarty. She wasn't discharged. She must've left on her own.
Olivia Benson: We'll need her address and please don't give me the HIPAA privacy stuff.
Nurse Shelby Roberts: 890 West 23rd.
Amanda Rollins: That's halfway into the Hudson River.
Nurse Shelby Roberts: Well, that's what she gave.
Olivia Benson: Nurse Jackie, you're the one that told her that she didn't need to talk to us. She's been victimized and needs help.
Nurse Shelby Roberts: I'm a nurse. I gave her help. I do my job, you do yours.

Amanda Rollins: Clare, you're not going back to the strip club, okay?
Clare Wilson: Where am I gonna go? How am I gonna live? I won't go back to Pittsfield.
Olivia Benson: Clare, I know how the system works and we can find you a good group home.
Clare Wilson: Really? And I should trust you guys?
Amanda Rollins: Well, you don't have a lot of other choices, sweetie and we will take care of you, but you gotta be straight with us.

Nick Amaro: Liv, look, no offense to Fin and Rollins, but you want a show of power, you need the whole team.
Olivia Benson: Oh, not now, Nick.
Nick Amaro: Come on. It's killing me sitting there.
Olivia Benson: I know that. I told you that it's too soon.
Nick Amaro: Too soon. For me or for you?
Olivia Benson: Think I'm not ready to be commanding officer?
Nick Amaro: Look, that's not what... Look, it came out...
Olivia Benson: Wrong? Yeah, it did.
Nick Amaro: Oh, come on. I'm the one who had your back with Cragen.
Olivia Benson: I know that, Nick.
Nick Amaro: Yeah, and what was it you said to him? "If you can't trust me, I'm done."

Bobby Masconi: So it's true what they say about SVU.
Nick Amaro: Yeah, what's that?
Bobby Masconi: Everyone's a victim to you guys.
Olivia Benson: And it's true what they say about New Jersey prosecutors. There are no victims, there are no perpetrators. Only meal tickets, huh?

Nick Amaro: [to Olivia] Look, I'm sorry I went at you the other day. I didn't mean...
Olivia Benson: I know.
Nick Amaro: All the changes... we're good?
Olivia Benson: We're good. Nick, something Cragen said to me, "Nothing changes except what has to."


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Confession (#10.2)" (2008)
Detective Olivia Benson: Can't we get him help now? He clearly doesn't want to do anything.
Captain Donald Cragen: The only programs are for registered sex offenders.
Detective Olivia Benson: So he comes to us for help and we can't do anything until he rapes a kid?

Detective Olivia Benson: I've never had a pedophile turn himself in before.
Captain Donald Cragen: His mother just remarried. Could he be making it up to get some attention?
Detective Olivia Benson: Who would invent something like that? I mean, the drinking and the way he caressed that photo says he's a pedophile.
Captain Donald Cragen: But he's also a minor, Olivia.
Detective Olivia Benson: Who's over 16 and we don't need a parent present to question him.
Captain Donald Cragen: The kid has only admitted to thinking bad thoughts and that's not a crime.
Detective Olivia Benson: It is if he acted on it.
Captain Donald Cragen: What if he hasn't?
Detective Olivia Benson: Then I will stop him if I can.

Dr. Engles: [to Greylek] I'm afraid you're not going to make it to trial.
Kim Greylek: Don't get ahead of yourself, Dr. Engels. All I want to know is if the boy can take the stand.
Dr. Engles: For one thing, he's too young to testify in a courtroom.
Kim Greylek: We can videotape his testimony.
Dr. Engles: And he was coached.
Kim Greylek: He just shoved a crayon into a doll's ass.
Dr. Engles: But there's no evidence of sexual assault to his rectum. Somebody told him what to do to raise the alarm.
Detective Olivia Benson: [to Greylek] How much time did you spend with Cory?
Kim Greylek: Meaning?
Detective Olivia Benson: Meaning you seem pretty anxious to get into that courtroom.
Kim Greylek: I don't like what you're implying, Detective. I haven't talked to the boy yet.
Detective Olivia Benson: You talked with his father.
Kim Greylek: That's my job. Wait a minute. I believe the victim. Why don't you?
Detective Olivia Benson: Because Eric Byers walked into our precinct asking for help. He says that he didn't touch him.
Kim Greylek: Which is what all pedophiles say.
[to Dr. Engels]
Kim Greylek: In your opinion, was Cory Kelley sexually assaulted?
Dr. Engles: I can't answer that with any certainty.
Kim Greylek: Well, I can.
Elliot Stabler: Are you even interested in justice or just showboating?
Kim Greylek: Just do your damn job and I'll do mine.
Elliot Stabler: Well, is there something you think we ought to be doing that we're not?
Kim Greylek: Yeah. Squeeze the pedophile's mother till she pops.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Sean Kelley while holding up a t-shirt] Recognize this?
Sean Kelley: Yeah, it's my son's shirt.
Detective Olivia Benson: See that purple stain? That's a chemical reaction to semen.
Sean Kelley: I'll kill him.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, then, kill yourself because DNA proves that the semen came from you.

Detective Olivia Benson: Your client sodomized his stepson with his 5-year-old's homemade baseball bat and then he stabbed Eric Byers to death and left him in a pool of his own blood.
Sean Kelley: I didn't kill anybody.
Detective Olivia Benson: Sure you did because he had to pay for the fact that he was a pedophile.
Sean Kelley: He molested my son.
Detective Olivia Benson: Tell that to yourself while you're rotting in prison.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Jake Berlin] Let me explain something to you. No matter what you may think, you are not a hero.
Jake Berlin: Of course I am. I'm a shining example of how people like me have to live. I did what the Supreme Court refused to do. I made raping a child a capital offense. A life for a life.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Jake Berlin when it's discovered that Eric molested a kid] Tell me the victim's name.
Jake Berlin: I don't know it.
Detective Olivia Benson: Tell me who he is so I can get him some help.
Jake Berlin: He wouldn't tell me.
Detective Olivia Benson: Is that what set you off?
Jake Berlin: Yeah, I was livid. He begged me to understand, and he said that he couldn't stop. He asked He told me that I should just let go and that I should do it. That I'd... that I would know the bliss. That I'd be unburdened and now there's a kid out there, somewhere, hurting and there's nothing we can do.
Detective Olivia Benson: Because you just murdered the one person who could lead me to him.

Sergeant John Munch: [When Olivia is unable to find the child that Eric molested] Olivia, he'll turn up. He has to. Don't forget, Eric described the attack online in graphic detail.
Detective Olivia Benson: Which means some kid will have so many problems that no parent will be able to ignore.

Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: [to Olivia] I don't know how he did it, but the man showed restraint.
Detective Olivia Benson: What are you talking about?
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: You know that bastards like Berlin get off on little kids and you know exactly what they do when they're having their little fantasies. If that was my kid, I would have done him.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Rescue (#12.10)" (2010)
Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia] So how long is this gonna go on?
Olivia Benson: What, Calvin painting?
Elliot Stabler: You playing mom.
Olivia Benson: Come on, El. The kid's been through hell.
Elliot Stabler: Okay.
Olivia Benson: He's got a junkie mother, being abandoned... I'm just trying to give him some stability in his life.

Olivia Benson: It's the same old song. Guys who sleep around are considered studs and girls who do it are considered sluts

Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia] Let's go talk to the Donohos.
Olivia Benson: Well, that'll send us on a wild goose chase.
Elliot Stabler: Or it'll give us a chance to maybe find Vivian. Is that why you're dragging your feet?
Olivia Benson: Excuse me?
Elliot Stabler: Look, you've had four cups of coffee, you cleaned out your inbox, that's the first time that's happened in a month, all because you don't wanna go out there and try and find the woman that murdered Burlock.
Olivia Benson: Okay, we don't even know that she murdered Burlock and if she did, we should give her a medal.
Elliot Stabler: I agree with you, so let's find her and pin it on her chest. Look, we can't stall on this the way you've been stalling about finding Calvin's dad.
Olivia Benson: What?
Elliot Stabler: I found the swab yesterday. I know that you didn't send in Calvin's DNA to the lab.
Olivia Benson: You're snooping through my desk?
Elliot Stabler: You left your drawer open. I went to close it. There it was. That's it.
Olivia Benson: I thought that I sent in the swab, so if I didn't, I forgot and I made a mistake. I'll send it in now.
Elliot Stabler: I already did.
Olivia Benson: Good. Elliot, do me a favor. Let me take point on this.

Donald Cragen: Olivia, you're not going anywhere.
Olivia Benson: I'm not?
A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke: You have custody of our suspect's son.
Olivia Benson: And you think that's a conflict of interest.
A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke: Her attorney will. A smart one might even say you rigged the game all along, exerted undue influence so you could get your hands on Calvin.
Elliot Stabler: Vivian signed him over to her.
Donald Cragen: A confused move by an addict being manipulated by a detective desperate to start her own family.
Olivia Benson: Is that how you see me?
A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke: Only matters how a jury sees you.
Olivia Benson: I didn't ask about a jury.
Donald Cragen: And I'm not asking you to stand down.

Olivia Benson: Don't do anything stupid, Vivian. Please.
Vivian Arliss: Little late for that, don't you think?
Olivia Benson: No. It's never too late. That's why I'm here, Vivian. To help you.
Vivian Arliss: You know how you can help me? Leave. Please leave.
Olivia Benson: I do that and you die.
Vivian Arliss: The biggest help of all.

Donald Cragen: [to Olivia] What the hell were you doing? Could I have been any clearer about you standing down?
Olivia Benson: I'm sorry.
Donald Cragen: Sorry is not even In the ballpark of where you need to be.
Elliot Stabler: What are we doing? She's the one who collared Vivian. Isn't that what we wanted?
Donald Cragen: You think you're gonna escape a rip here? You defied a direct order just like she did.
[to Fin and Munch]
Donald Cragen: And you two knew she was AWOL and you called him, not me.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: We just tried to make the play, Captain.
Olivia Benson: This is on me. It's not on them.
Donald Cragen: Playing the martyr is not gonna work here. Everybody's getting burned this time.

Olivia Benson: Vivian, I just came to see if If you're okay.
Vivian Arliss: I'm glad you came 'cause I wanna see Calvin.
Olivia Benson: I'm not sure that that's a great idea, Vivian. Calvin's doing really well.
Vivian Arliss: And I'm his mother and I love him.
Olivia Benson: More than you love Sarah? Or drugs?
Vivian Arliss: Is that who I am?
Olivia Benson: It doesn't have to be.
Vivian Arliss: No, you're right. Maybe I don't love Calvin. Maybe I don't love anyone unless I can get what I need, right?
Olivia Benson: What you need is to get help, Vivian, like I got.
Vivian Arliss: Not everyone can be helped, Olivia. Some of us are just too damaged.

Olivia Benson: [When Olivia learns that she is no longer Calvin's legal guardian] Vivian, you did this. You talked to David. You're the one who's shipping him off to Vermont.
Vivian Arliss: I'm doing it because it's the best thing for him 'cause I'm his mom.
Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia] It was always temporary.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Hardwired (#11.5)" (2009)
Cory Banks: Leave my mom alone!
[kicks Elliot in the crotch, Elliot doubles over]
Olivia Benson: Okay, that's it, everybody's going to the station.
[to Elliot]
Olivia Benson: You okay?
Elliot Stabler: [nods, then straightens up] Now I know why they call them special victims.

Elliot Stabler: Your son has been sexually abused.
Eva Banks: What?
Thomas Banks: By who?
Olivia Benson: His wrestling coach. He did time in a Maryland prison for child sexual abuse.
Eva Banks: Oh my God! Are you sure?
Olivia Benson: Well the doctor found evidence of long term sexual abuse, but Cory wouldn't disclose any information to Dr. Huang.

Olivia Benson: Is Thomas ever alone with Cory?
Eva Banks: No, because I'm watching Cory 24 hours a day.
Olivia Benson: But you have to sleep, don't you?
[Eva gets a look of horror]
Olivia Benson: What is it?
Eva Banks: In the shelter, I had to stay up all night to make sure nobody messed with our stuff or messed with Cory, I became an insomniac. Thomas took me to this doctor who gave me these pills and he said that...
Olivia Benson: Nothing would wake you up.

Olivia Benson: Eva, you don't have to move.
Eva Banks: But Thomas pays the mortgage and he's never given me any of the passwords on any of our accounts.
Eva Banks: So we'll go to the bank, we'll show them your lD, we'll empty the accounts, we'll start a new one in your name and then we come home here and we change the locks.
Eva Banks: Really?
Olivia Benson: Yeah.
Eva Banks: [sighs] Damn, girl, you got a little gangster in you, huh?

Dr. George Huang: The OSL goes a step farther. It claims that pedophilia is a genetically based sexual orientation Iike hetero or homosexuality and that pedophiles are being persecuted Iike gays in lraq and lran. It's despicable.
Olivia Benson: I've never seen you this ticked off before.
Dr. George Huang: Pseudo-science like this insults my intelligence as a psychiatrist and my humanity as a gay man.

Alexandra Cabot: [after Eva assaults her husband during an undercover operation] You call this clown show an undercover operation? You promised me there would be no injuries.
Elliot Stabler: We've got it under control.
Alexandra Cabot: Not until you get the wild card out of here. Arrest her.
Cory Banks: [to Cabot] No, you can't take my mom!
Olivia Benson: Alex, do you understand what he has been through tonight? She just endured dinner with her son's rapist and helped us bust a pedophile ring.
Alexandra Cabot: I cannot whitewash assault with a deadly weapon when it happened on video and in front of three detectives.
Olivia Benson: Cory needs his mother tonight. Please do not do this.
Alexandra Cabot: [to Stabler] Book her.

Olivia Benson: Eva, I'm glad that you're putting the past behind you, but you can't throw out a subpoena along with Thomas' things.

Eva Banks: [to Olivia] What if I go in there and make everything worse? You can do this.
Olivia Benson: I wouldn't be here if I didn't believe in you.
Eva Banks: I don't believe in me.
Olivia Benson: You're a fighter. Look at everything that you've overcome. Don't quit now. You've just got to use your head and not your fist and you're going to win.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Imprisoned Lives (#15.2)" (2013)
Nick Amaro: [as he looks at Olivia] Sorry.
Olivia Benson: Nick, it's okay. You don't like my haircut?
Nick Amaro: It'll grow.
[Olivia laughs]

Donald Cragen: Liv, it's just your second day back.
Olivia Benson: Captain, you're paying me to be here. You sent me home yesterday after two hours. It's a lost kid. Please, I can handle this.

Rafael Barba: [to Olivia] You okay with all this?
Olivia Benson: Are you? I got a seven-year-old in the car who's spent his entire life in a basement and God knows what else went on down there. We have no idea where this Pa is or... or... or who he is. And now the feeding frenzy begins?
[walks away]
Rafael Barba: Welcome back.

Donald Cragen: [to Olivia] When's the last time you slept?
Olivia Benson: Captain, please. I'm fine.
Donald Cragen: Fine. Even so take a few hours.
Olivia Benson: Okay, you have to stop treating me like I'm broken.
Donald Cragen: Well, nobody is saying that.

Olivia Benson: [to Ma] You took Kayla. You're as guilty as he is, okay? You're gonna be charged with kidnap, assault, rape. That's life in prison.
April 'Ma' Hendricks: I didn't rape nobody.
Olivia Benson: No, no, you just kept them chained up so he could.
April 'Ma' Hendricks: They love me. I took care of them. It's okay.
Olivia Benson: No, no, you took care of yourself. You see, Rhonda has nerve damage. She will never be the same.
April 'Ma' Hendricks: She was always trouble. He had to do it. She asked for it.
Olivia Benson: And Kayla asked for it? And Buddy asked for it?
April 'Ma' Hendricks: He never hurt Buddy.
Olivia Benson: He's a seven-year-old, terrified, locked in a basement his whole life!
April 'Ma' Hendricks: [getting upset] Stop, stop!
Olivia Benson: He will never, ever, ever be the same.
April 'Ma' Hendricks: Stop! I love Buddy!

Olivia Benson: [after Cragen pulls Olivia out of interrogating Ma] I was getting somewhere.
Donald Cragen: No, you were attacking her. She was shutting down.
Olivia Benson: I made a mistake.
Donald Cragen: You're too raw.
Olivia Benson: She knows who he is and where he is. I'm going back in there.
Donald Cragen: No, you are not going back in. You are going home. It was too soon for you to come back to SVU.

Olivia Benson: [to Cragen] If you can't trust me, then I'm done.

Olivia Benson: [to Kayla] This, uh... this isn't gonna be easy.
Kayla 'Sissy' Greyland: I don't care about me. It's... it's Buddy. I tried the best I could, teaching him, but I didn't want him to know too much about the outside because I was afraid that he would want things that he couldn't have. I want him... I want him to go to school and have friends and family and a normal life. And he's never gonna be normal, is he? He doesn't even have a name.
Olivia Benson: You know, what I've seen is that people who have gone through unfair, horrific experiences is that they have this will. And when they get support, a chance, they cannot only survive, they can thrive.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Tragedy (#5.1)" (2003)
Rose Granville: Granville Developers is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to Annika's safe return home.
Olivia Benson: That's very generous of you, considering that Annika's baby is the child of your future son-in-law.
Rose Granville: My daughter loves him. That matters far more to me than one indiscretion.

Olivia Benson: Look, pregnant women are fighters. If Annika resisted she could be lying somewhere injured or unconscious.

Olivia Benson: This place is secluded enough for a rape.

Olivia Benson: Your sister and the baby are gonna die if we can't find her.

Olivia Benson: I've got a psychic who claims she can channel Annika for the right price.

Olivia Benson: You're right. Friends should stick together. You and Daniel can share a cell on death row.

Olivia Benson: "Stand By Your Man" sounds much better when Tammy Wynette sings it.

Olivia Benson: There's gotta be dozens of pictures here. The bastards been stalking her for awhile.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Military Justice (#15.8)" (2013)
Olivia Benson: Amelia, you didn't do anything wrong.
Officer Amelia Albers: I'm an ensign. I am supposed to be able to take care of myself.

Donald Cragen: An admiral's daughter comes into our city and gets gang-raped.
Olivia Benson: Well, they're not gonna get it from her.
Amanda Rollins: And what about the guys she came in with?
Olivia Benson: Oh, they're back on their base.
Nick Amaro: Well, military and rape. They won't be happy to see us.
Donald Cragen: Well, that's too bad. We're investigating an assault on one of their own. They'll cooperate.

Olivia Benson: [to Commander Taverts about Amelia's assault] With all due respect, what does her gang rape have to do with her standing?
Lieutenant Commander William Taverts: She was publicly intoxicated. She was arrested for D.U.I. She's supposed to be with a buddy at all times off base. All this shows very poor judgment on her part.

Olivia Benson: [about Amelia] She was gang-raped, and he calls it "poor judgment on her part."
Donald Cragen: Easy, Olivia, it's not our turf.
Nick Amaro: They don't want women here in the first place. She gets raped. They're gonna use it to end her career.

Olivia Benson: [while Olivia and Rollins show Amelia a photo array of suspects] Could any of these men be the ones that you danced with in the kitchen?
Officer Amelia Albers: [while looking through the photos] Maybe him. Him. And him.
Amanda Rollins: Okay, good. Could they have attacked you?
Officer Amelia Albers: Look, I'm not sure it was them. Okay? It was dark. The way they pinned me down, I couldn't really see their faces. Look, maybe we should just let this go. I don't remember. There's no point.
Olivia Benson: But you do remember that they pinned you down.
Officer Amelia Albers: I-I don't want to wrongly accuse somebody.
Olivia Benson: I understand.
Amanda Rollins: Because the cook said that you were still in that bar when they left.
Officer Amelia Albers: Yeah? Okay, so what?
Olivia Benson: So were the guys from the base with you?
Amanda Rollins: They didn't log back in until 1:00 A.M.
Officer Amelia Albers: Okay, well, maybe they went someplace else.
Olivia Benson: Or maybe they got you drunk and figured they could do whatever they wanted to do.
Officer Amelia Albers: No, I let myself get drunk, okay? We were dancing and okay, so maybe we made out a little bit.
Olivia Benson: Made out? What does that mean?
Officer Amelia Albers: We were just dancing closely.
Olivia Benson: And?
Officer Amelia Albers: Lipitt started kissing me and Wooten put his hand up my skirt.
Olivia Benson: And then what happened, Amelia?
Officer Amelia Albers: [crying] I can't say!
Amanda Rollins: Did they rape you?
Officer Amelia Albers: I'm going to get dishonorably discharged. I'm going to let my family down, my father.
Olivia Benson: I know how hard this is, but you got to try to find a way to deal with it, okay?
Officer Amelia Albers: I should have just taken it. I should have let them do what they did to me and I should have just shut up about it.

Officer Amelia Albers: What happens now?
Rafael Barba: We prep you for trial.
Olivia Benson: Okay, we're going to go over that night and make sure that your account is consistent.
Officer Amelia Albers: What are they saying?
Olivia Benson: Well, what all rapists say, which is it was consensual.
Officer Amelia Albers: They think that I wanted that?
Rafael Barba: Their attorneys are gonna hit you hard on being drunk, on not telling the truth right away.
Officer Amelia Albers: You have no idea what it's like for the women on the base. The hazing... you can't show that you're weak.

Olivia Benson: [to Amelia] How was the hearing today?
Officer Amelia Albers: They asked me in front of 20 officers how wide I opened my mouth during oral sex.
Olivia Benson: I am so sorry.

Rafael Barba: [about the trial] That went about as badly as it could have gone.
Amanda Rollins: They heard the extent of her injuries, the results of the rape kit.
Rafael Barba: Uh-huh. All it takes is one juror to believe that she likes rough sex.
Olivia Benson: Rough sex? They practically tore her apart.
Amanda Rollins: You're gonna get these guys on the stand. You're gonna break...
Rafael Barba: Not a chance. After today, the defense won't bother to put the guys up there. She was drunk, her story changed, her details are inconsistent. Cue the reasonable doubt acquittal.
Nick Amaro: I might have something that can help. Taverts' testimony at a military hearing...
Rafael Barba: Stop! No, stop talking.
Amanda Rollins: Okay, you all right, counselor?
Rafael Barba: You almost tripped over the Garrity Rule. Everything in this file is dirty. An officer can't invoke at a military hearing, so the courts consider this testimony to be compelled, to be coerced.
Olivia Benson: So these statements cannot be used in a criminal prosecution.
Rafael Barba: If I even so much as look at this file, I have to recuse myself from the case. Mistrial. Game over.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Agent Provocateur (#16.11)" (2015)
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: You can put a UC in his cell.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: He's under arrest. NYPD can't have an ex-parte conversation.
Olivia Benson: Not on his case, but if he gives us information about somebody else? That's fair game.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Is it? I didn't hear any of this.
[walks away smiling]

Olivia Benson: Guys, I don't care if they're doing it for publicity. Somebody had sex with a 15-year-old girl and left her for dead in an alley in a suitcase. That's a crime.

A.D.A. Rafael Barba: [to Olivia about Lenny Simmons] Guess who didn't show? I just spent the past two hours with 23 grand jurors playing sudoku.
Olivia Benson: [while playing with Noah] It's Friday. How about we pick him up at the end of the day?
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: So he can't get processed until Monday and has to spend the weekend at the tombs? Motherhood has really changed you, Liv. Brought out your sweet side.

Olivia Benson: [about Madison] She's finally telling the truth.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Good for her. Too bad she's lied so many times, the jury won't believe a word she says.

Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: What's up, Liv?
Olivia Benson: So, the last thing that Madison remembers is leaving her uncle's apartment. And now he's not picking up the phone. So find out why he hasn't noticed that his niece is missing.

Olivia Benson: So, where were we?
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Madison lied to her uncle. Didn't even take the theater tickets.
Nick Amaro: And that taxi driver story? I mean, speeding through Times Square after 6:00?
Dominick 'Sonny' Carisi, Jr.: You'd make better time on a goat.
Olivia Benson: Well, something happened to her. The tox screen shows alcohol, Ambien, and Xanax in her system. Now, the rape kit didn't turn up any DNA, but it did find condom lubricant.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: So this is what, a hookup gone bad?
Dominick 'Sonny' Carisi, Jr.: Bad enough to dump a body in a suitcase?
Olivia Benson: Carisi, check her social media. Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, all of it.
Dominick 'Sonny' Carisi, Jr.: On it.

Olivia Benson: Do we have enough to charge?
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Charge, sure. Make the case, no. The drugs and the condoms are circumstantial. What does the girl say?
Olivia Benson: Last time we spoke to Madison, she said she didn't recall going to his hotel room.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Talk to her again.

Olivia Benson: Lenny's a third-rate hack, although he wants everyone to think he's Woodward and Bernstein. You know, he may not show.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Don't forget before he became a vulture, he was a lawyer.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, a distinction without a difference.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: It means he knows if he doesn't show, he goes to jail.
Nick Amaro: Yeah, he doesn't have the stones for that.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Agreed. All bat, no balls.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Decline and Fall (#18.9)" (2017)
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Fin still at home cramming for the sergeant's exam?
Olivia Benson: Yep.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: I should go over there later, drill him.
Amanda Rollins: No, no. He says he has a sleep-learning system. He plays tapes with a speaker under his pillow.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: He's kidding, right?
Amanda Rollins: I don't know.

Olivia Benson: [to Sarah] Hi. I'm Lieutenant Benson. Can I help you?
Sarah Morrissey: Um, I'm not sure. I... I think I've been raped.
Olivia Benson: I'm so sorry. Can you tell me what happened?
Sarah Morrissey: I... I can't. I don't remember. Anything.

Amanda Rollins: You know, Wall Street says that Hendricks has been staying on way past his prime.
Olivia Benson: But he still has the energy for "bunga bunga" parties with Italian models.

Olivia Benson: Okay, so we have a probable rape at the home of a geriatric playboy billionaire and all our victim remembers is a young guy who smiled a lot.

Olivia Benson: Sarah, the lab results came back. and it showed two separate semen samples.
Sarah Morrissey: Two samples? Are you saying that two men raped me? This just keeps getting worse.
Olivia Benson: I'm so sorry, Sarah.
Sarah Morrissey: Sorry? Really? No, why don't you find the man... the men... who did this to me?
Olivia Benson: [whispers as Sarah leaves] We will.

Rafael Barba: Hendricks' daughter just filed a motion to have her father declared mentally incompetent.
Olivia Benson: What? He doesn't have dementia. He may be revolting, but he's as smart as hell.
Rafael Barba: That's exactly why he's pretending to be incompetent.

Olivia Benson: [to Larry] Why would he call Sarah, a woman that he just raped, by your ex-wife's name?
Lawrence Hendricks Jr.: A mistake.
Olivia Benson: May I ask why you and your wife got divorced? Is it Is it something that your father did?
Lawrence Hendricks Jr.: It's none of your business.
Olivia Benson: No, but it's Sarah Morrissey's business. Your father raped her and God knows how many other women he assaulted, so I think it's all of their business. Look, I don't know if you're embarrassed or you're guilty or you're trying to protect your family name, but I'm pretty sure that Eric is trying to protect his grandfather. It's time that you told your son what kind of man your father really is and maybe that will convince him to tell the truth.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Disappearing Acts (#4.5)" (2002)
U.S. Marshal #1: [Opening Garage Door]
Gavin Sipes: Dad!
U.S. Marshal #1: Oh, my God.
Gavin Sipes: Dad! No! Dad!
FBI Agent #2: [Seeing Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson running on the scene with their guns out. Pull's out his gun] Drop it! Do it now!
Elliot Stabler: [Gun drawn] NYPD.
U.S. Marshal #1: [Aiming a shot gun at Elliot and Stabler] Drop the gun!
FBI Agent #2: [Aiming his gun at Elliot and Stabler] Drop it!
U.S. Marshal #1: [Aiming shotgun at Elliot and Stabler] I said drop it.
Olivia Benson: [Olivia's and Elliot's guns aimed at Marshall's] Hold up. We're cops.
U.S. Marshal #1: [Shotgun aimed at Elliot and Olivia] I don't give a damn. Drop it or I'll drop you.
U.S. Marshal #1: [Elliot and Olivia drop their weapons] Both of you on the ground. Move! You too on the ground. Get their guns and cuff them.

Olivia Benson: [In separate the U.S. Marshall Interrogation room] No one.
U.S. Marshal #1: Who else besides the gambling club owner, Joe Tucci?
Olivia Benson: I already answered the question.
U.S. Marshal #1: Did you interrogate a Michael Kerring?
Olivia Benson: We did.
U.S. Marshal #1: Were you aware that he was a criminal associate from California who knew Sipes' identity?
Olivia Benson: Yes.
U.S. Marshal #1: And yet you still pursued him, even though you knew the deceased to be a federally protected witness and that you were endangering his life. Is that correct, Detective?
Olivia Benson: We were pursuing a rape suspect, Gavin Sipes. His father gave us the address. We were there to do our job.
U.S. Marshal #1: And yet two men are dead. One a Deputy U.S. Marshal with a wife and three children.

Asst. US Attorney Claudia Williams: [to the detectives about talking to Amanda Curry] You cannot interrogate the prisoner about the federal case against her or anything relating to it.
Olivia Benson: Well, what if her criminal affiliations directly relate to the attack?
Asst. US Attorney Claudia Williams: Well, if Miss Curry's business associates were involved, she'd be in the morgue.

Olivia Benson: [to Claudia Williams] We're not interested in your case. We're trying to find a rapist, but we can't do that if you obstruct justice.
Asst. US Attorney Claudia Williams: Well, until you file a 61, I'm not obstructing anything.

Elliot Stabler: [after the detectives discover that Amanda Curry is not incarcerated anymore] She's gone. Metropolitan Correctional claims they never even heard of her.
Donald Cragen: I got a call from the US Attorney's office with assurances. As soon as we make an arrest, they will produce Amanda Curry for trial.
Olivia Benson: How are we supposed to do that without the cooperation of our complaining witness?

Elliot Stabler: [When Claudia Williams refuses to reveal the whereabouts of Peter Sipes] You know, I don't care who that woman works for. We can't let her do that.
Alexandra Cabot: Claudia Williams is doing her job. She has an obligation to protect her witnesses.
Elliot Stabler: We have an obligation to protect innocent women, so whose side of the fence you gonna sit on?
Alexandra Cabot: You seem awfully sure Peter Sipes is guilty.
Olivia Benson: What are we supposed to think? It can't be easy losing your identity, starting over. These people cost him his past, they're threatening his survival.
Alexandra Cabot: I'm just not so sure he would jeopardize his last line of defense against the very people who want him dead.
Olivia Benson: What you're saying is then that organized crime takes precedence over rape.
Alexandra Cabot: Arguments can be made for both.
Elliot Stabler: Alex, we don't have that luxury. We're working with a serial rapist here and the next woman, I'm telling you, he's gonna kill her.
Alexandra Cabot: I will file a habeas in the morning. If Claudia Williams cannot produce the body, the judge is going to find her in contempt.

Elliot Stabler: [about Peter's son, Gavin] Peter, the mob's gonna wise up pretty soon if they haven't already. He's targeting their women. Now, what do you think they're gonna do to him?
Peter Sipes: They're not gonna do anything. He's gonna hide. I cut him off. I'm broke. I can't pay his bills anymore.
Elliot Stabler: Which means he's a dead man. He's got an addiction. He can't lay low for long.
Olivia Benson: If you love him, turn him in.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Choreographed (#8.9)" (2006)
Steve: [Det. Stabler is roughing up a suspect with one broken arm in the interview room] Why do you got to be so rough?
Det. Elliot Stabler: Because you still have one arm to break.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, my partner has a real anger management problem. I thought he had it under control. Apparently, I was wrong.
Det. Elliot Stabler: [looks up to Benson who had just returned as his partner after his few weeks partnered up with Danni Beck] I've had a tough couple of weeks.
Olivia Benson: [to the suspect] Seriously. He WILL break your arm.

Olivia Benson: [Leaving a house where the wife told Benson one version and the husband told Stabler another version] So you get an affair. I get a fairy tale.

Geneva Dworkin: [masculine woman hitting on Benson] What's your name?
[Geneva smiles]
Olivia Benson: Detective.
[Benson walks away]

[Benson and Stabler enter the Medical Examiner's room. She looks surprised to see Benson back]
M.E. Melinda Warner: [to Stabler] So you are recycling old partners?
Olivia Benson: [a bit offended] Old?
M.E. Melinda Warner: Welcome back, Liv.

[last lines]
Olivia Benson: Love's a bitch.
Det. Elliot Stabler: Tell me about it.
Olivia Benson: You know, we've been partners all these years. I don't even know your blood type.
Det. Elliot Stabler: A-postiive.
Olivia Benson: How 'bout that? Me too.
Det. Elliot Stabler: [both enter elevator and turn and face door looking forward in thought] I'd give you a kidney.
Olivia Benson: Not if I gave you mine first.
[elevator doors close]

Det. Elliot Stabler: You're out of line, Casey.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: What's your excuse?
Olivia Benson: Are you through with the character assassination?

Det. Elliot Stabler: You like to play with needles? You should learn to sterilize them.
Glenn Cheales: What's wrong with her?
Olivia Benson: She's septic. Now start talking.
Glenn Cheales: You don't understand, she has a liver condition.
Olivia Benson: We know all about it, now talk.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Users (#11.7)" (2009)
Olivia Benson: [about the murder victim] I don't care if she could tie a knot in a cherry stem with her tongue. She wasn't a prostitute.

Olivia Benson: People trawling the Web for blood and guts. What a lovely world.

Olivia Benson: [to Scratchy after the murder victim's cell phone rings] Well, that's a cute ringtone. What do you got, homeroom next?

Dr. George Huang: Gold gets off on making kids do things that will humiliate them. Their self-esteem plummets and they need him even more.
Olivia Benson: A.J. was so enmeshed with him that she actually registered at that motel with his name.
Detective Elliot Stabler: He could ask those kids to jump off the Empire State Building and they'd race each other to the top.
Dr. George Huang: We've got to shut him down before more bodies hit the pavement.

Olivia Benson: [about Martin Gold] Alex, he's treating girls as young as 14. If we don't charge him, then he's going to be back with his teen harem in the next few hours.

Dr. George Huang: There are two kinds of parents. Those who will do anything for their children and those who will pay any amount to have someone else do it for them. I read Enzo's file. His parents are art dealers. They spend most of their time in Europe. They paid more than $1 million to park Enzo at ASP.
Olivia Benson: What do we do?
Dr. George Huang: Send him to rehab. It's methadone now or it's back to heroin.
Detective Elliot Stabler: If I were in his shoes, I'd probably get high, too.
Dr. George Huang: He doesn't want to get high. He wants to avoid the pain of withdrawal. If he doesn't make it through rehab, he'll just go back to heroin and keep using it until it kills him.

Olivia Benson: [When Huang takes Enzo to get treated for his heroin addiction] What you're doing is illegal.
Dr. George Huang: Stay out of this, Liv, for your own sake.
Olivia Benson: Ibogaine hasn't been approved.
Dr. George Huang: Because the drug companies don't want it approved. One dose of lbogaine and he's clean. We're leaving.
Olivia Benson: It's kidnapping. It's conspiracy to provide a controlled substance to a minor.
Dr. George Huang: He's sick. I'm a doctor. I have a moral obligation to treat him.
Olivia Benson: You're an FBl agent who's breaking the law. You took an oath.
Dr. George Huang: First do no harm. That is the oath I took as a doctor and that is what I live by.
Olivia Benson: Even if it means losing your license?
Dr. George Huang: What kind of doctor am l if I don't help save this kid's life?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Blinded (#9.7)" (2007)
Detective Elliot Stabler: Was she raped?
Dr. Jane Larom: Yes. No fluids, but several hairs, and there's significant bruising.
[pause]
Dr. Jane Larom: She's only eleven.
Detective Olivia Benson: Don't ask why. It'll just make you crazy.

John Munch: Well, it doesn't matter. This indictment's a crock. Picard kidnaps Tiffany in Mississippi and the feds indict him in Louisiana?
Detective Olivia Benson: He raped her there. It's part of the same crime. The Feds can try him in either state.
John Munch: Olivia, they're gonna drop the kidnapping charge and let Louisiana try him for rape.
Casey Novak: Because raping a child under the age of twelve in Louisiana is a capital crime.

Odafin Tutuola: [to Lake] I never picked you for being soft on capital punishment.
Chester Lake: It's a no-brainer. Death penalty's never been a deterrent for murder.
Odafin Tutuola: Most killers strike once. Animals who rape kids usually repeat.
Chester Lake: Threaten to execute them for rape, they have nothing to lose by killing their victims to silence them.
Detective Olivia Benson: But execute them, they'll never hurt another child.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Novak] When do you want me on the stand?
Casey Novak: Uh, I don't think I do. I'll just use Sabrina and Elliot.
Detective Olivia Benson: Oh, you don't need Elliot. I saw everything that Picard did.
Casey Novak: But you didn't hear what he said and I need Elliot to show the jury what Picard is capable of.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, the police surgeon said that Elliot can't leave his house until his vision's back.
Casey Novak: Unless he has to appear in court.
Detective Olivia Benson: Casey, Elliot has a better chance for a quicker recovery if we don't stress him out.
Casey Novak: Look, I know he appreciates you looking out for him. It's my job to look out for him. He is perfectly capable of making this decision on his own, so I'll take to him myself.
Detective Olivia Benson: Leave him alone, Casey.
Casey Novak: I can't.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Novak] You proud of yourself?
Casey Novak: I don't need a lecture from you.
Detective Olivia Benson: I know why you sandbagged Elliot in court.
[goes through Casey's desk]
Casey Novak: Stay out of my desk!
[Olivia takes out a photo]
Detective Olivia Benson: Where is he now, Casey? Your schizo ex-boyfriend. Is he locked up somewhere?
Casey Novak: Get out of my office.
Detective Olivia Benson: He's the reason that you tanked the Picard case. That man deserves to be punished for what he did.
Casey Novak: Wait, wait. What he did to Tiffany Lemarsh or Sabrina Farmer? Or are you talking about payback for what he did to Elliot?
Detective Olivia Benson: You manipulated me and Elliot to satisfy your own agenda.
Casey Novak: Okay, you answer the question, Detective. Who did you let it leak to that we collared Picard? Did you go straight to the Feds or did you back-channel it through the Louisiana cops?
Detective Olivia Benson: Oh, you're damn right I told the Feds. They have a right to know.
Casey Novak: No. You want Picard dead. Louisiana kills him, your hands are clean.
Detective Olivia Benson: Those little girls are entitled to some justice.
Casey Novak: What you're talking about isn't justice. It's revenge.
Detective Olivia Benson: He's my partner, Casey.
Casey Novak: And it's my case. And how I handle it is none of your damn business because I don't answer to you.
Detective Olivia Benson: We'll see.

Casey Novak: [to Olivia] Why did you rat me out to the D.A.?
Detective Olivia Benson: Because you threw the case.
Casey Novak: I had no choice after you sold out Picard to the Feds.
Detective Olivia Benson: Look, uh, Casey. I'm as guilty as you are. You were right. I wanted revenge for Elliot.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Novak about Sal Picard] Do you think he'll ever get better?
Detective Olivia Benson: I don't know. I thought Charlie would get better.
Detective Olivia Benson: What happened?
Casey Novak: I got a call from the morgue about six months ago. A John Doe clipped by a passing cab. No ID on him, but my business card. It was Charlie. Maybe he'd be alive if I hadn't make him leave.
Detective Olivia Benson: Casey, you had to save yourself.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Fallacy (#4.21)" (2003)
Olivia Benson: You know the only one that came to support Cheryl was her sister?
Elliot Stabler: And you.
Olivia Benson: Yeah. But I'm not family.

Elliot Stabler: Berger's gonna put witnesses up there for Cheryl or whatever his name is, to tell us all about how he grew up tormented, brutalized and treated like a freak.
Olivia Benson: You know, it sounds like you have a problem with Cheryl.
Elliot Stabler: My problem is this he-she and her lies are the reason we've got two dead bodies on our hands and I'm the one who's all jammed up?

Sarah Avery: Detective?
Olivia Benson: Sarah, right?
Sarah Avery: My parents are wrong.
Olivia Benson: You still talk to Cheryl?
Sarah Avery: Yes, but if my parents knew, they'd kick me out too.
Olivia Benson: Your parents said that Cheryl once beat somebody with a baseball bat.
Sarah Avery: She cut through the field one day after school. The baseball team saw her and chased her. She had to grab a bat to defend herself.
Olivia Benson: This kind of thing happen a lot?
Sarah Avery: All the time, I mean, kids made fun of her like she was a big joke.
Olivia Benson: Anybody ever hurt her physically?
Sarah Avery: They beat the hell out of her whenever they could. I mean, she had to go to the hospital three times for stitches. I don't care what anybody says, she's the bravest person I know.

Olivia Benson: [to Cabot about Cheryl] I talked to her teachers. A sympathetic one suggested that she transfer to Harvey Milk, an alternative public school for gay and transgendered kids.
ADA Alexandra Cabot: So why didn't she go?
Olivia Benson: Because her parents wouldn't let her.
ADA Alexandra Cabot: Where are you going with this? All I need to know is whether or not Cheryl's been violent.
Olivia Benson: Only in self-defense. One time, two boys held her up against a wall and pulled her pants down. Alex, this girl has been through hell.

Cheryl Avery: [to Olivia] Look, you have to help me, I cannot stay here.
Olivia Benson: Cheryl, you pled guilty. You knew that you were going to prison.
Cheryl Avery: I'm a woman and they put me in a cell with men.
Olivia Benson: [to Berger] You didn't tell her?
Morty Berger: I told her to go to trial.
Olivia Benson: Bull. You set her up for your own career. What, the murder case wasn't enough for you?
Morty Berger: The civil rights issue is more pressing.
Olivia Benson: Oh, and you're going to ride it all the way to the Supreme Court, aren't you?
Morty Berger: Why not? This could be a precedent-setting case.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, not to mention a juicy story. A woman in a man's prison? You'll have the media drooling.

ADA Alexandra Cabot: My hands are tied. I can't move Cheryl to a women's prison.
Olivia Benson: She was going to have surgery.
ADA Alexandra Cabot: Unfortunately, she's still anatomically male. New York State determines a person's gender based on their genitals, not their feelings.
Olivia Benson: So you're not going to do anything?
ADA Alexandra Cabot: There's nothing I can do. The law says she's not entitled to special treatment and I can't put a man in a women's prison.
Olivia Benson: But Cheryl is not a man anymore.
ADA Alexandra Cabot: Legally, she still is. Look, Berger has to fight it out with the Department of Corrections and I have to make an appearance. I will see what I can do.

ADA Alexandra Cabot: [to Olivia] Do you think I pushed Cheryl too hard?
Olivia Benson: You did your job.
ADA Alexandra Cabot: Then why do I feel so lousy?
Olivia Benson: Because you look at Cheryl and you can't imagine what it's like to feel that your own body is a mistake.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Penetration (#12.8)" (2010)
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: I need you to run this rape kit as a Jane Doe.
Detective Olivia Benson: Who's the victim?
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: Me.

Calvin Arliss: [after seeing Agent Lewis] Is this your girlfriend?
Detective Olivia Benson: No. Agent Lewis works for the FBI. She's here to arrest you because you won't go to bed. Now, scoot.
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: [playing along] Thanks for blowing my cover. Now I'm gonna have to kill him.

FBI Agent Dana Lewis: I am trained to get out of that situation.
Detective Olivia Benson: You can't prepare for every situation. Trust me, I know.

Detective Olivia Benson: [When Agent Lewis has Seth Coleman at gunpoint] Agent Lewis, that's enough!
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: He's mine!
[to Coleman]
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: Okay, coward. You filthy coward! Make peace with your maker.
Seth Coleman: What?
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: Got any last requests?
Seth Coleman: [to Olivia and Elliot] Don't let her kill me.
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: Honey, you are already dead.
[fires her gun, but the bullet ends up hitting Stabler]
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: [to Coleman] How's it feel to be powerless, you mother f...
Detective Olivia Benson: Dana!
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: [sees Olivia holding Stabler's shoulder] Oh, my God, what happened?
Detective Olivia Benson: It ricocheted off the beam.

Seth Coleman: [about Agent Lewis] Bitch ain't my type.
Detective Olivia Benson: Your type? Oh, your type seems to be anything with lady parts.

A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke: Seth Coleman refused all pleas. We're going to trial.
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: I can't.
Detective Olivia Benson: Dana, you don't have to go through this alone.
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: Oh, really? Are you gonna be there when my colleagues order up the trial transcripts and pass them around for kicks?
Detective Olivia Benson: That's not going to happen.
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: Look, they'll never take me seriously again. If I can't even watch my own back, how are they ever gonna trust me to watch theirs?
A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke: It's not easy for anyone to confront their attacker, but you of all people know how important this is.
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: First of all, I'm not afraid to confront my own attacker, but you've already got him for murder. What do you need me for?
A.D.A. Gillian Hardwicke: I have a legal obligation to prosecute this case. Don't force me to subpoena you.
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: Make it go away.
Detective Olivia Benson: Dana, it's the only way you're ever going to find peace.

Brian Ackerman: The Revolution-Aryan Warriors are stronger than ever.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Really? Since you went away, we elected a black president.
Brian Ackerman: Yeah. I hear he's Muslim.
Detective Olivia Benson: Don't believe everything you read on your own website.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Screwed (#8.22)" (2007)
Detective Olivia Benson: There is nothing you can do except go be with your family, okay?
Simon Marsden: You are my family. That's why I told your captain I forced you to give me the money when I jumped bail.
Detective Olivia Benson: You did what?
Simon Marsden: That I threatened to reveal our relationship.
Detective Olivia Benson: He already knows our relationship.
Simon Marsden: I also said that you had no idea I jumped bail at the time and you just wanted me out of your life.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, then you lied to my superior officer.
Simon Marsden: So did you.

FBI Agent Dean Porter: [to Olivia] How come we couldn't talk on the phone?
Detective Olivia Benson: Oh, things are a little dicey around the office.
FBI Agent Dean Porter: Yeah, mine too. A process server was at the federal building looking for me. Good thing he didn't have access to the upper floors.
Detective Olivia Benson: Oh, my God, this has gotta be Matt Braden.
FBI Agent Dean Porter: The attorney in your murder case?
Detective Olivia Benson: Yeah.
FBI Agent Dean Porter: What does he want?
Detective Olivia Benson: You. On the stand to jam me up over this business with my brother.
FBI Agent Dean Porter: Simon was cleared.
Detective Olivia Benson: It doesn't matter. When I helped him, he was a suspect who jumped bail. That's a felony.
FBI Agent Dean Porter: You cooperated with the FBI and I cleared you.
Detective Olivia Benson: And they can still make you testify.
FBI Agent Dean Porter: Look, I can keep ducking this guy till the trial's over. Long as I stay out of his reach, you're fine.
Detective Olivia Benson: Dean, this is not your problem.
FBI Agent Dean Porter: You helped bring Simon in and you made it right. I'm not gonna leave you hanging. The problem is, I can't go home. Bastard process server has my address.
Detective Olivia Benson: Sorry, but they've got mine too.

Elliot Stabler: I'll be so glad when this damn trial's over with. I can't think. Can't even focus on my job.
Detective John Munch: And Braden would still be on your ass, whether Fin was related to the defendant or not.
Elliot Stabler: I don't blame Fin.
Detective John Munch: Sure you do. Every day since this started. Back off, man. The guy's in hell.
Elliot Stabler: Fin didn't take the guy's confession. You did and it got thrown out.
Detective John Munch: The captain was sitting right next to me. Did you raise your concerns with him?
Detective Olivia Benson: Hey, had I been there, I would have taken his confession without a lawyer present too. What are we gonna fight about next, huh?

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Elliot] What's going on?
Elliot Stabler: Kathy's pregnant.
Detective Olivia Benson: I didn't know you went back home.

Matthew Braden: Ah, you know, this is what I miss the most. Camaraderie, brothers in blue. Even when you clip on the gold shield to your off-the-rack polyester blends. Family. That's what this trial's all about.
Detective Olivia Benson: This trial is about your lowlife client who murdered a mother and her 14-month-old baby.
Matthew Braden: My client never had a chance, no one to call, no family to believe in him or to give him support or money when he was in trouble. How do you think that makes him feel, Detective?
Detective Olivia Benson: Not half as bad as the victim when he stabbed her death or her son, who he buried alive. Too bad they're not here to tell you about it.

Teresa Randall: [to Olivia] I know what you want and I can't help you.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, just how long do you intend to hide something that happened over 25 years ago? You were attacked and forced to have your rapist's baby, Terry. It's not your fault.
Teresa Randall: So I should just get over it, right?
Detective Olivia Benson: No. I'm still not over it.
Teresa Randall: You were raped?
Detective Olivia Benson: I'm the product of a rape.
Teresa Randall: Did your mother hate you too?
Detective Olivia Benson: No. My mother didn't know her rapist, but you did. Who did this to you?
Teresa Randall: My family is wrecked and you want me to get on that stand and finish him off.
Detective Olivia Benson: No. I'm just asking you to tell the truth.
Teresa Randall: I did. They wouldn't even listen to me. Couldn't tell my mother. It would have killed her.
Detective Olivia Benson: So you suffered this all alone.
Teresa Randall: I show up pregnant and my mother wouldn't let me get an abortion, so I had Darius.
Detective Olivia Benson: And now Darius is facing murder charges and may even get away with it if you don't speak up. Don't you at least owe it to Nina and that baby?

Detective Olivia Benson: I gave money to a fugitive. I made a mistake. And if I don't take responsibility, then Braden will hold this over me for my entire career. I can't live like that.
FBI Agent Dean Porter: If you lose your badge, you won't have a career to worry about.
Detective Olivia Benson: And that's a chance that I have to take.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Russian Love Poem (#1.12)" (2000)
Detective Olivia Benson: Some people consider death a blessing, this is no blessing.

Katya Ivanova: This is America. You can't do this.
Detective Olivia Benson: Sweetheart, let me let you in on a little secret. Cops are the same everywhere.

Detective Olivia Benson: Who are you? Some sex machine with a cash register between her legs?

Detective Olivia Benson: Do you think that there is a reason the killer sodomized your husband with a banana?

Detective Olivia Benson: There's no smoking in the building.
Katya Ivanova: [Standing Up] Well, then I'll come back later! I can't talk without a cigarette.

Katya Ivanova: [Referring to pimp] Alex is upset because I don't want to have sex with him any more. I have more things to worry about.
Detective Olivia Benson: Like your nails? You make a living sleeping with guys.
Katya Ivanova: You should sleep with men more. Trust me. It would help you. You wouldn't be such a mean bitch.
Detective Olivia Benson: I make my living catching murderers. America's not so different from Russia, you know? Especially the prisons. There's no champagne. There's no caviar.
Katya Ivanova: I don't believe you.
Detective Olivia Benson: Fine. We'll do it your way. You have the right to remain silent. You are under arrest.
Katya Ivanova: OK! OK!

Detective Elliot Stabler: I'm sure sleeping with the girlfriend of a Russian mobster had a certain...
[speaking French]
Detective Elliot Stabler: je ne sais quoi.
Detective Olivia Benson: Je ne sais quoi?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah.
[More French]
Detective Elliot Stabler: N'est-ce pas.
Captain Donald Cragen: One language at a time, merci.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Heartfelt Passages (#17.23)" (2016)
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: How is he? How's Dodds?
Olivia Benson: He took a bullet.
Amanda Rollins: How bad?
Olivia Benson: Bad. There was a lot of blood. He, uh... it was a gut shot, so they just took him to Lincoln Hospital.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: All right, let's go.
[seeing the worry in Benson's face]
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Lieutenant, are you all right?
Olivia Benson: No. We didn't search Munson, so I left Dodds in there. So this is on me.

Olivia Benson: How is he?
Deputy Chief William Dodds: Well, shot through the abdomen, bullet hit an artery. He, uh... he lost a lot of blood. But Mike's a fighter. I told him that.
Amanda Rollins: What can we do?
Deputy Chief William Dodds: He's B negative. Highway's been dispatched to the blood bank, but they're going through what they have fast.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: I'm O negative. That works. Where do I go?
Deputy Chief William Dodds: It's right down the hall. All right, thank you.

Ed Tucker: I got here as quick as I could. He still in surgery?
Olivia Benson: He's alive.
Ed Tucker: We'll take that. You all right?
Olivia Benson: I... I was walking Munson's kids out to the car.
Ed Tucker: Yeah.
Olivia Benson: And I left Dodds in there. I had a feeling...
Ed Tucker: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Don't do that. There's a hundred ways that could've gone.
Olivia Benson: I should have let Dodds walk the kids out to the car.
Ed Tucker: Hey, look at me. You all right? You need anything? Something to eat? Maybe a coffee.
Olivia Benson: Just be here.
Ed Tucker: I'm not going anywhere.

Deputy Chief William Dodds: His last day at SVU, he does this. He knew better. He's known since he was six, since I was a beat cop. DV is the most dangerous situation in the world. What the hell was he thinking?
Olivia Benson: That he wanted to be like his father. A hero.

Olivia Benson: If I could do it again, I... I wouldn't have left him in that house. I have more experience. Maybe I could've talked to him...
Dr. Peter Lindstrom: Talked Munson out of it? Or overpowered a 6'8" man with a gun and nothing to live for? You said there were two children there. You got them out. They have their mother.
Olivia Benson: And Chief Dodds doesn't have his son. Why does he deserve that?
Dr. Peter Lindstrom: Or do you mean why do you deserve to live when Dodds is dead? You've got to mourn this loss, but you cannot judge yourself for feeling relieved that you survived.
Olivia Benson: I can't?
Dr. Peter Lindstrom: You are lucky to be alive, and Noah is lucky that you are. But that is not why you left that house. I know you think you know everything, but no one could have predicted what was going to happen there. It was Dodds' time. It wasn't yours.

Ed Tucker: I put transfer papers in today. Hostage negotiation has an opening.
Olivia Benson: You're leaving IAB? After all this time, that's...
Ed Tucker: Like letting go of a rope. At the funeral, I realized I can't spend the rest of my life obsessing about whether or not a cop is lying to me.
Olivia Benson: Wow, Ed. You know, I never did ask you how you ended up in IAB to begin with.
Ed Tucker: It's a long story. Actually, no, it's not. After my ex and I... she, uh... I just thought I could never trust anybody again.
Olivia Benson: So you joined IAB to confirm that belief.
Ed Tucker: Turns out I was wrong. Olivia Margaret Benson, I trust you. And this little guy.
[he playfully tickles Noah]
Ed Tucker: We have a good thing going here, the three of us.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, we do.

Ed Tucker: It might be nice to get away for a while. How do you feel about Paris?
Olivia Benson: Paris?
Ed Tucker: Yeah.
Olivia Benson: I like it.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: A Misunderstanding (#17.12)" (2016)
John Buchanan: If I understood you just now, it's because the assailant is naive or shy that she waited four days to disclose?
Olivia Benson: No, that's not what I said. I said it's not unusual at all for any victim to wait to disclose. Victims often need time to process what happened to them before approaching police.
John Buchanan: You mean before approaching you. She went to her local precinct first, and they chose not to puruse an investigation.
Olivia Benson: Because local precincts aren't properly trained in sexual assault. That's why the NYPD created the Special Victims Unit in the first place.

Rita Calhoun: [to Olivia] I'm representing a 15-year-old freshman at the Dowland School.
Olivia Benson: Fifteen. What's he been accused of?
Rita Calhoun: No. Her name's Abby Stewart. She's the victim.
Olivia Benson: Working as an advocate? What is this, penance for representing a serial killer?
Rita Calhoun: You're still holding that against me.
Olivia Benson: Yes.

Olivia Benson: [to Dodds about Chris Roberts:] So what's your take on the boy?
Mike Dodds: He's privileged, but not arrogant. No record, straight A's, waiting on an early decision from Stanford. He seems genuinely surprised by the allegation.
Olivia Benson: Okay, so it sounds like a teenage he said/she said.
Mike Dodds: It's more like her-parents-say/his-parents-say. Chris's mom, he's her only son, the golden boy.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: And the father of a teenage virginal daughter? Like my dad with my sisters. If a guy so much as looked at one of them, it's rape.

Dominick Carisi, Jr.: [about the Cherry Pickers Club' list] Oh, counselor, you're not gonna use this list though, are you?
Rafael Barba: It goes to motive.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Yeah, but it also outs a lot of teenagers. I mean, the guys, whatever. Who cares about them?
Olivia Benson: But these girls, they don't want this list going public.
Mike Dodds: Come on, like they haven't posted darkroom selfies on their Facebook pages already? We're dealing with hormone-flooded teenagers. I know things are grey here, but this is 50 shades of it.

Mike Dodds: [When Olivia & Dobbs see Chris's appearance] They made Chris look like Harry Potter.
Olivia Benson: We've seen this before. The nerd defense.

Rita Calhoun: [When Olivia & Calhoun are in the bathroom with Abby] We said no makeup. Remember, Abby?
Abby Stewart: But I'll look like a little girl.
Rita Calhoun: They're making him look like a saint. You can't look like a sinner.
Olivia Benson: [Mrs. Roberts walks into the bathroom] Mrs. Roberts, would you give us a minute?
Ellen Roberts: [walks over to the bathroom sink] I'm just washing my hands. Abby, did they tell you that Stanford requested Chris withdraw his application?
Rita Calhoun: This isn't the time.
Ellen Roberts: [grabs Abby] Do you understand that you're ruining my son's life?
Olivia Benson: Hey, you need to stop talking.
Ellen Roberts: A woman cop like you, you always take the girl's side, don't you?
Olivia Benson: That's not what's happening here.
Ellen Roberts: Yeah, well, I've seen it. The sweet little girl becomes the victim and then the boy is made out to be a brute and do you know why that is?
[yells in Abby's face]
Ellen Roberts: Because teenage girls are better liars!

Olivia Benson: [to Barba] You know, no matter what the jury decides, you did your job.
Rafael Barba: Did I? It was always a murky case.
Olivia Benson: Exactly the kind that we need to be fighting. The world is changing. We need new rules.
Rafael Barba: Rules of sexual engagement for teenagers?
Olivia Benson: Yes. California just passed affirmative consent.
Rafael Barba: We'll see how that goes.
Olivia Benson: Well, something needs to change. The problem is is that teenage boys even in college don't know what behavior might constitute rape. We need to make the lines clearer.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Hothouse (#10.12)" (2009)
A.D.A. Gil: I pulled a couple of all nighters and the only thing I murdered at the end of it was my pillow.
Detective Olivia Benson: I knew a cop who worked double homicide for 41 hours straight, went home and went to bed. He had an asthma attack and reached for his inhaler, he grabbed his service revolver instead. He put it in his mouth and blew his brains out.

Detective Olivia Benson: [about the murder victim] She was beaten and tortured. She still believed in God.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You'd think he could have protected her just a little bit.

Alik: [about him prostituting young women] You make it seem so tragic. Their lives aren't terrible.
Detective Olivia Benson: So what do you call daily beatings, rape, exposure to HIV? The good life?

Detective Elliot Stabler: [to Danny Burke] Aren't you a little old to be rebelling against your high school?
Danny Burke: Be the best. Great isn't good enough. Maximize your potential. They even feed their students a special diet to increase brain activity. Omega-3s and all that crap. That place is toxic.
Detective Olivia Benson: Is that why you dropped out a month before graduating?
Danny Burke: I couldn't take it anymore and neither could Elsa. She wanted to be a kid, not their effing robot.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Jennifer] Elsa was murdered.
Jennifer Banks: Look, I don't have time for this, okay? They put me in a tournament next week, and I need to study Molnar-Nagy 1966. I'm in zugzwang, but if I can solve it, maybe it's H7 to J6...
Detective Olivia Benson: Hey, the only way you're going to solve this is by talking to us.

A.D.A. Gil: [about Jennifer Banks] Your rich white girl has a 160 IQ and no history of abuse, addiction or mental illness. Don't tell me she didn't know what she did was wrong.
Detective Olivia Benson: She's 14 years old. Are you the same person that you were back then?
A.D.A. Gil: At 14, I wasn't a murderer.

Dr. Melinda Warner: [about Jennifer's handwriting] This type of hypergraphia is common with Provigil abuse. The drug was developed to treat narcolepsy and other sleep disorders, then the government discovered its military value as a stimulant, gave it to the troops to keep them alert in the field.
Detective Olivia Benson: Now kids are using it to cram for their exams.
Dr. Melinda Warner: When used properly, it is an effective treatment for ADD.
Detective Olivia Benson: Properly, yeah, right. Tell me those kids at Morewood popping pills all have attention deficit.
Dr. Melinda Warner: I'll tip off a friend in the Health Department. See if we can stop the pill-pushing.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Design (#7.2)" (2005)
April Troost: You have a sick imagination.
Olivia Benson: On my best day I couldn't make this stuff up.

[a rape suspect claims that the victim's baby isn't his]
Olivia Benson: Immaculate conception's not gonna hold up in court, so why don't you try again?

Dr. Melinda Warner: This is all that survived the fire.
Olivia Benson: Not very much.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Fire marshal says an accelerant was used, probably gasoline, to enhance the burn.
Elliot Stabler: Smart guy. Wanted to make sure we didn't find a body.
Dr. Melinda Warner: I didn't.
Olivia Benson: You mean it was incinerated?
Dr. Melinda Warner: No, I mean there wasn't one in that car. Body burns, you always find something.

Elliot Stabler: You walked through this city carrying $500,000 and just handed it over to her?
Barclay Pallister: Yeah.
Olivia Benson: Then why did she leave crying?
Barclay Pallister: Because she's crazy. I was happy to pay her just to get her out of my life. She left with the money and I never saw her again.
Elliot Stabler: The problem is neither has anyone else.
Chauncey Zeirko: We're through here. Charge my client or leave.
Elliot Stabler: [turning to leave] By the way, your cleanup job at the apartment sucked. You should have let April burn up in that car. You've made an awful lot of mistakes, and I promise they're gonna catch up to you.

April Troost: You were my friend. You were supposed to protect me.
Olivia Benson: When you were a rape victim, not a rapist. You sexually assaulted three dozen men.
April Troost: Really? Did they tell you I assaulted them?
Olivia Benson: We've got you on extortion and fraud. Not to mention ripping off childless couples. And extorting half a million dollars from Barclay Pallister.
April Troost: It was a settlement. There's nothing illegal about being paid for my pain and suffering.
Olivia Benson: Faking your own murder for the insurance money is. Gotta hand it to you, smearing your own blood on the walls? That was good.

Olivia Benson: You're only charging April with fraud and extortion? She's a walking crime spree.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: My hands are tied. The three dozen of her victims don't even have a memory of being raped.
Olivia Benson: What about the baby?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: No hospitals in the tri-state area even have a record that she delivered one.
Olivia Benson: Casey, trust me, she did. And then she sold it or she drowned it or who knows. But that evil bitch did something terrible with that baby.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: You know, for all we know, it really was stillborn, and that's not a crime.
Olivia Benson: No, it's a con! April has been scamming us since day one. She never had any intention of jumping off that ledge.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: She played you, so now you're pissed.
Olivia Benson: Yes, I'm pissed. But we still have to find that baby. Not to mention ruining Barclay Pallister's life.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: That's not our fault. That's April's.
Olivia Benson: And knowing her, she will find someone else to blame.

Captain Donald Cragen: How's the baby?
Olivia Benson: Sarah's fine. Not that April or her mother give a damn. I bet you they're in a bar right now laughing at us.
Captain Donald Cragen: Let it go.
Olivia Benson: I can't. They scammed everyone, and we just let them walk.
Captain Donald Cragen: We got the baby.
Olivia Benson: I know. But we haven't seen the last of them. They will never stop playing their sick games.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Sugar (#11.2)" (2009)
Detective Elliot Stabler: [When Olivia and Elliot are at the Garb Barn discount store]
[through the P.A. system]
Detective Elliot Stabler: Attention, employees, Will the Master Baiter please report to register one? Master Baiter, register one.
[the store employees look around, puzzled and one employee approaches the register]
Olivia Benson: Not a masturbator. The Master Baiter.

Anu Nayyar: Ever heard of the Wayback Machine?
Olivia Benson: Only the one that Sherman and Mr. Peabody used.

Olivia Benson: Chantel, we need the truth. Was your father at your soccer game or not?
Chantel Shepard: Well, no, but that's only because he's got so many important things to do.
Joyce Shepard: The only important thing he has to do is be a prick. He gets her hopes up...
Chantel Shepard: Mom...
Joyce Shepard: And then he shatters them. And I get to pick up the pieces.
Chantel Shepard: Yeah, 'cause you're never a bitch!
[storms off]

Detective Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia] Detective, how many times have we heard that song?
Olivia Benson: The Ballad of the Loving John? At least once a week.

Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: [to the detectives about Vance Shepard] So you just let him walk out.
Detective Elliot Stabler: We have nothing to hold him on.
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Other than murdering Emily Keefe.
Olivia Benson: Shepard was alibied all day long. Meetings, dinner, then home.
Odafin Tutuola: The same home his mistress strolled out of in living color.
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Yeah, so bust his ass on prostitution. Do I have to handhold you people?
Detective Elliot Stabler: No, but here's a news flash. Vice handles prostitution, not Special Victims.
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Don't pass the buck, Stabler.
Odafin Tutuola: Who says their arrangement was prostitution anyway?
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Oh, come on. It's the world's oldest profession. I think we've settled on the definition. She got what's in his wallet. He got what's between her legs.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, unless he got something more. You know, since the '70s, courts have ruled that as long as the woman gets paid for something in addition to sex, shopping advice, companionship, not prostitution.
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Okay, I get it. So if it's a back alley hand job for five bucks, she's a hooker. Right? But if it's five G's a month and all the shoes she can buy, then she's some kind of, what, entrepreneur?
Olivia Benson: Times have changed, Sonya or have you not been on Craigslist lately? There are some women who believe that just...
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: I can't believe that you're arguing this, Olivia.
Olivia Benson: Why? Because all women have to have the same opinion on everything?

Olivia Benson: [When Paxton lights up a cigarette inside the squad room] Sonya...
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Hmm?
Olivia Benson: You do know there's no smoking in this building.
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: [gasps] What are you going to do? Bust me?
[laughs, but Olivia and Elliot glare at her]
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Okay, fine.
[puts out her cigarette]

Chantel Shepard: [after confessing to murdering Emily Keefe] He took the blame, said he killed her. That proves my daddy loves me, right?
Olivia Benson: Chantel, this isn't the way a father is supposed to prove his love.
Chantel Shepard: How do you know? Maybe your father never loved you.
Olivia Benson: You know what? He didn't, but I still know that this is wrong.
Chantel Shepard: No. What he's doing is right.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Rotten (#4.13)" (2003)
Luke Edmunds: You wouldn't testify against your partner.
Olivia Benson: Don't throw that blue-wall crap at me, if he did what Cooper did you bet your ass I would.
Luke Edmunds: It's not so easy, partners are like blood.
Olivia Benson: You think he feels the same way about you? He USED you. He used your DEAD BROTHER. He doesn't give a DAMN about you. When are you going to have the balls to realize that?

Olivia Benson: We're supposed to uphold the law...
Fin Tutuola: Your heart's bleedin' all over my shoes.

Olivia Benson: Cooper's a murderer! How many dead bodies do you think he racked up to pay for that Mercedes?
A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: ...That's a good question.

Fin Tutuola: I would've backed your play.
Olivia Benson: That's why I went alone.

Olivia Benson: I find out you're a murdering bastard, I'm gonna nail your ass, you understand what I'M saying?

Luke Edmunds: We got called out on a domestic call. Husband and wife going at it. I didn't even see the gun, Cooper jumped in front of me and took the .38 out of the guy's hands.
Olivia Benson: So that's how you've been paying him back? By helping him kill people? Cooper did it for a couple of cars and a condo.

Captain Donald Cragen: We cut deals with guilty people all the time.
Olivia Benson: Cops should be held to a higher standard.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Dreams Deferred (#14.9)" (2012)
Donald Cragen: Before Rasmussen's cell phone went dead, he made two calls to Jeannie Kerns, a prostitute working Hunts Point.
[to Olivia]
Donald Cragen: Liv, you remember her?
Olivia Benson: Should I?
Donald Cragen: '92, you intervened in a dispute between her and a john.
Olivia Benson: When I was on patrol, Captain, I did that a hundred times.

FBI Agent Cantwell: [about questioning Jeannie] My team will interrogate, ascertain if he shared any confidences or if he told her his destination.
Olivia Benson: Hold on. With all due respect, I think that she would be more comfortable if we talked to her. We talk to sex victims every day.
FBI Agent Cantwell: No, she's not a victim. She's a prostitute.
Olivia Benson: Are you kidding me?
FBI Agent Cantwell: It's FBI protocol. You have yours, we have ours.
Olivia Benson: Take that attitude in there, I can promise you, you're gonna shut her down.
Nick Amaro: Look, she wants out as it is and we can't hold her.
FBI Agent Cantwell: So arrest her.
Olivia Benson: Arrest her? Well, forget about her cooperation.
Donald Cragen: Agent Cantwell, my people have a rapport with her. They'll get what you need.

Jeannie Kerns: [to Olivia about Amaro] Does he always do what you tell him to?
Olivia Benson: It's not like that, Jeannie. We're partners.
Jeannie Kerns: Yeah, you're the boss.

Jeannie Kerns: [to Olivia] in the old days on a Saturday night, I could've made enough for the whole week. You should've seen this place back in the day. You should've seen me. I was fine. There'd be cars lined up four deep on East Bay Avenue. Oof, and there was so much money. Ooh, we had some fun.
Olivia Benson: Fun? That include getting your teeth cracked and floaters in your eye?
Jeannie Kerns: Oh, and those high-rollers. There was nothing that a pair of thigh-highs, a stretch limo and an eight ball couldn't fix. Now...
Olivia Benson: Now? Come on, Jeannie. It was dangerous then. It's dangerous now.

Olivia Benson: [to Jeannie] We can get you off the street.
Jeannie Kerns: What else am I gonna do? What am I gonna write on my resume? Whore?

FBI Agent Cantwell: [about Jeannie] Well, nobody at the FBI likes the angle that we used a street hooker to get this guy.
Olivia Benson: So what, we just forget about her? We used her, now we throw her away. How is that different from her johns?

Jeannie Kerns: [to Olivia] You got a place for me?
Olivia Benson: I do, Jeannie. I do.
Jeannie Kerns: Are they gonna let me smoke?
Olivia Benson: Uh, you can ask, but it's not gonna be easy.
Jeannie Kerns: Yeah, what is?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Serendipity (#5.5)" (2003)
A.D.A. Casey Novak: What do you tell your boyfriend?
Detective Olivia Benson: I don't have one actually, once they find out what I do, the ones that don't pull away immediately get too interested and want to know all the sickening details.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I guess it's easier on the men's side.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, Fin doesn't talk about his personal life at work, Elliot doesn't talk about his work at home, and Munch has just given up.

Dr. Melinda Warner: [during Brianna Lewis's autopsy] She was injected with Versed, a powerful sedative that paralyzes.
Detective Olivia Benson: But doesn't knock you out. Brianna would've felt everything going on, but couldn't move to resist.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Wait a minute. How can you go into labor if you're paralyzed?
Dr. Melinda Warner: Pitocin causes the cervix to dilate.
Detective Olivia Benson: Which pregnant women produce naturally.
Dr. Melinda Warner: But I found evidence of a synthetic form in the anal cavity. I'd say your perp incapacitated her with the Versed and then gave her a Pitocin suppository to induce labor...
Detective Elliot Stabler: And then ripped the baby right out of her.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Casey] Who the hell are you?
Detective Elliot Stabler: That's our new ADA. Casey Novak, Olivia Benson. Olivia, this is Casey Novak.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Do I know you?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, shortstop, cop's team. Come here.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Oh, right. Didn't recognize you when you weren't covered in my dust.

Detective Olivia Benson: [When Elliot and Olivia speak to a young girl who was sexually assaulted] Molly, we found the man that did it.
Molly Stratton: Good. I hope they kill him in jail.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Actually, he's not in jail yet.
Molly Stratton: Why not?
Detective Elliot Stabler: The law lets us pursue someone for only so long and we caught this guy a little too late.
Molly Stratton: You guys suck.
[walks off]
Detective Olivia Benson: I hate to do this to her.
Detective Elliot Stabler: It's for her.

Alicia Hahn: [When an 8-year-old girl tries to identify her assailant] I don't know.
Trevor Langan: Good enough for me.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Take your time, Alicia. It's very important.
Detective Olivia Benson: [to Novak] Yeah, she knows that.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Novak about Alicia Hahn] Could you have been any tougher on that little girl like she hasn't already been traumatized enough?
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I'm sorry.
Detective Olivia Benson: Nobody thinks that they can do this at first.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I wanted straight homicides, you know? All the glory, no living victims.
Detective Olivia Benson: Lesson number one: nobody can handle the children.

Dr. Melinda Warner: [When it's discovered during Dr. Newlands' autopsy that he put a tube of blood in his arm]
[about how Dr. Newlands put the tube in his arm]
Dr. Melinda Warner: He could have given himself a local, inserted the tube and stitched himself back up.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Why would he do that?
Dr. George Huang: To beat a paternity test.
Detective Olivia Benson: Son of a bitch. Newlands was the father of Brianna's baby. He put somebody else's blood in that tube.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Hold on a minute, hold on. You have professional people taking blood out of his arm. Wouldn't they notice that?
Dr. Melinda Warner: You only have to roll your sleeve up to the elbow. The scar would've been hidden.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Thought I'd seen everything.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Star-Struck Victims (#17.16)" (2016)
[last lines]
Mike Dodds: Am I interrupting?
Amanda Rollins: Yeah.
Olivia Benson: No. Rollins and I are done.
[Rollins leaves, and Dodds shuts the door]
Olivia Benson: She just stood there and she lied to my face. And I don't know what to tell your father, because she swears that she didn't leak the video.
Mike Dodds: I believe her.
Olivia Benson: Why?
Mike Dodds: Because I know who did. Don't worry. It can't be traced.
Olivia Benson: What are you telling me?
Mike Dodds: I don't want to put you between me and my father, so you might want to stop asking questions.
Olivia Benson: Okay.
Mike Dodds: [turning to leave] Bobby D'Amico got what he deserved. Told you I never liked the guy.

Dominick Carisi Jr.: [to Kristi] Did you have consensual sex with Bobby?
Kristi Cryer: Just oral.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: And then what happened?
Kristi Cryer: Noel came in like he knew we were there.
Amanda Rollins: And you were okay with that?
Kristi Cryer: Not really, but Bobby asked if Noel could join us and I said no, and then Bobby said, "Look at those puppy eyes. You hurt his feelings."
Rafael Barba: That's too cheesy for her to make up.
Deputy Chief William Dodds: How do we know that? I'm not sure this girl has any grip on reality at all.
Olivia Benson: Please?

Mike Dodds: [about Kristi's rape allegation] I know this looks bad.
Deputy Chief William Dodds: Bad? She's a train wreck.
Mike Dodds: Dad.
Olivia Benson: Look, she's not the most credible victim, but I definitely think something happened to her.
Rafael Barba: Probably a lot of things. It's a they-said, she-said. She changed her story and she went on dancing after the alleged assault.
Amanda Rollins: None of that means she wasn't raped.
Olivia Benson: Well, nobody's saying that.
Amanda Rollins: The Chief is, actually.
Deputy Chief William Dodds: [to Barba] Counselor.
Rafael Barba: Mm-hmm?
Deputy Chief William Dodds: If the jury sees an attention-seeking vlogger pull a TV star into the bathroom and then sees her partying ten minutes after she was supposedly raped, how would that play?
Rafael Barba: Not well.
Amanda Rollins: We've taken on tougher cases.
Rafael Barba: We have to pick our battles.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: Rollins, this girl's story is compromised.
Mike Dodds: All right, hold up. What if we find a pattern?
Rafael Barba: That's up to the lieutenant.
Deputy Chief William Dodds: Actually, it's up to me. There's a difference between proactivity and harassment.
Olivia Benson: Okay, so what do you propose that I say to this girl?
Deputy Chief William Dodds: Tell her we're sorry, but the D.A. won't move forward. Get her a ride home.

Olivia Benson: [to Bobby about Kristi] What did she say, exactly, when Noel walked in?
Bobby D'Amico: Her exact words?
Olivia Benson: Yes.
Bobby D'Amico: I don't know. Her head was in my lap.
Olivia Benson: Excuse me?

Rafael Barba: [after Rollins goes undercover to catch Bobby D'Amico & Noel Panko in the act] You used yourself as bait?
Amanda Rollins: Uh, yeah. Dodds said if we didn't catch these two in the act, then they were gonna walk.
Olivia Benson: Oh, so this was his idea? And now I have to hear from your father, the Deputy Chief, that two members of my squad went completely rogue on me.
Mike Dodds: We're here now. This is pretty damning video.
Rafael Barba: Except it's more prejudicial than probative, and they'd already invoked their right to counsel.
Dominick Carisi Jr.: All right, well, technically cops are not allowed to talk to them without their lawyers present, right? What if while the cops are illegally talking to them, they commit a crime?
Rafael Barba: That's fun question for a bar exam.

Rafael Barba: [to Kristi] Right now, we need to find out just what kind of a witness you'd be.
Kristi Cryer: I always tell the truth.
Rafael Barba: [scoffs] Seriously?
Kristi Cryer: Why did you even ask me down here? What, to tell me it's impossible?
Rafael Barba: We asked you down here to give you a taste of what a trial's gonna be like.
Olivia Benson: Look, you didn't tell us the whole truth. You vlogged public accusations. Now, we understand that you were frustrated, but that looks bad.
Rafael Barba: The defense is gonna attack your misstatements, your lifestyle, your penchant for publicity.
Kristi Cryer: I didn't get myself raped so I could put it online. What those two did in that bathroom is the worst thing that has ever happened to me. I want to look them in the eye while the jury hears what they did to me.

Amanda Rollins: [after a video of Bobby D'Amico is leaked to the media] Liv, I swear to God, I did not leak that video.
Olivia Benson: So I'm supposed to believe you now? You went undercover without informing me. This is another example of you asking for forgiveness instead of permission.
Amanda Rollins: But I... Liv, wait, wait. I've no, no, no. I'm not asking for forgiveness because I didn't do anything.
Olivia Benson: Please stop.
Amanda Rollins: The defense, the judge, Barba all had access to that video. Literally dozens of people could have turned it over.
Olivia Benson: We know the defense didn't do it, Amanda, so I hope you're not seriously suggesting that it was Barba.
Amanda Rollins: Well, I just know it wasn't me.
Olivia Benson: You know, I thought that things would change after you had Jesse. I thought that you would think before you acted. I was hoping to get past my trust issues with you and now this.
Amanda Rollins: I swear on my baby girl that I did not do this.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Turmoil (#11.8)" (2009)
Olivia Benson: [recounting a victim's story about being raped in a bathroom] I can tell you right now that no girl has ever wanted her first time to be next to a toilet.

Olivia Benson: [to Danny Proctor] Hope that's soda you're guzzling.
Danny Proctor: I already have a mom, bitch.

Olivia Benson: [after a scandalous picture of Nikki Sherman is discovered on the Internet] This doesn't mean that she wasn't raped.
Odafin Tutuola: You think the jury's going to buy her story or this photo?

Alexandra Cabot: You have just shown me a photo that is going to make the jury think that our rape victim is a liar. What are you going to do about that?
Olivia Benson: Question Nikki about it.
Alexandra Cabot: Don't bother. I will do the interview myself.
Elliot Stabler: That's up to you. The State Bar's not breathing down my neck.
Alexandra Cabot: Because you missed the photo.
Elliot Stabler: All right.
Alexandra Cabot: I don't suppose you forgot Nikki's recant statement as well.
Elliot Stabler: No, Counselor, not a chance.
Alexandra Cabot: We are being watched. Anything you do against protocol stacks the deck.
Elliot Stabler: You don't get it. I don't care.

Elliot Stabler: [after Dickie is found assaulting a homeless man] I'm taking him home.
Olivia Benson: Elliot. Elliot, stop. Your son just assaulted a man with a 2-x-4. There's no way that he's going home. Don't make this worse than it already is.

Dickie Stabler: [to Olivia] I'm not stupid. I know where you're going. My dad does this all the time when he's trying to get personal. How about you? Ever sleep with your partner, Detective?
Olivia Benson: Never. Are we done playing games?

Olivia Benson: [to Cabot] You're so busy telling us how to do our jobs, you forgot to do your own.
Alexandra Cabot: Did you talk to Nikki Sherman?
Olivia Benson: Damn right. I put in a formal request for a new A.D.A.
Alexandra Cabot: On what grounds?
Olivia Benson: Professional ethics. You sacrificed a rape victim to save your own ass.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Dissonant Voices (#15.7)" (2013)
A.D.A. Pippa Cox: Consistent, specific details. Seems credible. So we believe Jonah?
Olivia Benson: Jonah was adamant that Jackie did something, you know, "wrong."
A.D.A. Pippa Cox: Did you guys get anything from the parents?
Odafin Tutuola: Parents hate each other, but I don't see either one of them coaching the kid to lie.
Amanda Rollins: The sister, Brooke, she's fifteen. She told me Jonah disclosed to her two weeks ago and she also said that he does make things up.
A.D.A. Pippa Cox: Any history with this guy?
Amanda Rollins: No. Jackie's clean. He's not in the registry, no record, not even any legal issues.
A.D.A. Pippa Cox: What did the doctor say?
Amanda Rollins: She said there were no signs of STDs and sexual abuse is inconclusive.
Olivia Benson: Jonah said that Jackie used a magic egg to tickle him. He didn't say anything about penetration.
A.D.A. Pippa Cox: What do you mean magic egg?
Olivia Benson: [while showing Cox the picture Jonah drew] He drew that purple oval. He said that Walker keeps it with the rhythm instruments.
A.D.A. Pippa Cox: It's enough for probable cause. I'll get a warrant. Call CSU.
Amanda Rollins: CSU? Come on, do we have to make a show out of this?
Odafin Tutuola: Amanda, you worrying about that school?
Amanda Rollins: No. Jackie Walker. He's an openly gay male teacher, he's a celebrity. He gets accused of pedophilia? I mean, the charges may go away, but the stain won't.

Olivia Benson: [about Jackie Walker during his arrangement] He can't make bail, seriously?
Amanda Rollins: He was only on that show for a year. Before that, he was a music teacher.
Olivia Benson: This is a classic predator move. He wants everyone to feel sorry for him. Nothing's his fault.

Dr. Peter Lindstrom: [to Olivia] You've spent so much of your life taking care of others, yet this last week, I found myself thinking, all these sessions, you've never mentioned your parents.
Olivia Benson: Hmm.
Dr. Peter Lindstrom: I couldn't help but wonder when you were a little girl, did someone take care of you?

Rafael Barba: Cooper was coached to lie by Brooke?
Olivia Benson: And it's most likely that Jonah was, too.
Amanda Rollins: Cooper mixed up the details. He conflated his home bathroom with that of the school's.
A.D.A. Pippa Cox: What about the other eight complainants? Brooke and Rachel coached them, too?
Amanda Rollins: No, we're not saying that, but you know these mothers. They text with each other 24/7. I mean, a kid gets lice, everybody knows who it is within half an hour.
Rafael Barba: But we're not talking about lice here.
Amanda Rollins: I know that, but people get themselves all worked up and it ends up taking on a life of its own.

Olivia Benson: [about Jackie Walker] Brooke and Rachel set him up. They coached their brothers to lie. I mean, that's hardball, even for teenagers.
Amanda Rollins: Yeah, but Brooke's seen her mother play hardball in the divorce. I mean, kids, you think they're not paying attention. They don't miss anything.

Amanda Rollins: [to Jackie Walker] I know you don't want to hear any more apologies. I'm sorry.
Jackie Walker: You're sorry? Is that supposed to make it right?
Olivia Benson: I can't imagine...
Jackie Walker: No, you can't.
Amanda Rollins: Mr. Walker, if you want us to talk with the school...
Jackie Walker: Haven't you done enough? You all dragged me into this. I told you from the beginning that I had nothing to do with it, that I was innocent and you didn't believe me. You wouldn't even listen to my side!
Amanda Rollins: We will work hard to clear your name.
Jackie Walker: Clear my name? My name is ruined. It was front page news when you charged me! You see any cameras out there today? I'll never teach again. My life is over.
Rafael Barba: Mr. Walker...
Jackie Walker: And those two girls. When do they get charged?
Rafael Barba: The D.A. has agreed to let them take a plea. For misdemeanor obstruction, they'll do one year's probation.
[Jackie scoffs]
Amanda Rollins: Probation? Are you kidding me?
Rafael Barba: We can't take this to trial. The girls won't testify against each other. The only way to make a case is to put two four-year-old boys on the stand to testify against their sisters. Those boys are damaged enough as it is.
Jackie Walker: They're damaged? Heh. I see.
Amanda Rollins: Mr. Walker...
Jackie Walker: [holds his hand up] No! Get away from me. Just get away.
[walks off]

Olivia Benson: I keep going over it in my head. Those kids did not sound coached.
Detective Nick Amaro: We had the DNA. We were just doing our job.
Rafael Barba: People lie, people make mistakes, people get hurt. This comes with the territory.
Amanda Rollins: No, you guys can keep telling yourselves whatever you want. This didn't have to happen.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Spiraling Down (#13.10)" (2011)
Olivia Benson: [while talking to Nick about her date] So he doesn't share food, he split the check and we missed the entire opening number.
Detective Nick Amaro: So receding hair? Academic? Checkered shirt?
Olivia Benson: D, all of the above. You're good.
Detective Nick Amaro: That's what I do.

Detective Nick Amaro: [as the detectives head to a hotel to find a runaway teenage girl] Deja vu. Busted up a heroin ring here in '08.
Olivia Benson: Some places are like people. They never change.

Olivia Benson: Vicki, what Tre did to you. that's not love. Your parents, they love you.
Vicki Harris: My dad came home from a tour in Iraq and signed up for another one just to get away from us.

Detective Nick Amaro: [about Vicki Harris] This girl's been turned out for two weeks, forced to have sex with dozens of men...
Alexandra Cabot: Relax, we're not charging her and we've got the pimp. We've got enough to put him away on sex trafficking charges for 25 years.
Olivia Benson: What about the johns? What about Tre's friends?
Odafin Tutuola: She is underage, so every single one of them's a rapist under the law.
Alexandra Cabot: Don't start that again.

Bayard Ellis: [to Olivia] Hypothetically, have you told the suspect's wife to call me?
Olivia Benson: Hypothetically.
Bayard Ellis: I would ask why risk losing your badge for a man you'd just arrested for a terrible crime?

Alexandra Cabot: [after Jake Stanton testifies in court] Well, that was ugly.
Olivia Benson: Ellis was just doing his job. Stanton is not competent. I tried to warn you.
Alexandra Cabot: Warn me? You walked me right into it. You wanted a sting operation. You wanted to prosecute all the johns for rape.
Olivia Benson: The guilty ones. Stanton...
Alexandra Cabot: You don't get to cherry pick. What are we supposed to do, prosecute some of the Johns and not Stanton? What kind of message does that send? That the DA's office gives sports stars a free pass? You want justice for her, you want compassion for him. You can't have it both ways, Olivia. The world doesn't work that way.
Olivia Benson: Alex...
Alexandra Cabot: And I don't even want to know how Ellis showed up in your squad room.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Assaulting Reality (#17.21)" (2016)
Olivia Benson: [glancing at "Heart's Desire" on TV] I'm sorry, can you turn this off?
Ed Tucker: Or just throw the TV out.
Olivia Benson: Who actually watches this show?

Odafin Tutuola: Maybe you guys were distracted, but, uh, reality shows are all fake. You know that, right?
Amanda Rollins: Not last night. They want drama. They want fairy tales. They don't want rape, and you saw they cut away as soon as Melanie started to freak out.
Olivia Benson: Did she report it?
Amanda Rollins: Who knows if the producers let her make a call? They don't allow access to the outside world.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Yeah, it's like Stockholm syndrome. I mean, with all these headlines, plus the amount of calls we're getting from concerned viewers, including the Chief of D's wife...
Amanda Rollins: We should at least just go and ask a few questions.
Olivia Benson: Okay, so go talk to Melanie, but I'm interested in our reality, not theirs.

Rafael Barba: This girl didn't realize she was raped until she saw it on live TV?
Olivia Benson: I know, I know.
Rafael Barba: I get the "she said". What's the "he said"?

Rafael Barba: Hey. What'd I miss?
Odafin Tutuola: Melanie's a liar and NYPD screwed up.
Olivia Benson: [sarcastic] Yeah, I can't wait to see who the heroes are.

Jeffrey Prince: [Barba plays an incriminating video file] She filmed this? Is that even legal?
Rafael Barba: You put cameras in Melanie's hotel room without her knowledge and then aired it on national TV. That's a felony.
Olivia Benson: Not to mention your little cover-up. That's another felony. Aiding and abetting a rape? That puts you on the registry.
Regina Prince: Oh, come on. You... you can't be serious.
Rafael Barba: We are. What's that other show? "Let's Make a Deal"?

Melanie Connor: I don't know what I'm gonna do when I get home. I feel lost.
Olivia Benson: That's normal. It takes time, Melanie. But you will get through this, I promise.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Tortured (#4.16)" (2003)
Detective Elliot Stabler: There's blood on the boot, maybe it's the perp's.
Detective Olivia Benson: I'll get an evidence bag.
Detective Elliot Stabler: [unzips boot] Liv! The blood isn't the perp's it's our victim's...
Detective Olivia Benson: [to the canvas cops] Guys, anybody find a severed foot?

Detective Elliot Stabler: I'm not buying it. Kathy didn't come home all night, I'd be out looking for her.
Detective Olivia Benson: That's you.
Detective Elliot Stabler: That's everybody.
Detective Olivia Benson: That's bull. How many times have we been working on a case and Kathy doesn't hear from you?
Detective Elliot Stabler: That's different. I'm on the job.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Preston Bennett] Kunsong screaming bloody murder in the middle of the night on a regular basis.
Detective Elliot Stabler: How's that open to interpretation?
Preston Bennett: She had nightmares! She tried everything, even sleeping upright in a chair. Still, she'd wake up thinking she was back in Tibet. The nightmares were so real, even with me holding her, she couldn't stop screaming.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, someone shut her up with a wire across her vocal chords.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Paulie about the couch that he stole] You don't strike me as a floral, shabby-chic kind of guy.
Paulie Obregano: I'm not. That's why I sold it. It belonged to my ex.
Detective Olivia Benson: Now why would she leave a catch like you?
Paulie Obregano: Cause she's a whore and she found a fatter wallet.

Detective Olivia Benson: Jerry, your mother's used to taking out her frustrations on somebody. Now who's that person gonna be when you're out of the house?

Mrs. Krug: [about Jerry] I didn't make him the way that he is. There's always something wrong with him. I did everything I could to fix it.
Detective Olivia Benson: With blows to the head?
Mrs. Krug: Nothing else worked! You don't know what he put me through! Oh, don't look at me like that. I am not the one that's sick.
[to her customers as she is being arrested]
Mrs. Krug: You know me. You know that I'm a good mother. You tell them that I'm a good mother! Tell them!


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Signature (#9.12)" (2008)
Olivia Benson: [to Lauren] Why did Dr. Tillman kill himself?
FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: Why does any cop eat his gun? I grew up in a group home. Carl recruited me in my junior year of college. Working with him was like having a father for the first time. You know what I mean?
Olivia Benson: No, I don't.
FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: Job's your family?
Olivia Benson: Yeah.

Olivia Benson: [about Amy Doe] She's not gonna make it, Lauren. We need to find her family.
FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: [crying] What if she doesn't have one?
Olivia Benson: You okay?
FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: [crying] No. Like I said, I'm not used to dealing with victims.

FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: [to Olivia] Must get a lot of confessions in here. Can't wait to unburden the soul, confirm your deepest suspicions. They want absolution, they wanna be able to sleep at night.
Olivia Benson: Can you sleep at night, Lauren?
FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: I sleep just fine.

Olivia Benson: [to Lauren] You stalked Moore, you killed him and then you left his last victim to die.
FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: That's not true.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, well, your little act may have worked on your precious mentor, but I'm gonna tell you something, I'm not buying it.
FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: Leave Tillman out of this
Olivia Benson: How can I? This whole thing is about Tillman. He put a bullet in his brain because he couldn't take the stress and now you put one in Moore because you wanted to make him pay.
FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: You must be pretty desperate to use a bush-league tactic like that.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, well, you seem pretty rattled by it. I can see you don't like me talking about him. Now just exactly how close were you two?
FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: He was like a father to me.
Olivia Benson: Oh, is that what they're calling it now?
FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: I swear If you publicly malign Dr. Tillman in any way, I guarantee the federal building will fall on you like a ton of bricks.

Olivia Benson: Where's the gun, Mrs. Tillman?
Mrs. Tillman: I gave it to Lauren as a keepsake. I don't like guns. I never have.
Detective Chester Lake: We'll need you to sign a statement.
Mrs. Tillman: I'm well aware of what you need, young man, but you're not going to get it.
Olivia Benson: You could be charged with obstruction, withholding information from the police...
Mrs. Tillman: How about accessory after the fact? You might even make a conspiracy case if you tried.
Olivia Benson: Sounds like you helped Lauren plan the murder.
Mrs. Tillman: No, I didn't.
Detective Chester Lake: Then why won't you cooperate?
Mrs. Tillman: My husband obsessed over the Woodsman. Every victim he killed took a little bit more out of Carl. It crushed him. He never would have let that vicious killer sit in a cushy cell for the rest of his life. I guess Lauren felt the same way.
Olivia Benson: Did Agent Cooper tell you that she was gonna use your husband's gun to shoot Larry Moore?
Mrs. Tillman: I won't lie, but I certainly won't help you put her away.

FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: [to Olivia] Proud of yourself?
Olivia Benson: I would have been proud to help you collar the bastard who murdered 24 women. That would have satisfied me.
FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: That wasn't enough.
Olivia Benson: Why not?
FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: You know why. How many dead babies have you stood over? How many rape victims? You can't tell me you never wanted to put your gun under the bastard's chin who raped a 2-year-old.
Olivia Benson: I have too much to lose.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Girls Disappeared (#16.1)" (2014)
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: [First appearance] They shot at cops right outside the station? So, they want us to know they're crazy.
Olivia Benson: You must be my new detective.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Dominick Carisi Jr. Call me Sonny. I brought zeppoli.
Olivia Benson: I asked for an experienced, emphatic detective and... and they send you?
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: I'm way experienced, sensitive and moody too. And I can do that whole empathy thing.
Amanda Rollins: Where are you from?
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Uh, Staten Island SVU for two months, Brooklyn for almost a month and then Queens last week.
Olivia Benson: So they love you wherever you go, Carisi?
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Call me Sonny. I was supposed to start tomorrow, but I heard about the shooting over the scanner, so I came in.

Olivia Benson: [to Carisi] What are you, an immigration lawyer?
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Halfway there. Night school, Fordham Law. I just did a term paper on "T" non-immigrant status. She's a good candidate.
Olivia Benson: So you did a paper and now you told her that you have pull?
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: It doesn't actually matter if I'm actually telling the truth. I mean, I got her to believe I am.
Olivia Benson: Look, that may work in Staten Island, but that's not how we do things here, okay?
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: My apologies, sergeant.

Little Tino: [to Olivia] Why are you so worried about that dead whore? It worked out pretty good for you.
Olivia Benson: Excuse me?
Little Tino: I heard you got a baby out of it.
Olivia Benson: Where did you hear that?
Little Tino: You love that little baby?
Rafael Barba: Are you stupid enough to threaten a sergeant's family in front of a DA when he's offering you a deal?

Alminia Aguilar: [to Fin and Olivia] Oh, hell, no. You're not going in to see my son.
Olivia Benson: This is police business, Ms. Aguilar, okay? Step aside.
Alminia Aguilar: Like hell. You set up my baby. He talks to you again, he's dead.
Odafin Tutuola: He didn't talk and they already tried to kill him. You want to keep him alive, tell us who his boss is.
Alminia Aguilar: I don't know.
Olivia Benson: I guess there's nothing else to talk about.

Luna Garcia: [to Carisi] How's my application for "T" status going?
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: I'm working on it.
Olivia Benson: [about Selena] Luna, do you know her?
Luna Garcia: Everybody knows Selena. She's in charge of us.
Olivia Benson: So she's the enforcer?
Luna Garcia: Yes, but now she thinks she's better because she works for them. She used to be like us. She tells me it's my fault I'm a whore.
Olivia Benson: Your fault?
Luna Garcia: She asks how could I be so stupid? In our village, Vargas, every girl knew it could happen and I did what my mother said. I never wore makeup, I tried to look ugly, no dresses and when the Narcos come, you hide.
Olivia Benson: It's okay.
Luna Garcia: One day, I was hiding with my kitten when she ran away. I climbed out after her and they took me just after my first communion.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Luna, why did you say "our village?"
Luna Garcia: Selena was one of the first girls taken. Everybody knew her story. She was at the market one day with her mother and she let go of her mama's hand. And that was it. And everybody knew she got taken to Tenancingo. Same place I got taken.

Olivia Benson: [to Noah] I got good news, sweetheart. The man that hurt your mama is never, ever gonna hurt anybody again. It's over. It's okay now. I love you.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Secrets Exhumed (#14.14)" (2013)
Detective Olivia Benson: FBI Agent Lewis, this is my partner, Detective Nick Amaro.
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: Nice to meet you, sunshine.
Detective Nick Amaro: You, too. Hey, can I ask what the FBI's interest is in a New York cold case?
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: We think he's a serial. He's our prime suspect in three other rape/murders - Sacramento, Philadelphia, Washington, besides two in New York.
Detective Nick Amaro: But the DNA matched a Manhattan case, makes it ours. And these aren't federal crimes.
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: How about we work together on this?
Detective Olivia Benson: Just so you know, Nick, when she asks, it's not really a question.
Detective Nick Amaro: Yeah, I'm getting that.

Odafin Tutuola: I don't wanna move.
Detective Olivia Benson: It's 6 feet, Fin.
Donald Cragen: You're all still too complacent. I've said before, I'll say it again. It's a new year, I wanna shake things up.
Odafin Tutuola: I like my old desk.
Detective Nick Amaro: Well, we can get you a grief counselor.

Detective Olivia Benson: South Florida. I gotta say, it's overrated.
Detective Nick Amaro: What, the sun, the coffee, people?
Detective Olivia Benson: The heat, the bugs.
Detective Nick Amaro: Really? That Cuban sandwich?
Detective Olivia Benson: Not so much.
Detective Nick Amaro: I didn't hear you complain about the Bahamas.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Brian Traymor] Brian, let me ask you something. That bus that hit you broke your spinal cord. It didn't just cripple you. It made you impotent. You've had 25 years to think about that accident. You ever think it was karma?

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Amaro about Agent Lewis's involvement in Kira Stanger's death] Nick, listen to me. Dana is not involved. She's as dedicated a law enforcement officer as I am.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Agent Lewis] No wonder you spent so much time undercover, because you were running away from yourself, Dana, from what you had done. It must've been so hard to keep that horrible secret locked up inside of you. It's time now. You gotta let it go. You're right, I do know you and I know that you didn't go over there planning to do this. Just let that go.
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: I we... I went over. I just wanted... I just wanted to tell her that he wasn't any more in love with her than he was with me, that he was using both of us. She said sh... she felt sorry for me, but that they were meant to be, and that when she told him that she was pregnant, that he got down on his knees and asked her to marry him and that he looked so happy! That's how you found out. And I-I don't even know what happened next. I mean, I came to I looked down, there was a body lying right in front of me, and she looked so pretty. And I remember thinking, God, until that one moment, I bet that little girl never had anything go wrong in her whole life.
Detective Nick Amaro: But she was gone, and the only life worth saving was your own, so you staged the crime scene.
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: I guess I did. I don't remember. I was just so familiar with all Brian's patterns. I guess I was just on autopilot. I'm sorry. Olivia, I'm sorry.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Devastating Story (#16.18)" (2015)
Olivia Benson: [to Noah, after hearing about a rape epidemic at Hudson University] Okay, Noah, just to be clear, you are not going to Hudson University.

Rafael Barba: [to Olivia] Why is Heather even giving an interview? She's gone from reluctant witness to being on every news show in 48 hours.
Olivia Benson: Once you tell your story, it can be empowering. The floodgates open.
Rafael Barba: They opened and let in two extra assailants.

Professor Jessica Dillon: [to Olivia] I hope, going forward, that we can kick apart their stories, not Heather's.
Olivia Benson: We can, and we will. And I hope, going forward, Heather, that you'll stop talking to the press and at rallies about this so we can do our job. You understand?
Heather Manning: There's only one problem with that.
Olivia Benson: Which is what?
Heather Manning: I'm supposed to go on Anderson Cooper and Rachel Maddow tonight.
Olivia Benson: Heather, you're going to have to cancel those.
Professor Jessica Dillon: That's impossible. It's it's too late. These issues are finally being brought to national attention. The whole country is waking up to the rape epidemic on our campuses.
Olivia Benson: I thought that you said that you wanted to bring your assailants to justice.
Heather Manning: I did say that. I do, but this is so much more than that now. I'm the face of a movement.

Odafin Tutuola: [to Olivia] Barba's hanging by a string and Dodds is hanging you out to dry.
Olivia Benson: I don't blame him. We moved too fast. We didn't vet it hard enough.
Odafin Tutuola: It's not on us. It's not even on that haircut. It's on Heather. She straight-out lied to us.
Olivia Benson: Fin.
[the detectives turn around to see Heather walk in the squad room]

Heather Manning: Once the story got out there, I had all these survivors coming to me and disclosing, counting on me to be their strength. I couldn't just take back my story.
Olivia Benson: But your story wasn't true, Heather.
Heather Manning: Brian may think he didn't rape me, but we were both drunk. Professor Dillon told me that that means that I wasn't capable of consenting. She also said that once I passed out, there's no way to know what happened to me. I could have been gang-raped.
Olivia Benson: But we can't make that case.
Heather Manning: What about Connor? I know he raped me. Brian left and I was passed out. I was half-naked and then I came to because Connor was raping me, hard, violent.
Olivia Benson: Did anybody else see?
Heather Manning: Yes. Brian came in. He saw everything and then he just turned and walked away. Like you're doing now.
Olivia Benson: I believe you, Heather, but a jury is going to have reasonable doubt.
Heather Manning: So that's it? I have to go to school every day and see my rapist?
Olivia Benson: I'm sorry, Heather. I'm sorry about all of it and if there was something I could do to go back and change it, I would, but at this point, there's nothing we can do.

President Roberts: We had an incident last night. The first thing the accused said to campus security was, "She's lying just like Heather Manning."
Olivia Benson: I don't blame Heather. Skip Peterson and Professor Dillon, they pressured her into coming forward. They thought this would be the case that would change rape culture and it did. It set the clock back 30 years.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Child's Welfare (#13.16)" (2012)
Donald Cragen: [to Olivia after Simon comes to see her] Anything you want to tell me?
Olivia Benson: It's complicated. I have a niece.
Donald Cragen: Congratulations. What does he want from you? Liv, the last time your brother showed up, he almost cost you your shield.
Olivia Benson: Captain, he was being framed.
Donald Cragen: So what does he want?
Olivia Benson: Look, he's the only family that I have.
Donald Cragen: And believe me, he knows it. You watch your step.

Simon Marsden: This is crazy. They dropped the pot charge. How can they keep my kids?
Bayard Ellis: The smoking gun theory. Possession is considered evidence that other abuse and neglect could be going on.
Tracy Harrison: What's going to happen with Ty and Olivia? They're in a foster home, they're scared...
Olivia Benson: We're gonna fight this, Tracy.
Simon Marsden: Yeah, right. They will not let us keep our kids no matter what.
Olivia Benson: Simon, nobody's talking about quitting here, okay? You got to trust me on this.
Simon Marsden: Liv, you know what I've been through. What, now you're telling me I should trust the system?

Olivia Benson: [to Ellis] I'm so sorry that Simon got...
Bayard Ellis: No, I don't blame him. The city of New York stripping children from their parents' arms is a clear abuse of government power.
Olivia Benson: So what can we do?
Bayard Ellis: I've been reviewing Judge Suarez's decisions. In cases involving one or two minority parents, she's upheld the removal of the children. She's ruled the other way involving two white parents. I'm trying to set up a hearing, get her ruling overturned.
Olivia Benson: Do you want Simon there?
Bayard Ellis: Only if you can keep him calm. Blowing up in court is not going to help.

Donald Cragen: [to Cragen] Captain, what's going on?
Olivia Benson: When's the last time you talked to your brother?
Donald Cragen: He's been calling me, but I didn't pick up.
Olivia Benson: Do you know where he is?
Donald Cragen: I have no idea. What's going on?
Donald Cragen: Simon and his fiancee just kidnapped the children from foster care. There's an Amber Alert out for them. He's been calling you? I'm gonna need your phone. You don't have a choice here, Liv.

Olivia Benson: You want to be a good father, Simon. Grow up.

Olivia Benson: [to Simon] So Ellis worked out a deal between Children's Services and the D.A.'s office. They'll reduce the kidnapping to custodial interfence: a misdemeanor.
Simon Marsden: So that's good, right?
Olivia Benson: Yes. You only have to serve 60 days.
Simon Marsden: And what about the kids? Wait, shouldn't Tracy be here?
Olivia Benson: Simon, Tracy had to get her own lawyer. They had to separate the cases. It was the only way for Tracy to regain custody.
Simon Marsden: Her... wait, what are you saying?
Bayard Ellis: One of the conditions for reducing your charges is that you give up your custody petition.
Simon Marsden: Give up my daughter?
Bayard Ellis: The judge ruled that you can only visit your children in a supervised setting for the next three years. You'll have to move out of the apartment, get your own place.
Simon Marsden: Wait, what? Are you kidding? This is the best that he could do?
Olivia Benson: Simon, it's better than your daughter visiting you in jail. You were looking at 25 years.
Bayard Ellis: The judge will reconsider the term at the end of the year if you don't violate your parole and...
Simon Marsden: Wait... and Tracy went along with this? No, we're getting married.
Bayard Ellis: Not right now, son. She needs some time.
Simon Marsden: So that's it? I really thought I could get it right this time.
Olivia Benson: I know. Me too.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Outcry (#6.5)" (2004)
Detective Olivia Benson: Tandi is too young and too traumatized to think for herself right now.
Elliot Stabler: So you're thinking for her, is that it?
Detective Olivia Benson: What else could I do?
[Elliot says nothing]

Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia] Social Services Law? What was that crap?
Detective Olivia Benson: If Tandi goes home, we lose our evidence. Bastard gets away with it and he rapes another kid.
Elliot Stabler: Liv, you crossed the line.
Elliot Stabler: That girl is too young and too scared to think for herself.
Elliot Stabler: So you're gonna think for her now, huh?
Detective Olivia Benson: What else could I do?

Detective Olivia Benson: Elliot, don't beat yourself up over this.
Elliot Stabler: The bastards put that kid in a coma, they out Tandi as a rape victim, I helped them do it.
Detective Olivia Benson: The press says that Tandi's a public figure. That makes her fair game. There's nothing that you can do about it.
Elliot Stabler: Oh, yeah?

Detective Olivia Benson: [after hearing Tandi has been arrested for filing a false police report] You arrested a rape victim?
Donald Cragen: She said she wasn't raped. Tandi McCain has done nothing but lie and she nearly got an innocent kid killed in the process. We have to send a message.
Detective Olivia Benson: What, by dragging a teenager out of her home?
Elliot Stabler: Look, Liv, every false allegation of rape just makes it harder for the real victims to be believed.
Detective Olivia Benson: Look, the girl obviously didn't know what she was doing.
Donald Cragen: She seemed clear enough when she recanted on national TV.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Tandi] You must feel like a giant weight was lifted off you since you went on TV and said that the rape didn't happen.
Tandi McCain: It didn't! I made it up!
Detective Olivia Benson: A lot of rape victims say that. They start down one road and then they realize how tough it is and they back off. It's easier to say that you made it all up.
Tandi McCain: I told you nothing happened.
Detective Olivia Benson: But that's not true, is it, Tandi?
Tandi McCain: It is! Why don't you believe me?
Detective Olivia Benson: Because I saw the evidence. Because I saw the blood and the bruises. You were raped, Tandi. You blocked it all out, but it's gonna come back and you have to face it.
Tandi McCain: I don't want to face it.

Tandi McCain: [about testifying in court] What should I do?
Ronald McCain: I don't know, sweetheart.
[to Olivia]
Ronald McCain: What would you do?
Detective Olivia Benson: I think that has to be Tandi's decision, but I've known many rape victims who've regretted not going to court and I've never met one who's regretted it.
Ronald McCain: Win or lose?
Detective Olivia Benson: Yeah.
[to Tandi]
Detective Olivia Benson: Even if you do lose, you've already faced your attacker and named him for what he is.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Granting Immunity (#16.19)" (2015)
Nick Amaro: TARU should be able to find out which student link them
Olivia Benson: Then what? Arrest them? They're 15 years old
Odafin Tutuola: And white. And rich. It's not gonna happen. We all know it's true

Principal Hannah Schwartz: [to Olivia] I've gotten phone calls from parents threatening to sue for violation of their kids' civil rights.
Olivia Benson: You tell them that if we don't contain this now, there'll be images of their children on the internet for eternity.

Principal Hannah Schwartz: [to Olivia about Trudy Malko] She's got a lifestyle website. She reviews holistic treatments, herbal therapies. She's the queen bee of the Tribeca moms.
Olivia Benson: Well, there's one in every hive.

Olivia Benson: [When Olivia is called to Dr. Lee's office]
[to Dr. Lee about Noah]
Olivia Benson: He was exposed to measles? How?
Dr. Celia Lee: Another patient in the waiting room. And Noah may have been exposed. Let's not panic.
Olivia Benson: He was just vaccinated yesterday.
Dr. Celia Lee: Which is good, but the vaccine takes time to go into full effect. No fever so far. Also a good sign.
Olivia Benson: This patient that he was exposed to, was it Aiden Dole? He has an older brother, Gabriel.
Dr. Celia Lee: I'm sorry, I can't say.
Olivia Benson: Of course. I understand. So what now? Is there anything I can do preventative? I mean, with his respiratory issues?
Dr. Celia Lee: I'd like you to quarantine him at home. No exposure to other children. Adults who have been vaccinated are fine.
Olivia Benson: For how long?
Dr. Celia Lee: Eight days to start. I know that with your job, it will be difficult.
Olivia Benson: [as she picks up Noah] We'll do whatever we have to, right? Come here, little man. We'll do whatever we have to.

Trudy Malko: [to Olivia] So how is your son doing?
Olivia Benson: He's out of the woods.
Trudy Malko: This has been stressful for Colleen. I've always insisted that Gabriel be raised in ways that strengthen his natural immunity.
Olivia Benson: Is that why he was never vaccinated?
[Trudy doesn't answer]
Olivia Benson: We can subpoena a blood sample.
Trudy Malko: The risks of vaccination outweigh the benefits. When Gabriel was born, I tried to get a medical or religious exemption, but I couldn't get either one.
Olivia Benson: So that's why you had Dr. Setrakian lie on his records?
Trudy Malko: He believes parents should have the right to decide what's best for their children.
Rafael Barba: Did you recommend him to other families looking to get around the law?
Trudy Malko: The law is unjust. As a mother protecting my child, I can't tell you how many mothers thank me for what I'm doing.
Olivia Benson: Doing? So you're still steering parents to Dr. Setrakian? Okay, we're gonna need their names.
Trudy Malko: I won't betray them. The AMA, the CDC, the Board of Health, the Department of Education. They are the villains here. Go after them.
Olivia Benson: After them? You're encouraging other parents. You are endangering the health of every child in this city.
Trudy Malko: So this is personal? Because your son took ill, you and you are coming after me?
Rafael Barba: No, this has nothing to do with Sergeant Benson's son. You are openly flouting the law. This is reckless endangerment and we will stop you.

Olivia Benson: [while on her phone as she is leaving court] Okay, I'm on my way. Thank you.
Trudy Malko: Sergeant Benson, I was hoping to find you.
Olivia Benson: Ms. Malko, this really isn't a good time.
Trudy Malko: I know this is difficult for you, but your son will get through this. He'll never get measles again and he'll be stronger because his body did it all on its own.
Olivia Benson: You really don't want to get into this with me right now. My son is suffering. They're upping his antibiotics.
Trudy Malko: Overexposure to antibiotics may be why his immune system is so weak. That's another thing you should think about.
Olivia Benson: You may want to think about shutting your mouth. My son wouldn't have pneumonia if it weren't for you.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Closure (#1.10)" (2000)
Olivia Benson: He smells expensive
Capt. Donald Cragen: Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I ask you to smell the defendant.

Olivia Benson: Jane, you did the one thing you're supposed to do when somebody threatens you; survive.

Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia] How long you been sleeping with Cassidy?
Olivia Benson: Uh, I'm not.
Elliot Stabler: Your stomach just dropped two floors, Olivia. The unconscious does not lie
Olivia Benson: I'm not lying. Not much.

Brian Cassidy: [to Olivia] I wanna see you again.
Olivia Benson: Um, Cassidy, we went to Maloney's, we got drunk and I wanted it to happen as much as you did, but that's all I wanted to happen.
Brian Cassidy: This is about what happened at Harper's apartment. My doubting... not doubting, but my questioning you and questioning Harper. That was just a job, it wasn't personal.
Olivia Benson: You know what? Neither was last night.

Olivia Benson: [about Harper] God, what a mess.
Brian Cassidy: I don't know. Maybe he's not the guy who did her.
Harper Anderson: [enraged] Did me? The guy who did me? He raped me, you ass!

Olivia Benson: [to Harper] The truth is, everybody changes every day and some things are more devastating than others, but we never are the same. There are two ways to deal with these changes: you either accept them or you fight them like hell all the way.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Disabled (#11.17)" (2010)
Elliot Stabler: We can't start an investigation without a complaining witness.
Dr. Manning: This time you'll have to. The patient has a very aggressive form of multiple sclerosis. She's now a quadriplegic.
Olivia Benson: Can she speak?
Dr. Manning: No. So, unless the guy was a psychic, she can't consent and it's rape.

Odafin Tutuola: [to Damien] How much money did Janice take?
Damien Woods: Almost 60 grand.
Odafin Tutuola: Well, that sounds bad to me. What's she got to do to make you face it?
Damien Woods: My aunt doesn't blame her, so why should l? Growing up, they didn't have much, but whenever Cara needed something, she got it.
Olivia Benson: That doesn't give her the right to beat Cara with soap and skim her bank accounts.
Damien Woods: So what happens now?
Olivia Benson: Your mom is going to prison and unless you tell us the truth, a rapist goes free.

Executive A.D.A. Garrett Blaine: You think Griegs attacked a handicapped woman because he lost his job to a disabled man?
Elliot Stabler: Rape is about rage. Cara Raleigh was an easy target.
Executive A.D.A. Garrett Blaine: Motive's not enough.
Olivia Benson: The victim lD'd her rapist. Griegs had access to the Raleigh house key. What is your problem?
Executive A.D.A. Garrett Blaine: I can't sell it to a jury.
Donald Cragen: You just don't want to. It's too much hard work. You might even break a sweat.

Olivia Benson: [to Cara] I've been treating you like an invalid. Handling you with kid gloves. I won't make that mistake again. We found two more victims.
[shows her photos]
Olivia Benson: Beth Myers, Julie Anderson. You see, they can't testify, but you can.
[Cara blinks no]
Olivia Benson: No? You are the only witness with evidence of your attack. You have to speak for them.
[shows Cara a picture of herself]
Olivia Benson: What happened to this woman? Talented, fearless, passionate about everything. You've given up. Your sister's abuse is nothing compared to what you're doing to yourself. You think I'm a bitch, don't you?
[Cara blinks yes]
Olivia Benson: You're not the first. Are you willing to testify to put your rapist in jail?
[Cara blinks yes]
Olivia Benson: Yes. That's all I needed to hear. Now, let's work on getting you out of here.

Janice Raleigh: Why are you here, Damien?
Damien Woods: You're my mother. I don't want to see you locked up and neither does Aunt Cara.
Janice Raleigh: Could have fooled me.
Olivia Benson: Your sister is giving you a gift.
Janice Raleigh: She is trying to buy me off. If the price is my son, no deal.
Patrice La Rue: For once, do yourself a favor and just shut up.

Janice Raleigh: [to Cara] Don't expect me to be grateful. It's your fault I was arrested in the first place. You had it all. And I still had to take care of you like your damn maid, wiping your ass every day and bathing you.
Olivia Benson: You didn't have to. You wanted to. You needed to control your sister so she would suffer for your parents' choices. That stops now.
Janice Raleigh: You think you know me, bitch?
Olivia Benson: I know that your sister forgives you and trust me, someday, you're gonna want that.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Damaged (#4.11)" (2003)
Peter Kurtz: [to Olivia] Look, Detective, what aren't you telling me?
Olivia Benson: There's no easy way to say this. Rebecca's been sexually abused.
Peter Kurtz: What?
Olivia Benson: We're still investigating, but the doctor said that she'd tested positive for gonorrhea.
Peter Kurtz: Oh, God. How could this be happening?
Olivia Benson: In these kinds of cases, it's typically somebody who knew the victim.
Peter Kurtz: Well, then it must have been at school. I mean, she's there most of the day.
Olivia Benson: I understand that you're her primary caregiver?
Peter Kurtz: Yeah, I... You're accusing me of hurting Rebecca?
Olivia Benson: Sir, we're not accusing anyone.
Peter Kurtz: Yes, you are. You think I raped my daughter.
Olivia Benson: Mr. Kurtz. It's my job to rule everyone out. Now, you'd really help us out if you'd consent to a gonorrhea test.
Peter Kurtz: You go to hell.
[walks away]

Donald Cragen: Dad agree to the gonorrhea test?
Olivia Benson: He told me to shove it, but under the circumstances, I might've said the same thing.

Olivia Benson: [When the Kurtzes want to take Rebecca off life support] They haven't done the rape exam yet.
Donald Cragen: Rebecca's parents want to donate her organs. They wait much longer, they won't be usable.
Alexandra Cabot: Can't they do the exam post-mortem?
Donald Cragen: M.E. says once there's no blood flow, tissue deteriorates and we could lose our evidence.
Alexandra Cabot: She tested positive for gonorrhea. Isn't that enough to prove our case?
Elliot Stabler: Not if we want to prove that she was also raped.
Donald Cragen: We need every bit of evidence we can get. Alex, this bastard should die in his cell.

Peter Kurtz: [to Stabler and Benson] You got your restraining order. Why don't you leave us alone?
Olivia Benson: Mr. Kurtz, the last thing that we want to do is inflict any more pain on your family.
Elliot Stabler: We need to find out what happened to Rebecca.
Raquel Kurtz: Do you have children, Detectives?
Elliot Stabler: I have four.
Raquel Kurtz: Then how can you put us through this?
Elliot Stabler: If one of my children were sexually abused, I'd want to know who did it.

Olivia Benson: If Missy lied about being raped, who do you think really planned these murders?

Peter Kurtz: [after the Kurtzes watch a video of Missy and Joey sexually assaulting Rebecca] Why? We loved that girl from the moment she came into our home!
[to Olivia]
Peter Kurtz: That bastard gave them both gonorrhea?
Olivia Benson: No, Mr. Kurtz, he didn't. Joey never had it.
Raquel Kurtz: My God. Missy gave it to Rebecca?
[sobs]
Raquel Kurtz: Oh, my God! Oh, my God! How didn't we see?
Olivia Benson: Because Missy made sure that you wouldn't.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Resilience (#4.10)" (2002)
Miranda Bowen: [about two young boys from the Landricks' house] Detective Benson, we've got a problem. There's no record of these two in the home. No names, no addresses...
Detective Olivia Benson: What does Mrs. Landricks say?
Miranda Bowen: Nothing I can repeat.

Detective Olivia Benson: No wonder she's not talking. Her rapist lives right next door.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Jackie Landricks] We're gonna call your mom and dad and they'll meet you at the hospital, okay?
Jackie Landricks: No, please don't tell them. They'll kill me.
Elliot Stabler: Jackie, this is not your fault. They're just gonna be glad you're safe.

James Randall: [about Jackie Landricks] I didn't touch the girl!
Elliot Stabler: Don't tell me. You just had sex with her mom.
James Randall: Yeah, that's right.
Detective Olivia Benson: That's pretty ballsy doing it right under her husband's nose.
Elliot Stabler: Oh, the hell. He paid me to do it.
Elliot Stabler: He paid you to have sex with his wife?
James Randall: Yeah. He likes to watch.

Tom Landricks: There is no way that I would hurt Karen. The kids loved her. You are setting me up! You put those terrible things there.
Elliot Stabler: Under two feet of concrete?
Detective Olivia Benson: Tom, we know that it's Karen.
Cleo Conrad: How for God's sake?
Detective Olivia Benson: Her mitochondrial DNA was an identical match to the grandmother.
Tom Landricks: [to Conrad] What are they talking about? I didn't do anything.
Elliot Stabler: You know something, I'm done with this guy.
[to Tom Landricks]
Elliot Stabler: Yeah, you did. You tied her up, you raped her, you killed her, you tried to hide her body. Next time I see you, you're gonna have a needle in your arm. Keep denying it.

Tom Landricks: I had to protect my family. If there are no children, the family dies.
Detective Olivia Benson: What about Jackie? She tried to run away. Were you gonna kill her, too?
Tom Landricks: No. I'd never hurt Jackie.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, she's hurting now, Tom. She's got a baby inside of her that you put there.
Tom Landricks: Jackie loves me. She knows that I love her and she'll do what's best for the family.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Doubt (#6.8)" (2004)
Olivia Benson: What happened between you and Kathy?
Elliot Stabler: [shrugs] Uhh, the job. Makes me kind of hard to live with.
Olivia Benson: She should try working with you.

Olivia Benson: So Warner says that the other DNA sample on Myra's teddy is indeed Justin Wexler's.
Casey Novak: Good, I don't think that's going to hurt us with the jury too much.
Elliot Stabler: The fact she wore sexy silk underwear to Polikoff's sure will.
Olivia Benson: That's not an invitation for rape.
Elliot Stabler: Maybe she didn't even see it as rape until he told her to leave.
Olivia Benson: Elliot...
Casey Novak: Guys, I can't prosecute this until you agree. Call me when you get on the same page.

Olivia Benson: [to Stabler] What is your problem with Myra?
Elliot Stabler: She's neurotic. Look, she chased after a guy whose life is falling apart.
Olivia Benson: So that gives him the right to force her to have sex?
Elliot Stabler: She was the one who wanted to have sex.
Olivia Benson: Really? Did she want to be strangled, too?
Elliot Stabler: A lot of people do.
Olivia Benson: Elliot, what's wrong with you?
Elliot Stabler: What's wrong with me? Myra hasn't told a consistent story yet! She lied about when he looked at her portfolio!
Olivia Benson: Right, maybe he lied! It's her word against his!
Elliot Stabler: Yeah, but her words can put him in prison for 10 years! She hails a cab instead of calling the cops? She doesn't even mention rape until she's about to be arrested!
Olivia Benson: Elliot, rape victims are in shock. They're in denial. You know that!, you've seen it.
Elliot Stabler: I've also seen liars.

Olivia Benson: Elliot, stop! Hey! What's going on?
Elliot Stabler: I touched her in an inappropriate manner. Didn't you hear?
Olivia Benson: I don't believe that. Forget that. What's going on at home?
Elliot Stabler: Nothing.
Olivia Benson: Hey, would you talk to me?
Elliot Stabler: Kathy left me.

Elliot Stabler: [about Ron Polikoff] Isn't he smart? He comes forward, he says, "I did it" and we all think he's a stand-up guy.
Donald Cragen: Maybe that's what he is.
Elliot Stabler: He just manipulated the hell out of his daughter and he's manipulating us. The first time that I saw him, he walked right up to me and he said, "She's going to say I raped her." This guy's good.
Olivia Benson: So now you don't believe him.

Myra Denning: [to Olivia after she commits suicide] You saved my life.
Olivia Benson: And what if I'd been stuck on the Williamsburg Bridge for an hour?
Myra Denning: I don't understand.
Olivia Benson: You made sure that your tub would flood the downstairs apartment. Your neighbor works from home. You knew he'd be there.
Myra Denning: You're wrong.
Olivia Benson: You called my office. You spoke with my colleague. He told you that I was on my way. You weren't going to die.
Myra Denning: Okay, I was taking a bath and I couldn't stop crying, so I just took some pills to make the pain go away and it wasn't working, so I took some more and I felt myself going, but I just didn't care, 'cause I just wanted to die.
Olivia Benson: Why?
Myra Denning: Because I can't do this anymore. The grand jury was horrible and court's just going to be worse. They're going to make me relive every horrible detail. And Ron, all he has to do is say that I'm lying and I can't prove a thing, but I'm not lying. He raped me. He raped me.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Her Negotiation (#14.24)" (2013)
Olivia Benson: Hey, Bri. There's an exhibit of the Plein Air Painters at The Whitney. What do you say we head up town and grab some brunch? Sound good?
Brian Cassidy: Museum? You're talking to me?
Olivia Benson: I'll take that as a no.

William Lewis: With a girlfriend, but we didn't exactly part on best terms.
Olivia Benson: So how exactly did you part?
William Lewis: You know something, Detective? I'm not getting a real sense of the benefit of the doubt here. I'm entitled to an attorney if I ask for one. Isn't that right?
[Nick and Olivia leave the interrogation room]
Olivia Benson: [to Cragen] This guy is a piece of work.
Nick Amaro: Good call, Amanda.
Amanda Rollins: Thanks.

Olivia Benson: Where were you? On your yacht?
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Not my yacht.

William Lewis: What do you want to hear? How at the beginning she said she would do anything? She begged me for her life and by morning time, she was begging me to take her out of her misery. Which one do you think I enjoyed more?
[knock knock]
Captain Donald Cragen: [Comes in with Vanessa Mayer] Detectives?
William Lewis: Oh, hey. It's my lawyer.
Vanessa Mayer: You guys can't talk to my client.
William Lewis: Yeah, I told them they weren't allowed to do this. It was just hypothetical.
Vanessa Mayer: You know better. He's invoked.
Olivia Benson: Good.
[stands up and leaves]
Olivia Benson: 'Cause I need a shower.

Vanessa Mayer: My client is not guilty.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Your client raped and tortured a cultured 60-year-old woman.
Olivia Benson: A jury will get one look at this scumbag. You're insane if you think that they will let him go.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Born Psychopath (#14.19)" (2013)
Olivia Benson: Sorry to pull you away. How is your son?
Detective Nick Amaro: Great, except for the fact that he doesn't know he is my son.

Olivia Benson: So can you tell me what happened, Ruby?
Ruby Mesner: I fell.
Olivia Benson: You fell? Okay, were you alone when you fell? Can you tell me who you were with, sweetie?
Ruby Mesner: The Monster.
Olivia Benson: A monster? What did the monster do?
Ruby Mesner: The Monster pushed me and then the Monster told me to shut up!

A.D.A. Pippa Cox: [about the Mesners] When you were there, did you see any signs of neglect or parental abuse?
Detective Nick Amaro: No. It was a clean house, refrigerator full of organic food. Look, they're good, working parents who love their kids, but, Counselor...
A.D.A. Pippa Cox: Then home is probably the best place for Henry.
Olivia Benson: Okay, so let me just get this straight. So you're saying because the home is neat then we should all pretend that it was an accident. Ruby said that he straight-armed her.
[puts her arm out to demonstrate]
A.D.A. Pippa Cox: Detective. You want me to lock up every big brother who hurts his sister? He's ten.
Olivia Benson: Oh, my...
A.D.A. Pippa Cox: She's five. You ask them what happened three more times, you'll get three different answers.

Olivia Benson: Mr. and Mrs. Mesner, your daughter is not safe.
Tom Mesner: We've taken precautions. We've locked up all the sharp objects. Henry will never be left alone with Ruby again.
Olivia Benson: And how can you be sure? Nannies need breaks. Everyone does.
Viola Mesner: I'll be here. I've taken a leave of absence from work. I will be here to make sure Henry gets all the attention and the love he needs.
Amanda Rollins: The D.A., I'm not sure she's gonna let this slide.
Tom Mesner: Oh, she'll have to. I spoke to another parent who's an attorney. He said that if the DA decides to press charges, he'd sue the city for free.
Olivia Benson: Mr. Mesner, I don't think you understand.
Tom Mesner: Oh, I think I completely understand what you're saying.
Viola Mesner: Tom, no, please. Detectives, we... we don't want you to have to come back. We will take care of Henry. We give you our word.

Dr. George Huang: [about Henry] He doesn't have any emotions, he doesn't recognize them in others, he has no empathy. We know that he's manipulative. You usually see this pathology in cases of abuse or neglect.
Olivia Benson: So parents that love him are just not going to be enough.
Dr. George Huang: No, they're not. He's just wired wrong. Now, there's a facility in Vermont that treats kids with these severe diagnoses. My conference ends today. I could talk to the parents about the program before I go back to Oklahoma.
Captain Donald Cragen: And if they're against it?
Dr. George Huang: Then I'd advise that they get a safe room.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Perverted (#11.9)" (2009)
Detective Olivia Benson: Munch was right, Big Brother IS watching.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [looks in Olivia's fridge] You have absolutely no food in here.
Detective Olivia Benson: There's this great thing, it's called delivery.

Detective Olivia Benson: I lived in New York all my life, I never needed a car. Then I guess I hit a midlife crisis.
Captain Donald Cragen: What else did you hit?
[finds a large dent on the front of her car]
Detective Olivia Benson: Captain, I haven't driven this car in a month!

Detective Elliot Stabler: Are you okay?
Detective Olivia Benson: Yeah... I think I'm finally getting over this flu.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [finds vacation brochures] You planning a tropical getaway?
Detective Olivia Benson: A girl can dream, can't she? Stop snooping.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: December Solstice (#16.16)" (2015)
Rafael Barba: What are you gonna be doing when you're 85?
Olivia Benson: Squabbling with you?
Rafael Barba: Wouldn't that be nice?

Olivia Benson: So you two go speak with the happy couple. Hey, Carisi, as a detective, not a fan.

Rafael Barba: Well, we're not social workers.
Olivia Benson: But we are cops and we can keep investigating.
Rafael Barba: Knock yourselves out.
Olivia Benson: We will.

Rafael Barba: Sergeant Benson, this is my mother, Lucia Barba.
Olivia Benson: Ah!
Lucia Barba: Benson. He talked about you. You drive him a little crazy.
Olivia Benson: Just doing my job.

Olivia Benson: Can the other side use this in court?
Rafael Barba: They'll find a way.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Psycho/Therapist (#15.10)" (2014)
Olivia Benson: [to Barba about Lewis] He wants to plead to rape?
Rafael Barba: Multiple counts of rape in the first, multiple counts of sodomy and he wants to plead guilty with an allocation of each specific.
Olivia Benson: He wants to stand up in open court and give graphic details of what he did not do to me?
Rafael Barba: He will get 25 years to life. He will die in prison, Olivia. You will avoid a trial and having to testify.
Olivia Benson: No, no. No, he does not get to do that to me. He did not rape me. He did not sodomize me. You look at that rape kit. After four days, he did not have the balls to rape me and now he wants to stand up in open court?

Rafael Barba: [to Olivia] I have to tell you, given the extent of his injuries, they will go after you for excessive force. He may claim that he was handcuffed when you crushed his skull. You testified to a police investigator and a grand jury that Lewis lunged at you, that you used the bar to defend yourself until he was no longer a danger to you.
Olivia Benson: That is what I said.
Rafael Barba: Your grand jury testimony from last May. You study those transcripts. If you deviate from your statement in any way, it will create reasonable doubt about all of your testimony. He will use it as a wedge. He could walk again, Liv.

William Lewis: [to Olivia] I think we both remember what happened next. You became violent.
Olivia Benson: I was trying to stay alive.
William Lewis: We both know that's not what happened! Wasn't I handcuffed? Didn't you beat me? Didn't you send the housekeeper and her daughter home? Tell them not to call the police?
Olivia Benson: I was trying to save their lives.
William Lewis: You were trying to be alone with me!

William Lewis: [to Olivia] I have a limp now, I've lost my hearing, I am partially blind. Did you or did you not brutally beat me within an inch of my life while I was lying helpless, handcuffed to the bed?
Olivia Benson: You had broken free of your restraints and I did what I had to do to subdue you.

Olivia Benson: He's gonna walk. The jury knows that I lied.
Rafael Barba: The jury saw him attack you. They didn't like it. We repaired a lot of the damage.
Olivia Benson: That forewoman. He's playing her.
Nick Amaro: So what? Barba's gonna tear him apart.
Olivia Benson: [to Barba] Don't chance it. Take the deal. He wants to allocute about raping me? He's already humiliated me. What's a few more hours?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Ridicule (#3.10)" (2001)
Donald Cragen: Any alarm bells going off on the husband?
Elliot Stabler: Several. He's hiding something.
Olivia Benson: Getting off while choking isn't something you share with friends and family. People are always shocked when they get that kind of news.

Alexandra Cabot: [about Peter Smith's rape allegation] Did the uniforms follow up on the suspect's complaint?
Olivia Benson: They asked a few questions and then they dropped it.
Elliot Stabler: Because they didn't buy it and neither do I. And more importantly, neither will a jury.
Alexandra Cabot: Well, if the attack took place, I'll make sure that they do.
Elliot Stabler: First male rape victim with female perps. That adds up to a lot of attention, doesn't it, Counselor?
Alexandra Cabot: I am not interested in that. He is the first man to come forward. The statute for Rape One was changed in January, Detective.
Elliot Stabler: What about his inability to complete the act against his will?
Olivia Benson: An erection is a physical response, Elliot.
Elliot Stabler: If he was aroused, he consented.

Olivia Benson: [to Elliot] It's not our job to judge the victims. That's up to the jury.

Olivia Benson: Pam Adler was in that bedroom.
John Munch: Which means Amelia Chase is probably the third member of this rape troika.
Elliot Stabler: I'm not so sure he's being entirely candid.
Olivia Benson: He was raped, Elliot.
Elliot Stabler: He's an actor. He's trained to make us believe.
Odafin Tutuola: Three women at the same time, most guys would call that lucky.
Olivia Benson: So we're saying that men are sex hounds and only women can feel violated? That's gender bias.

Olivia Benson: [to Pam Adler] You're under arrest for the murder of Sydney Green.
Pam Adler: [to Cabot] I'll beat this charge, too, Counselor. Just watch me.
Alexandra Cabot: All of your courtroom knowledge won't get you out of this one.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Retro (#10.5)" (2008)
Detective Elliot Stabler: Baby has severe oral candidiasis and a temp of 105. I'd say based on her size, she's about five months.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You lost me at candidiasis.
Dr. Raye Massey: It's a fungal infection commonly known as thrush.
Detective Olivia Benson: That's not an STD, Dr. Massey.
Dr. Raye Massey: Yeah, well, she wasn't sexually abused.
Detective Elliot Stabler: So why did you call us? ACS handles abandoned kids.
Dr. Raye Massey: What's happened to her is a crime. Kids only get this sick when they don't get treated.
Detective Olivia Benson: Treated for what?
Dr. Raye Massey: HIV.
Detective Elliot Stabler: She has AIDS.
Dr. Raye Massey: Advanced and her parents didn't do a damn thing about it. If that's not a crime, what is?

Joanne Suarez: Why are you here? Is Antonia okay?
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, she's in the hospital with AIDS which means you're HIV-positive.
Joanne Suarez: But I quit using when I was pregnant. I did everything I could to keep her clean.
Detective Olivia Benson: Except taking antiretrovirals before she was born which could have prevented this from happening.

Dr. Gideon Hutton: [about treating Antonia Suarez for AIDS] I also instructed the Marongs to give her yogurt.
Detective Olivia Benson: Yogurt for AIDS? Are you out of your mind?

Susan Ross: You dug up my daughter? How could you do such a horrible thing?
Detective Olivia Benson: How could you kill her?
Russell Hunter: My client had an absolute right to breastfeed her child.
Detective Olivia Benson: But she didn't have the right to infect her with HIV and to withhold medication.

Susan Ross: [about Dr. Hutton] Why would he lie to me?
Detective Olivia Benson: Susan, because if he admits the truth, then he has to take responsibility for what happened to your little girl.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Hammered (#11.4)" (2009)
Rita: Life begins at conception.
Olivia Benson: What if my life is at risk?
Rita: It's in God's hands, not yours.
Olivia Benson: And what if I told you I was raped?
Rita: Well, the Lord wouldn't have brought a child into this world if he didn't have great plans for it.
Olivia Benson: Even though she'll be a constant reminder? You have no idea the toll that takes on a woman.

Bill Tattenger: I didn't do anything illegal.
Olivia Benson: No, not by frat boy standards. You want to have your way with them? Get them nice and drunk.

Olivia Benson: Please, people do bad things because they're bad people. Getting drunk to do it is just an excuse.
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Olivia, finally, we agree on something.
Captain Donald Cragen: Liv, if there had been a cure a decade ago, your mom might still be alive.
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: [to Olivia] Wait, Mommy liked her cocktail or...?
Olivia Benson: My mother was a falling-down drunk. She died going down a flight of stairs.
[walks away]

Olivia Benson: [when Sonya refuses to take a breathalyzer in court] Sonya, your eyes are bloodshot and watery, your speech is slurred and you stink of booze. Now blow.
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: I thought you were my friend.
Olivia Benson: Just do it.
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Don't do this to me, Olivia. Please don't do this to me.
Olivia Benson: You did this to yourself, Sonya.

Captain Donald Cragen: [about Sonya] SVU was too much for her. The pressure must have triggered her drinking.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Explains why she was such a control freak. White-knuckle drunk just hanging on by a thread.
Olivia Benson: What a hypocrite.
Captain Donald Cragen: She was a good lawyer with a bad problem.
Olivia Benson: I definitely saw a lot of my mother in her.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, her career's over. There's no way she's coming back from this. I mean, she's a walking cluster...
[Sonya walks in the room]


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Limitations (#1.14)" (2000)
Police Commissioner Lyle Morris: I heard we have a guy who likes to masturbate on the Midtown bus.
Captain Donald Cragen: Yes, Detectives Stabler and Benson made an arrest yesterday.
Police Commissioner Lyle Morris: Did they?
Detective Olivia Benson: Yes.
Det. Elliot Stabler: He has multiple priors.
Police Commissioner Lyle Morris: Well, let's hope they clean the seats.

Detective Olivia Benson: He was paroled on February 10, 1996 with an injury condition. He was raped in prison.
Det. Elliot Stabler: I'll cry about that later.

Det. Elliot Stabler: Ms. Kraft! You didn't hear the rest of the ruling. It's not over.
Detective Olivia Benson: It's going to be okay.
Victoria Kraft: No, it's not!
[Looking at Cragen]
Victoria Kraft: 5 years your people were sitting on your ass, 5 years you waited for this half-cocked legal maneuver. 5 years I've waited just to hear another person in a long list of others say "Sorry Vicki, you got raped, and we're not going to do jack about it." Thank you for making this the second worst day of my life. I think we all know what the first is.

Detective Olivia Benson: This guy just stopped?
Det. Elliot Stabler: Eh, maybe he just started wearing a condom.
Detective John Munch: A very thoughtful rapist.

[a rape victim has been found in contempt of court for refusing to reveal her rapist's identity]
Captain Donald Cragen: Are you okay?
Detective Olivia Benson: We just put a rape victim in the lockup. No, I'm not okay.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Scorched Earth (#13.1)" (2011)
Olivia Benson: [to Cragen] What does I.A.B. want? That was a good shooting, captain. Elliot was cleared.
Captain Donald Cragen: On that one. Now Internal Affairs wants to go over his entire jacket.
Olivia Benson: Let 'em. There's nothing to find.
Captain Donald Cragen: Liv, If it was his first good shooting, okay, maybe even his second, but it's his sixth. The whole squad is on notice.
Olivia Benson: So what, so he's the sacrificial lamb? You're just gonna give him up?
Captain Donald Cragen: You know me better than that. He's like a son to me. I've been pushing as hard as I can. I just don't know how it's gonna shake out.
Olivia Benson: What does that mean?
Captain Donald Cragen: That means if Elliot wants to keep his job, he's gonna have to submit to a psych eval, anger management, a lot of hoops.
Olivia Benson: And he'll tell them to go to hell.

Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Elliot's probably afraid to talk to you, Liv. Doesn't want you to try to talk him out of it.
Olivia Benson: Out of what? He's not gonna quit.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: He shot a teenage girl. He may not ever wanna put his gun on again.

Olivia Benson: [to Miriam] Why did you lie to me?
Miriam Deng: Because I am not a prostitute. I was gang-raped. They still have my husband's blood on them when they attack me. I beg them to kill me after, but they said no. They wanted something sweet to come back to. I went to the police. They call me a whore. They say I broke Sharia law and they will stone me to death in front of my children.
Olivia Benson: Is there anyone who can confirm this story?
Miriam Deng: This is not a story. It is why I come here, but you will believe what you will believe.

Alexandra Cabot: The maid from Buenos Aires just moved to an exclusive gated community in Cordoba and won't return our calls.
Olivia Benson: For what it's worth, Miriam says that she's telling the truth now, that she was a victim of Sharia law.
Michael Cutter: Doesn't matter.
Alexandra Cabot: What do you mean?
Michael Cutter: I don't see a win here.
Alexandra Cabot: I do. When the jury hears her story, they are gonna come back guilty on all counts.
Olivia Benson: She's heartbreaking, but it doesn't mean that she's telling the truth.
Alexandra Cabot: Olivia.

Olivia Benson: [about Miriam] She brought it on herself. She lied repeatedly.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: She did whatever she had to do to get asylum.
Olivia Benson: Maybe. Her testimony about the gang rape... you know, it's one thing to be consistent, it's another to quote verbatim.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Everybody's ripping into her. What's up with you? You telling me you don't think he's good for it?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Merchandise (#12.4)" (2010)
Dr. Melinda Warner: Fractures of the zygomatic socket, scapula, radius and ulna.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well it makes sense. We've got witnesses who saw our Jane Doe get hit by a cab, running out of the Farmers Market.
Detective Olivia Benson: So why'd you call us in for a traffic fatality?
Dr. Melinda Warner: Because I know how to do my job - I was shot in the lung, not the head.

Captain Donald Cragen: [about the father] Well, the only thing he's guilty of is poor judgment. A lot of kids get jobs, Elliot.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, whatever happened to a childhood?
Captain Donald Cragen: The work was legal, cut him loose.
Detective Olivia Benson: Should I call Child Services to have them pick up the daughters?
Captain Donald Cragen: They're not abused, they're clean and well-fed.
Detective Elliot Stabler: And homeless.
Captain Donald Cragen: Which isn't a criminal act, and I'm not separating this family for anything less.

Detective Odafin Tutuola: [Fin walks into the precinct to see water dripping everywhere] What the hell happened?
Detective Elliot Stabler: [Grabbing evidence boxes] The pipes. They finally burst.
Captain Donald Cragen: We've also got foundation problems. We're moving to the Command Center outside.
Detective Olivia Benson: Until when?
Captain Donald Cragen: Well, they said a week, but I don't believe them.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Why not?
Captain Donald Cragen: [walking outside of the building with an evidence box in hand as Benson and Stabler follow him] The construction company owner who rehabbed the precincts last year just got indicted.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Fraud?
Captain Donald Cragen: Concrete testing was faked. We may have to underpin the foundation.
Detective Olivia Benson: We can't work out of a trailer for that long
Captain Donald Cragen: We'll figure something out.

Detective Odafin Tutuola: [Fin walks up to Cragen, who is staring down the construction workers, who don't appear to be fixing the precinct] Giving them the hairy eyeball isn't gonna make them move, Captain. They're union.
Captain Donald Cragen: They're wasting time.
Detective Elliot Stabler: So are we if we can't get Micah to talk.
Captain Donald Cragen: Did the D.A. decline to prosecute?
Detective Olivia Benson: He doesn't want to charge an underage abuse victim for murder as an adult.
Detective Odafin Tutuola: The kid's looking at juvenile lock-up or the psych ward.
Detective Olivia Benson: Either way, Goldberg isn't going to let him anywhere near us.
Captain Donald Cragen: Unless we give him something he needs.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Like?
Captain Donald Cragen: Psychiatric evaluation of his intent when he chased his sister down.
Detective Elliot Stabler: The juvenile court's an automatic bench trial. The judge will probably cut Micah loose if we can get a shrink to say he didn't mean to kill his sister.
Captain Donald Cragen: I'll call Dr. Huang and set it up.

Detective Olivia Benson: [Benson and Stabler enter to find the precinct leaking everywhere] Is our house falling apart?
Captain Donald Cragen: Old pipes. City won't spring for new ones.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Fix one leak, two more crop up and we're stuck in the mess.
Captain Donald Cragen: Just like the one you made when you questioned Warner's ruling.
Detective Olivia Benson: She called you?
Captain Donald Cragen: You want to tell me why you're challenging the M.E.?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Sure. Can't make a murder charge stick when the abuse didn't actually kill Jane Doe. The cab did.
Detective Olivia Benson: The best we could do is attempted murder.
Captain Donald Cragen: Fin's got surveillance up on the flat screen. Now, I suggest you find the bastard who starved her first and let the D.A. worry about what charges to file.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Legitimate Rape (#14.18)" (2013)
[last lines]
Detective Olivia Benson: Remember when you asked about my father, and I told you it was a long story?
Detective Nick Amaro: Yeah.
Detective Olivia Benson: It's not that long.

Rafael Barba: [to Avery about Rick Purcell] If you'll agree to press charges, we can get a warrant for his computer, his home, his office.
Detective Olivia Benson: [to Avery] This video was taken before the rape, right?
Avery Jordan: Yes. What does that have to do with anything?
Rafael Barba: It speaks to an escalating pattern of obsession and harassment. If we can tie him to the stalking, it'll make the case for rape that much stronger.
Detective Olivia Benson: It also makes it more difficult for the defense to claim that it was consensual.
Avery Jordan: Consensual? I had bruises.
Amanda Rollins: The defense will say you liked it rough. A single woman on the road with mostly men. And they're not just gonna ask about Jason. They'll use anything they can.
Avery Jordan: It was just Jason.
Rafael Barba: Really. Are you sure? No more surprises?
Detective Olivia Benson: Avery, guys like Rick, they don't stop until you stop them.
Avery Jordan: I get it. No more surprises.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Avery about Rick] The judge set a very high bail. He will stay in jail until the trial.
[Avery sits down and appears to look unwell]
Detective Olivia Benson: You okay?
Avery Jordan: Yeah, I've just been lightheaded and nauseous lately. I think it's probably the stress.
Detective Olivia Benson: Okay, could be, but... You got a pregnancy test, right?
Avery Jordan: No, I can't get pregnant. That's why my ex and I got a divorce.
Detective Olivia Benson: Okay, well, sometimes things change. Uh, when was the last time you had sex with Jason?
Avery Jordan: He had a vasectomy.
Detective Olivia Benson: You know, the rape was eight weeks ago. You're not late, are you?
[Avery looks stunned]
Detective Olivia Benson: Avery, it is possible that you got pregnant.
Avery Jordan: I can't. I can't be pregnant with his baby.

Rick Purcell: [to Olivia] How many innocent men have your brought to trial?
Detective Olivia Benson: Only one. And when I found out, I fought for his release.
Rick Purcell: But all the, what, hundreds of others... if you thought they were guilty, they were? Men, they're all rapists, right?
Rafael Barba: Objection. Argumentative and ridiculous.
Judge Elana Barth: Sustained.

Detective Olivia Benson: [When Avery prepares to leave in order to keep her son away from Purcell] Avery, this is not a good idea. As an officer of the law, I have to tell you that if you leave with Theo, you're subject to arrest.
Avery Jordan: What choice do I have?
Detective Olivia Benson: You wait for Purcell to make a mistake and then you take him to court.
Avery Jordan: Court! Court! He has been raping me for almost a year and the court went along with it. You allowed it!
Detective Olivia Benson: Avery, if you run, you become the criminal.
Avery Jordan: You don't get it. It isn't just about me. It is about Theo. What's gonna happen when he finds out that the courts forced that man into our lives?
Detective Olivia Benson: I know that this is hard to believe, but you and Theo will get through this. And I promise you, someday Theo will understand.
Avery Jordan: Understand? He's gonna understand that his father raped me? He's never gonna be okay. Me, him, that man. We're never gonna be okay.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Wanderlust (#1.5)" (1999)
Tom Dayton: I was just trying to do my job.
Detective Olivia Benson: That's what we're afraid of.

Tom Dayton: I didn't touch Virginia and I didn't kill Schiller!
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, you lied to Annabel Hayes!
Tom Dayton: I'm a different person now!
Detective Elliot Stabler: Who still gets jealous of the affections of a little girl. I'm surprised you didn't ask Annabel to marry you! Then Virginia would be Daddy's little girl!
Detective Olivia Benson: Elliot!

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Elliot] Sometimes enough is enough.
Detective Elliot Stabler: No, it's not. It never is.

Detective Olivia Benson: Anyone who's seen a Tori Spelling movie-of-the-week could have given the same performance Virginia did.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Virginia] Does killing a man make you feel all grown up?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Crush (#10.20)" (2009)
Samantha Copeland: [to Kim] You think these pictures made him angry? One day, he's going to go too far and kill you.
[to Kim's parents]
Samantha Copeland: You'll be saying goodbye to your daughter on a slab in the city morgue.
Olivia Benson: [to Kim's parents] Excuse us. Excuse us for one second, please.
[she and Copeland leave the room]
Olivia Benson: [to Copeland] What are you doing? That girl is a victim. Browbeating her is not the answer.
Samantha Copeland: Then we'll arrest her.
Olivia Benson: Arrest her? For what?
Samantha Copeland: Possession and distribution of kiddie porn. A couple of days in jail, she'll turn around.
Olivia Benson: Are you out of your mind?
Samantha Copeland: That girl broke the law when she sent naked pictures of herself.
Olivia Benson: I'm not collaring a victim to make her talk.
Samantha Copeland: Arrest her or I'll find someone who will and I'll report you to Internal Affairs for failure to take police action.

Miranda Pond: [to Kim] Kimberly, you can't let him do this to you anymore.
Kim Garnet: [referring to Olivia] Now she's on her side.
Olivia Benson: Kim, we're all on your side.
Kim Garnet: Then leave me alone.
Olivia Benson: I can't do that.
Kim Garnet: Get out.
Mrs. Garnet: Kim...
Kim Garnet: I want her out of here now!

Miranda Pond: [to Copeland] You just gambled with my client's life.
Samantha Copeland: Kim was a first-time, non-violent juvenile offender. The worst I thought she'd get was probation.
Olivia Benson: Yeah? Well, she's going to prison. Five hundred miles away. If something happens to that girl, it's on you.
Miranda Pond: How are you going to fix it?
Samantha Copeland: I don't know what I can do.
Olivia Benson: Talk to the judge. Have her reconsider.
Samantha Copeland: I have other cases in Judge Marsden's court. If I challenge this decision, she's going to make my life a living hell.
Miranda Pond: She's not the only one. I'm filing a 440 motion to vacate the conviction & sentencing and I'm reporting you to the Bar.

Judge Hilda Marsden: [to Olivia and Ms. Pond] Why are you so hot for my sentencing stats just hours after I sent your child pornographer away?
Miranda Pond: With all due respect, Your Honor, we're just trying to understand your reasoning behind sending Kimberly Garnet to Wellsburg.
Judge Hilda Marsden: Oh, well, it's the best alternative. There's no facility with available beds in New York for sex offenders and she's a sex offender.
Olivia Benson: She's not a sex offender and you're ruining her life.
Judge Hilda Marsden: You know, I am so tired of these kids waltzing in here thinking they can do whatever the hell they want and get away with it. Someone has to take a stand.
Olivia Benson: Is that it? Or do you just get off on the power?
Miranda Pond: Olivia...
Judge Hilda Marsden: Mock me again, Olivia and I'll hold you in contempt.
Olivia Benson: How? I thought this was just a friendly chat.
Judge Hilda Marsden: That's it!
Miranda Pond: Your Honor, you don't have the authority to sanction Detective Benson.
Judge Hilda Marsden: Watch this.
[to the bailiff]
Judge Hilda Marsden: Officer? Take Detective Benson and Ms. Pond down to the lockup. They're in contempt.
[as Olivia and Ms. Pond are taken out of the courtroom]
Judge Hilda Marsden: Have a nice day, ladies.

Olivia Benson: [to Cragen while Olivia and Ms. Pond are sitting in a jail cell] What are you waiting for? Spring us.
Captain Donald Cragen: After I'm done savoring the moment.
Miranda Pond: This is your boss?
Olivia Benson: Yeah, he's very supportive.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Scourge (#2.21)" (2001)
Detective Olivia Benson: What the hell's wrong with this guy?
Detective Elliot Stabler: He thinks he's Jack the Ripper.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Stabler who's handling phone calls] How's it going?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Five hundred calls since 11:00. More sightings than Elvis.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia] I know you're working off some nervous energy, but you don't have to read every one of them out loud.
Detective Olivia Benson: Aren't we in a mood?
Detective Elliot Stabler: You know, it's the middle of the night and I'm sitting here realizing I spend more time with you than I do with my own family.

Daniel Varney: Why didn't you shoot me?
Detective Olivia Benson: Because I didn't want to hurt you.
Daniel Varney: But you must.
Detective Olivia Benson: I must what, Daniel? I don't understand.
Daniel Varney: Kill me, please. Please, I can't take any more pain.

Detective Olivia Benson: [about Daniel Varney] Paula Varney got an answer from All-Atlantic Life. They knew that he had syphilis.
Donald Cragen: Bastards never informed him.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Communicable, sexually transmitted disease. Company's required to report that to the Health Department.
Donald Cragen: And the Health Department would have notified Varney if they'd known.
Dr. George Huang: One shot of penicillin back then could have cured him.
Alexandra Cabot: And these four victims would still be alive.
Detective Olivia Benson: Yeah, if the insurance company had told them! I want their ass.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Betrayal's Climax (#15.13)" (2014)
Sergeant Olivia Benson: [to an incarcerated gang leader] You threatening me? I got the biggest gang in the city. You think your guys are loyal? Go ahead. Test the NYPD. I dare ya.

Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Do these fools don't think that cops not use the internet?
Amanda Rollins: Well, it did take me a year to teach you how to.
Sergeant Olivia Benson: Come on, guys.

Sergeant Olivia Benson: [a rape victim is embarrassed about having orgasmed during the assault] Avery, it's a normal physiological response. It's a reflex.
Amanda Rollins: It doesn't mean that you... you wanted it or you enjoyed it.
Avery Capshaw: There is something very wrong with me.
Sergeant Olivia Benson: Avery, it happens. Okay? There's nothing wrong with you.
Avery Capshaw: [crying] No? Then tell me why that's never happened with Manny. And I love him.

Manny Montero: I want to see Avery. Is she okay?
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: That's not happening.
Nick Amaro: You let your crew rape her. You need to tell us who it was or you're going down as an accessory.
Manny Montero: I don't know who they were.
Nick Amaro: BX9 won't know the names came from you, Manny.
Manny Montero: No me mientas. Now who's lying?
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Was this an initiation? You rip off the gang?
Manny Montero: I don't know. They pulled a gun on me.
Nick Amaro: Right, after you called them. Told them where you were, who was in the house?
Manny Montero: You think I wanted this to happen?
Nick Amaro: No. No, I think they raped your girlfriend, made you watch, and you're not man enough to tell us who they are.
Manny Montero: If I say anything, they'll kill me and Avery. She knows that.
Sergeant Olivia Benson: [having entered the room] Well, then I guess she's tougher than you are.
Manny Montero: Who are you?
Sergeant Olivia Benson: I was just with Avery. She's looking at mugshots of your friends right now.

Sergeant Olivia Benson: Go back to the gang unit, track their routines. If these thugs are brazen enough to boast on social media, they're not laying low.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Surrender Benson (#15.1)" (2013)
Olivia Benson: [to Lewis] My partner, my squad, the entire department will hunt you down. You think that you've put people through hell. It will rain back down on you.
William Lewis: You know what? Let it rain.
[knocks Olivia out]

Olivia Benson: [to Lewis] What is it with you? Are you afraid of me?
William Lewis: Oh, no, sweetheart. I was just hoping we could take our time.
Olivia Benson: We've been together for four days. There's a lot of talk, but there's not a lot of action.
William Lewis: It's coming, baby.
Olivia Benson: I wonder if if you're not man enough to get it up for a real woman.

Olivia Benson: [to Lewis after suduing him] Hey. Hey, you. You're out cold, are you? I haven't called anybody yet. I think I want you to suffer first. Maybe I could burn you or cut you. Or I could use the blowtorch on you, but you might enjoy that too much. See, you you'd know what to do. Your whole life, you know what you want and you just do it. What I want to do I want to shoot you in the head right now, watch you bleed out. Or maybe that's too easy. My old partner he'd know what to do. He wouldn't question himself after what you've done. He would kick your teeth in, break your legs, break your arms, break your back, break your face. Maybe I should call him. Maybe I should get him to use that metal bar on you, huh? And make you beg for your life.

William Lewis: [to Olivia] My daddy, well, he used to leave me at my babysitter's. He used to put me in front of the TV to watch cartoons and he'd take her in the back and do her on the water bed. One day, he got wasted. He passed out, right? She comes out of the room. She asks me if I want to play. She puts me in her mouth. God, it felt good. Then my daddy came out. He slaps her in the face. She's bleeding from the nose and the mouth. Then he grabs her, pulls her pants down and does her on the floor, hard while she's screaming, begging him to stop.
Olivia Benson: While you watched. Are you kidding me? Am I supposed to feel sorry for you?
William Lewis: Sorry? Oh, no, honey. I think you missed the point. My daddy got up, pulled up his pants, brought me to the car and took me to Dairy Queen for ice cream. One of the best days of my life. The moment I knew what I was put here for. I know what I want. What about you?
Olivia Benson: I do. I know exactly what I want. I want you dead. I want a bullet in your head.

Odafin Tutuola: [to Olivia after she's been rescued] It's over, Liv. It's over now. He's still alive.
Olivia Benson: I don't know how.
Odafin Tutuola: You did what you had to do. Let's get you out of here.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Swing (#10.3)" (2008)
Detective Elliot Stabler: What the hell just happened?
Detective Olivia Benson: Maybe God just remembered how cute you were as a carrot.

Detective Olivia Benson: Did you ever see a doctor?
Bernie Stabler: You have to understand, in my day, eccentricity was tolerated, today they give you pills for everything.

Detective Olivia Benson: Did you ever try medication?
Bernie Stabler: Once. I got into a fight with my husband and his gun went off, he had me committed. They tied me down and forced pills down my throat. I felt like a shell, like somebody had reached inside of me and scooped out my soul. I would rather die than ever go back there.

Detective Olivia Benson: Elliot, I know that bottling it up doesn't work for you, and neither has beating up perps, or walls, or garbage cans.

Detective Olivia Benson: The earliest picture I saw of Elliot was when he graduated the police academy.
Bernie Stabler: Oh yeah, he tried to erase his childhood. He tries to pretend I never existed. He would've preferred a more conventional mother.
Detective Olivia Benson: He turned into a fine man and I know him well enough to know he didn't get that from his father.
Bernie Stabler: Thank you, dear.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Conscience (#6.6)" (2004)
Donald Cragen: Go away, Wolinsky.
Malcolm Wolinsky: That's no way to treat a concerned citizen.
Donald Cragen: You gotta stop listening to that police scanner and get a life.
Malcolm Wolinsky: Just trying to pick up the slack for you guys.
Donald Cragen: It's Sunday. Take the day off, go to church.
Malcolm Wolinsky: [to Olivia] Malcolm Wolinsky, Association for the Protection of Children.
Olivia Benson: I know who you are. Get lost.

Elliot Stabler: [When Wolinsky is caught assaulting Billy Turner by the detectives] How'd you find out about Billy?
Malcolm Wolinsky: Yeah, I heard you were looking for him on the police radio.
Elliot Stabler: [grabs Wolinsky] You are done with this. Do you understand me?
Malcolm Wolinsky: Right after I file a complaint for police brutality!
Elliot Stabler: You're lucky I don't charge you with assault!
Malcolm Wolinsky: I didn't touch the baby-raper!
Olivia Benson: You trashed this apartment. If Henry Morton was here, that means that you destroyed a crime scene.
Elliot Stabler: You interfere again, you're doing time.
Malcolm Wolinsky: You take that perv scum's side over me?
Elliot Stabler: I don't take anybody's side. Get out of here.

Olivia Benson: [about Dr. Morton after his son's body is found] I've never seen a dad that composed.
Elliot Stabler: The guy is a time bomb. He keeps holding it in, he's gonna explode.

Olivia Benson: Our witness picked you out, Billy.
Billy Turner: Your witness is wrong!
Elliot Stabler: Cat hairs on the boy, cat hairs in your apartment.
Billy Turner: I don't have a cat. The landlady's cat wanders in and out...
Elliot Stabler: I don't want to hear about your landlady anymore! It's over! Now, you stalked that little boy, you snatched him and you got into his pants. And then you wanted to keep him quiet, so you shoved rocks down his throat till he choked to death.

Elliot Stabler: [after Dr. Morton shoots Jake O'Hara in the courthouse] I knew the guy was wound too tight. I should've seen it coming.
Donald Cragen: You didn't know Morton would shoot him. We all thought Jake was a victim. The kid snowed everyone.
Olivia Benson: [as she walks into the room] Elliot...
Elliot Stabler: Jake's dead.
Olivia Benson: He never made it out of surgery.
Donald Cragen: [Stabler walks out of the room and Olivia is about to follow him] Olivia. Don't.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Blood (#6.21)" (2005)
Doctor: Miss Beavan, you need to come inside.
Samantha Beavan: No, we're both fine.
Doctor: No, your son isn't. His tox screen was positive for opiates.
Samantha Beavan: Painkillers. I don't understand. I'd never give Joey any drugs.
Olivia Benson: Sam, you were breastfeeding.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You could've killed him.

Olivia Benson: Why didn't you tell us, Sam? Did you think we wouldn't believe you if you told us you were attacked by a woman? We know that women can be more vicious than men in sexual assault, especially if the victim is younger and prettier.
Odafin Tutuola: With guys, it's just business. They take what they want: money, drugs, sex. It's all the same. With a woman, it's personal.

Olivia Benson: [finds Jenny living in a storage unit] Jenny, you can't live here.
Jenny Rogers: Yes, I can. The gas station across the street has a bathroom, it's very clean.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [about Sam Beavans] That baby could've died while Mommy was trying to score.
Olivia Benson: So we punish her for being raped?

Olivia Benson: [to Jenny] Kevin has a chance to get better and you can live your life without being afraid.
Jenny Rogers: What life? You took my son away. What have I got to live for now?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Perfect (#4.24)" (2003)
Elliot Stabler: Kind of strange Cragen calling us in on an officer-involved shooting.
Olivia Benson: Maybe not. Look who's over there.
Elliot Stabler: [the detectives see Tucker from IAB at the crime scene] Swell.

Ed Tucker: [When a teenage girl is found deceased at the crime scene] We think the perp shot her.
Elliot Stabler: No, you think the cops accidentally shot her, and you're trying to pull us into your own mess by calling it an SVU case.
Ed Tucker: This girl was tortured and we have no idea who she is. You want her parents to see her face in the morning news?
Elliot Stabler: That's your problem, not ours.
[he and Olivia begin to walk off]
Ed Tucker: Come on, SVU knows how to protect victims and deal with families.
Elliot Stabler: You mean you want us to keep this under wraps.
Ed Tucker: We want this to look clean from the beginning, so I'm asking for a favor.
Olivia Benson: All the times that you people at IAB jammed us up and now you want to play nice? You've got a set of balls on you asking us for anything.
Elliot Stabler: If we find out that a cop shot that girl, you expect us to keep it quiet?
Ed Tucker: I expect you to do your job. However this turns out, it turns out. You don't want to do it for me, fine. Do it for her.

Dr. Melinda Warner: [about Samantha Tassler's autopsy] When a woman goes through her menstrual cycle, one, maybe two eggs are released, leaving the follicles where the eggs came from empty.
Olivia Benson: And something was wrong with Samantha's ovaries?
Dr. Melinda Warner: She had 12 visibly involuted follicles. That means 12 eggs all released at the same time. I've never seen that in a 14-year-old.
Elliot Stabler: But I thought women were most fertile in their teenage years.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Usually this only happens when the ovaries are hyperstimulated by hormones, like for in-vitro fertilization.
Olivia Benson: So assuming that she even wanted to, why does a 14-year-old girl need help getting pregnant?
Dr. Melinda Warner: I don't know, but whatever the reason, it worked. Samantha was carrying an 8-week-old fetus.

Olivia Benson: [to Dr. Lang] What about Samantha Tassler undergoing in vitro fertilization, which you happen to perform? Are we wrong about that, too?
Dr. Garrett Lang: Any OB-GYN who's a fertility specialist could have done that.
Elliot Stabler: Yeah, but she and the other girls weren't wearing any other fertility specialist's infinity necklace and you've got Miss Haggerty here who's got that symbol tattooed on her wrist.
Dr. Garrett Lang: Any questions from the FBI, Agent Huang?
Dr. George Huang: You enjoy this, don't you, Dr. Lang?
Dr. Garrett Lang: I enjoy helping those girls thrive and realize their full potential. Because of you people, we may have to close down the foundation.
[turns to Quentin]
Dr. Garrett Lang: Joan?
Joan Quentin: Unless you're going to arrest me or either of my clients, we're through. Or my next call is to the Internal Affairs Bureau for harassment.

Dr. George Huang: [about Dr. Lang] He's a narcissistic bastard and he's calling all the shots. You saw the way his lawyer deferred to him.
Olivia Benson: I can understand a 14-year-old being taken in by Lang, but not a smart, educated woman like Quentin.
Dr. George Huang: Jim Jones got hundreds of his disciples to drink poisoned Kool-Aid because he had a charismatic personality. Lang uses his to get people like Quentin and Haggerty to love and obey him.
Elliot Stabler: Those teenage girls couldn't be more vulnerable. They're not that attractive. Probably got bad grades in school. They're just social outcasts.
Olivia Benson: So this cult is a place for them to fit in.
Dr. George Huang: And inundate them with approval and affection. It's called love bombing: "You're perfect the way you are."
Olivia Benson: Right, which is what every teenage girl wants to hear.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Criminal Hatred (#14.12)" (2013)
Detective Olivia Benson: You're going to claim that a gay man married to another gay man hates gays?
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Watch me.

Detective Olivia Benson: Cragen's at one PP. They would like to know how this could have happened when we were on the scene.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Maybe because there's four of us and 400 gay bars?

A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Mr. Murphy, thank you for coming in. I'm Rafael Barba, lead prosecutor on the case.
Charles Murphy: Yeah, you know, I'm not sure that I'll be able to recognize anyone, so...
Nick Amaro: You know at the hotel, before he attacked you, did you kiss him? Then you got a good look at his face, didn't you?
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: We're looking for a killer, Mr. Murphy. You have a civic duty.
Charles Murphy: You do know this is the end of my life?
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: You're lucky you're alive at all.
Detective Olivia Benson: [to Mr. Murphy] We're gonna be with you in a few moments. Why don't you have a seat over here?
[shows Mr. Murphy a seat]
Detective Olivia Benson: [to Amaro] "Did you kiss him?" Nick, he's a victim.
Nick Amaro: He's a victim in search of a crime. Look, if he'd have gotten into that Mercedes with his family and driven to Connecticut...
Detective Olivia Benson: You mean like he was supposed to?
Nick Amaro: All I'm saying is he would have been fine.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Barba] I'm just wondering, would you challenge a straight marriage like this?
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: If I thought the husband was good for a murder, I'd cross-examine the priest.

Minonna Efron: [about Jeremy Jones] You were wrong about him. He doesn't just hate gays.
Detective Olivia Benson: He hates everyone.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: No. He hates himself.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: American Disgrace (#16.2)" (2014)
Olivia Benson: Come on, guys. I don't want to hear that women lie and that Shakir is a hero and he never could have done such a thing. This is SVU and we take disclosures seriously.

Olivia Benson: Carisi, remind me why you're SVU, again?
Dominick Carisi Jr.: I worked Homicide, couple years. It's it's the women who get you. I mean, they're dead, but their hair's clean, they're nicely dressed, they're made up. And that means their husbands or their boyfriends did it. It's like they knew. They knew it was coming. They don't even look surprised.

Olivia Benson: [about Orion Bauer] Look, he's gotta be senile or crazy or both.
Amanda Rollins: Yeah, I feel bad for Cordelia. Her father's a narcissist, she fell for another one. She never had a chance.

Dominick Carisi Jr.: [about Cordelia and Shakir] Gotta be a tough conversation.
Amanda Rollins: I know, right? Where to begin?
Olivia Benson: One of them is saying, "Let's start over" and the other one is saying, "It's too late."


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Birthright (#6.1)" (2004)
Olivia Benson: Mrs. Osborne, we're gonna have to place you under arrest.
Michelle Osborne: For what?
Olivia Benson: Conspiracy to commit kidnapping.
Michelle Osborne: Go ahead. You'll see I'm right.

Olivia Benson: Michelle, this has got to stop now. Okay we know everything. Anna was on the police report from your husband's accident. She died in the car with him.
Michelle Osborne: No they never found her remains.
Olivia Benson: Michelle, they were hit by a gasoline tanker. There was nothing left. I'm sorry. But you know what I'm telling you is the truth.
Michelle Osborne: I KNOW MY DAUGHTER IS ALIVE!

Olivia Benson: Casey, you've got to plead her out.
ADA Casey Novak: Why would I do that?
Olivia Benson: Because what happened was a mistake.
ADA Casey Novak: Michelle is uncontrollably driven to kidnap someone else's child.
Olivia Benson: Her little girl biologically!
ADA Casey Novak: But not legally. I can't let Michelle off the hook just because you feel guilty you didn't believe her.
Olivia Benson: Well then give her a break because she's also a victim. What that fertility doctor did to those two women is genetic rape. And don't tell me that that doesn't bother you on some level.
ADA Casey Novak: Talk to the doctor, confirm what Michelle and the Bransons say and I'll consider a deal.

Olivia Benson: She's clean. There's nothing suspicious. Even her credit's perfect.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Deadly Ambition (#14.15)" (2013)
[Rollins has filed an order of protection against her sister's abusive ex-boyfriend]
Jeff Parker: Amanda can't keep me from my baby.
Detective Olivia Benson: You want us to bring you in right now?
[Jeff stays silent]
Detective Olivia Benson: I didn't think so.

Didi Denzler: [to Rollins] You should also talk to the department psychologist ASAP.
Amanda Rollins: You're making way more out of this than... than what it is. He was raping my sister. I mean, he had a gun.
Detective Olivia Benson: And he's also the father of her baby and a year from now at Christmas, she may not feel the same way.
Amanda Rollins: I don't go home for Christmas.

Odafin Tutuola: Neighbors confirm the rest of the story. Kim screams, the door is kicked in, double tap, Jeff's dead.
Detective Olivia Benson: It's not gonna stop Tucker from trying to take her badge away.
Nick Amaro: But how? There's nothing here.
Donald Cragen: Nick, we got a lot of history with this guy.
Detective Olivia Benson: History? He tried to take my badge away. We're not being paranoid here, Nick. This guy has it in for us.

Nick Amaro: [about Kim] We've all met this girl, right? She's no criminal mastermind. She's...
Detective Olivia Benson: Crazy.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Choice (#5.7)" (2003)
Elliot Stabler: [to Casey about Craig Fulton] You made a deal with that idiot?
Casey Novak: I take him to trial, I'm not sure I'd win.
Olivia Benson: What'll it take to convince you? Broken bones or maybe a dead body?
Casey Novak: Jennifer Fulton didn't exactly help her case by fingering the wrong guy.
Olivia Benson: So now rape victims have to be perfect before you'll bother to prosecute their rapists?
Casey Novak: I prosecute cases I have a chance at winning.
Elliot Stabler: Well, hang around 'cause you'll be prosecuting him for murder. The number one cause of death among pregnant women is homicide, usually by their partners.
Casey Novak: Okay, Craig Fulton goes within 200 yards of Jennifer, he's in jail.
Olivia Benson: Oh, great. That'll stop him. Let's go give her the good news.

Olivia Benson: Elliot, did Cathy drink when she was pregnant?
Elliot Stabler: A glass of wine every now and then. Why?
Olivia Benson: I've been reading up on this FAS literature. Do you know that even one night's drinking can cause fetal alcohol syndrome?
Elliot Stabler: I didn't know that. I guess I just got lucky.
Olivia Benson: Knowing that now, if she got pregnant again, would you let her?
Elliot Stabler: If Cathy got pregnant again, I'd shoot myself.

Olivia Benson: Jennifer, are you drinking?
Jennifer Fulton: No.
[Olivia takes the drink from her]
Jennifer Fulton: Give it back.
Olivia Benson: [looks at the drink] What is this, rum? Do you have any idea what you're doing to yourself?
Jennifer Fulton: Yeah, and I have every right to do it.
Olivia Benson: And what about your baby? You promised me that you'd stop and I believed you. I went to bat for you.
Jennifer Fulton: I didn't ask you to.
Olivia Benson: Yes, you did.
Jennifer Fulton: This is none of your damn business!
Olivia Benson: It is my business. I'm a cop and you're violating a court order.
Jennifer Fulton: Oh, get over yourself. I'd like to see you handle being pregnant!

Casey Novak: If Jennifer pleads guilty, I'll ask for a suspended sentence, pending successful completion of her pregnancy in an alcohol treatment facility.
Lorna Scarry: She's not going to court, but you're gonna lock her up anyway.
Olivia Benson: It's a residential facility. It's not a prison.
Lorna Scarry: You're depriving her of her liberty and sending a message to every troubled pregnant woman that she should avoid doctors, hospitals, health workers and above all, the police or she too might end up in jail.
Casey Novak: That's a ludicrous exaggeration.
Lorna Scarry: Not from where my client is sitting.
Olivia Benson: Jennifer, we're trying to do what's best for you and your baby. You're gonna have to trust us.
Jennifer Fulton: I did trust you, Olivia.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Lost Reputation (#14.1)" (2012)
Detective Olivia Benson: Do I really have to give you the "Don't blame yourself, you're a victim" speech? Because I will.

Detective Olivia Benson: [after Cragen wakes up to Carissa's dead body in his bed] What the hell happened?
Donald Cragen: I have no idea.

Detective Olivia Benson: [about Cragen] He needs to see a doctor. I'm going to ride with him.
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: I think you know better than that, Detective Benson.
Detective Olivia Benson: Excuse me? You are...
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: Paula Foster, DA's Public Integrity Unit and this is my investigation, not SVU's.
CSU Tech #1: [holding a knife] Found this, Counselor, in the bathroom sink.
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: [to Olivia] I was told that you were already on the crime scene when officers arrived. Did you see that knife? Touch anything?
Detective Olivia Benson: I know better than that.
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: Then you know better than to interfere...
Detective Olivia Benson: He's been my captain for 14 years.
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: I don't care. Whatever you two talked about, you're gonna have to testify to at his grand jury. He can take five, you can't.
Detective Olivia Benson: I'm well aware of that.
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: So, anything you wanna tell me?
Detective Olivia Benson: Yes. He didn't do this.

Captain Steven Harris: I know you're all concerned about Captain Cragen. Here's the reality: SVU can't touch this. What we can do is accept what we can't change and go about our regular business. Fair or not, eyes are going to be on us, so I'm gonna need to see your memo books, logs of every mile you drive...
Detective Olivia Benson: Captain, no disrespect, but here in SVU, we're... we're used to a certain amount of autonomy.
Captain Steven Harris: I understand, but things have changed. We're all going to have to adjust.
Detective Olivia Benson: Yeah, I don't know where you've been...
Captain Steven Harris: Pretty much everywhere, but this is a very different kind of squad. I consider this to be one of the department's elite squads. I don't wanna see it broken up.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Goliath (#6.23)" (2005)
Dr. George Huang: I don't think it's PTSD.
Det. Elliot Stabler: Why not?
Dr. George Huang: Callahan reports no change in his sleep patterns or eating habits. He exhibits no exaggerated startle reflex. His nightmares are vivid and bizarre; more like hallucinations. And he experiences paranoia and suicidal ideation.
Detective Olivia Benson: So if it's not P.T.S.D., what is causing all this?
Dr. George Huang: Well, if this were an isolated case, I'd say that he might have developed schizo-affective disorder. Or, it could be organic. A brain tumor, for instance.
Det. Elliot Stabler: But it's not isolated. It's two different guys. What are the odds they'd both come down with the same disorder?
Dr. George Huang: It's next to impossible. Which leaves us with an environmental cause. Both soldiers affected by the same toxin.
Detective Olivia Benson: Gulf War Syndrome has been blamed on everything from chemical weapons to depleted uranium bullets.
Det. Elliot Stabler: Yeah, and the Marines gave me a physical when I finished my tour. I'll be the Army does the same thing.

Dr. Trainer: [Location and date title: Fort Crompton Base Clinic, Wednesday, April 6] Actually, D.O.D. says post-deployment physicals are optional for soldiers now.
Detective Olivia Benson: Did Wes Myers or Tom Callahan opt to take one?
Dr. Trainer: No, ma'am. Just filled out the required health questionnaire.
Det. Elliot Stabler: Either man report any problems?
Dr. Trainer: [looking down at a survey] Not a thing.
Det. Elliot Stabler: Could we take a look at the surveys?
Dr. Trainer: Can't make that call for you, Detective. Have to take it up with the unit commander.

Det. Elliot Stabler: Our shrink ruled out P.T.S.D. Both men were hallucinating, uh, violent, suicidal.
Dr. Trainer: Any other symptoms?
Detective Olivia Benson: Vivid dreams, paranoia...
Det. Elliot Stabler: Not to mention they both attacked their wives.
Dr. Trainer: [smiles, shakes head, shrugs] There's really nothing I can do to help you.
[walks outside]
Det. Elliot Stabler: Sir, Sir. I was in the Marines, so... I understand the need for discretion but we got a pattern here.
Dr. Trainer: You'll have to take it up with the Pentagon, Detectives. I'm sorry.
[goes down steps and walks away while Olivia and Elliot look at each other in question]

Detective Olivia Benson: There's no telling how long the side effects will last.
Det. Elliot Stabler: Or who'll be next.
[they look up at footage of the U.S. troops coming home]
Sherm Hempell: Or how many.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Web (#7.21)" (2006)
[last lines]
Detective Elliot Stabler: What're you doing here?
Detective Olivia Benson: I work here.
[sits back at her desk with a smile]

Detective Olivia Benson: Where's Teddy?
Dr. Lucas: Are you going to beat the hell out of me too if I don't tell you?

Detective Olivia Benson: [she and Elliot stop Morales from beating on a suspect] Get out of here!
TARU Tech Ruben Morales: Are you going to report me?
Detective Olivia Benson: If I don't, he will!

Detective Elliot Stabler: [walking in on Morales beating up Dr. Lucas, Olivia moves forward] Wait!
Detective Olivia Benson: For what, Morales to beat him to death?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Harm (#9.5)" (2007)
Detective Chester Lake: New York cabbies come from 80 odd countries and they hang with their own. The Bangladeshis chow at Mo's on Church and you'll find the Haitians in the coffee shops on Ave. C.
Olivia Benson: And the Shiites hang in Morningside Heights.
Detective Chester Lake: Exactly.
Detective Elliot Stabler: What are you, the zagats of 24-hour diners?
Detective Chester Lake: When you don't sleep, you gotta know where to find a good poached egg at 3:00 a.m.

Dr. Faith Sutton: I have no idea what you're talking about.
Olivia Benson: Well, I'm talking about you being compared to Josef Mengele on the front page of the New York Times.
Dr. Faith Sutton: Mengele? Mengele was a monster. My work in Iraq was lawful, humane and vital to the intelligence efforts of the US government. I've got nothing to hide.

Casey Novak: I just think we're gonna have a tough time trying to bring Helios or Tomforde to trial.
Dr. Melinda Warner: What about Sutton?
Dr. George Huang: She didn't kill Kate or Abbas.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Might as well have.
Dr. George Huang: Melinda...
Dr. Melinda Warner: That woman's interrogation methods led to Abbas's death and God knows how many others.
Donald Cragen: We can't arrest Sutton for something that happened in Iraq.
Olivia Benson: No, but Abbas died in New York. If a reasonable doctor could have foreseen that her methods would lead to heart failure, heart attack, death...
Dr. Melinda Warner: There's a case for criminally negligent homicide.
Detective Elliot Stabler: And you really think a jury will hold Sutton responsible?
Olivia Benson: She taught a loose cannon like Tomforde how to torture a man to death. That not enough for you?
Dr. Melinda Warner: Someone should be held responsible. It's what Kate Simes would have wanted and what Haroun Abbas deserves.

Detective Elliot Stabler: Judge Preston declared a mistrial. So much for the terrible swift sword.
Olivia Benson: We've publicized the issue. Kate Simes got more ink than she ever could have imagined. She would have been pleased.
Detective Elliot Stabler: A long happy life would have pleased her too.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Undercover Mother (#16.15)" (2015)
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Car 1. All quiet here. Still freezing our nuts off.
Dominick 'Sonny' Carisi, Jr.: Funny, it's 70 degrees in Balmy, a block west on Crosby.
Olivia Benson: Not asking for a weather report, guys.

Olivia Benson: You had five underaged girls in your van! Entiendes, that?
Frank: They're all 18! Check their IDs.
Nick Amaro: We did. They're all fake.

Martha Thornhill: I don't sleep! I... I... I have slept a total of two hours a night over the past three years. When Ariel's back, I will sleep.
Olivia Benson: I don't know how you're still standing.
Martha Thornhill: Well, moms don't sleep, you know that.

Dr. Melinda Warner: [to Olivia] I need to know the legal status of your relationship with Noah.
Olivia Benson: What? Why?
Dr. Melinda Warner: Just tell me. Have you started the adoption process?
Olivia Benson: Well, there's a pile of paperwork, but the second that I'm allowed to adopt him, I will. What's going on?
Dr. Melinda Warner: There was a hit on Johnny Drake's DNA when it went through the system. It was a familial match in an unrelated case which is not discoverable in Drake's current case. He never needs to know.
Olivia Benson: Needs to know what? What are you saying?
Dr. Melinda Warner: What I am trying to tell you Johnny D. is Noah's father.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Parasites (#2.19)" (2001)
Elliot Stabler: The story reads like a bad soap opera: doctor marries wife #2, wife #1 mysteriously disappears.
Olivia Benson: After wife #2 uses wife number one as a punching bag.

Paul Amis: I shelled out $50,000 to bring Ava here. You know what the average wage is in her country? $50 a month.
Olivia Benson: And all she had to do was cook and clean and be available for sex.
Paul Amis: It's called being a wife.

Olivia Benson: [about Toscu] So the bastard murders a woman and his only consequence is being sent home?

Elliot Stabler: Ava could have gone on forever being Burton's wife, Julia's mother...
Olivia Benson: If it hadn't been for the bones.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Selfish (#10.19)" (2009)
[first lines; Stabler is at his desk]
Detective Elliot Stabler: That's it. I'm done.
Detective Olivia Benson: What do you mean, done?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Paperwork. It's like the first time in, like, five years.
Detective Olivia Benson: So we're actually gonna get out of here early?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah. Move slowly so nobody notices.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [about Monica Stewart] That lady is a lunatic. What she's doing is a danger to society.
John Munch: Yeah, but not illegal.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You're defending her?
Detective Olivia Benson: Maybe he's right, El. I mean, sometimes parents know what's best for their kids.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Right, and we decided to vaccinate our kids so they'd be safe.
John Munch: Well, that was your choice. Telling parents how to raise their kids? That's a quick slide down the slippery slope of government tyranny.
Detective Olivia Benson: Monica Stewart's son got the measles and nothing happened to him. I mean, it's not so black and white.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Wait a minute, wait a minute. Sierra got the measles from Monica's son and died. Now, all of a sudden, my little boy's at risk because of some nutcase mom?
John Munch: Well, she's not the only nutcase mom. Ashlee takes that prize.
Detective Elliot Stabler: But her kid was too young to be immunized. Every child under a year old is at risk. It's just stupid not to vaccinate your children.

Detective Olivia Benson: I think Monica has a point. Ashlee was a bad mother who did everything wrong while Monica was trying to do everything right.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Monica exposed innocent children to a dangerous disease.
Detective Olivia Benson: She didn't know that her kid was sick. He didn't have any symptoms when she took him to the park.
Detective Elliot Stabler: But that's the problem with measles. That you're infectious before you even get the spots. Now, Monica wants to take her kid and live in a cabin in the middle of nowhere, fine, but the minute she walks out that door, she's got to play by society's rules.
Alexandra Cabot: Or somebody truly innocent ends up paying the price.

Alexandra Cabot: I've got to say. This one hurt.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Look, it wasn't even your case. It was a personality contest. The jury liked the defendant more than they liked the victim.
Alexandra Cabot: Tell me about it. I talked to them after the verdict. They all thought Monica should have vaccinated her child, but they did not think Sierra's death was her fault.
Detective Elliot Stabler: They passed the buck.
Detective Olivia Benson: It's a tragedy all around. Both mothers' lives are ruined.
Alexandra Cabot: Thanks to Ruth. She screwed up Ashlee and now she's filed a civil suit against Monica.
Detective Olivia Benson: She's doing everything but support her daughter.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, Ruth will get around to bonding with Ashlee over a case of beer.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: No Surrender (#18.12)" (2017)
Olivia Benson: A Ranger always leads.

Captain Beth Williams: What's my mission now?
Olivia Benson: To heal.

Captain Beth Williams: I can't believe this happened. The timing is terrible.
Olivia Benson: What do you mean?
Captain Beth Williams: I'm supposed to start a press tour for the Army. Talking about courage, valor, bravery. I can't be here saying I got raped.

Olivia Benson: [to Beth] You didn't do anything wrong.
Captain Beth Williams: I respectfully disagree, ma'am. As a Ranger, I'm taught to be strong and never do anything that is an embarrassment to my country.
Olivia Benson: You were raped and assaulted. Embarrassment doesn't even begin to come into the conversation.
Captain Beth Williams: I guess we just see it differently.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Parole Violations (#16.17)" (2015)
Olivia Benson: [Carisi's brother-in-law claims he was raped by his female parole officer] What happened to you wasn't right, it wasn't your fault, and it's not going to just go away if you pretend it didn't happen.

Donna Marshall: I gave up my life, my marriage for this job and then Tommy Sullivan comes waltzing in all buzzy, talking about his pregnant girlfriend and his wonderful new life.
Olivia Benson: That doesn't give you the right to do what you did to him.
Donna Marshall: I tried to help him! I tried to help all of them! And you know what they do? They take your hand and they drag you down to their level. They don't want to change. They will never change.

Olivia Benson: According to the disclosure, Officer Marshall pulled a gun on him and he felt that he needed to comply.
Ralph Kessel: Oh, comply. He sounds like my wife.
Nick Amaro: Mine too.
Ralph Kessel: [Olivia stares at Kessel after his comment] I'm sorry, not everybody gets my sense of humor, but, come on, Donna. She's... she's barely a sexual being, let alone a sexual predator.

Bella Carisi: [to Olivia] Sonny told me that sometimes women say they've been raped when they don't want their husbands to find out they were fooling around.
Olivia Benson: Well, your brother has a lot of stories, but this isn't one of them. Tommy wanted no part of what happened to him.
Bella Carisi: Then how did he...? With a gun to his head? You know, it just that seems impossible.
Olivia Benson: Because it happens. It happens to men, it happens to women. It's a mechanical biological response. It doesn't mean that the victim enjoyed it. It's like, you know, a sneeze, or or when you've cut up onions. Right? Okay, so, what happens? You cry. Actual tears. But it doesn't mean that you're sad. Bella, I know what I'm talking about. And I'm asking you to trust me. To trust me about Tommy.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Solitary (#11.3)" (2009)
Lily Milton: Does being the victim of a crime give you guys the right to hack through my e-mails?
Detective Elliot Stabler: No, but you're not a victim either, are you?
Lily Milton: I was abducted.
Detective Elliot Stabler: No, you weren't. You were not assaulted. You weren't kidnapped or tossed into the river. You were online at CopyQwik scoring drugs.
Lily Milton: No, you... you don't understand.
Olivia Benson: Okay. So make us understand, Lily.

Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: [after Elliot is pushed off a building by Cal Donovan and ends up in the hospital]
[to Olivia]
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Does he do this often?
Olivia Benson: What? Almost die in the line of duty?
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Take a nap halfway through his tour.
Detective Elliot Stabler: I'm still alive. I can hear you, ladies.

Callum Donovan: [after he is caught by Olivia and Fin] I'm a dangerous man. A rapist, kidnapper. Take me off the streets. You'll get a medal for it.
Olivia Benson: Lily lied. Elliot was coming to apologize to you.
Callum Donovan: Apologize?
Olivia Benson: If you'd waited a moment longer, you'd be a free man.

Olivia Benson: When I was in prison undercover, the worst part was never being alone. No private time, no quiet time, even on the toilet. I would have killed to do a stint in the hole.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Counterfeit (#3.14)" (2002)
Fin Tutuola: Alright. Nice dress.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, well, it was a nice date. Where's Munch?
Fin Tutuola: He rang in sick.
Olivia Benson: He's such a hypochondriac. How many times has he had anthrax this week?

[Munch walks by on crutches]
Fin Tutuola: I can't wait to hear this.
John Munch: Your sympathy is overwhelming.
Olivia Benson: What happened to you?
John Munch: Skydiving, hard landing.
Elliot Stabler: He wiped out riding his friend's Harley.
Capt. Donald Cragen: Now the only thing he'll be riding is a desk.

Olivia Benson: Were you a car thief in a former life?
Fin Tutuola: No baby, Boy Scout - always prepared.

Fin Tutuola: Who's side are you on?
Olivia Benson: The victim's. Which is where we should be.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Smoked (#12.24)" (2011)
Olivia Benson: [to the customer at Luke Ronson's salon] Well, be careful, ladies. You ask Luke for "a dye job," he might blow your brains out.

Jenna Fox: [after Luke Ronson is released from custody] Where's he going?
Olivia Benson: Jenna, he's going home. Sweetie, that's not the man that murdered your mother.
Jenna Fox: But he raped her. You can't just let him go.
Olivia Benson: Believe me, we're not.
Jenna Fox: I don't understand. How could it not be him?
Olivia Benson: We don't know that yet.
Jenna Fox: Everything's falling apart. The trial's off, Mom's dead, she trusted you, I trusted you.
Olivia Benson: Nobody is giving up on your mom.
Jenna Fox: I was supposed to go to prom and now I have to bury my mother. And you guys have no clue who killed her.
Olivia Benson: Jenna, these things take time...
Jenna Fox: It's already taken two years! I put my faith in you and... and now I have no one!
Olivia Benson: We're gonna get Luke. I promise.

Special Agent Greer: [to Olivia] I get the feeling your partner's not a people person.
Olivia Benson: You don't know the half of it.

Elliot Stabler: Not looking forward to telling Jenna that her mom's killer is in the wind. Just feels as though we keep failing her.
Olivia Benson: Look, it's not over till it's over. Besides, Eddie doesn't seem like the kind of guy who can stay underground. He needs attention, somebody to brag to.
Elliot Stabler: Well, when we find him again and I accidentally run him over?
Olivia Benson: I'll have your back.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: P.C. (#11.13)" (2010)
Babs Duffy: What's your problem, Stabler?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Have you looked in the mirror lately?
Babs Duffy: You don't want me as an enemy?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, I'm pretty damn sure I don't want you as a friend either.
Babs Duffy: Oh, good. Because a friend would tell you, your ass is huge. I mean shouldn't you work out? Really, it's like it came down the back of your pants...
Detective Olivia Benson: [interrupts her] We're still on the case, Babs. And if we need any help, we'll be sure to call you.
[they walk away]
Babs Duffy: Alright, but how hard can it be? I mean look, I don't expect Assy McBigpants to catch anybody, but Benson, you seem pretty on the ball.

Detective Olivia Benson: So...
Detective Olivia Benson: [Removes her jacket to reveal a button for a lesbian-rights group] Remember me?
Ronnie Watley: Yeah, you were on stage today.
Detective Olivia Benson: Uh oh. That make me one of them.

[the detectives suspect a death metal musician with a vampire schtict of rape]
Captain Donald Cragen: Fin, put up a face union page for Jane Doe. Hopefully it goes viral, and somebody recognizes her.
Detective Olivia Benson: El and I will track down Count Chocula.

Detective Olivia Benson: Our rapist has a website?
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Plus a bunch of songs you can download.
Detective Elliot Stabler: It's a heavy metal band.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Death metal, more like. Think Black Sabbath or Judas Priest, only sicker and more violent.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Slaves (#1.22)" (2000)
Randolph Morrow: Honey, I'd like a mineral water, no ice.
Detective Olivia Benson: And I'd like your balls in a blender, but ain't life a bitch?

Elliot Stabler: [after the Brass just issued orders for SVU to undergo psychiatric evaluations] Do you believe this?
Detective Olivia Benson: Shrinks get shrunk. Maybe we could use a little.

Mrs. Morrow: [about her husband] He treats Tamara like a princess. She is his daughter.
Detective Olivia Benson: Adopted daughter. She's not even his flesh and blood.

Mrs. Morrow: He said it was so perfect. A woman just in the States and nobody would even know she existed. He kept her chained in a closet for the first six months.
Detective Olivia Benson: Except to rape and torture her.
Mrs. Morrow: You have no idea what I went through.
Elliot Stabler: That's why you never did anything for Ilena. Because he stopped doing it to you.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Imposter (#18.3)" (2016)
Olivia Benson: [to Laura] So you didn't know the true identity of this man which means that you never consented to having sex with him.
Laura Collett: Wait a minute. What... what are you saying? What... what he did was a crime?
Olivia Benson: I'm saying that what he did to you is rape.

Odafin Tutuola: Just being real, lying to have sex is just part of the game. I mean, back in the day, I pretended to be Melle Mel's cousin one night. You trying to tell me that was rape?
Olivia Benson: Things have changed, Fin.
Odafin Tutuola: Not that much.

Olivia Benson: [to Erin Dowling] I am so sorry, but I want you to know that we intend to prosecute this man for what he's done, and we hope that we can count on you to cooperate.
Erin Dowling: Are you joking? You want me to tell the world that I was willing to sleep with the admissions director to get my daughter into college?
Olivia Benson: You didn't consent to having sex with Tom Metcalf. He defrauded you.
Erin Dowling: We were two adults playing a game and the hustler got hustled. Lesson learned.

Tom Metcalfe: What am I even doing here? I've done nothing wrong. Since when is having sex a crime?
Olivia Benson: What you did isn't sex. Trust me.
Tom Metcalfe: If you arrested every guy who ever lied to get women, you'd have 50 million men in prison.
Rafael Barba: We're not here to debate the ethics of your behavior, but we are willing to discuss a deal. If you are willing to plead guilty to sexual assault in the third degree...
Tom Metcalfe: Sexual assault? You kidding me? These chicks were begging for it. If anything, they assaulted me.
Rafael Barba: Yes or no?
Tom Metcalfe: Kiss my ass.
Olivia Benson: [places Tom under arrest] Mr. Metcalf, you are under arrest. You have the right to remain silent.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Valentine's Day (#13.18)" (2012)
Olivia Benson: Most rape victims shut down, but not Christine.
Nick Amaro: Yeah, what are you thinking?
Olivia Benson: Look, three black men in a van? Maybe. Or maybe she doesn't want us to know who did this to her.

Olivia Benson: [about Christine] She said she was tired. I didn't want her to lawyer up.
Donald Cragen: Absolutely. There's still a chance she could be a victim.
Amanda Rollins: Well, from what I just heard, she's lying. She's using present tense, she's mixing tenses...
Odafin Tutuola: It's like she's making it up as she goes along. She's trying to convince us.
Olivia Benson: She said, "we had sex" when she was talking about what the rapist did to her. No real victim describes rape like that.

Christine Hartwell: [to Olivia] He made me do those things. I told you.
Olivia Benson: You told me a lot of things, Christine, but I've been doing this for a while. So why don't you tell me what actually happened?
Christine Hartwell: He made me act like I liked it. I didn't know we were being taped.
Olivia Benson: Well, that seemed pretty clear.
Christine Hartwell: I was terrorized for two days by this...
Olivia Benson: Just stop.
Marvin Exley: [as he walks in the room] No, you stop. Stop browbeating my client.
Olivia Benson: Okay, Counselor. You're gonna earn your paycheck on this one.

Olivia Benson: [about Christine] We can't let her get away with it. Every time a woman makes a false accusation, it makes it that much harder for real victims.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Perverted Justice (#16.21)" (2015)
Olivia Benson: So the lead detective was a guy named Ted McCormack and the ADA was O'Dwyer. None of them I've met.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Before your time? Wow!
Olivia Benson: You're missing Staten Island, Carisi?

Donald Cragen: You know, I never thought I would say it, but turns out there's more to life than NYPD.
Nick Amaro: Oh, yeah? Well, the place is falling apart without you
Olivia Benson: Thanks, Nick.

Olivia Benson: [Introducing the new ones to Cragen] And this is Carisi.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Call me Sonny.
Olivia Benson: No one else does.

Bayard Ellis: Thank you, Olivia. We did the right thing.
Olivia Benson: Did we?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Twenty-Five Acts (#14.3)" (2012)
Detective Olivia Benson: SVU: it's the only unit where the victim's word isn't good enough. You have to prove that a crime was committed.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Rollins] Scaring someone into getting a rape kit? Sometimes it's better to build trust.

Captain Steven Harris: [about Jocelyn Paley] If she's not pressing charges, why are we wasting our time?
Detective Olivia Benson: Captain, you're new to SVU. Victims sometimes take time to process.

Rafael Barba: [to Jocelyn After it's discovered she didn't write her book] I told you the first day the one thing you decide not to tell us is the one thing the defense is gonna use to destroy you. What were you thinking?
Detective Olivia Benson: Barba, she gets it.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Witness (#11.16)" (2010)
[last lines; Alex is leaving to join a new ICC task force]
Detective Olivia Benson: Wow. Nardalie really got to you.
A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: She inspired me.

Daniel Stegman: [about Lainie's rapist] How the hell did he get in? That could have been you, Beth.
Beth Stegman: Except I don't parade around in public in my underwear.
Detective Olivia Benson: She could run around naked. That doesn't excuse rape.

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: Lainie, this is your last chance to speak for yourself. Don't you want the jury to hear your side of the story?
Lainie McCallum: What's the point? I'm going to be dead.
A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: The man who did this to you needs to be punished. He will testify it was consensual.
Detective Olivia Benson: Lainie, if you do this your voice will be heard Iong after.

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: [to Olivia] Do you know rape is not recognized as grounds for asylum? It is only granted for persecution based on race, religion, nationality or political opinion. Gender violence isn't even covered.
Detective Olivia Benson: That's outrageous. How can they not recognize the systematic rape of women as torture?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: 911 (#7.3)" (2005)
[on the phone]
Detective Olivia Benson: Maria, wake up! Maria? Maria?
Richard Dwyer: Who is this?
Detective Olivia Benson: This is the police. We know exactly where you are.
[beat]
Richard Dwyer: [sing-song] No, you don't!
[hangs up]

Detective Olivia Benson: This guy is one of the worst child pornographers they've ever seen and they know NOTHING about him.

Maria Recinos: Do you have any children, Olivia?
Detective Olivia Benson: No, I don't.
Maria Recinos: Don't you like children?
Detective Olivia Benson: I love them, I would love to have them.
Maria Recinos: Would you ever send them away, like my mother did me?

Detective Olivia Benson: Sweetie, I know you're tired, but you've got to hang on, we're almost there.
Maria Recinos: You keep saying that, but you're not. He'll come back soon and he'll be angry. I'll hear his footsteps on the stairs.
Detective Olivia Benson: Stairs?
Maria Recinos: Sometimes I just hear his footsteps, sometimes more, on *those* days, I want to die.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Maternal Instincts (#17.6)" (2015)
Odafin Tutuola: [to Olivia:] The DNA reports just came in. Anton raped Alessandra, so he's done and we're done.
Olivia Benson: Okay, it's Dodds' first week. I can't shut down every idea that he has.
Odafin Tutuola: I'll do it.
Olivia Benson: Fin, I asked you to take the sergeant's exam. You told me you that you wanted no part it, okay, so here's where we are.

Olivia Benson: [to Rollins] You recognized your sister in the surveillance video from the pawn shop and you decided to keep it to yourself.
Amanda Rollins: Because I thought the best thing would be to set up a meeting so that I could walk her in without a struggle.
Odafin Tutuola: But she never showed, right?
Amanda Rollins: No, yeah, Fin, she did. It's okay. She did show up, but she just wouldn't listen to me.
Olivia Benson: So you just let her go?
Amanda Rollins: Well, I couldn't run after her and it's not like I'm gonna pull a gun in the park and shoot my sister while my mom's on her way back from getting mimosas.

Olivia Benson: [to Rollins] And where is your sister now?
Amanda Rollins: She said she was going to disappear.
Odafin Tutuola: Good luck. Little Dodds is like a dog with a bone over this.
Amanda Rollins: [to Olivia] Can you call that guy off? 'Cause the last thing I need is him ratting me out to Dodds Senior.

Olivia Benson: [to Dodds] General rule, I appreciate being kept in the loop.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Comic Perversion (#15.15)" (2014)
Rafael Barba: [to Olivia about Renee Clark after she was assaulted by two guys] I can ask for a temporary restraining order, but maybe she should change dorms.
Olivia Benson: Ah, so it's the victim who should change her life?

Olivia Benson: [after seeing Josh Galloway's stand-up act] Anybody else need a shower? He's vile.
Brian Cassidy: He's baiting you, Liv.
Odafin Tutuola: Master baiting.

Olivia Benson: [to Barba] I'm so sorry. It's just my first time on the stand since Lewis.
Rafael Barba: I know. It doesn't matter. We both knew where this was headed.
Olivia Benson: We had to bring this case. It was the right thing to do, you know, for Carly, for the other victims.
Rafael Barba: This was not great for Carly or for the other victims. Are you sure this was not about your ego?
Olivia Benson: What?
Rafael Barba: [to a man as he & Olivia enter a room] Excuse me. We need the room.
Olivia Benson: What did you just say?
Rafael Barba: You just took over the squad. You want to take a big name down, show everyone there's no special treatment under Sergeant Benson's watch.
Olivia Benson: You know that that's not me.
Rafael Barba: You have had a really tough year. You're going through a lot.
Olivia Benson: So which is it? I'm driven by ego or my judgment is impaired?
Rafael Barba: Actually, my judgment is impaired. I never should have let you convince me to take this case.
Olivia Benson: We both decided that it was the right thing to do.
Rafael Barba: This was before I had all the facts. If your detectives had done their due diligence and found that video, I never would have brought this case to trial.
Olivia Benson: We're taking a hit. But blaming me? I thought we had each other's backs.
Rafael Barba: So do I.

Olivia Benson: [to Barba] So, the end of the day, it was the right thing to do to bring this case.
Rafael Barba: Don't fish. You snatched a tie out of the jaws of defeat. You want to stay commanding officer, I want you to stay commanding officer. Don't bring me cases like this.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Sheltered Outcasts (#17.19)" (2016)
Odafin Tutuola: You want me to smack Carisi around a little bit, make his cover look good?
Olivia Benson: Fin, we had two rapes in Inwood this month. That's why Carisi volunteered to live in that shelter undercover. Would you like to take his place?
Odafin Tutuola: No. Copy.
Amanda Rollins: [Fin leaves] Carisi does look like hell.
Olivia Benson: Well, I think he's just trying to fit in.

Amanda Rollins: Sofie didn't recognize the voice?
Olivia Benson: No.
Odafin Tutuola: Doesn't rule 'em out.
Olivia Benson: No, it doesn't rule them out, doesn't rule them in.
Amanda Rollins: And how long is Carisi gonna be up there? He talks a good game, but people get killed in those places.
Olivia Benson: Let's just give it another day or two, see if anything pops.
Odafin Tutuola: He just has to keep his eyes open and act weird. How hard is that for Carisi?

Odafin Tutuola: It's looking pretty empty out there. Is 1PP sending us reinforcements?
Olivia Benson: They sent us Dodds. You didn't seem too thrilled with that.
Odafin Tutuola: Yeah, but then they took him back. I mean, where is he, at some antiterrorist course at Quantico?
Olivia Benson: Yes, for a week. Are you mad that he came, or are you mad that he left?
Odafin Tutuola: Both. I mean... I mean, a lot of things are changing around here. Rollins got a baby. You got a baby.
Olivia Benson: You want a baby?
[Fin gives her a stern look]
Olivia Benson: You want a life.
Odafin Tutuola: This is my life.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, it was my life, too, Fin. My whole life. You know, for what it's worth, having a little balance is not so bad.

Sofie Nowak: He grabbed me and threw me up against the wall, and then pulled off my gold chain. And then he said "Do what I say and you won't get hurt". And I didn't fight him because I was too afraid of the knife.
Olivia Benson: Sofie, you did exactly what you needed to do. You survived.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Pretend (#8.21)" (2007)
Dr. Merrins: [to Olivia about Cassandra] Um, Detective, this is somewhat awkward, but I'm not sure who I should report it to.
Olivia Benson: Report what?
Dr. Merrins: The admission records say she's 16.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, she is.
Dr. Merrins: On the X-ray of her jaw, I noticed she didn't have any buds.
Olivia Benson: Sorry, what are buds?
Dr. Merrins: Undescended wisdom teeth. They don't come in until you reach adulthood.
Olivia Benson: Right.
Dr. Merrins: When I was wiring her, I noticed that she had scars where her wisdom teeth had been extracted.
Olivia Benson: So what does that mean?
Dr. Merrins: Cassandra can't be 16. Judging from how well the scars are healed over, I'd say she has to be in her mid to late 20s.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [When it's revealed that Cassandra lied about her age and identity] Well, whatever your name is. You're over 21, right?
Cassandra Sullivan: [through her wired jaw] No!
Olivia Benson: How long have you been doing this?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Why have you been doing this? I hated tenth grade.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [about Cassandra Sullivan's true identity] Denise Pickering, arrested for shoplifting in Detroit.
Casey Novak: Who's Denise Pickering?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Cassandra Sullivan. AKA Loretta Sheridan, AKA who knows who else?
Casey Novak: She was 16 at the time of her arrest? That makes her 28 now.
Olivia Benson: Gotta give her one thing. She does look good for her age.
Detective Elliot Stabler: The address listed on the report, that was her very first foster family. Child services had removed her from an abusive home.
Olivia Benson: Foster mom said that she was in bad shape when she came in, but a happy kid by the time she aged out at 18.
Casey Novak: So happy she didn't want to leave apparently. So, what, she just went from state to state sneaking back into foster care for the next 12 years?
Olivia Benson: I think so.
Casey Novak: Does she realize she could go to jail for theft over this? She's fraudulently been receiving a free education and free foster care from the state.
Detective Elliot Stabler: I think our biggest problem is we have a grown woman attending high school with a bunch of kids.
Casey Novak: Not anymore. Yank her out and notify A.C.S. to cut all services.
Olivia Benson: What is gonna happen to her? Because I think psychologically, she still is a kid. She's never taken care of herself.
Casey Novak: Well, she's pushing 30. It's time to grow up, but I'll help her find some counseling.

Olivia Benson: [When it's revealed that Cassandra Sullivan\Denise Pickering had been involved with other high school boys] Riley wasn't the love of your life. You didn't love any of them.
Cassandra Sullivan: I did. I loved them all.
Detective Elliot Stabler: So why'd you leave them?
Cassandra Sullivan: They got older. I didn't.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Charisma (#6.7)" (2004)
Detective Olivia Benson: You sat there and you watched as a man raped one of your children and then murdered the other. You might as well have killed him yourself.

Detective Olivia Benson: You took Melanie to the hospital. you called us to see if Abraham had murdered your son, no your son was shot, along with all these other children. All those women out there might be brain washed but your not. You know exactly what he is, a murderer and a child rapist.
Cindy Cramer: That's not true.
Detective Olivia Benson: You knew who he was and you let this happen, you let all those children die.
Cindy Cramer: It was god's will.
Detective Olivia Benson: No Sarah it was your will. You can blame god and you can blame Abraham but we all know the truth. You did this, you sat there and you watched as a man raped one of your children and then murdered the other. You might as well have killed him yourself.
Detective Olivia Benson: He has one of your children and he has your unborn grandchild.

Detective Olivia Benson: [tosses the wallet onto the table in front of Sarah/Cindy] Recognize that? Cindy...
Sarah's Attorney: [Sarah/Cindy looks up at Benson, startled] Her name is Sarah, Detective... Get your cases straight.
Detective Olivia Benson: [points to the wallet] It belonged to John, your husband. The one you said abandoned you ten years ago.
[Sarah/Cindy is obviously confused. She picks up the wallet and looks at it]
Detective Olivia Benson: This is what's left of him. He was shot in the back of the head and buried in the wall in the house where you lived.
Sarah's Attorney: You're accusing my client of murder?
Detective Olivia Benson: No. Just of being stupid. And gullible. You know, it's interesting how Abraham only surrounds himself with women and girls. There's no men anywhere. I wonder if he didn't like the competition.
Cindy Cramer: [teary-eyed, shakes her head] No.
Detective Olivia Benson: No? He killed your husband. The father of your child. What exactly does he have to do for you to stop defending him?
Cindy Cramer: Abraham told me... that John fell in love with another woman. And I believe him.
Detective Olivia Benson: [holds an evidence bag containing John's wedding ring in front of Sarah/Cindy] He was wearing it when he died.
[throws it onto the table; Sarah/Cindy picks it up and starts to cry]
Sarah's Attorney: What do you want from her?
Detective Olivia Benson: Abraham was last seen at Grand Central Station. He's going to wherever he's keeping Melanie. Now, she's gonna have her baby, he's gonna get his hands on her trust fund, and then your daughter is dead. Where are they?
Sarah's Attorney: What are you offering?
Detective Olivia Benson: A chance to do the right thing for Melanie. Something you've never done her entire life.
Sarah's Attorney: That's not good enough.
Cindy Cramer: [still clutching her husband's wedding ring] Up north. This warehouse.

[last lines]
Detective Olivia Benson: Melanie it's ok, it's ok, it's ok, it's ok.
Melanie Cramer: That was a lie.
Detective Olivia Benson: What was?
Melanie Cramer: He said he was greater than god, but nobody is.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Persona (#10.8)" (2008)
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: [to Olivia] Come to show me the error of my ways?
Olivia Benson: You've spent your entire career protecting abused women and now you're going after one.
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: You don't know, do you?
Olivia Benson: Know what?
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: Did you ask Linnie how she escaped?
Olivia Benson: No. Does it matter?
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: She asked for a meeting to discuss a plea bargain. I let her use the bathroom, she crawled out the window.
Olivia Benson: So, you took the fall.
Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: For years, whenever a rookie A.D.A. pulled a stupid move it was known as doing a Donnelly. You have no idea what it was like in law enforcement back in those days. I fought to get assigned to the Homicide Bureau, but the D.A. didn't think it was a suitable job for a woman.

Olivia Benson: [to Linnie] Mia's body is covered in bruises. Husband really did a number on her.
Linnie Malcolm: She told you it was her husband?
Olivia Benson: No. No, we haven't been able to speak with her alone.
Linnie Malcolm: Then how do you know?
Olivia Benson: The same way you know. The way she flinches when he comes toward her, the way she has fear in her eyes when he speaks, the way she wants to jump out of her skin sort of the way you are right now.

Elliot Stabler: How did it go with Mia?
Olivia Benson: Lousy. She's in a shelter, but I pushed her into it.
Elliot Stabler: It's better than staying home and being a sitting duck for Mr. Guns & Ammo.

Donald Cragen: [to Olivia after Mia is murdered by her husband] How you holding up?
Olivia Benson: How do you think?
Donald Cragen: You did everything you could.
Olivia Benson: I could have collared her for filing a false rape report.
Donald Cragen: I have never seen you lock up a victim.
Olivia Benson: At least she'd still be alive.
Donald Cragen: For how long? Sooner or later, she would have gone back to him. Mia made her choice, Liv.
Olivia Benson: You saying it's her fault?
Donald Cragen: No, but it's not yours, either.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Wrath (#3.2)" (2001)
[a murderer is stalking Olivia]
Elliot Stabler: I didn't tell you about the detail because I knew you'd refuse.
Olivia Benson: Only the rat-squad puts cops on other cops, Elliot, without telling them. I deserve better than that. Especially from you.
Elliot Stabler: [pauses] You've been under a lot of stress lately...
Olivia Benson: I've always backed your play.
Elliot Stabler: And I did what I had to do. The guy's murdered four people, what's to stop him from coming after you, Olivia?
Olivia Benson: If you can't trust your partner, Elliot, it's time to get a new one.

Olivia Benson: We've gotten warrants based on less, why are you stonewalling?
ADA Alexandra Cabot: This is different and you know it. Once a judge hears the suspect's history, he's gonna bend over backwards for the guy.
Olivia Benson: I saw him, Alex. Plummer is stalking me.
ADA Alexandra Cabot: How did he know where you were when he was in the interview room being questioned?
Olivia Benson: He must've overheard.
ADA Alexandra Cabot: Okay, how many businesses are in the area near Chauncey's?
Olivia Benson: I don't know, several. Why? Where are you going with this?
ADA Alexandra Cabot: Any decent defense attorney is going to say that Mr. Plummer was in the area running errands, that it was just a coincidence.
Olivia Benson: He has killed four people and we're doing *nothing*.
ADA Alexandra Cabot: How many drinks did you have? Olivia, the system made a mistake before, now everything we do is under a microscope.
Olivia Benson: [pause] I wasn't drunk.

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

[last lines, after Olivia's killed someone]
Olivia Benson: I gotta give my statement.
Elliot Stabler: I'll take it...
Olivia Benson: YOU leave me alone.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Rapist Anonymous (#15.9)" (2013)
Dr. Melinda Warner: So, it turns out she is lesbian. He is transgender. And we found the murder weapon lodged in his anal canal
[Ohh!]
Detective Olivia Benson: Hey, try the hot soppressata
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: My favorite is still the sherling we found humping that passed out vic
[oh yeah]
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: and he tells me: I though she was dead.
[laughter]
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Turns out he just a little co-fetish
Detective Olivia Benson: Hey guys, uhm, maybe we don't talk shop?

Detective Olivia Benson: Unlike the rest of us, Rollins was actually working last night.

Donald Cragen: [to Barba] What's your gut, Counselor?
Rafael Barba: They had consensual sex earlier, she told him she wanted to be humiliated. That's a "he texted, she texted".
Donald Cragen: Name an acquaintance rape that isn't.
Detective Olivia Benson: Look, aren't you the D.A. who convicted two Brooklyn men of raping a prostitute after she'd serviced one of them?
Rafael Barba: Those guys were scumbags. This suspect is an educated, middle-class nice Jewish lawyer with glasses, a good job, no record, no history of violence. She's a sexually experimental department store sales girl with a drug and alcohol history.
[to Rollins]
Rafael Barba: Tell her to stay away from him.
Amanda Rollins: And that's it?
Rafael Barba: I can help her with a restraining order. You can get her counseling, but I cannot charge him.
Amanda Rollins: So Lena's working to overcome her addiction, so her word's no good?
Donald Cragen: Well, if I heard the counselor correctly, he said he doesn't have enough to charge Mr. Fierstein now. He's under stress. He slipped once. See what happens when you up the pressure.

Detective Olivia Benson: Amanda, I've been where you are, okay? Certain victims, they push buttons. Okay, you get caught up, you lose perspective.
Amanda Rollins: This isn't about my sister.
Detective Olivia Benson: You went through a lot with her. Have you talked to anyone about it?
Amanda Rollins: Yeah, actually in meetings.
Detective Olivia Benson: I meant a therapist.
Amanda Rollins: Oh, I don't have to pay for someone to listen to my problems.
[walks away]
Detective Olivia Benson: Wow.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Wannabe (#11.23)" (2010)
Brad Fletcher: Look, he's the rapist. Check this out. Look.
[tries to Olivia and Elliot the birthmark on the suspect]
Wayne Hankett: Hey, how many times are you going to grab my junk, you pervert?
Elliot Stabler: What are you doing?
Brad Fletcher: I was just showing you the birthmark. It's him. I got the right guy.
Olivia Benson: Let's not strip-search him in public.

Olivia Benson: [When Wayne Hankett flashes Elliot and Olivia] Whoa, we don't need to see anything south of Key West!

Olivia Benson: Hold on. Aside from the embarrassment to the department, Fletcher not being a police officer is good news, right? It gets all the evidence back in.
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: Yeah, Hankett's Fourth Amendment protections only extend to illegal search and seizures by cops, not civilians.
John Munch: Of course, our charming rapist has recourse to sue Fletcher.
Elliot Stabler: Have at it. As long as we get our evidence, this just might work out for the best.

Brad Fletcher: I am going to be a police officer.
Olivia Benson: You can kiss that dream goodbye. A felony on your record is automatic disqualification.
Brad Fletcher: I haven't committed a felony.
Elliot Stabler: No, you committed two. Impersonation of a police officer and criminal possession of a gun.
Mrs. Fletcher: No, the gun is mine. It's registered.
Olivia Benson: To you. What were you thinking letting a child carry a gun? You have to be 21 to get a permit to carry.
Elliot Stabler: I guess you don't know as much about the law as you think you do.
Olivia Benson: No worries. You'll have plenty of time to read in jail.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Bully (#12.18)" (2011)
Detective Olivia Benson: Everyone at Luscious Grape said they were all so close one big, happy family. Wouldn't you notice if your sister was pulling her hair out?

Detective Olivia Benson: So who banged up your car, the dent fairy?

Detective Olivia Benson: You all killed Ellen with your greed. Your friend needed you and you turned your back on her.

Detective Olivia Benson: [after learning that Ellen became intoxicated by the perp inserting a bottle of alcohol in her anus] File under "things I never wanted to know."


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Babes (#10.6)" (2008)
Olivia Benson: [to Tina Bernardi] Josh suffered from schizophrenia. You're not worried that your baby is going to be predisposed to it?
Christina 'Tina' Divola Bernardi: No way. What does "predisposed" mean?

Olivia Benson: Fidelia, you need to screw your head on straight. This is a baby we're talking about, not a new shade of lipstick.

Olivia Benson: Fidelia, why don't we talk about the father of the baby, huh?
Fidelia Vidal: So, what's your story?
Olivia Benson: Excuse me?
Fidelia Vidal: You have kids? You're pretty old.
Olivia Benson: We're here to talk about you.
Fidelia Vidal: I bet you're jealous. Old chicks are totally jealous of me. Is that it? Did you wait too long? Tick-tock.
Fidelia Vidal: [rubs her pregnant stomach]
Olivia Benson: Fidelia, a baby is not an accessory. It is not a bracelet or a pair of earrings or a slamming pair of jeans. This is a living, breathing human being that you are bringing onto this earth.
Fidelia Vidal: You think I don't know that?
Olivia Benson: If you did, you'd be petrified about your future. Do you know the odds of a teen mom finishing high school? Forget college or any other dream that you might have. Life as you know it is over now. There's no going to the mall or hanging out with your friends. I mean, you might see them, but if you do, it'll probably be in line waiting for food stamps or all of you going to the doctor, trying to get an appointment at the free clinic.
Fidelia Vidal: Daddy, make her be quiet.
Gordon Vidal: That's enough, Detective.
Olivia Benson: Do you know the health risks to babies of teen moms? Dyslexia, retardation, increased risks of blindness, cerebral palsy...
Fidelia Vidal: Daddy...
Gordon Vidal: Don't you try to blame my daughter. She's just a child.
Olivia Benson: That's my point exactly.

Olivia Benson: [to Elliot] Babies having babies doesn't bother you?
Elliot Stabler: Babies killing babies bothers me.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Closure: Part 2 (#2.3)" (2000)
Detective Olivia Benson: [Benson and Stabler interview a newsstand owner who saw the woman who anonymously reported a rape in progress from a payphone] Could you describe her to a police sketch artist?
George: I didn't get a look at her face. I was too busy trying to get Ginger into the car.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Do you remember what she was wearing?
George: Oh, yeah. A black sweater and black slacks and thong panties.
Detective Olivia Benson: You didn't get a look at her face, but you know she was wearing thong panties?
George: I saw the panty-line. She had a nice ass which was more interesting to me then her face.
George: [Benson and Stabler both throw him a "give me a break" look] I'm an ass man! I don't apologize for it.

[after listening to the 911 call]
Detective Olivia Benson: So, maybe two witnesses.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Three, if you count the dog.

Harper Anderson: [to Olivia] You think I'm Velma Vigilante stalking Cleary, waiting for the perfect moment to shoot him? That's not who I am.
Detective Olivia Benson: You're not the same person I knew six months ago.
Harper Anderson: I was a rape victim when you met me. I finally have control over my life back. I'm not interested in revenge. I'm not even interested in justice anymore.
Detective Olivia Benson: Then why follow Cleary?
Harper Anderson: Because I'm afraid of him and he's the last thing I'm afraid of. If I can get over that, I will have my life back completely.

Harper Anderson: I don't expect anything from you.
Detective Olivia Benson: We did everything that we could. You couldn't ID him, so we couldn't hold him.
Harper Anderson: You could have followed him. You knew he would rape again.
Detective Olivia Benson: I'd like to follow every guy that I know that has a propensity to rape.
Harper Anderson: Poor police. So overworked!
Detective Olivia Benson: Harper, you're not equipped to deal with this.
Harper Anderson: I'm equipped. I don't approach him. I'm doing what any private investigator would do and I don't need a license to do it for myself.
Detective Olivia Benson: You're harassing his wife.
Harper Anderson: Give me a break! She's enabling a rapist. And you're too busy to deal with him, so I will.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Stalked (#1.8)" (1999)
[Stabler drove out of his way to check on Benson]
Olivia Benson: I sure as hell wouldn't drive all the way to Queens just to save *your* ass.
Elliot Stabler: Yeah, you would.
Olivia Benson: [pause] OK, but only because you have a wife and kids.
Elliot Stabler: Yeah.

Olivia Benson: You're a nosy parker.
Richard White: And you're a bitch.
Olivia Benson: Did I hit a nerve?
Richard White: I don't have any nerves.
Olivia Benson: We'll see.

Olivia Benson: [dryly] Go with God, Richard.

Olivia Benson: He's stalking her.
Captain Donald Cragen: Impossible, New York doesn't have a stalking statute, therefore he can't be stalking her.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Patrimonial Burden (#17.7)" (2015)
Dominick 'Sonny' Carisi, Jr.: Hey, lieutenant. How was your weekend?
Olivia Benson: Well, it was fine until now.

Olivia Benson: [trying to investigate how a thirteen year old got pregnant] With all due respect, this wasn't an immaculate conception.

Olivia Benson: Well, Dodds, do you still think this was a waste of time?
Mike Dodds: No, I get it, it's just that I thought SVU would be taking rapists off the street, not out of churches.
Olivia Benson: The thing is, Dodds, most rapists don't hunt on the street. They hunt where they're trusted.

Officer Doug Tramwell: Pastor Eldon, you are under arrest for the statutory rape of Summer Baker.
Olivia Benson: And for the statutory rape of Lane Baker.
Dominick 'Sonny' Carisi, Jr.: You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say...
Pastor Gregory Eldon: I know my rights. None of this will hold up in court. I love you, Lane.
[Officer Tramwell starts to take Eldon away, but Carisi stops them]
Dominick 'Sonny' Carisi, Jr.: You really are a piece of crap.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Behave (#12.3)" (2010)
Detective Olivia Benson: Vicki, if I have to live with you for the next 20 years, I promise you he is never going to touch you again.

Vicki: He raped me. Again.
Detective Elliot Stabler: [arriving at the hospital] Again? She mention the guy's name?
Dr. Tanaka: Says she doesn't know it.
Detective Olivia Benson: And... he attacked her how many times?
Dr. Tanaka: She told the EMTs four, over the past 15 years.

Detective Olivia Benson: LAPD just hit the jackpot on my victim's previous rape.
[scene changes to Los Angeles]
Detective Rex Winters: Rex Winters.
Detective Olivia Benson: Olivia Benson.
Detective Rex Winters: [shaking hands] Hi.
Detective Olivia Benson: So, Vicki's rape kit.
Detective Rex Winters: Lab's still processing the DNA.
Detective Olivia Benson: Why'd it take so long to test it?
Detective Rex Winters: 'Cause we have thousands of kits sitting in the freezer. How bad's your backlog?
Detective Olivia Benson: [annoyed] We don't have one. Every kit is tested after an assault, and the results are forwarded back to us and to the D.A. So how long until we get Vicki's results?
Detective Rex Winters: I'm not sure, but I do have something else. William Harris? Runs a storage locker in Boyle Heights.
Detective Olivia Benson: The company he works for is headquartered out here. But why does he need a locker?
Detective Rex Winters: That's a good question. But he's had it since August 2000.
Detective Olivia Benson: That was right after Vicki was raped. How fast can you get a warrant?
[Detective Rex Winters pulls a search warrant out of his jacket]

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Harris] You're my Bitch now.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Hooked (#6.15)" (2005)
Elliot Stabler: How many teenage girls do you know who are too busy to have boyfriends?
Olivia Benson: None.

Olivia Benson: You know, when we were kids, our parents told us that we were too young to date just one person.
Elliot Stabler: Now you pray your kids only date one person.

Olivia Benson: Angela, you have lied to us about everything. We're trying to catch the person who murdered your best friend and you just keep lying.

Elliot Stabler: [about Lisa Downey] How did this happen? Six months ago she was just another 15-year-old.
Olivia Benson: Till she started hooking up with half of Queens. After that, it's no big deal to have sex for designer clothes or prostitute yourself in a hotel.
Donald Cragen: And she ends up as Trudi Strutz, porn star.
Elliot Stabler: She ends up dead on a roof.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Decaying Morality (#16.13)" (2015)
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: That went well.
Olivia Benson: For who?

A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Do not leak this to the press.
Olivia Benson: We all know that there are more victims out there. Each one of them thinks that they're the only one, nobody will believe them. As soon as that they find out that it happens to others, they'll come forward.
Dominick 'Sonny' Carisi, Jr.: Throw a rock, watch the ripples.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: I am not hearing any of this.

Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: [after watching Jerome's "confession" to Luke] Okay, he goes on from there. He did give CPR.
Nick Amaro: Yeah, the M.E. thinks Jerome died of a heart attack triggered by his asthma.
Olivia Benson: Luke Davis called 911, so he did not intend to kill Jerome.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Legally, it doesn't make any difference.
Nick Amaro: Well, that confession might complicate things.
Amanda Rollins: The nail gun makes that confession completely coerced.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Either way, Luke Davis looks good for felony murder.
Dominick 'Sonny' Carisi, Jr.: You think? You do know the defendant gets a free pass on that if he can show he acted under extreme emotional duress.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Boo-yah, Fordham Law! The facts are clear. Luke Davis kidnaps Jerome Jones. Tortures him, within an hour, Jerome's dead.
Olivia Benson: [to the detectives] He may be dead, our job is to figure out whether or not he is guilty. So, keep pushing for the DNA and get the security footage from TARU.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Yes. And if Jerome is good for the rape...
Nick Amaro: No way a jury convicts Luke.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Thank you for your support. If you come to arraignment, keep your mouths shut.

Olivia Benson: [after finding out they can't hold Jerome] Cause? Carisi, she ID'ed him. Okay, I'm sorry. I know it's not on you. So, re-interview his co-workers, uh, put a rush on that DNA. I need security footage from the pizza place, from the street. Keep pushing.
Dr. Neil Alexander: [Dr. Alexander walks up to Benson] Sergeant, excuse me?
Olivia Benson: [getting off the phone] Um, Carisi, let me call you back.
Dr. Neil Alexander: I just got a call from an associate at 1PP. Tell me this isn't true.
Olivia Benson: I just found out myself. But don't worry, we will make the case.
Luke Davis: [Luke walks up to Benson and Dr. Alexander] What's going on?
Dr. Neil Alexander: [to Luke] They're letting the suspect go.
Luke Davis: What? Why?
Dr. Neil Alexander: You want to tell him this, or shall I?
Olivia Benson: [to Luke] We don't have enough to charge him.
Luke Davis: [to Dr. Alexander] What am I missing?
Dr. Neil Alexander: He's one of the Prospect Park Three.
Luke Davis: Oh, he's one of them?
Dr. Neil Alexander: Yeah.
Luke Davis: So, he's a known thug rapist who got off on a technicality?
Olivia Benson: Look, there's a lot of problems with that case. It wasn't just a lab issue...
Dr. Neil Alexander: The bottom line is, he's suing NYPD for millions and SVU is treating him with kid gloves.
Luke Davis: [to Benson] Seriously? So you just cut him loose because of the pending lawsuit?
Olivia Benson: We're not dropping the case. We just have to collect as much evidence as we can before charging him.
Luke Davis: My daughter was brutalized by this creep. You arrested him. Now he's out on the streets. Who's pulling your strings, Al Sharpton?
Olivia Benson: This isn't about politics. We care about your daughter.
Luke Davis: [walking away] Not as much as I do.


"Law & Order: Flaw (#16.2)" (2005)
Olivia Benson: So what do we got?
Detective Ed Green: I'm not sure. Now, you didn't get any strange phone calls last night? Any messages, anything logged in as a miscall?
Olivia Benson: No. And you're certain that your vic was trying to call me?
Detective Joe Fontana: His life flashed before his eyes. You were the star player.
Olivia Benson: And you say his name is Patrick Sullivan?
Detective Ed Green: Ring any bells?
Olivia Benson: None.
Detective Joe Fontana: Maybe his face will.
Olivia Benson: [Green pulls back the sheet over the victim] Never seen him before in my life.
Detective Joe Fontana: Which begs the question...
Olivia Benson: Why did he die trying to call me?

Olivia Benson: Real piece of work. That's Lorraine Dillon. The blonde is April Troost, her daughter. 25, IQ off the charts, but good luck trying to find a heartbeat.
Detective Joe Fontana: You had 'em on racketeering?
Olivia Benson: And they walked. Not this time.
Detective Joe Fontana: You realize this is a long shot?
Olivia Benson: Sullivan died trying to call me. You were right. This was personal.

Olivia Benson: [searching April and Lorraine's hotel room, Benson leaves to search another room] Hey, Green.
Detective Ed Green: Yeah?
Olivia Benson: What caliber was the gun used to shoot Sullivan?
Detective Ed Green: It was a .38.
Olivia Benson: [returning with a gun on the end of her pen] Kind of like this one?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Closet (#9.16)" (2008)
Olivia Benson: [about the body of the murder victim] Looks like he died laughing.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Or screaming.

Olivia Benson: So some football player is gay. What is the big deal?
Elliot Stabler: Look, it is. You got millions of kids with these guys' posters hanging off their walls. They idolize 'em.
Olivia Benson: As long as he's sleeping with women.
Elliot Stabler: Lincoln Haver is my kid's hero.
Olivia Benson: Well, let's go pay him a visit. Maybe Linc will sign an autograph for Dickie.

Olivia Benson: How screwed up is this? Our perp is now the victim.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Forty-One Witnesses (#17.13)" (2016)
Mike Dodds: The vic is Libby Parker, apartment B11. Super found her in the courtyard, 7:00 a.m.
Olivia Benson: Anyone get eyes on the perp?
Odafin Tutuola: No video, no one's come forward.
Olivia Benson: Guys, there's a hundred windows up there. Somebody saw something.

Mike Dodds: The café's a drug den. No one saw a thing.
Amanda Rollins: But still, her building... I mean, how many people face that courtyard?
Odafin Tutuola: This one says his window was closed, that one says she went to bed early.
Olivia Benson: Bystander effect. Sometimes the more witnesses, the less help.

Rafael Barba: [skeptical of a witness's credibility] I'm not even sure putting this guy on the stand is a great idea.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: What, you got a better one?
Rafael Barba: He's worse than all the others. And that's no easy task.
Olivia Benson: Hey, Barba...
Rafael Barba: Well, at least they admitted that they were there.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Privilege (#4.17)" (2003)
Olivia Benson: [When Tom Payson refuses to let the detectives inside the Lamerlys' residence] Well, we could come back with a warrant and a couple of TV crews if you'd like.

Elliot Stabler: [to Drew about his relationship with Carmen Trancoso] You guys spent the night together a lot, right?
Drew Lamerly: Well, I told you, it was a very intense relationship.
Elliot Stabler: [shows Drew pictures of the bruises on Carmen's body] You call beating the crap out of her intense, huh? You little prick, you did this to her.
Drew Lamerly: Yes, I did do this, but she wanted me to.
Olivia Benson: No. No woman wants this.
Drew Lamerly: Carmen did! This was her thing.
Olivia Benson: So you beat and rape her because it was her thing?

Olivia Benson: So our victim is now a gold-digging whore and we are totally being jerked around. Every time we come up with something, the Lamerlys are ready and waiting with some plausible explanation.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Honor (#2.2)" (2000)
Olivia Benson: [to Stabler] Can you imagine what Maureen would do if you told her she couldn't wear jeans?
Elliot Stabler: That's a place I wouldn't go.

Donald Cragen: [about Nafessa] What, it's her fault she was raped?
Olivia Benson: She brought shame and dishonor to her family. They behead women for that where she comes from.
John Munch: My first wife dishonored me. I had to pay her alimony.

Saleh Amir: [to Stabler and Olivia] I told you to leave us alone!
Olivia Benson: Sir, your daughter passed away and you don't even care.
Aziza Amir: Saleh?
Saleh Amir: Go now.
Elliot Stabler: Where's your son?
Saleh Amir: Get out.
Elliot Stabler: We know Nafeesa was here the night of the attack. Doorman saw her come in. Nobody saw her leave.
Olivia Benson: Because your son took her out through the garage and dumped her in the park. Were you watching when he put the knife through her heart?
Saleh Amir: She was a whore like you.
Aziza Amir: She was your daughter!


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Bombshell (#12.19)" (2011)
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, Elliot and I have been into each other for so long that we decided to spread our wings a little.

Detective Olivia Benson: It's still incest.
Detective Elliot Stabler: "Twincest".

Detective Olivia Benson: You sure this guy's out here? The only thing I've seen in the last half hour is a five pound rat.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, you've got it bad? I just saw a transvestite that looks like Munch.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Baby Killer (#2.5)" (2000)
Olivia Benson: [after another child is killed] Cycle never ends, does it?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Welcome to the Gaza Strip.

Olivia Benson: [about Elias] Elliot, you're searching for a way to make him a victim. The only victim here is a dead little girl.

Olivia Benson: [about Elias' picture that he drew] When he drew this, he wasn't plotting out Carly Jackson's murder. This was a cry for help. He wanted somebody to know what he saw.
Alexandra Cabot: He's been through an interrogation, a court hearing, taken from his family and placed in detention. Why wouldn't he have said something by now?
Donald Cragen: Look at the players involved: drug dealers and killers. If Elias was drawn into this world at all, he knows what happens to people who talk.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Third Guy (#1.16)" (2000)
Tech: Guy ejaculated on her thigh. Take a look at this. Tied up with her own support hose.
Detective Olivia Benson: The attacker came unprepared. The rape was probably an afterthought.
Detective Elliot Stabler: How do you get those thoughts about somebody who looks like your grandmother?

Detective Olivia Benson: I could be wrong, but Good Samaritans don't usually rape elderly women.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Carlos] Let me explain something to you. You jerk us around, you jerk your deal off the table.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Acceptable Loss (#14.4)" (2012)
Captain Donald Cragen: Nice to see the place didn't completely fall apart while I was gone.
Detective Olivia Benson: It hasn't been the same without you.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: I took a two week coffee break and nobody noticed.

Lieutenant Alexandra Eames: They all have a reason. Something.
Detective Olivia Benson: And that's how you break them. Get them to tell their story.
Lieutenant Alexandra Eames: Isn't that how you do it?
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, I don't normally do it leaning over sideways.
[Mimicks the lean. They both laugh]
Lieutenant Alexandra Eames: I learned that from my partner at Major Case. It was his way of keeping eye contact.
Detective Olivia Benson: It's a little eccentric.
Lieutenant Alexandra Eames: You have no idea.
Detective Olivia Benson: Okay.
Lieutenant Alexandra Eames: All that time together, the two of us... it was like we were married.
Detective Olivia Benson: [Knowingly] But you weren't.

Detective Olivia Benson: Captain. I didn't see you come in.
Captain Donald Cragen: You probably didn't recognize me without the orange jumpsuit.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Bedtime (#11.18)" (2010)
Detective Olivia Benson: So your hand on my breast was just a happy accident?

Rita Wills: I made love to him. But then, my friend came early.
Detective Elliot Stabler: What friend?
Detective Olivia Benson: She's talking about her period.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Susan] Those bitches didn't deserve your man, his wife didn't deserve your man!


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Loss (#5.4)" (2003)
Olivia Benson: What's the story?
Dr. Melinda Warner: Hasn't been dead more than twelve hours. No stab or gunshot wounds. You can see the trauma to the left side of her face and torso. Beat her to death.
Olivia Benson: Rape kit?
Dr. Melinda Warner: Positive for fluids. She was moved post-mortem, too. Lividity looks like she died on her back, but she was on her side when they found her.
Elliot Stabler: Sounds like a dump job. Question: why here?
Olivia Benson: She's got a boyfriend in the neighborhood. He starts smacking her around, she grabs the coat and tries to leave.
Elliot Stabler: Or she's a high-priced call girl. John's got some fantasy of her showing up wearing nothing but the coat, only this time the john's a psycho.
Dr. Melinda Warner: I'm guessing whatever she was, she said something she shouldn't have.
Elliot Stabler: How do you figure that?
Dr. Melinda Warner: Guy cut out her tongue.

Elliot Stabler: TRW and Equifax both show no activity on that social prior to June 2001. No bank accounts, no student loans, no jobs. All of her credit cards were issued around the same time also.
Olivia Benson: DMV says Livia Tellez was issued a New York State driver's license same month, same year. No prior driving record in any other state.
Donald Cragen: And nobody knew anything about this girl?
John Munch: Neighbors were just passing acquaintances.
Fin Tutuola: Vital statistics doesn't have anything on her or any living relative.
Donald Cragen: We can rule out identity theft. Can't steal an identity that didn't exist until a couple of years ago.
Olivia Benson: Everything that we've found says that Livia Tellez just appeared out of nowhere.
Donald Cragen: What about witness protection?
Elliot Stabler: We checked. She's not one of theirs.
John Munch: Feel free to express your derision and ridicule, but I'm gonna say it: spook.
Fin Tutuola: I'm not ridiculing. We probably got spies from every country all over this city.
Donald Cragen: Uh, before we call in the CIA, let's see if the body can shed some light on who this girl really was.

Donald Cragen: Why is the DEA following my detectives?
D.E.A. Agent Jack Hammond: We needed to make sure that they weren't working for the people we were investigating.
Elliot Stabler: You sure now?
D.E.A. Agent Jack Hammond: If I weren't, you'd already be in federal lockup, Detective Stabler.
Tim Donovan: Officer Sandoval's prints were red-flagged in the system. When you ran them, it tipped us off.
Olivia Benson: And it never occurred to you that we ran them because we were investigating her murder?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Transitions (#10.14)" (2009)
Detective Elliot Stabler: Where'd you get the black eye?
Ellen Van Kuren: Hailey... I caught her climbing in the window at 2 in the morning Monday night, I demanded to know where she was, we had an argument, and she punched me.
Detective Olivia Benson: Monday night was when Mark was attacked.
Ellen Van Kuren: Oh... oh my God.

Detective Olivia Benson: Who were you out with Monday night?
Henry: Just a boy.
Ellen Van Kuren: A boy? Hailey, you're gay?
Henry: You still don't get it, mom, I'm a GIRL! I'm SUPPOSED to like boys.

Detective Olivia Benson: Your father was attacked Monday night.
Henry: Is he dead?
Detective Olivia Benson: No, he's going to be just fine.
Henry: Too bad, wish he was dead.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Venom (#7.18)" (2006)
Ken Randall: [to Olivia after he's been arrested] Thanks for coming. I didn't know who else to call.
Olivia Benson: What about Fin?
Ken Randall: My father's not an option.

Olivia Benson: [to Stabler] Kids lie. Even yours whether you live with them full time or not.

Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola: It's not your place to make decisions for my family, Olivia. You keep running interference between me and my son, you and I are gonna have a problem.
Olivia Benson: That wasn't my intention.
Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola: I understand. You're just trying to help, but my son and I have a lot to work out and we're not gonna get anywhere with you in the way.
Olivia Benson: You're right and I'm sorry, but I think the real reason you're pissed off is 'cause you're boxed into a corner.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Sophomore Jinx (#1.6)" (1999)
Elliot Stabler: [staring at the place where a body has been found that is covered in flowers and such] Just once, I want to see people take a little bit of a breather before they let the healing begin. Look at this. 'Enrolled in God's college now. We love you, Jeanne.'
Olivia Benson: Come on Elliot. It's a spontaneous outpouring of emotion.
Elliot Stabler: I'm just saying, If ever go down, you better make sure the place where my body is found doesn't EVER look like this or I will haunt you for the rest of your days.
Olivia Benson: Gotcha.

Olivia Benson: [to Elliot] Oh no, you meant that he hit her over the head with the building.

Olivia Benson: [searching for their murder weapon] What if he pushes her down the stairs? This whole time, we've been assuming that the rock hit her.
Elliot Stabler: Maybe she hit the rock.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Gone (#7.16)" (2006)
Detective Olivia Benson: Doug Waverly, Nicky Pratt, you're under arrest for the murder of Jason King.
Doug Waverly: You can't prove we murdered anyone.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You like that sea bass? You're gonna love what we just pulled out of the river.

[last lines]
Detective Olivia Benson: Doug Waverly, Nicky Pratt, you're under arrest for the murder of Jason King.
Doug Waverly: You can't prove we murdered anyone.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You like that sea bass? You're gonna love what we just pulled out of the river.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [after getting the results of the tire tracks] Roadmaster Excelsiors, Used on any one of a couple dozen compacts.
Detective Olivia Benson: It doesn't match our boys. None of their families own anything smaller than a C-Class Mercedes.
Detective Elliot Stabler: And there was no sign of a struggle in or around the house. Jason must've known whoever came to get him.
Casey Novak: It had to be Nick and Doug.
Donald Cragen: Houdini couldn't make people disappear like these guys can.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Are you saying they found out from us?
Casey Novak: Why are you hanging around here when you should be looking for Jason?
Detective Elliot Stabler: We're not hanging around, we've been busting our asses!
Casey Novak: Jason is missing, and Nick and Doug are going to walk unless you call in the troops to find him!
Donald Cragen: All right, look, we call in the troops, and everybody finds out Jason is gone. Now, you wanna think about that for a second or just keep playing you blame game?
Casey Novak: [softly] Is that was this? A game?
[Novak walks away. Stabler goes to follow but Cragen stops him]
Donald Cragen: [to Stabler] I've got her.
[Cragen follows Novak into his office]
Casey Novak: [voice breaking] I told Jason everything would be okay.
Donald Cragen: You don't know for sure that isn't.
Casey Novak: We both know something bad happened to him. He trusted me and I let him down.
Donald Cragen: Beating yourself up isn't gonna help us find him any faster.
Casey Novak: You're right. If this gets out, I won't have a case. We have to keep it quiet.
Donald Cragen: What's the next move?
Casey Novak: I have to tell the D.A.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Paranoia (#2.14)" (2001)
Detective Olivia Benson: Remember when the lieutenant told me to go up to the roof of the station house to turn on the lights so the captain could get his chopper ready?
Sgt. Karen Smythe: [laughing] You asked if you should have red paddles to guide him in.
Detective Olivia Benson: [laughing] I didn't take it very well, did I?

Elliot Stabler: [When the IAB detectives come to the squad room] You find anything incriminating in my wife's photo?
Detective Olivia Benson: If you're hungry, I left a candy bar there. It's a Hershey bar on the second drawer on the left. Sorry, no cheese.

Elliot Stabler: Feels good to eat like a human being again.
Detective Olivia Benson: You get your test results?
Elliot Stabler: Clean bill of health. Negative for HIV, hepatitis. Salute.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Prodigy (#3.13)" (2002)
Vinnie: Screw you.
Olivia Benson: I can screw you harder.

[after finding a dead couple in a park]
Olivia Benson: He's got a wedding ring, is this a married couple?
Elliot Stabler: Trust me, married couples don't have sex in parks.

Elliot Stabler: Tidy...
Olivia Benson: It could use a splash of color.
Elliot Stabler: [points to black, gray, white and red painting on the wall] There ya are...
Olivia Benson: Blood red wasn't what I had in mind.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Surrendering Noah (#16.23)" (2015)
Rafael Barba: So, what's the problem?
Olivia Benson: Lying doesn't work out well for me.

Nick Amaro: [Olivia told Nick some bad news] I get it.
Olivia Benson: I'm sorry.
Nick Amaro: Don't be. What was it Munch said? "Don't fall in love with your job, kid. She'll never love you back."

Nick Amaro: I am sure.
Olivia Benson: I don't know what to say.
Nick Amaro: Well, I wasn't what your old partner was for you.
Olivia Benson: No, you weren't. I grew more in my last four years with you than I did in the twelve years that I was with him. You know that relationship, whatever it was, didn't allow for anything else. But with you, with your support, I have a family.
Nick Amaro: Yes, you do.
Olivia Benson: You helped me grow.
Nick Amaro: I appreciate you saying that.
Olivia Benson: Wow, so, whatever happens, Nick Amaro, friends for life.
Nick Amaro: Friends for life.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Angels (#4.6)" (2002)
Olivia Benson: [to Ernesto] Hey, you're in a lot of trouble. Do you understand that?
Ernesto Diaz: Deport me.
Det. Elliot Stabler: We don't deport killers.

Dr. George Huang: [about Ernesto being a possible suspect in Jansen's murder] Jansen used his genitals as a weapon against him and José. Cutting them off might be the ultimate protection.
Olivia Benson: That crime scene was a bloodbath and Ernesto didn't have a drop on him. Plus we didn't find any spattered clothing.
Det. Elliot Stabler: And CSU found fresh traces of blood in the shower. So whoever did kill Jansen was savvy enough to clean up after himself. An adult might think of that, but a 14-year-old boy?
Dr. George Huang: I said it was possible. I didn't say I thought he did it.
Donald Cragen: Just seeing Jansen chopped up would be horrific enough to traumatize this kid.

Olivia Benson: [after seeing Cabot having dinner with Trevor Langan] I think Alex is dining with the enemy.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Anchor (#11.10)" (2009)
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: We gave out about a hundred flyers. TV news could reach thousands.
Olivia Benson: You know, when I was dating that guy at The Ledger, I got to know this woman on the crime desk. Her name was Nicole Gleason.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: One PP said no press.
Olivia Benson: She's cute. I could introduce you.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: I don't need help hooking up.
Olivia Benson: No, but you are going to need an alibi if somebody sees you having a drink with a journalist.

Olivia Benson: [as Fin is looking at the photos of the three murdered children] Smiles like that ought to live forever. The kids always get to me, too, Fin.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: If you came to give me a pep talk, save it.
Olivia Benson: Actually, I came to give you these.
[hands him a pile of papers]
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Seriously? Are you kidding me? Paperwork?
[throws the papers on the floor]
Olivia Benson: They're employee files. For every vendor who does business with the Center of lmmigrant Services From the company that does their payroll to the one that cleans their toilet. I figured that one of the people that goes in and out of there on a daily basis might be your bad guy.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: You stuck your neck out running down leads for me.
Olivia Benson: And this is the thanks I get?
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: I've been putting my foot in it with every woman that crossed my path today.

Olivia Benson: Fin, you've worked cases like this before. What is it about these kids?
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Everything. Their skin color. The fact people just don't seem to care.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Dolls (#4.7)" (2002)
Olivia Benson: [to Mrs. Preston about Nina Tremain] Can you explain why your records say that you visited her last Tuesday and Thelma Price says you didn't?
Mrs. Preston: That woman's a liar.
Odafin Tutuola: You're the liar, lady!
Mrs. Preston: Hey, I want my union rep.
Olivia Benson: Yeah? Well, why don't you tell your union rep that Nina Tremain is missing and that you haven't seen her in six weeks. You were responsible for this child's safety and you didn't even bother to check on her.
Mrs. Preston: This is not my fault.
Odafin Tutuola: Whose fault is it?
Mrs. Preston: Do you know what my job is like? How big of a caseload I have? There's no way I can see every child.
Odafin Tutuola: If you're looking for sympathy, you're barking up the wrong tree.

Olivia Benson: [to Terry Jessup] Your dolls are beautiful. I had lots of dolls, but never ones as nice as yours.
Terry Jessup: Girls are lucky. They can play with dolls. Boys aren't supposed to.
Odafin Tutuola: I had dolls.
Terry Jessup: You did? What kind?
Odafin Tutuola: You know, GI Joe, Batman...
Terry Jessup: Those are action figures.

Alexandra Cabot: Putting Violet and Jessup together is a bad idea.
Odafin Tutuola: She was strong enough to go to those NA meetings. We prep her correctly, I know she can handle it.
[to Dr. Huang]
Odafin Tutuola: Back me up, Doc.
Dr. George Huang: Jessup thinks he's saving Nina from an abusive parent. If you challenge his delusion, he might break.
Olivia Benson: And if this doesn't work, the guilt will destroy Violet's life.
Odafin Tutuola: A dead child's gonna destroy her even more. Nina's gonna die if we don't do something.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Night (#6.20)" (2005)
Detective Olivia Benson: You robbed a corpse?
Vicky: She was dead, there wasn't anything I could do to help her.
Detective Olivia Benson: But you helped yourself to her money.
Vicky: She couldn't take it with her.
Detective Olivia Benson: And neither can you.

Detective Olivia Benson: [finds Casey's office is dark] Casey! I had to walk 3 blocks to find an open coffee shop, if you went home I'm going to kill you!
[walks in and finds Casey beaten unconscious]

A.D.A. Casey Novak: [in the hospital, unable to recollect her attack, sobbing] Why can't I remember?
Detective Olivia Benson: You don't need to, we're going to go after whoever did this to you.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Pique (#2.20)" (2001)
Dr. George Huang: [about interrogating Jason Mayberry] Detective Stabler should do this alone.
Olivia Benson: Excuse me?
Dr. George Huang: [to Olivia] Your man has a problem with women. If this is your guy, he's never going to open up to you.
Olivia Benson: All rapists have a problem with women. I'll sit this one out, but you're not telling us anything new, Doctor.

Grace Mayberry: Do I need to call the police?
Olivia Benson: I'm already here.

ADA Alexandra Cabot: [about Jason Mayberry] I've shown you all my cards, Malcolm. What's it going to be?
Malcolm Sanderson: No judge is going to sign a warrant based on what you've got, Alex.
Olivia Benson: Credit card receipts from area stores and witness statements which put him in his mother's house after each attack. What more could you possibly need?
Malcolm Sanderson: That isn't enough to prove that he stashed a murder weapon in his mother's home.
Elliot Stabler: What has to happen before you get off your collective asses and do your jobs?
Malcolm Sanderson: Look, I know you're upset, Detective, but the law doesn't allow...
Elliot Stabler: Just tell me what you need? You need a New Jersey victim to do something? He admitted to everything...
ADA Alexandra Cabot: Detective!
Elliot Stabler: We got his confession on tape. We just couldn't hold him.
Malcolm Sanderson: You don't make a lot of friends, do you?
Elliot Stabler: Yeah, well.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Collateral Damages (#17.15)" (2016)
Olivia Benson: An attaboy from Hank Abraham.
Rafael Barba: Cue the Apocalypse.

Ed Tucker: CCS processed the flash drives. Hardcore pornographic images, videos. Girls, boys, all pre-pubescent.
Rafael Barba: Uh, I don't even know what to say. We get the images to NCMEC?
Ed Tucker: They're running facial recognition.
Rafael Barba: Just so I'm clear, in addition to these flash drives, he was also cadging a wi-fi signal from the old man next door?
Olivia Benson: Rollins and Carisi entered Hank Abraham's den and caught him file-sharing at his laptop.
Rafael Barba: Who else had access to the den?
Olivia Benson: His wife, their two kids. He has a daughter, Lia, who's 4 and a son, Jordan, who's 11.
Rafael Barba: What about a cleaning lady? Sitter? Anyone?
Olivia Benson: We dusted his computer for prints. Hank Abraham's were the only ones on it.
Ed Tucker: And the password he used for the Cradlerobberz chat room? Same one he uses for the NYPD server.
Rafael Barba: Where's his family?
Olivia Benson: They spent the night at a hotel. We had unis monitoring them. Pippa's on her way here now with those kids for their interview.
Rafael Barba: She's Corporation Counsel for Children and Family Services and her job is to protect abused children and she had no idea?
Olivia Benson: I really don't think so. She walked Rollins and Carisi straight into that den when he was online.

A.D.A. Pippa Cox: [to Olivia] Does this ever stop getting worse?
Olivia Benson: No. Not until your husband accepts where he is.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Rooftop (#3.4)" (2001)
Fin Tutuola: Problem is, even if the woman lies about her age, it's still the man's fault.
John Munch: Ignorance is no defense.
Olivia Benson: Nashika Morris is 14. She's not a woman; she's a girl.
Fin Tutuola: What's the guy supposed to do? Check the girl's birth certificate? I'm just as opposed to rape as everybody else in this room, but if she wanted to have sex, that's her choice. She wasn't forced.
Elliot Stabler: She's a minor. What she wants isn't relevant.
A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: [as she and Dr. Huang walk into the squad room] Are we interrupting?
John Munch: Friendly disagreement.

Olivia Benson: [when the judge decides not to civily commit Leon Tate] Judge was afraid to stick her neck out.
Elliot Stabler: Maybe she'll change her mind when we wheel a body into her chambers.

Elliot Stabler: [after another teenage girl is found murdered on a rooftop] Well, if it's Leon's work, he's improvising.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Couldn't have been Leon Tate.
Elliot Stabler: What are you talking about?
Dr. Melinda Warner: The victim's still in rigor. Probably killed this morning. Tate was dead by last night.
[Stabler looks shocked]
Olivia Benson: Elliot...
Elliot Stabler: I wanted it to be Leon.
Olivia Benson: Everything fit.
Elliot Stabler: We wasted time. Another girl's dead because I went down the wrong road.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Community Policing (#17.5)" (2015)
Olivia Benson: Carisi, bring in last week's vic. Show her a photo array. Go over every video from the shooting. Maybe he tosses the gun. And Rollins, where the hell is that DNA?
Amanda Rollins: It just went down to the lab.
Olivia Benson: So follow it. Test it yourself if you have to.

Olivia Benson: Terrence matched the BOLO down to his jersey. He ran.
Rafael Barba: A black man in a basketball jersey runs when he gets stopped by the police? You're right, he deserves the death penalty.

Olivia Benson: It was dark, they were in the projects, they were following procedure. They were doing what any cop would have done in their situation.
Rafael Barba: Any cop? Even you?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Wildlife (#10.7)" (2008)
Detective Olivia Benson: Doctor, how is he?
Dr. Parnell: One bullet went through and through, missed all vital organs, I extracted the other from his bicep.
Detective Olivia Benson: ...So, he'll make a full recovery?
Dr. Parnell: He's already asked to go home, twice.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia] What the hell am I supposed to do? Tell the bad guys I've got to get home for diaper duty?
Detective Olivia Benson: You go undercover again and don't tell Kathy, you'll be safer here than home.

Victor Tybor: [as he is dangling off a building while running away from Olivia] Help me!
Detective Olivia Benson: I need a bus and a jump team at Kuan Industrial now!
Victor Tybor: [recognizes Olivia] You're the hooker.
Detective Olivia Benson: I'm a cop and you and Bushido shot my partner.
Victor Tybor: I'm a cop, too.
Detective Olivia Benson: You're a lying scumbag.
Victor Tybor: I swear it's true. I've been working undercover for a year!
Detective Olivia Benson: Prove it.
Victor Tybor: I work with Agent Kalke. Who do you think told her about Stabler? How do you think we got to your office? I've got a wire in my belt buckle. Pull me up and I'll show you.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Repression (#3.1)" (2001)
Rebecca Ramsey: [after Megan is questioned about her father's death] Is there a point to these questions?
Olivia Benson: Your daughter planted evidence to incriminate him.
Rebecca Ramsey: And he raped her until she was 14. Maybe that evens things out.
Elliot Stabler: What about you?
Rebecca Ramsey: What about me?
Elliot Stabler: He molested your daughters. His death gives you a permanent order of protection.
Rebecca Ramsey: He should burn in hell for what he did to my daughters, but I didn't kill him.

Dr. Wharton: [to the detectives] Megan is a very sick woman.
Olivia Benson: That you made even sicker with your sodium amytal sessions.

Olivia Benson: [to Dr. Wharton when she is arrested] All around, I'd say this is a day that you'll never forget.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Inheritance (#3.8)" (2001)
Olivia Benson: [Detectives Stabler and Benson want to interview a Chinese woman] It could take hours to track down a translator.
Elliot Stabler: Doc, can you translate?
George Huang: What, you just assume I speak Chinese?
Elliot Stabler: No, I heard you order take-out once.

George Huang: I know that if my sister had dated a black man, our parents would've... strongly objected.
Olivia Benson: So he sets himself up to be rejected not only as a man but as a non-Asian. It's like he's looking for a reason to get angry.

George Huang: You don't hurt people, Olivia. You help them. You're proof that we do have a choice.
Olivia Benson: Or... Or maybe I'm just lucky.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Lowdown (#5.20)" (2004)
Detective Elliot Stabler: How many hookers you ever see strangle somebody with a hotpants?
Detective Olivia Benson: Elliot, these aren't a hotpants, they're leggings, you wear them to the gym.
Detective Elliot Stabler: So we're looking for a hooker who works out?

Dr. Melinda Warner: This is the DNA from Jeff York, this is the DNA from inside the condom, they don't match. There were two men in that car.
Detective Olivia Benson: The operative word being 'men'.
Detective Elliot Stabler: No wonder you and Jeff didn't have any chemistry. He was gay.

Dr. George Huang: Olivia, you're not the first woman to sleep with a closeted man.
Detective Olivia Benson: Maybe he didn't know...
Dr. George Huang: Sexuality is very complicated. Just because he was gay doesn't mean he wasn't attracted to you.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Cold (#9.19)" (2008)
Odafin Tutuola: Dumping my phones was a bitch move, Stabler.
Elliot Stabler: Yeah, I called him. I didn't think he'd run.
Odafin Tutuola: You should've stayed out of it.
Olivia Benson: Take it easy.
Odafin Tutuola: He's my partner.
Elliot Stabler: Who you helped evade arrest.
Donald Cragen: Dial it down or you're both going on report.

Elliot Stabler: Look, all the evidence pointed to his guilty.
Olivia Benson: Which means that we should've taken a hard look at Lake, not Fin.
Elliot Stabler: Oh, so I shouldn't have dumped his phones?
Olivia Benson: Fin's a straight shooter, Elliot. All you had to do was ask him. I think you need to make this right.

Elliot Stabler: [to Fin] Look, the situation got a little heated and I want to say I'm sorry about that.
Odafin Tutuola: You're a bulldog, Stabler. Quick to assume, slow to admit when you're wrong. Makes for a good cop, but a lousy human being
Olivia Benson: Fin, hear him out.
Odafin Tutuola: Stay out of it, Liv. That being said, I know what it cost you.
Elliot Stabler: Appreciate that.
Odafin Tutuola: I'm not done. The problem is you will still be the same rat bastard tomorrow and nothing you say will ever change that.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Delinquent (#12.23)" (2011)
Olivia Benson: [When Elliot is accused by Hunter of molestation] This is obviously gonna work out. You're innocent.
Detective Elliot Stabler: That doesn't matter. As soon as you're smeared with something like that, the stink doesn't go away.

Olivia Benson: So now any scumbag perp in custody looking to cut a deal can yell "bad touch"?

Hunter Mazelon: The other women I hurt, that wasn't me. I don't know why I kept doing those things.
Olivia Benson: I do.
Hunter Mazelon: I wanted to stop. I thought if I confronted Ellen and made her tell me why she did those things to me, I thought it would end, but she wouldn't tell me. At least she'll never do it to anyone else. Neither will I. I think I'm gonna be all right. I think I'm gonna be okay now.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Juvenile (#4.9)" (2002)
Elliot Stabler: [to Dr. Warner] An M.E. out of the morgue? Must be big.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Captain Cragen told me you were here. Lab finished analyzing the vomit from the crime scene.
Olivia Benson: Hey, am I gonna want to stop eating before I hear this?
Dr. Melinda Warner: Pieces of roast beef, a little mozzarella cheese, kernels of corn and raisins. Luckily, they hadn't been in the stomach very long, so everything was only partially digested.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, I'm done.
[pushes her plate away and Stabler starts eating from it]

Olivia Benson: Jeremy, we picked up your friend Zachary at school today.
Jeremy Brice: Zach's here?
Olivia Benson: He's right in the next room, speaking to one of our detectives. What do you think he's going to say?
Jeremy Brice: Nothing.
Elliot Stabler: I think he might. Look, I know you don't want to get him in trouble, but you've got to tell us what happened. Even if it's something that's really, really bad, you've got to tell us.
Jeremy Brice: Zach's my best friend. You can't make me say he did something bad. He didn't do anything.

Olivia Benson: [to Jeremy Brice] Was it your idea to break into that woman's apartment?
[Jeremy nods his head]
Olivia Benson: Jeremy, why would you do that?
Jeremy Brice: Zach thought it was cool.
Elliot Stabler: Was it cool when you took the telephone and bashed her head in?
Jeremy Brice: I didn't do that. Zach did.
Elliot Stabler: Do I listen to his story or yours?
Jeremy Brice: She fell down. She was bleeding. Zach said to get a knife from the kitchen. I didn't want to, but he was screaming at me. I didn't know what he was going to do with it, I swear.
Olivia Benson: So you got the knife and then what happened?
Jeremy Brice: When I walked back in, Zach was on top of her. He took the knife and he stabbed her over and over. There was all this blood and I threw up! I'm sorry.
[sobbing]
Jeremy Brice: I'm really, really sorry! I'm sorry.
Olivia Benson: Jeremy, who covered her up with the blanket?
Jeremy Brice: I did. You shouldn't leave someone like that. Can I go home now? I just want to go home. I want to go home.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Forgiving Rollins (#16.10)" (2014)
Deputy Chief Charles Patton: Folks, this is Detective Reese Taymor. This is her first conference.
Olivia Benson: Oh, well, welcome to New York.
Detective Reese Taymor: Oh, just like the song.

Amanda Rollins: Deputy Chief Patton was my superior officer for six years. He's smart, political. You know the type.
Deputy Chief William Dodds: And personally? You know, any rumors of harassment or skirt-chasing?
Amanda Rollins: He's been married 20 years.
Odafin Tutuola: I didn't see his wife at the convention.
Olivia Benson: Detective Taymor wouldn't disclose until you left the room. Now, have you heard any whispers about their relationship?
Amanda Rollins: As far as I know, they just work together.
Deputy Chief William Dodds: In adjoining rooms?
Amanda Rollins: I'm not privy to his personal life.
Deputy Chief William Dodds: We're all grown-ups here. We know there's a difference between infidelity and assault. I'm asking if Patton is capable of something like this.
Amanda Rollins: You can never tell who's capable of what.

Olivia Benson: Amanda, what Patton did to you, you've been pushing down for years and if you don't deal with this now, it's gonna keep you trapped or stuck more than it already has.
Amanda Rollins: Okay.
Olivia Benson: You have an opportunity here.
Amanda Rollins: I've gone through it. You're only as sick as your secrets, and... and I'm going to meetings.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, for gambling. I know you don't like feeling sorry for yourself. I get it, but can you go back to that detective that you were five years ago and feel compassion for her?
Amanda Rollins: I walked into it. You know, I put myself into that position.
Olivia Benson: You've got to stop blaming yourself. Amanda, you can move past this.
Amanda Rollins: I'm okay.
Olivia Benson: Look, I know that you think that therapy is paying someone to talk about your problems...
Amanda Rollins: I shouldn't have said that to you.
Olivia Benson: Then make it up to me. I want you to see my therapist.
Amanda Rollins: I'm not seeing your therapist.
Olivia Benson: It's just for a referral. I know he has time later today. I'm gonna tell him that you're gonna call. It's important, Amanda.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Blood Brothers (#13.3)" (2011)
Ella Mendez: My grandmother told me how babies are made and I know how I got this baby.
Olivia Benson: Okay, so you can tell me.
Ella Mendez: You wouldn't believe me.
Olivia Benson: Ella, whoever it is, whoever hurt you, I promise you, they're never gonna be able to hurt you again. Just tell me who it was.
Ella Mendez: It was God. I didn't have sex. This baby is a miracle.

Nick Amaro: [after Ella reveals that Tripp Raines raped her]
[to Novak]
Nick Amaro: Okay, Counselor, there's not much doubt there.
Casey Novak: I don't know.
Olivia Benson: What do you mean you don't know? She's describing a rape.
Casey Novak: A jury won't think so. Sexual misconduct, if we're lucky. And with his legal team, consensual.
Olivia Benson: Are you kidding me? She's 13.
Casey Novak: So is he, so technically, that means...
Olivia Benson: That he got her drunk. The lemonade was spiked. She was a virgin, she said that it hurt. She was crying, she said no.
Casey Novak: There was no outcry afterward. He sent her flowers. Even Ella told you that she thought they were gonna get married.
Nick Amaro: That's his game. I mean, he knows how to take advantage of girls like this.
Casey Novak: Do you have any way of backing that up? Ella has changed her story three times. We can't even prove that she's carrying his baby. I mean, unless you want my office to compel a fetal DNA test.
Olivia Benson: No, no, no. It took a long time to earn her trust.
Casey Novak: I'm sure it did.
Olivia Benson: What the hell's that supposed to mean?
[Novak doesn't answer her]
Olivia Benson: Counselor, what the hell does that mean?

Casey Novak: Look, Olivia, okay, I understand you've been going through a lot.
Olivia Benson: Oh, no. Don't you dare patronize me.
Casey Novak: You're off. What I saw, your anger pushed her disclosure.
Olivia Benson: I'm off? You know what I see? Is an A.D.A. who's too afraid to follow the facts because the family has too much muscle. You and your office have lost your nerve.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Thought Criminal (#15.23)" (2014)
Lieutenant Declan Murphy: [about Amaro] He's a ray of sunshine.
Olivia Benson: Look, he's dealing with some stuff right now.
Lieutenant Declan Murphy: Yeah, we all are. That's why we go to work to get out of our own heads.

Olivia Benson: [to Wilkes] Do you think it's a game to torture young boys, huh? You like to be in control? Well, guess what, that game's over. New game, my rules, not yours.

Olivia Benson: [to Murphy] I've been here for 15 years and you've been here for two minutes and you're pulling me out of an interrogation?
Lieutenant Declan Murphy: You weren't asking him questions. You were yelling at him. You do know the goal is to align yourself with the suspect, not to judge him?
Olivia Benson: Yeah.
Lieutenant Declan Murphy: Then what the hell was that? Anger at Lewis?
Olivia Benson: I got the message and by the way, I have a shrink.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Manhattan Transfer (#17.17)" (2016)
Rafael Barba: Monsignor Mulregan's visit was not a social call. He has made some very serious allegations.
Olivia Benson: Yeah. Against Father Eugene.
Rafael Barba: No. Against Tucker.
Olivia Benson: Allegations against Tucker? What did the monsignor say, exactly?
Rafael Barba: He said that he and Father Eugene went to Tucker a year ago. That they had information that Vice was running some of their students. Father Eugene even violated the seal of the confessional to provide evidence.
Olivia Benson: He claims that?
Rafael Barba: They also named Russo and Jefferson. And Tucker buried it.
Olivia Benson: And he's telling you this now? This is about protecting Father Eugene. I was there, at that church, when Tucker confronted him. I thought he was gonna rip his head off.
Rafael Barba: I don't know. I don't know. I mean, maybe... maybe... maybe that's what he wanted you to think.
Olivia Benson: No, Ed is not capable of that.
Rafael Barba: Since when? I thought SVU hated this guy. He's gone after each and every one of you.
Olivia Benson: That's his job. He has to be relentless. You're wrong about him. Trust me.
Rafael Barba: Wait. Are you involved with him?
Olivia Benson: Don't ask me that.
Rafael Barba: When were you gonna tell me? I am informing you that a captain at IAB may be involved in a sex trafficking ring, and you don't mention that the two of you are sleeping together?
Olivia Benson: You're wrong about him. Bring him in here, ask him yourself.
Rafael Barba: You and I are done talking.

Ed Tucker: So what have you heard?
Olivia Benson: That Group One is investigating you for sex trafficking, corruption, murder?
Ed Tucker: Yeah. I've been invited to come in early tomorrow morning.
Olivia Benson: Oh, my god.
Ed Tucker: Cousin Eugene really set me up good. You get those warrants yet?
Olivia Benson: No, they're stalled. I don't know if it was before or after Barba found out that I was... biased towards you.
Ed Tucker: Oh. Okay. You know how this goes. Don't stick your neck out. It'll look like you're covering for me.
[seeing she's worried, he takes her hand]
Ed Tucker: Hey. They can't prove anything because I haven't done anything. All right? I'm gonna be fine.
Olivia Benson: And we just let these guys skate?
Ed Tucker: You wanna go after the Church, City Hall, and Albany for an IAB investigator who's loathed by half of NYPD? Stay out of it.
Olivia Benson: [her phone chirps] Well, it just might be too late. 1PP wants to see me. Immediately.

[last lines]
Mike Dodds: Is everything all right?
Olivia Benson: Oh, I'm fine.
Mike Dodds: Lieutenant, what's going on?
Olivia Benson: You'd know better than me.
Mike Dodds: Did something happen?
Olivia Benson: You're telling me that you didn't know?
Mike Dodds: Know what?
Olivia Benson: [Carisi enters with evidence boxes, Rollins right behind him] That I'm out. Effective immediately. Uh, Carisi, Rollins, as of now, Sergeant Dodds is acting commander of SVU, so... congratulations.
[the three of them are speechless]
Olivia Benson: That's it. You're dismissed.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Monster's Legacy (#14.13)" (2013)
Olivia Benson: What about this camp coach?
Amanda Rollins: It's Martin Schultz. He worked in a Clinton neighborhood house. In the summers, he ran open air camp, he took inner-city kids up to the Adirondacks.
Donald Cragen: Did Dubcek accuse him or is all of this inference?
Odafin Tutuola: Dubcek was pretty shut down.
Donald Cragen: So that's a no and if Schultz had a record, you would have told me.
Odafin Tutuola: Like Father Geoghan or Sandusky? You know how it goes. Even when people try to come forward, it always gets hushed up.

Coach Martin Schultz: I wish I could have done more for Johnny and some of the other kids I couldn't save. Fatherless kids. Try as you might, you can never fill that hole.
[to Olivia]
Coach Martin Schultz: Isn't that right, Detective?
Olivia Benson: Excuse me?
Coach Martin Schultz: It's all right, honey. You've done good. I mean, you could have gone the other way too, hmm?

Bayard Ellis: [to Olivia] So you're not angry with me anymore?
Olivia Benson: I was never angry.
Bayard Ellis: No? You had a right to be. I blew up your relationship with David Haden.
Olivia Benson: Okay, I was angry, but I also knew you that you were doing right by your client.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Asunder (#2.7)" (2000)
Olivia Benson: Along with making the brass very happy, the guy's also a rapist.
Detective John Munch: Alleged rapist, thank you.
Olivia Benson: Ever hear of "no"?
Detective John Munch: You ever hear of contractual abandonment? The only reason to forsake all others is so you don't have to hear no.
Elliot Stabler: I've been married 16 years. I hear it all the time.
Olivia Benson: Okay, Munch, let me clue you in. A wife as property went out in 1984 when the law finally realized that even a married woman is allowed to say no.

Olivia Benson: So you look the other way no matter what? Is that in your cop manual? Because it sure as hell ain't in mine.

Elliot Stabler: [about Lloyd Andrews] Maybe the guy was telling me what I wanted to hear, but he seemed pretty genuine to me.
Olivia Benson: Was this before or after his goon kicked your ass?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Ace (#11.22)" (2010)
Olivia Benson: Looks like Lili left her brains behind.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Who the hell took her body?

Olivia Benson: Who you calling, Petrov?
Anton Petrov: What did you call me?
Olivia Benson: [while aiming her gun to his head] Petrov, you son of a bitch. Move and you're dead.

Olivia Benson: You lied to us, Jo. Right to our faces. You said that Sophia was dead.
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: I was protecting our victim. I needed an ace in the hole.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Why didn't you trust us?
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: I couldn't take the chance that Petrov had his guys trailing you.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, you know, partners put their cards on the table.
A.D.A. Jo Marlowe: Well, like my grandmother always said, "The strongest cards you have are the ones you haven't played."


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Gray (#12.9)" (2010)
Olivia Benson: That's no excuse. If you drink and drive and then you kill someone, it's still your fault.

Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Hey, Stabler. Miss me?
Olivia Benson: Sonya, what are you doing here?
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: You mean how did I escape the drunk tank?
Elliot Stabler: No. She means "why us?"

Chuck Mills: Yeah, this makes sense. A bitch dumps a brewski on me and I get arrested.
Olivia Benson: So Felicia's a bitch and Bethany's a slut. Is that what women are to you, Chuckie? Sluts and bitches for your raping pleasure?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: American Tragedy (#15.3)" (2013)
Olivia Benson: [while in her therapy session] Guys says stuff like that to me all the time and I just I went off on him? I'm a New York City cop. I can't go around beating people up.
Dr. Peter Lindstrom: Remember what we talked about last session?
Olivia Benson: Yes, how I was upset that Lewis got the drop on me, how I should've reached for my gun, but this is different. This wasn't Lewis.
Dr. Peter Lindstrom: No, I hear you beating yourself up: first for under-reacting to Lewis, now for overreacting to this guy.
Olivia Benson: I can't get anything right. I'm all over the place.
Dr. Peter Lindstrom: All over the place. If a crime victim said that to detective Olivia Benson, less than three months after an assault, what would you say to her?
Olivia Benson: I'd say that survivors can experience a wide range of reactions, from stress to fear to numbness.
Dr. Peter Lindstrom: Depression, anger, flashbacks?
Olivia Benson: All of the above.
Dr. Peter Lindstrom: Have you ever known someone to take a self-defense course or to obtain a gun or resolve never to be a victim again?
Olivia Benson: Of course.
Dr. Peter Lindstrom: So you might see this kind of overreaction to be emotionally triggered and you might tell her that over time, she'll recognize those triggers and temper her responses.
Olivia Benson: [after having flashbacks of William Lewis] And what if she doesn't believe me?
Dr. Peter Lindstrom: Well, then you might ask her to forgive herself and remember she's going through a process and that healing takes time.

Dr. Melinda Warner: [during Mehcad Carter's autopsy] Kids can survive incredible trauma, but when they crump, they crump quick.
Rafael Barba: Crump?
Amanda Rollins: All the vitals go south all at once.
Odafin Tutuola: So we're looking at a homicide?
Dr. Melinda Warner: If getting shot what killed him? Yeah.
Olivia Benson: Jolene said that she fired in self-defense.
Dr. Melinda Warner: I can't speak to that, but there was no fouling or stippling on his body. He wasn't that close to her.
Rafael Barba: Is it possible the stippling disappeared during surgery?
Dr. Melinda Warner: It can't. Stippling burns into skin.
Amanda Rollins: What about on the clothing?
Dr. Melinda Warner: You mean after EMS, the evidence mangling service cut his clothes off through the bullet hole? I will hunt them down and kill them.
Odafin Tutuola: Melinda.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Sorry.

Jolene Castille: [to Olivia] I was afraid for my life.
Olivia Benson: He was 16.
Jolene Castille: He was 6-foot tall and he was coming after me. You're a cop. You've known what it's like to be a woman, alone, vulnerable.
Olivia Benson: He wasn't a rapist. He was just a boy.
Jolene Castille: I know, I know. I don't have any children. My restaurants are my babies. God, the look in his parents' eyes... That boy is dead and there's not anything I can do about it. I'm sorry.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Above Suspicion (#14.2)" (2012)
Detective Olivia Benson: Let's go for a walk.
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: Why?
Detective Olivia Benson: Because I'm going to have to arrest you, and I don't want to do it in front of your daughter.

Bureau Chief Paula Foster: Olivia, You can't win them all. We took down a major player in sex trafficking and I made sure that your captain can retire with full benefits.
Detective Olivia Benson: And a destroyed reputation.
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: He did hire those women.
Detective Olivia Benson: He didn't have sex with them. You're taking the word of prostitutes over a 30-year respected cop.
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: With his share of demons. I can't have an SVU captain paying for escorts.
Detective Olivia Benson: So Delia gets away with murder? Maggie Murphy? Anya Solar? Iris Peterson?
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: We don't have a shred of evidence that ties Delia to those crimes. We can't even prove they were crimes. Maggie could have been an overdose, Iris, a suicide, Anya, a car accident...
Detective Olivia Benson: So go after them for prostitution. Go after her like you did Ganzel.
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: That ship has sailed.
Detective Olivia Benson: What does that mean?
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: [sighs] I dropped those charges. I granted her immunity on them. Confidentially, Delia is going to be cooperating with our office on future cases.
Detective Olivia Benson: She's turning over her client list?
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: We're talking to her.
Detective Olivia Benson: Okay, then.
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: I know I've disappointed you and I do feel sorry for your captain. For what it's worth, Olivia, I tried.

Bureau Chief Paula Foster: [to Olivia] You don't understand what it's like to have a child completely dependent on you. Agonizing about her every single day. Terrified about what's gonna happen to her when you're gone. You can't ever understand that. You're not a mother.
Detective Olivia Benson: I'm sorry about your daughter.
Bureau Chief Paula Foster: Are you? Because if you take me down, Sarah's got no one.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Criminal (#5.21)" (2004)
Rudy Lemcke: [about Rebecca Wheeler] She bought me dinner. She was my friend.
Olivia Benson: She was a student, you're a crackhead. You're not friends.

Olivia Benson: [about Professor Vega] He was traveling with an older woman.
Elliot Stabler: How you get that?
Olivia Benson: Take a whiff. Lilies and roses. No woman under 60 wears this perfume.
Donald Cragen: Maybe Gabrielle has old-fashioned tastes.
Olivia Benson: Gabrielle wears sandalwood and bergamot.
[pauses]
Olivia Benson: Women notice these things.

Olivia Benson: Whoever rented the car killed Rebecca.
Elliot Stabler: An innocent man's in prison. We put him there.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Secrets (#2.12)" (2001)
Detective Olivia Benson: [raiding a sex club] Cover yourself, please.

Detective Olivia Benson: Anybody recognizes her, raise the hand *not* holding up your clothing.

ADA Alexandra Cabot: They didn't go for Murder Two. It's Manslaughter One.
Elliot Stabler: Grand Jury couldn't get past her sex life.
Detective Olivia Benson: The son of a bitch is gonna get away with murder.
ADA Alexandra Cabot: No, they listened. They think Montrose is guilty, a jury will, too.
Elliot Stabler: Not life.
ADA Alexandra Cabot: Fifteen to twenty-five to sit around and think about what he's done? I'll take that.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Intimidation Game (#16.14)" (2015)
Olivia Benson: Okay, this girl...
Amanda Rollins: Sarah Keller, 22.
Odafin Tutuola: She works for Raina Punjabi, the game developer.
Olivia Benson: Okay. And this girl was attacked at the what, again?
Odafin Tutuola: The IVL Finals. the International Video Game League
Amanda Rollins: It's like March Madness, but for video games.
Odafin Tutuola: I go every year. Nothing like this has ever happened.
Amanda Rollins: Right. But Sarah told me that the guys who did this don't like women in gaming.
Odafin Tutuola: Well, in their world, a developer's like God. And some guys aren't ready to give a girl that power.
Olivia Benson: Okay. Does Sarah know her attacker?
Amanda Rollins: No. Well. maybe. Uh, Carisi stayed behind to cull the security footage.
Olivia Benson: [to Fin] Hold on? You got Rollins and Carisi in on this? On a Sunday?
[Fin smirks]
Olivia Benson: Never mind. Okay, I'm not going to understand a word, uh, that anybody's saying about this, so, uh, Fin, why don't you come with me to interview Sarah. And Rollins, I want you to follow up with Carisi at the... whatever it is.

Olivia Benson: [to Fin] So 20 years of gaming or whatever it is you do with that controller finally paid off.
Odafin Tutuola: See, I know the difference between video games and reality. Those guys didn't.

Olivia Benson: [about Raina's video game] I've been reading articles online. I've got to tell you, I mean, is this Noah's future? Adolescent boys playing cyborg cowboys and Indians?
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Don't tell Fin that. "Kill or Be Slaughtered" is like a spiritual experience for him.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Trade (#9.18)" (2008)
Pierson Bartlett: Great body.
Olivia Benson: Excuse me?
Pierson Bartlett: The coffee, but I'll bet yours is smooth and robust.

Casey Novak: [about Pierson and P.J] What a mess. First we can't get either one of them to talk, now they're flipping on each other. I'm never gonna get a conviction.
Elliot Stabler: And so what? If Jenna were alive, we'd be collaring her for blackmail. She's no innocent victim here. She's a hustler.
Olivia Benson: Hustlers deserve justice too.

Olivia Benson: [When Elliot is watching a video of Jenna] How many times you gonna watch that thing?
Elliot Stabler: Until I figure out how this little scam artist had such a hold on two powerful guys like the Bartletts.
Olivia Benson: Well, she was gonna bleed them for millions.
Elliot Stabler: Okay, so call the cops, hire a lawyer, but don't risk everything by whacking her.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: A Single Life (#1.2)" (1999)
Detective Elliot Stabler: [Stabler and Benson are looking through a victims belonging's as part of their investigation] She must have had fun naming her computer files... Uh, this is "Penis.Quotes." You want to read it or should I?
Detective Olivia Benson: Oh, knock yourself out.
Detective Elliot Stabler: [Takes a quick glance and a moment later gives it to Benson with discomfort] No, that's yours.
Captain Donald Cragen: Anything?
Detective Elliot Stabler: No.
Detective Olivia Benson: Okay, "Biology of the Amazons" by Grethen Quinn. "There's a tiny catfish feared more than the piranha. It's called a..."
Captain Donald Cragen: Candiru.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Say what?
Captain Donald Cragen: This is beautiful. Tell him.
Detective Olivia Benson: [Reading a passage] "It will swim right into a man's penis and lodge itself there by erecting sharp spines." Ow.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Erecting sharp spines... That's a fish with a sense of irony. How'd you know that?
Captain Donald Cragen: In the jungle they always taught us, "Don't hose your nose; Hold your stones."

Detective Olivia Benson: I thought you didn't drink.
Captain Donald Cragen: I don't. But that doesn't mean you can't.

Olivia Benson: Yeah. I'm a regular monk.
Det. Elliot Stabler: [Staring at her] Monkette.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Educated Guess (#13.8)" (2011)
Detective Amanda Rollins: If Gia was raped, it's going to be hard as hell to make anyone to believe her.
Detective Olivia Benson: And that makes her the perfect target.

Detective Olivia Benson: Gia, a gun is not the answer.
Gia Eskas: Says a woman who wears one on her hip.
Detective Olivia Benson: Yeah and I've had a lot of trouble. I've been stabbed, I've been assaulted, and my gun didn't save me.

Detective Amanda Rollins: You said you were assaulted? Something happened to me on the job, that's why I had to get out of there.
Detective Olivia Benson: Someone you work with?
Detective Amanda Rollins: It wasn't anything worth pursuing.
Detective Olivia Benson: That's how they win. We're not going to let that happen to Gia.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Deception (#4.2)" (2002)
Reporter: You know what? Don't give me this intimidation crap. First Amendment, kids. I'm a journalist.
Olivia Benson: For the "National Probe". That's a real respectable publication.

Detective Elliot Stabler: [to CSU Trevor] We got your message. There's something wrong with our DNA sample?
CSU Technician Burt Trevor: What did you do to my sperm?
Olivia Benson: Not a thing.

Kyle Fuller: [to Gloria] I had my lawyer do this. It's for you.
[hands her a paper]
Olivia Benson: Petition for divorce, Gloria. You're gonna be a free woman.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Not for long, though. You're under arrest for murder.
Gloria Stanfield: [as she is being handcuffed] You don't know what you're doing, Kyle.
Kyle Fuller: No. I know exactly what I'm doing, Mom.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Presumed Guilty (#14.10)" (2013)
Odafin Tutuola: Look, Liv, I appreciate the help, but I divorced into this. No need to drag you into it.
Olivia Benson: Screw you, Fin. I'm all yours till Christmas Eve. After that, you're on your own.

Nick Amaro: Liv, it might be a better idea if me and Fin talk to the priest and you and Rollins pay a visit to your old pal D.A. Barba, show him that video.
Amanda Rollins: Well, we could, if he weren't skiing in Gstaad.
Olivia Benson: Gstaad? Really?

Olivia Benson: So how 'bout Georgia Peach and I go sweet-talk whatever unlucky junior A.D.A. got stuck with the holiday weekend?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Guilt (#3.18)" (2002)
Elliot Stabler: [as Roy Barnett is trying to leave town] Aw, he's leaving town. You know we're really gonna miss you.
Roy Barnett: Now what?
Olivia Benson: [takes a packing box from Barnett] We're helping you pack.
Elliot Stabler: You think all this stuff's gonna fit in his cell?
Olivia Benson: Probably not.

Elliot Stabler: [to Fin] Barnett's being processed. We're heading to Mulligan's to celebrate.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: You're probably not gonna want to do that.
Olivia Benson: And why's that?
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Dad's mad.
Captain Donald Cragen: [to Benson and Stabler] Get your asses in my office.

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: [to the detectives after Mrs. Cavanaugh refuses to allow the police to search her house] Did you tell her what we were looking for?
Elliot Stabler: Well, before or after she started yelling for security?
A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: Does it matter? Write her a note and slip it under the door. Leave a message on the answering machine.
Olivia Benson: Do you really think she cares about helping us make our case?
A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: Make her care.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Poisoned Motive (#14.22)" (2013)
Olivia Benson: [to Ana about Escobar] When you go visit him, does he ask you to relay messages?
Anna Tejada: When I visit him, he plays with Benito, Jr. We talk about feeding his son on a part-time job and food stamps.
Olivia Benson: And that's it?
Anna Tejada: Keeping us alive, avoiding being homeless. Yeah, that's kind of a full-time conversation.

Captain Donald Cragen: [about Gloria] Her mother just died. She was having problems with the insurance.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Come on, everybody has problems with the insurance. I'm sick that it's him, but we got our man.
Amanda Rollins: There's something else. The motives, it just...
Olivia Benson: Well, he's angry. You heard him.
Detective Nick Amaro: Yeah, at Fin, at Escobar, the lieutenant...
Amanda Rollins: Then how come none of them are the ones that got hit? The targets are always next of kin, partners. You know, maybe she is trying to make the people she's angry at hurt the way she got hurt when her father got shot.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Not Gloria. She's a sweet kid.
Captain Donald Cragen: Oh, boy. Did you know she was kicked out of the academy on psychological two months ago?

Captain Donald Cragen: Gloria Montero is 25. She was recently expelled from the police academy. She's Army trained, took a general discharge two years ago.
Olivia Benson: The body inside the car has been identified as Yolanda Brooks, a traffic enforcement agent who ticketed Montero's vehicle.
Alexandra Eames: Montero's a highly efficient marksman. Daughter of a retired detective. She knows how we think, how we work.
Olivia Benson: She's known to have purchased several automatic weapons in Philly at a gun show after her dismissal from the academy.
Detective Nick Amaro: We have a report of a white delivery van, stolen in the area. We have the plate number out on the license recognition system.
Captain Donald Cragen: She is to be considered armed and dangerous.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Pornstar's Requiem (#16.5)" (2014)
Olivia Benson: Whatever Evie did has no bearing on what happened to her.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Well, these guys say it does. Because she wanted it in the porn movie, she wanted them.
[everyone in the room is silent]
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Hello? A third of the traffic on the Internet is porn. That's how most of these college guys learn about sex.
Olivia Benson: [puts her hand up] Carisi, stop. It doesn't matter.

Olivia Benson: Does your concern have anything to do with the fact that Hudson University is New York City's largest landlord?
Deputy Chief William Dodds: Grow up, sergeant. You are good at your job. Stick to that. If you want to change policy, get into politics, but the last time I checked, you're a cop.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Head (#5.25)" (2004)
Elliot Stabler: [when Meredith Rice begins making out with him] That's a bad idea.
Meredith Rice: Come on. Let's get it on.
Elliot Stabler: Are you crazy? You're out of your mind!
[pushes Meredith away and she falls to the ground]
Olivia Benson: [to Stabler as she enters the interrogation room] Is there a problem here?
Elliot Stabler: No problem. I think she's going for an insanity defense.

Elliot Stabler: [to Sergeant Tucker] Sorry to interrupt your beauty sleep, but I'll be waiting for my union rep.
Ed Tucker: Smart move if you got something to hide.
Olivia Benson: He was sexually assaulted.
Ed Tucker: Oh, what a surprise. The partner's gonna back him up.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, how would you feel if a perp had your boys in a vise grip?
Ed Tucker: Cuff her, not bash her brains in.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Noncompliance (#2.6)" (2000)
Alexandra Cabot: [about Mark Nash] Defense is going to ask for a 730. State Examiner will keep him until he's fit for trial.
Olivia Benson: Maybe we'll get his story instead of Dostoyevsky's "Crime And Punishment."

Elliot Stabler: [to Olivia] You're uncomfortable with the mentally ill.
Olivia Benson: No, I am uncomfortable with dangerous unpredictability.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Pursuit (#12.17)" (2011)
Alicia Harding: I guess I don't have the stomach for this anymore. I spend 25 years looking for this piece of garbage and he gets a gym membership and cable TV, and his victims get to rot in the ground.
Olivia Benson: Well, at least you have closure. Their families don't. Or did you already forget what that feels like?

Olivia Benson: [hugs Elliot] I'm so glad you're back.
Elliot Stabler: I should've come back sooner.
Olivia Benson: I'm fine.
Elliot Stabler: Yeah?
[pulls back]
Elliot Stabler: You look like hell.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Abomination (#5.8)" (2003)
[the detectives are investigating the murder of a gay man - they have in custody a reverend who was protesting at his funeral]
Det. Elliot Stabler: [reading his file] Reverend Mitchell Shaw... you really get around. Protesting in Vermont, at the Supreme Court... cheering at the funeral of a six-year-old who died of AIDS.
Det. Olivia Benson: Maybe you should switch to a career in publicity.
Rev. Mitchell Shaw: The Lord asked me to do his work.
Det. Elliot Stabler: Did he ask you to ignore all that, uh... "Love thy neighbor" stuff?
Rev. Mitchell Shaw: "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, "both of them have committed an abomination. "They shall surely be put to death. Their blood is upon them." Leviticus.
Det. Elliot Stabler: The Bible also says I can sell my daughters into slavery and be put to death if I work on a Sundays. 12 years of Catholic school. Anyone can memorize words, Reverend. Doesn't make 'em righteous.
Rev. Mitchell Shaw: The city is full of sodomites, and you waste your time protecting them... and yet you wonder why so many of your NYPD brothers were struck down on September 11th. Do you not see the Lord's judgment upon you?
[Elliot shoves away the table and gets right in Shaw's face]
Det. Elliot Stabler: I see a scared, shriveled-up piece of trash who uses God to justify his bigotry.

Det. Elliot Stabler: I don't know, I guess some people just choose to be gay and others choose to be straight.
Det. Olivia Benson: So you chose to be heterosexual?
Det. Elliot Stabler: Me? No.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Beast's Obsession (#15.20)" (2014)
Nick Amaro: Hey, it's Lewis. He is calling on the landline from Dr. Cole's cellphone. He only talks to you, Liv
Lieutenant Declan Murphy: Track the GPS
[Olivia walks towards the phone, but doesn't pick it up]
Lieutenant Declan Murphy: Go ahead!
Olivia Benson: No, you got to make him wait. You make him wait, you'll make him angry and when he gets angry he gets sloppy

[last lines]
William Lewis: [Lewis pulls the trigger] You know how lucky I am.
Olivia Benson: [to Amelia] Look away. Look away, Amelia.
William Lewis: [Lewis puts the gun to his head but nothing happens] Game over.
William Lewis: [Lewis then points the gun at Benson] Say goodbye, Olivia.
[Lewis grabs Benson's radio and turns it off]
William Lewis: This is the last thing you're going to think about before you die. The last thing you're going to see...
[Lewis shoots himself in the head and ends his own life as Amelia screams and the blood ends up on Benson's face]


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Justice Denied (#13.17)" (2012)
Detective Olivia Benson: He was about to confess.
Captain Donald Cragen: That doesn't mean he did it.

Detective Olivia Benson: You're not a waste of time, you're a waste of a life.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Responsible (#8.18)" (2007)
Detective Olivia Benson: Can't have a kegger without the keg.

Lillian Rice: I want my lawyer now.
Detective Olivia Benson: Of course you do. Okay. Well, while you're waiting for him, I'm gonna go talk to Becca.
Lillian Rice: She a minor, you can't talk to her without my permission.
Detective Olivia Benson: Oh, really? See, that would be true if she was a suspect, but she's not. She's a witness. I can talk to her all I want.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Pattern Seventeen (#16.9)" (2014)
Amanda Rollins: Hey, uhm, sorry I'm late. Con Ed was on my block, the transformer was out, no electricity, no hot water, so I had to take a shower at the gym.
Olivia Benson: Rollins, a word of advice: when you're coming up with an excuse, don't oversell.
Amanda Rollins: Copy that.

Olivia Benson: Look, we've got this, Chief. It's just legwork.
Deputy Chief William Dodds: Try to put some shine on it before tomorrow.
Olivia Benson: What's tomorrow?
Deputy Chief William Dodds: Compstat briefing on the Pattern 17 rapist. You're in the hot seat, Sergeant.
[walks away]
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: See that? That's why I never took the sergeant's exam.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Padre Sandunguero (#16.12)" (2015)
Nick Amaro: So Nicolas Fiorello Amaro is getting married again to a child bride and he wants me to come.
Olivia Benson: Okay. And?
Nick Amaro: Well, since going would require pretending that he and I have a relationship...
Olivia Benson: I hear you.
Nick Amaro: Or that what happened in our home didn't actually happen...
Olivia Benson: Nick, you have every right to be upset.
Nick Amaro: He doesn't get to wipe the slate...
Olivia Benson: It's not about him. This is about you holding on to your anger. Okay? I've learned that in order to heal, we have to let go.
Nick Amaro: Oh, so, what, you've forgiven your father? Or William Lewis? Huh? Have you forgiven them?
Olivia Benson: Wow.
Nick Amaro: I'm sorry.

Olivia Benson: Gabriella, listen to me. If you're afraid of Nicolas or afraid that his son is a cop, we can keep you safe.
Gabriella Nuñez: Just let Nicolas go. He didn't hurt me.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Care (#3.9)" (2001)
Olivia Benson: [about Glenn] He was an only child, a little slow. Three younger, cuter sisters move in, attention gets split four ways.
Elliot Stabler: Fourteen years old, raging hormones.
Donald Cragen: Look, before you place this kid on death row, let's see if we can place him at the crime scene.

Olivia Benson: So if we follow the game, then Glenn killed Cassie and then tried to save her?
Elliot Stabler: Killer's remorse?
Dr. George Huang: What doesn't track is Glenn identified with the boy hero, not the Gorgon.
Olivia Benson: Wait, what exactly is a Gorgon?
Dr. George Huang: Are you familiar with Medusa?
Elliot Stabler: Glenn's monster's a woman.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Alternate (#9.1)" (2007)
Dr. George Huang: Tell me about her alters.
Detective Olivia Benson: So far we've seen Dr. Young, a little girl, and a mean Russian.
Det. Elliot Stabler: And I bet she does a great Christopher Walken too.

Detective Olivia Benson: Tammy was just about to tell us where Burt took April when Petra showed up and bitch slapped Elliot.
Det. Elliot Stabler: Yeah, I'd like to have 5 minutes alone with Burt.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Home (#5.16)" (2004)
Detective Olivia Benson: Westchester Mall. Great place to dump a car.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, with a body in the trunk.

Detective Olivia Benson: [after Jacob Nesbit is found dead from a gunshot wound to the head] Elliot, this is not your fault. You didn't send that boy home, ACS did.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Screw ACS. I knew something was wrong. I watched that boy walk out that door.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Totem (#12.20)" (2011)
Olivia Benson: [to Cap] So Any plans to reopen your clinic?
Dr. Captain Jackson: Haven't you heard? I'm a charlatan. All my peers can see is that I've violated the confidentiality of my patients.
Olivia Benson: You saved your patients from a killer.
Dr. Captain Jackson: I couldn't save my daughter, though.

Elaine Frye Cavanaugh: I was always fair, but firm.
Olivia Benson: But when your kids act up, nothing fixes them faster than the handle of a spoon, huh?
Elaine Frye Cavanaugh: You'll have to tell me what that means.
Olivia Benson: Put it this way. You weren't teaching June how to bake cookies.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Gridiron Soldier (#15.16)" (2014)
Olivia Benson: [to Fin] When exactly did we become the voices of reason?
Odafin Tutuola: Sooner or later, you have to play all the parts.

Amanda Rollins: [after learning that Cedric was sexually assaulted] What about the football team? I mean, when are we charging them?
Odafin Tutuola: How about never? He was a consenting adult.
Amanda Rollins: Yeah, with the two female hostesses, not the male cheerleader.
Odafin Tutuola: Yeah, but he was a consenting adult until they took the blindfold off.
Amanda Rollins: Come on, Fin. It was rape by deception.
Olivia Benson: That's not something that we can charge in New York.
Amanda Rollins: Well, how about Rape Three?
Odafin Tutuola: You want us to arrest Ty, the gay cheerleader?
Amanda Rollins: Yes, that's a start. Because maybe he's gonna turn on the guys that put him up to it.
Odafin Tutuola: And there's football players there that were Cedric didn't file charges. Come on, man, I know you're close to the family, but you've done all you can do.
Olivia Benson: Fin's right. Barba told me just last week to pick my battles and this one is, just not a good one.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Conned (#11.19)" (2010)
Juanita: Idrina may be a total Bridezilla, but I can't believe she'd kill one of her guests.
Olivia Benson: Maybe he gave her the wrong china pattern.

Olivia Benson: [after Fin and Dr. Huang find Andrew in bed at Dr. Stanton's home] An underage patient moving in with their shrink? That can't be right.
Dr. George Huang: There's a danger of transference activating sexual fantasies even in an office setting.
Odafin Tutuola: It's the middle of the day and they're both practically naked. She's banging him.
Donald Cragen: Well, that's a serious accusation. Unfortunately, Andrew's not the one making it.
Odafin Tutuola: Captain, he's a kid and she's kind of hot, plus, she got him whacked out on drugs.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Snatched (#10.13)" (2009)
Olivia Benson: [When Liz decides to escape down a storm drain] Liz, what are you doing?
Liz Rinaldi: I'm sorry, Olivia. I have to run.
Elliot Stabler: Keep her talking. I'll get the bolt cutters.
[leaves to get the bolt cutters]
Olivia Benson: Why do you have to run?
Liz Rinaldi: Because I found those jewels in my dad's box of All-Bran. I didn't know he was supposed to fence them.
Olivia Benson: Where are they?
Liz Rinaldi: They're gone. To pay Pete's gambling debt or they'd kill him, but it wasn't enough.
Olivia Benson: Pete made the ransom call?
Liz Rinaldi: We need the money to get out of town!
[begins to run]
Olivia Benson: Liz! Liz! What about Rosie?
Liz Rinaldi: If I go to prison, I won't see her until she's 30.
Olivia Benson: Don't do this.
Liz Rinaldi: Just tell her I love her.
[runs away]
Olivia Benson: Liz, stop! Come back here! Come back here!

Eddy Mack: I owe Geno.
Olivia Benson: For what?
Eddy Mack: None of your business.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Chameleon (#4.1)" (2002)
Olivia Benson: [interrogating a victim who has killed her seven rapists] Sit down in the chair, Maggie.
Maggie Peterson: Where's Elliot?
Olivia Benson: Just us girls now. Sit! That act of yours was a whole lot of fun to watch, but you should know that it's not gonna work with me.
Maggie Peterson: What act?
Olivia Benson: You can pretend to be a victim, you can pretend to be a whore, you can pretend to be whatever it is you want to be. It's a joke. Maggie, you're done.
Maggie Peterson: Where's my son?
Olivia Benson: No, see, that's not gonna work either.
Maggie Peterson: I do not believe that you are talking to me this way. I was raped more times than I can remember.
Olivia Benson: Right, and your mom died and your dad beat you.
[Maggie nods]
Olivia Benson: Your mom's alive. No dad on the birth certificate. You never knew him, did you? Was your mom a pro, too?
Maggie Peterson: Where's my son? I need to see him.
Olivia Benson: Your son? You're never gonna see that kid again. You murdered seven men for a hotel room and a manicure.
Maggie Peterson: They raped me!
Olivia Benson: You want the whole world to think that you're a victim? Well, Maggie, you're getting your wish, because the state's gonna kill you.
[Maggie lunges at Olivia]

Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly: Where the hell did she get this kid?
Olivia Benson: She kills to get what she wants, right? She wanted to be a mother.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: October Surprise (#15.6)" (2013)
Detective Olivia Benson: You okay?
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: It's politics. No danger of a traffic jam on the high road.
Detective Olivia Benson: Still, he was your friend.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: So was Yelina. She thinks this was personal, not professional.
Detective Olivia Benson: You had a job to do. You did it. That's all this was.
A.D.A. Rafael Barba: Was it?

Amanda Rollins: [about Lindsay] So far, four men have filed orders of protection against her for harassment and extortion plus two more O.O.P.S: one from her ex-mother-in-law, and the other's from an ex-shrink who kept getting texts demanding that he come back and "murder her vagina," whatever that means.
Odafin Tutuola: Means she's a freak.
Detective Olivia Benson: Okay, so she lied to us, she's changed her story, she's gone back and forth about pressing charges. Maybe Barba's right. Eddie deserves the benefit of the doubt.
Nick Amaro: Unless we're asking the wrong questions.
Odafin Tutuola: Here he goes.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Bound (#5.23)" (2004)
Dr. Matt Spevak: I started this foundation to give something back.
Olivia Benson: You gave three women back to God. Does that count?

Olivia Benson: What the hell happened?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Heart attack.
Olivia Benson: That our victim?
Detective Elliot Stabler: No, he's the perp.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Consent (#2.10)" (2001)
[a date-rape victim]
Kelly D'Leah: What if I'm pregnant?
Olivia Benson: I'm probably not the best person to ask.

Detective Elliot Stabler: Sometimes the thought of Maureen in college scares the hell out of me.
Olivia Benson: I can see why it would.
Detective Elliot Stabler: It used to be college was all about BAs and PhDs.
Olivia Benson: Now it's roofies and GHB.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Scavenger (#6.4)" (2004)
Detective Elliot Stabler: [looking through Humphrey's apartment] Got a lot of books.
Detective Olivia Benson: All mysteries. He takes good care of them. He steals from libraries.
Detective Elliot Stabler: [sees night lights plugged in everywhere] He also collects night lights.
Detective Olivia Benson: A pseudo-killer psychopath who's afraid of the dark?

Humphrey Becker: [Elliot drags Humphrey into the hall] No! Where're you taking me?
Detective Elliot Stabler: MY game room!
[to Olivia]
Detective Elliot Stabler: The closet!
Humphrey Becker: NO! Don't put me in there!
Detective Elliot Stabler: [Olivia breaks the light bulb] Let's see how YOU like being left in the dark!
Detective Olivia Benson: [they close him in] It's just a game, Humphrey!


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Careless (#5.18)" (2004)
Elliot Stabler: What about that autistic kid in Milwaukee last year? Parishioners held him down, they were laying on top of him to cure him.
Olivia Benson: That could explain the ring mark.
[walks around behind Cragen and wraps her arms around him to demonstrate]
Olivia Benson: Someone holds Jamie, he struggles, they hold him tighter.
Capt. Donald Cragen: [a little breathless] Until he can't breathe.
[Olivia removes her arms and walks around in front of him]
Capt. Donald Cragen: Thank you, I enjoyed that.

Olivia Benson: It's 4:45. I've got to be in court in four hours.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Okay, you go ahead. It's about time Munch got his bony ass out of bed for some religion.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Internal Affairs (#15.4)" (2013)
Captain Donald Cragen: Munch put in his papers.
Detective Olivia Benson: [surprised] No, he didn't.
Captain Donald Cragen: The Mehcad Cater case hit him pretty hard. Liv, it's okay. Nothing changes, except what has to.

Detective Olivia Benson: [to Rollins about Cassidy] You wouldn't believe how many T-shirts that man has.
Detective Amanda Rollins: You can wind them down a few at the time. He won't notice.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Glasgowman's Wrath (#16.6)" (2014)
Olivia Benson: Next time, call me earlier.
Nick Amaro: I just didn't want to bother you on your day off.
Olivia Benson: Nick, that's not your decision. It's mine.

Olivia Benson: Zoe, can you think of any reason that Perry, or Mia, might want to hurt you?
Robin Thornhill: Of course not.
Olivia Benson: Let's let Zoe answer.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Paternity (#9.9)" (2007)
Detective Elliot Stabler: Kathy wants to name him after me.
Detective Olivia Benson: Just what the world needs. Another Elliot Stabler.

[Stabler and Benson just found out that Tommy isn't Jake's son and are walking through the precinct hallway while discussing whether or not to tell Jake]
Detective Olivia Benson: He has the right to know.
Detective Elliot Stabler: It's not our place to tell him.
Detective Olivia Benson: Jake is raising a child that biologically isn't his. He's married to a woman who's being unfaithful. You think that ignorance is bliss?
Detective Elliot Stabler: First of all, Tommy *is* his son. And Jake is the only father he's ever known. Now they love each other. Why do you want to mess with that?
Detective Olivia Benson: Because it's not fair to Jake or Tommy.
Detective Elliot Stabler: If Leah Keegan wants to tell her husband that Tommy's not his, that's her choice, not ours.
[Olivia spots Jake sitting in a chair, having overheard what Stabler just said]
Jake Keegan: [Standing up] What do you mean? Tommy's not my son?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Inconceivable (#9.14)" (2008)
Detective Elliot Stabler: You would be a great mother.
Detective Olivia Benson: Oh! I am not having this conversation with you.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You're good with kids. You should start thinking about having them. Whatever you do, I'll support you.
Detective Olivia Benson: Elliot, shut up and drive.

Eva Sintzel: Do you have kids, Detective Benson?
Detective Olivia Benson: No, I don't.
Eva Sintzel: Don't you want them?
Detective Olivia Benson: I... yes, yes I do, very much.
Eva Sintzel: Then what's stopping you?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Transgender Bridge (#17.3)" (2015)
Avery: I was taking pictures on the bridge, when they surrounded me.
Dominick 'Sonny' Carisi, Jr.: Avery, can you describe them?
Avery: Black. My age. They were giving me the look.
Dominick 'Sonny' Carisi, Jr.: What look is that?
Avery: The "freak needs to learn a lesson" look. I tried to go, but they started saying stuff.
Olivia Benson: What were they saying?
Avery: Tranny. He-she, my personal fave. I told them to leave me alone. One grabbed my skirt, another my camera. I was pushed, and I tripped on my heels.
Olivia Benson: Avery, can you remember anything else about the boys? Anything they said or they did?
Avery: It was all a blur of shoving. People laughing, taking video.
Eric Parker: This isn't the first time. And the local precinct never follows up.
Olivia Benson: We will. We take this very seriously. I give you my word, Mr. Parker.

Markus' Grandmother: Markus, did you beat up on a girl?
Markus Green: He's not a girl, Grandma. He's one of them he-shes.
Olivia Benson: Wow.
Markus Green: Acts like one, wears makeup.
Markus' Grandmother: Why would anyone do that?
Olivia Benson: That's not the issue. The issue is your grandson pushed a kid off a bridge.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Double Strands (#13.4)" (2011)
Olivia Benson: [to Rollins] Uh, I don't know how you do things down South, but here, in New York, we think it's best if one person does the intake as to not overwhelm the victim.

Nick Amaro: [after Gabriel Thomas attempts suicide while at Rikers] He lost a lot of blood.
Olivia Benson: Okay, but how many times have we seen this? I mean, a guy finally gets caught and he takes the easy way out.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Loophole (#8.13)" (2007)
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: They expect an undocumented immigrant woman who barely speaks English to understand all this?
Detective Olivia Benson: No way, it's written in such legalese I barely get it.

Detective Elliot Stabler: What do you always tell victims? Get help, but you're not following your own advice.
Detective Olivia Benson: What do you want me to do, Elliot, sue the chemical company? If I do, they will bury me in paperwork for the next 10 years, the kid could be dead by then.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Informed (#8.1)" (2006)
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: Ms. Benson?
Detective Olivia Benson: Star? What's the FBI doing here?
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: No, no, no. You first.

Detective Olivia Benson: Elliot told me to tell you you're nuts.
FBI Agent Dana Lewis: That's just the concussion talking.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Greed (#3.20)" (2002)
Olivia Benson: [as she is searching a van] Well, I've got coffee cups, candy wrappers, half-eaten sandwich... they should really think about cleaning this place out once every two years.

Olivia Benson: There's three fireplaces, could've come through the chimney.
Elliot Stabler: Maybe we should be looking for a guy in a red suit.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Rage (#6.17)" (2005)
Fin Tutuola: Talk to Sandra Brofey lately?
Detective Olivia Benson: Remember? Your girlfriend from California?
Fin Tutuola: She told us to tell you "hello", then rip your nuts off, and feed 'em to you.

Detective Elliot Stabler: Did you think I froze? Is that why you fired first?
Detective Olivia Benson: I fired first, because you would've killed him.
Detective Elliot Stabler: He deserves to die.
Detective Olivia Benson: Maybe he does. But he wanted you to kill him. He wanted you to always remember that you took his life. Not 'cause you had to, but because you were angry.


"Chicago P.D.: The Song of Gregory Williams Yates (#3.14)" (2016)
Olivia Benson: You know, what Erin went through, that can, uh... that can screw a person up for a while.
Hank Voight: Well, for what it's worth, she's got me to walk her through it.
Olivia Benson: That's not such a bad thing.
Hank Voight: I wish you were here more often. You'd be good for her.

Olivia Benson: Have you ever heard of William Lewis?
Erin Lindsay: Yeah, he's that killer in New York who you...
Olivia Benson: What Lewis wanted was to get so far into his victims' heads that... that they couldn't get rid of him. Right? That they couldn't live the lives that they've planned. That's what you're up against, Erin.
Erin Lindsay: Is it wrong that I'm kind of relieved that I'm the one who killed him?
Olivia Benson: Greg Yates murdered your friend. He came at you with an ice pick. No. It's not wrong. But it doesn't mean that you'll sleep tonight.
Erin Lindsay: So what do you do? I mean, what... what did you do?
Olivia Benson: I'm still doing it. My phone is always on. Always.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Appearances (#4.19)" (2003)
[Analyzing Hedges' laptop and finds hidden child porn]
TARU Tech Ruben Morales: His parole officer probably missed it. They were hidden by the s-tools software.
Detective Olivia Benson: S-tools?
TARU Tech Ruben Morales: Yeah, s is short for stenography. From the Greek meaning hidden writing. Mainly used by spies to send concealed messages.
Detective Elliot Stabler: So, it just downloads child porn and disguises it with this... stegosaurus stuff.

Detective Olivia Benson: We got ourselves a dead beauty queen.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Producer's Backend (#16.3)" (2014)
Olivia Benson: By the way, keep showing Carisi the ropes. It's really helping.
Amanda Rollins: That's like my mother telling me I'm really the only that can mop floors, cause she didn't want to do it.

Olivia Benson: Okay, that may be, but the law says that that boy was too young to consent to sexual activity with an adult.
Donna Evans: Well, that can't be true, especially for a boy!


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: ...Or Just Look Like One (#1.3)" (1999)
Det. Elliot Stabler: [about Theresa Burgess' friend] You want to know what drugs she's taking? You want to know if she's sexually active?
Olivia Benson: This girl's gonna know 'cause girlfriends have no secrets.
Det. Elliot Stabler: Sounds like a song.

Olivia Benson: Munch, do us a favor.
Detective John Munch: What?
Olivia Benson: Get Parisi to sit in this chair, and then suggest to him that Deborah rolled on him.
Detective John Munch: Ah, cute. The prisoner's dilemma.
Brian Cassidy: What's that?
Detective John Munch: See, we get each to think that the other one confessed.
Brian Cassidy: Damn, I love this job! I'll get Parisi.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Wonderland Story (#15.5)" (2013)
Captain Donald Cragen: I've been meaning to give this to you.
[hands Olivia a folder]
Detective Olivia Benson: The Sergeant's exam?

Sergeant John Munch: [Benson has to leave Munch's retirement party for a case] Ladies and gentlemen, the Mother Teresa of SVU is leaving. Was it something I said?
Detective Olivia Benson: No, John, it's everything you said.
Sergeant John Munch: Well, I haven't even gotten to the Cassidy jokes yet.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Escape (#5.11)" (2003)
Jeremy: We were just kids, alright? We were just fooling around.
Detective Olivia Benson: With 10 years of someone else's life.

Detective Olivia Benson: It's not going to work out between us.
Deputy Marshal Andy Eckerson: Why not?
Detective Olivia Benson: Because I have enough insanity in my life. I need stability.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Desperate (#4.18)" (2003)
Olivia Benson: You've got an answer for everything, don't you. I'm not buying your "loving father" act. Tommy's terrified of you.
Dan Hoffman: My son is everything to me, I would die for my son.
Olivia Benson: Tommy almost died for you. You killed Jill and then you left him alone in that apartment. And had firefighters not responded so fast, you'd be burying him along with your dead wife.
Dan Hoffman: You wouldn't dare talk to me like that if you didn't have that badge and gun.

ADA Alexandra Cabot: Dan Hoffman's attorney called. She's threatening to sue for the emotional distress of withholding information on Tommy's whereabouts.
Elliot Stabler: Distress, my ass. Hoffman didn't even file a missing persons report and he's trying to jack us up?
Olivia Benson: We only delayed notification by a couple of hours.
ADA Alexandra Cabot: That's not the point. You were playing fast and loose, and you got caught.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Contagious (#6.11)" (2005)
[the case of a sexually abused girl is getting on Detective Stabler's nerves]
Detective Olivia Benson: You know, running away's not gonna help.
Detective Elliot Stabler: I'm a little beat for the dime store shrink routine right now.
Detective Olivia Benson: Elliot, that little girl is counting on you. You quit on her, and you're just another man she can't trust. That's not who you are.

Detective Olivia Benson: [about Holly's injuries] Happened two weeks ago. Holly fell on the right bike pedal, spikes caused an injury to her posterior fourchette.
Detective Elliot Stabler: We just had her poked and prodded for nothing.
Dr. Rebecca Hendrix: Maybe not. The report doesn't mention the tear to the hymen and the tear hasn't healed. It probably happened within the last week.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Can you say that for sure?
Dr. Rebecca Hendrix: No.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well, you better be sure before we put this little girl through any more hell.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Mercy (#4.14)" (2003)
Detective Elliot Stabler: If you don't want your baby, there are other options.
Detective Olivia Benson: Not for the girl who dumps her newborn into the river.
Dr. Melinda Warner: She's not a newborn.
Detective Olivia Benson: How do you know?
Dr. Melinda Warner: The umbilical stump's gone, she's at least a month old.

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: Olivia, would you want somebody digging through your medical records?
Detective Olivia Benson: I had a pregnancy scare in college. That was bad enough. I can't imagine the police knocking at my door, but this is our best lead.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Manipulated (#7.15)" (2006)
Detective Olivia Benson: How'd he get out when the door was locked from the inside?
Detective Elliot Stabler: The window.
[they go to the window]
Detective Elliot Stabler: It's an eight story drop from here. Our guy didn't get out of here unless he was Spiderman.

Detective Olivia Benson: [cynically] It's a miracle, she can swim.
Detective Elliot Stabler: And she can walk.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Heightened Emotions (#18.4)" (2016)
Olivia Benson: Your sister Kim made parole and now she wants to live with you.
Amanda Rollins: I know it sounds crazy. I should say no.
Olivia Benson: What are her options?
Amanda Rollins: She can't leave the state, so it's either my apartment or a shelter.
Olivia Benson: Amanda, that may not be the worst place, considering the trouble that this woman has gotten you into.
Amanda Rollins: Women get raped & killed in shelters and Kim says she's found religion.
Olivia Benson: Well, I hope so because if you cover for her again, I will take your shield.

Rafael Barba: My first press case was a prostitute rape. I know the drill, but a guy like this is gonna put up a better fight and a more expensive one, too.
Olivia Benson: And that's why we have you.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Control (#5.9)" (2003)
Detective Olivia Benson: [after a uniformed Officer informs Elliot that they still haven't found 'the package'] What package?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Ah, Mr. Gorman's. His penis and testicles were cut off. And they're still missing.

Detective Olivia Benson: Maybe Mr. Gorman didn't 'want' to be a man anymore?
Detective Elliot Stabler: You think he 'wanted' his Johnson wacked off?


"Law & Order: Entitled (#10.14)" (2000)
Pauline Brecker: Does this mean he wasn't cheating on me with that girl in the car?
Detective Olivia Benson: That would be the good news.

Detective Ed Green: My dad used to call me 'Fast Eddie'.
Detective Olivia Benson: [Raising eyebrows] Oh yeah?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Hunting Ground (#13.15)" (2012)
Amanda Rollins: [about the suspect] This is a predatory psychopath. He's grooming his victims, handpicking them out of the paper.
John Munch: It's a little early to start profiling this guy. I mean, Roxie's a prostitute, she's a meth head and no one has reported her missing.
Olivia Benson: So we don't care about her?

Olivia Benson: If you ask me, the newspaper's become a front for escort services and underage sex trafficking.
John Munch: I wouldn't hold their advertising against them. They're one of the few papers in New York City doing real reporting.
Olivia Benson: We need to go down to their offices, appeal to their conscience and find out if Brewster set up an account.
Nick Amaro: Good luck.
John Munch: They're gonna preach First Amendment.
Donald Cragen: That's why I'm sending you, John. Play the civil liberties card. Benson, go with. Make sure he doesn't defect.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Nationwide Manhunt (#17.14)" (2016)
Warden Lucille Fenton: [to Olivia] Detective Rollins comes to visit Yates and he escapes. Any particular reason why you've come up here instead of her?
Olivia Benson: My detective did not help Yates break out of prison.
Warden Lucille Fenton: She fought to get him transferred to the Honor Block.
Olivia Benson: Because she knows him better than anyone else. It was the only way we could get him to cooperate.
Rafael Barba: Rollins didn't order those drones and she didn't cut a hole in Rudnick's cell wall. This has been planned for months.

Rafael Barba: [to Bronwyn about Dr. Rudnick] Did he ask you for favors?
Bronwyn Wilkins: He'd talk about a a book he missed, a piece of art or music. He loves Albinoni, the "Adagio in"...
Amanda Rollins: So you brought him gifts.
Bronwyn Wilkins: Little things. Salt to cook with, spices, organic soaps...
Olivia Benson: How about hacksaws?
Bronwyn Wilkins: Maybe it's not good for her to be here. She has a lot of anger toward me.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, why do you think that is, Bronwyn?
Rafael Barba: Liv, we got this.
Olivia Benson: No, I'm not gonna coddle her.
[to Bronwyn]
Olivia Benson: You helped two serial killers escape from prison. Whatever they do to anyone while they're out is on you.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Downloaded Child (#15.19)" (2014)
Sergeant Olivia Benson: You're smiling, Barba. Why is that freaking me out?

Sergeant Olivia Benson: How about dinner tonight?
Brian Cassidy: Fine, our usual place?
Sergeant Olivia Benson: Why not we try that new bistro? Something different!
[Leaves]
Brian Cassidy: [Mumbles to himself] What's wrong with our place?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Lust (#4.4)" (2002)
Cop: Mona Sidley. I recognized her by her binoculars.
Det. Olivia Benson: Not by her face?
Cop: She doesn't have one anymore.

[Benson and Stabler are sifting through Greta Esterman's hate mail]
Det. Olivia Benson: Last month, AIDS activists threw pig's blood on her, protesting her policies.
Det. Elliot Stabler: How about this?
[Stabler holds up crayon-written paper with bad grammar and horrible spelling]
Det. Elliot Stabler: Snoopie bich doctor YOU DIE.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Chasing Theo (#18.8)" (2017)
Olivia Benson: Ms. Lachere, I'm Lieutenant Benson.
Nadine Lachere: You have to find my son. You have to find Theo.
Olivia Benson: We're doing everything that we can, but right now I need you to provide us with the most recent photo of Theo and something that has his DNA on it.
Nadine Lachere: I don't understand.
Amanda Rollins: Well, we found blood in his room. We need to see if it's Theo's.
Nadine Lachere: Blood. Oh, my God.
Amanda Rollins: No, no, we... it's just a small amount. It could be nothing.
Nadine Lachere: [crying] I know what this must look like, but I would never put my little boy in danger.
Olivia Benson: [notices drugs and other paraphernalia in Nadine's house] Okay, but we're... uh, we're gonna need you to come down to the station and give us a full statement.
Nadine Lachere: What, uh, am I in trouble? Because those aren't mine.
Olivia Benson: Right now our only concern is to find your son.

Ed Tucker: [to Olivia] So, can I ask what's going on with me and you? Is it that dinner when I told you I was thinking about retiring?
Olivia Benson: No. Yes. I don't know.
Ed Tucker: But I'm not imagining it?
Olivia Benson: No. No, you're not. You know, maybe we're... we're, um in different places right now. I did get a little scared about the retirement thing, and, Ed, you know, this job, this is this is who I am.
Ed Tucker: I know. When, uh... when I was at IAB, I learned to listen. To know when people are telling me who they are, what they're really thinking. A few months ago, you said you were happy, but you were crying. You were afraid it wasn't gonna last.
Olivia Benson: I remember.
Ed Tucker: You were telling me the truth. That we weren't gonna last.
Olivia Benson: I tried, Ed and I know you tried too, but if we've both been trying this hard I have this little boy who who needs me, who needs his mother and I have to give him all the attention and all the time and and all the love that I have.
Ed Tucker: He has to be your priority right now. I get that. I do.
Olivia Benson: I'm sorry.
Ed Tucker: Me too. Take care of yourself, Olivia Benson.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Devil's Dissections (#17.1)" (2015)
Olivia Benson: Amanda, I don't know what you're doing, but this isn't police work.
Amanda Rollins: I am cultivating a source. Listen, Yates hinted that he might know who the killer is.
Olivia Benson: Hinted, but didn't say. So what, do you have to go back there again and then he'll tell you?
Odafin Tutuola: He's playing you. This guy's a psychopath.
Olivia Benson: Not to mention, Amanda, you went up there without clearing it with me. I'm not trusting your judgment right now.

Dominick Carisi Jr.: These are the Changs. They bought the house four years ago, did a renovation. Before that, it had fallen into disrepair after the 2007 death of Manon Favreau. She was a widow whose husband's family actually built this house in the 1880s.
Olivia Benson: Thanks for the history lesson, Carisi.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Quarry (#6.13)" (2005)
Detective Olivia Benson: Before you had kids, you ever worry what they'd be like?
Detective Elliot Stabler: All the time, I still do.
Detective Olivia Benson: At least you and Kathy know what you're passing on. Half my genes are drunk and the other half are violent and cruel.
[she walks away]
Detective Elliot Stabler: And look how great you turned out. It's not all about the genes, Liv. All you can do is love your kids.

Det. John Munch: Deacon killed Jeffrey Ronsen?
Detective Olivia Benson: It wasn't shame that drove him to suicide, it was guilt. My victim is my perp.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Savant (#9.4)" (2007)
Olivia Benson: [to Stabler] How's Kathy?
Elliot Stabler: Over 40 and pregnant. I just can't stop thinking about all the bad things that can happen.
Olivia Benson: So why don't you see a doctor?
Elliot Stabler: We're Catholic. Maybe it's better not to know.

Joel Parven: I was angry. My wife and I started to work things out again. You don't know what it's like.
Olivia Benson: Don't use your son's condition as an excuse, Mr. Parven. You slept with your wife's friend. You got her pregnant.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Flight (#12.15)" (2011)
Dahlia Jessup: Why are you such a bitch?
Detective Olivia Benson: Calling me names isn't going to get you out of the trouble you're in.

Detective Olivia Benson: Jordy is no different from any other predator. He's just better dressed.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Spousal Privilege (#16.8)" (2014)
Olivia Benson: [about A.J. Martin] Fin, you saw it. He's controlling. His little son was terrified of him.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: I was terrified of my mother. When I used to act a fool, she'd beat my ass.
Amanda Rollins: Yeah, I was raised the same way. In the South, you have to pick out your own switch.
Olivia Benson: So now we're making cultural exemptions?
Nick Amaro: You know, my father, he went at me with his fists. It taught me you never lay a hand on a child or a woman.

Paula Bryant: [to Olivia after A.J. is convicted of assaulting her] I lost a husband, my son lost his father.
Olivia Benson: Paula, you deserve better than that. So does your son.
Paula Bryant: What the hell do you know about it? I was happy, I was fine. Me and my son, we were just making it work. It was my choice! And you took that away. You think A.J. was beating me up? What do you think you did?
[walks away from her]
Rafael Barba: [to Olivia] We did the right thing.
Olivia Benson: I know.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Brief Interlude (#14.23)" (2013)
Nick Amaro: Well, the way she was dressed, she could be a working girl
Olivia Benson: Nick, you gotta get out more. Everyone dresses like that now.

Wayne Randolph: [Reads headline of the New Yorker newspaper: Coma Vic Partied Hard] Is all this stuff true?
Olivia Benson: They're just trying to sell newspapers. You know who your mom is.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Daydream Believer (#16.20)" (2015)
Olivia Benson: Yates usually chooses his victims at random, okay? He either burned the bodies or he buried them. He never left evidence.
Rafael Barba: Not even with the two vics in Queens?
Olivia Benson: There's no blood from them on his clothes or on his body. He must have changed his clothes, washed himself. None of his DNA is in their apartment.
Rafael Barba: Can the vic who survived ID him?
Hank Voight: Brain damage. I got a State's Attorney standing by in Chicago. We can try Yates for his last two victims there.
Rafael Barba: You mean the one he burned along with any evidence? Or the one who apparently died while Yates was walking in the park with one of your detectives, along with your whole squad there to alibi him.
Olivia Benson: Hold on, Barba. This might be something. Nadia Decotis was not random. This was a screw you to Chicago PD.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Uncivilized (#1.7)" (1999)
Capt. Donald Cragen: What have we learned?
Olivia Benson: Lesson number one: No one can handle crimes against children.
Detective Monique Jefferies: Yeah. And lesson two: get out after two years.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Runaway (#2.16)" (2001)
Det. Olivia Benson: [informant just asked to be questioned by the "black chick" rather than Benson] Black chick has other duties.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Countdown (#2.15)" (2001)
[the squad has been working for twenty-four hours straight]
Olivia Benson: I've read the same paragraph five times and I still have no idea what it says.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Chicago Crossover (#16.7)" (2014)
Hank Voight: [about the case] It's a bad one
Olivia Benson: Unfortunately we don't get too many good ones


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Zebras (#10.22)" (2009)
[Olivia has rescued Elliot from Stuckey]
Detective Elliot Stabler: How'd you know?
Detective Olivia Benson: Stuckey said you went out for sushi. You and raw fish?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Criminal Pathology (#17.2)" (2015)
Olivia Benson: [to Rollins] Hey, you okay?
Amanda Rollins: Yeah. I thought it was Rudnick on trial, not Yates or me.
Olivia Benson: A lot of pressure up there.
Amanda Rollins: It is. Also, um I'm pregnant.
Olivia Benson: Wow.
Amanda Rollins: Not Nick's.
Olivia Benson: Okay. Thanks for telling me.
Amanda Rollins: And I know with the squad being shorthanded, it's not the best time for me, but I want to promise you this is not going to affect my ability to do my job.
Olivia Benson: Actually, it is, Amanda, you know.
Amanda Rollins: Yeah, of course, but I just meant...
Olivia Benson: Look, I know you're going to fight me on this, but as soon as the Department hears, they're going to put you on restricted duty.
Amanda Rollins: Can we wait to tell them? I just want to work until the last minute.
Olivia Benson: I know what a hard worker you are. It's a really good thing 'cause because being a single mom is, uh... it's not easy.
Amanda Rollins: Well, I may not be on my own. My mom might actually move up to New York.
Olivia Benson: Good, good.
Amanda Rollins: Yeah.
Olivia Benson: Well, I want you to know I'm I'm really happy for you and, you know, if you want or need to talk about anything, I'm here.
Amanda Rollins: Okay.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Disrobed (#1.13)" (2000)
Det. Monique Jefferies: Wow, 4.7 million in one year.
Det. Brian Cassidy: That's pretty good for a fledgling charity.
Det. Olivia Benson: Fledgling - I'm impressed.
Det. Brian Cassidy: Yeah, that's right, I'm a real dope, aren't I? You know what I did last night? I looked it up and I memorized it just so I can impress you.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Melancholy Pursuit (#17.8)" (2015)
[last lines]
Olivia Benson: Paperwork can wait.
Mike Dodds: Yeah. Lily's parents... they're never gonna get over this, are they?
Olivia Benson: Losing a child? No.
Mike Dodds: You have a kid. That's gotta make this job harder.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, it does. You know, Dodds, I'm gonna tell you something that I wish somebody had told me after my first tough case. Go home. Talk to somebody you love, and don't make this job your whole life.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Criminal Stories (#15.18)" (2014)
Olivia Benson: Deputy Commissioner Abraham. Which one of my detectives did what now?
Hank Abraham: Don't be so cynical, Sergeant.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Grief (#4.23)" (2003)
[after a father shoots his daughter's rapist/murderer]
Elliot Stabler: I could've stopped him. I should've known what Ray was gonna do.
Olivia Benson: How?
Elliot Stabler: I would have done the same thing.
Olivia Benson: No, you wouldn't.
Elliot Stabler: Well, wait 'til you're a parent.
Olivia Benson: Don't throw that crap at me, Elliot. You made a mistake.
Elliot Stabler: What?
Olivia Benson: You let Ray in.
Elliot Stabler: You're right, I did. He got to me. And now I'm responsible.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Pixies (#2.9)" (2001)
A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot: These girls sacrifice their childhoods to succeed, they're starved for affection.
Detective Olivia Benson: Not to mention food. They stop eating to maintain weight, no food, no menstrual cycle, no menstrual cycle, no estrogen, no estrogen, no growth: physically, mentally AND sexually.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Haystack (#8.15)" (2007)
[last lines; Olivia had Warner do a kinship analysis]
Detective Elliot Stabler: Whose DNA did you have tested?
Detective Olivia Benson: [reading the test results] Mine. I have a brother.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Families (#5.15)" (2004)
[Benson catches a fleeing suspect]
Det. Olivia Benson: What's your name?
Suspect: Screw you!
Det. Olivia Benson: Screw You, you're under arrest for attempted rape until we nail you for the other eleven.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Institutional Fail (#17.4)" (2015)
Detective Joe Dumas: Detective Campisi and I took this from patrol. Our sergeant suggested SVU would be better equipped to handle a lost kid.
Deputy Chief William Dodds: In other words, you passed the buck.
Detective: Little boy won't talk. Not even a name. Walked in here all by himself.
[Olivia sees how young and how filthy the boy is]
Olivia Benson: Where the hell are the parents?
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: That's why we're here.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Denial (#3.21)" (2002)
Detective Olivia Benson: [as Rose is being arrested and Elliot cuffs her] Do we have to use the cuffs?
Rose Rinato: I am responsible for the deaths of two innocent children. I think handcuffs are appropriate.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Execution (#3.15)" (2002)
John Munch: Tell me again how my partner failed to get his weapon re-certification.
Olivia Benson: He choked.
Odafin Tutuola: I didn't choke.
Olivia Benson: Okay. He got poor marks for shooting off his gun early.
John Munch: That happens to everybody, Fin. You know, they have a pill for that now.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Weak (#6.9)" (2004)
Dr. Rebecca Hendrix: [Questioning suspect] Have you ever had a girlfriend?
Thomas Mathers: Lots of guys don't find the right girl.
Detective Olivia Benson: That's true. I mean... Being single's not easy.
Thomas Mathers: You would not look at me twice if I asked you out. You would not give me the time of day, so don't pretend you understand what I'm going through. I don't need your pity.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You're just looking for the right girl. And one day you'll rape her and live happily ever after.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Avatar (#9.2)" (2007)
Detective Olivia Benson: So you can do whatever you want and you and Racehl CHOSE to be prostitutes?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Manic (#5.2)" (2003)
Detective Olivia Benson: Joe, why did you shoot Luke and Tyrell?
[sets out pictures of the victims on the table]
Joe Blaine: [looking at pictures] I don't know them.
Detective Olivia Benson: You don't know them? You told us that you went to school with them.
Joe Blaine: No, I didn't.
Detective Olivia Benson: Joe. Joe, look at me.
[Joe looks up and then looks back down]
Detective Olivia Benson: You're in serious trouble here, and you need to help yourself.
Joe Blaine: I don't want to.
Detective Elliot Stabler: [laying a drawing on the table] Did you draw this?
Joe Blaine: Where's my pen? I want my pen!
Detective Elliot Stabler: We'll get you one. I know you drew that now did you also do this?
Joe Blaine: Didn't draw that. Didn't draw that!
Detective Olivia Benson: [points to masked figure in the drawing] Joe, who's this? Who's this person here?
Joe Blaine: [whispering] Zoltar.
Detective Olivia Benson: Who's Zoltar?
Joe Blaine: [begins slapping himself and banging his head on the table] No! I won't! Stop! Stop, I won't!
Joe Blaine: [after Stabler tries to calm him] Zoltars gonna kill you! He's gonna kill you!
[Stabler picks him up out of his chair]
Joe Blaine: Get off! He's gonna kill you! Zoltar's gonna kill you!


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Folly (#2.17)" (2001)
Olivia Benson: Do people have sex in bed anymore?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Dirty (#12.14)" (2011)
Olivia Benson: Press found out that Page was a DA?
Donald Cragen: Yeah. And I am tempted to hand them Rivera on a platter.
[Cragen slams his cell phone down in frustration]
Olivia Benson: He didn't do it.
Donald Cragen: The guy's a creative killer. What makes you think he didn't orchestrate a hit?
[the phone rings but Cragen immediately hangs up without answering]
Olivia Benson: The Latin Kings would've done her and dumped her, not held her for hours and cut her up.
Donald Cragen: It's personal.
Olivia Benson: Page was in an abusive relationship with a coworker. She showed all the signs of a battered woman.
Donald Cragen: Okay, yeah. But talk to Rivera, cover your ass.
Olivia Benson: And yours too.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Vulnerable (#4.3)" (2002)
Det. Elliot Stabler: Man, I don't want to grow old.
Olivia Benson: In our line of work, be careful what you wish for.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Outsider (#8.12)" (2007)
Olivia Benson: [Fin walks in hallway; Olivia comes from another hallway and meets with him and they walk quickly together] I saw Ken downstairs.
Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: He tell you how he screwed up?
Olivia Benson: Aw, he seemed pretty upset.
Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Well, he should be.
Olivia Benson: Look, he was trying to help. You can talk to her.
Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: The girl's a stone; we don't have time to squeeze blood.
Olivia Benson: So you're not gonna do anything?
[stops and Fin turns around to talk]
Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Ming's the one throwing up the roadblocks.
Olivia Benson: So, go around her. Look, take a crack at this. For your son.
Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: [quietly, nods slightly] I'll check the overnights to see if anybody who saw Ming being attacked called 911.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Street Revenge (#13.19)" (2012)
Leslie Adams: I was just trying to prevent other women from being raped.
Olivia Benson: I understand that, but you really need to leave that to the police.
Leslie Adams: That hasn't worked, has it?
Olivia Benson: Well, this didn't work, did it?


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Ripped (#7.4)" (2005)
Detective Elliot Stabler: I left a message for Huang. He's gonna come in and talk to him.
Olivia Benson: Since when do we call the shrink before we make the collar?
Detective Elliot Stabler: I just think there's another explanation.
Olivia Benson: It may not be worth it to make Pamela relive what happened? Who are you kidding? You're trying to make this go away.
Detective Elliot Stabler: I've known Luke since he was a baby. Always a sweet kid.
Olivia Benson: Elliot, you haven't seen him since before he hit puberty and he's not so sweet anymore.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Taken (#2.8)" (2000)
Olivia Benson: What was going through your mind when you were taking that beating?
Siobhan Miller: How I was gonna spend all that money.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Friending Emily (#14.6)" (2012)
Emily Culphers: [to Peter] I want to go home. Please, I'll do whatever you want.
Olivia Benson: Well, he picked the right victim. She's a people pleaser. She's not gonna fight back.
Nick Amaro: Well, it might keep her alive.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Svengali (#9.6)" (2007)
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Liv, I got your pizza.
Detective Olivia Benson: I didn't order a pizza.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: It's got your name on it.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, I'm not hungry. Throw it out.
[Fin goes to throw out pizza box]
Detective Chester Lake: Hey, you gotta recycle that box. Dude, don't you care about the environment?
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: It's not empty. There's a pie in here.
Detective Chester Lake: I'll eat it. No such thing as bad pizza.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: It's double pepperoni. It's gonna kill you.
[Lake tosses pizza box on desk, then it explodes, nearly killing him]


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Locum (#12.1)" (2010)
Pamela Burton: I would be more comfortable with the female detective. The nice one?
Detective Olivia Benson: [camera cuts to Olivia interrogating the suspect] You're an idiot.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Legacy (#2.4)" (2000)
Olivia Benson: [Olivia goes up to the roof of the police station at night to find Munch standing at the ledge of the building] It's good work, John... took a chance with that bluff about Emily coming out of her coma. I'm not sure what we would have done if Jamie had pressed to see her...
John Munch: [snapping] She didn't care about the kids!
Olivia Benson: ...How did you know...?
John Munch: We searched her house I looked at that four-year-old
[referring to the little boy who'd been watching Munch in the hallway during the home's investigation]
John Munch: it was just like that little girl that used to live across the street from us in our old neighborhood on the Lower East Side. She had that same look in her eyes.
Olivia Benson: What look?
John Munch: ...Sad, lost... she used to stand on her porch every afternoon when I came home from school... like she was waiting for me. Sometimes, she'd have a black eye or a bloody lip. Never said anything to me, just looked at me like she was trying to tell me something, but I was too full of my own teenage crap to pay any attention.
[takes a deep breath, looking on the verge of tears]
John Munch: One day, I came home she wasn't there... found out her mother threw her through a plate glass window! Went to the funeral, saw her dad... it's the first time I saw a grown man cry...
Olivia Benson: [looking shocked] What happened to the mother?
John Munch: They sent her to a sanitarium... she told my mother she didn't understand what all the fuss was about.
[glances to the side, avoiding Olivia's horrified gaze]
John Munch: "She was the one that had to get a new window!" Months later, I'd come home and I'd look up at the porch.
[blinking back tears]
John Munch: I swear, I saw that little girl standing there, looking at me with that look... I almost let her down again.
[walks away sorrowfully, leaving Olivia staring blankly into the distance]


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Mean (#5.17)" (2004)
Brittany O'Malley: No. They didn't do anything.
Donald Cragen: I'm glad you're saying that, Brittany, because it's consistent with your friends' stories: that they're innocent and you killed Emily all by yourself.
Brittany O'Malley: They're not saying that.
Donald Cragen: You better believe they are, little girl.
Lionel Granger: Okay, I think that wraps it up for today...
Brittany O'Malley: No. What are they saying?
Donald Cragen: That you killed Emily because she stole your boyfriend. Oh, and that you're nuts.
Sarah O'Malley: They're clearly lying.
Brittany O'Malley: [stands up] Shut up! You're not helping.
Olivia Benson: Brittany, sit down.
Brittany O'Malley: No! Where are they? I want them to say this to my face!
[crosses the room to the two-way window and starts to pound it with her fists]
Brittany O'Malley: Huh? BITCHES! SAY IT TO MY FACE!


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Wrong Is Right (#2.1)" (2000)
Detective Olivia Benson: [after seeing Skoda] How'd it go?
Detective Elliot Stabler: I talk too much.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Hysteria (#1.4)" (1999)
Detective Olivia Benson: Oh my god. He's wearing them!
Detective Elliot Stabler: Nice shoes.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Sin (#8.17)" (2007)
Detective Olivia Benson: Who today has 10 kids?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Not even Catholics.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Holden's Manifesto (#16.4)" (2014)
Deputy Chief William Dodds: Sergeant Benson!
Olivia Benson: Chief Dodds, I didn't realize that you were waiting.
Deputy Chief William Dodds: If you'd been here, I wouldn't have to wait.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Parents' Nightmare (#16.22)" (2015)
Olivia Benson: [Entering her office, seeing Tucker sitting on the couch] Tucker! To what do I owe the pleasure?
Ed Tucker: What? I can't just pop in?
Olivia Benson: No!


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Shattered (#11.24)" (2010)
Detective Olivia Benson: I don't think I can do this.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Then get ready to watch me die.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Dominance (#4.20)" (2003)
Olivia Benson: Add Paul Dumont to the loss column. Hospital called; he died an hour ago.
Donald Cragen: Seven victims. Except for Mr. Dumont, they were all robbed, sexually assaulted, and then shot. Both scenes were within twenty blocks. This guy has killed as many people in two days as Son of Sam did in four months. Now, you all have your assignments. Let's get this guy.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Impulsive (#9.3)" (2007)
Detective Olivia Benson: [Casey has grabbed a rehab employee by his jacket, amounting to assault] Casey, you're drowning here. And unless we can convince that guy to change his mind, I can't even throw you a life jacket.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I'm a big girl. I know how to swim.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Lunacy (#10.4)" (2008)
Detective Olivia Benson: So you're the one that got Elliot into the Marines.
Colonel Richard Finley: Not these tattoos though, he was a wild guy back then.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Monogamy (#3.11)" (2002)
Detective Elliot Stabler: I go home and I'm supposed to tell Kathy about my day? 'Honey, today some guy cut a baby out of a woman's stomach, pass the gravy please'.
Detective Olivia Benson: So you just don't talk? You don't tell her anything?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Well one of us has to sleep at night. She thinks I'm shutting her out.
Detective Olivia Benson: You are. It's what you do, Elliot, and if you don't watch it, you're going to lose the best thing you have.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Contact (#1.19)" (2000)
[Olivia is investigating the case of a man who rapes women on the subway. Nick is reporting the case. They're kissing in her apartment]
Nick Ganzner: Let's pretend.
Olivia Benson: [smiling] Pretend what?
Nick Ganzner: That I'm the guy on the subway.
Olivia Benson: [stops smiling] OK, stop it.
Nick Ganzner: Just for fun.
Olivia Benson: No, no. No, really, stop it.
Nick Ganzner: What would you do?
Olivia Benson: [pushes him away] Oh my God. Wow.
[heads for bathroom]
Olivia Benson: I'm gonna go wash my face, and my hands, and my mouth, and, uh, there's the door. Make sure you're out when I get out of here. *Gone.*
[slams door]


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Risk (#4.12)" (2003)
[last lines]
Elliot Stabler: Seein' that shrink, did that help?
Olivia Benson: Not much.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Brotherhood (#5.12)" (2004)
Elliot Stabler: What happened to keggers anyway? I mean college kids don't even party anymore. They're too busy making money organizing strip shows and selling porn on the web.
John Munch: We live in perverted times, my friend. How many girls pose topless on that website and how many of them had a problem with it? One: Chloe.
Olivia Benson: Just because the others didn't sue doesn't mean they were any less exploited.
John Munch: You think all the girls on that site felt violated?
Olivia Benson: Pretty much, yeah.
Elliot Stabler: Oh, please. Our culture teaches women the easiest way to become rich and famous is to objectify themselves. Why get a job or an education when you can become the next winner on "The Bachelor"? It's the new American dream.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Hate (#5.13)" (2004)
Olivia Benson: [to Fin after interrogating Sean Webster] You okay?
Odafin Tutuola: I'll take words anytime over being raped with a pipe.
Olivia Benson: You've got thicker skin than me.
Odafin Tutuola: Couple of hundred years, races will be so mixed up it won't matter. No one will know what color anyone is. He got to you?
Olivia Benson: A little. He thought he'd rattle me by calling me an Arab, but the truth is, I don't know anything about my father. Race and color are the least of my questions.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Influence (#7.22)" (2006)
Detective Olivia Benson: You did what you had to, Casey, you saved yourself.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Yeah, but nobody saved him.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Demons (#7.1)" (2005)
Olivia Benson: [off-screen, Stabler walking within a scene] Tell me what happened.
Kelly Brown: [tearfully] I spent the weekend with my aunt in Pittsburgh. I took the bus back and was walking to the subway. And he grabbed me.
[gasping cries]
Kelly Brown: And he raped me.
Olivia Benson: Okay, take a big deep breath, honey; it's okay.
[to paramedic]
Olivia Benson: We should get her to Mercy.
[to Stabler]
Olivia Benson: I'll ride with her and get her statement at the hospital.
Elliot Stabler: I'll meet 'cha back at the house.
[walks away]
William Dorsey: [crosses police line, holding badge] Detective. William Dorsey, retired, out of the Six-Seven Squad.
Elliot Stabler: Elliot Stabler, Special Victims. Y'see something?
William Dorsey: I heard the call on my scanner. Got here as soon as I could. I can help.
Elliot Stabler: Tell you what: We appreciate that, but we got everything under control; thank you.
[starts walking away]
William Dorsey: Stabler.
[Elliot turns]
William Dorsey: Give me the time of day, I'll give you the perp.
[Elliot slowly, grimly begins walking toward him; begin credits]


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Pure (#6.18)" (2005)
Olivia Benson: It's from The Box. It's a sex club run by women.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Come again?
Olivia Benson: Well, that's the idea.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Remorse (#1.20)" (2000)
Olivia Benson: [prepping Sara for the trial] Don't use euphemisms, say penis, vagina, intercourse. If you're not comfortable with any of these, call John, call me, we'll work you through it until you're completely comfortable.
Detective John Munch: If they sense you're uneasy, they'll use it against you, they'll come at you five different ways to see if your answers stay the same.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Painless (#5.22)" (2004)
Dr. George Huang: It's ironic, her website gives her a reason to live.
Det. John Munch: Playing God with other people's lives? She's another Kevorkian.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Come on, Munch, with all the stuff you' always whining about, don't tell me you never once thought about hanging it all up.
Det. John Munch: I believe life is worth living.
Elliot Stabler: Amen.
Olivia Benson: I'm not sure. If I had a disease like Huntington's and all I had to look forward to was a long and painful death, I can't say I wouldn't think about it.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [to Olivia] Moredock is going to try and stack the jury with people like you.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Making a Rapist (#18.2)" (2016)
[first lines]
Joe Biden: My dad used to have an expression. He said "The greatest sin any person can commit is the abuse of power." And the greatest abuse of power was rape. It takes a woman a long time to heal. And when the victim isn't believed, when she goes through the invasive process of having a rape kit put together, and then it's stuck on a shelf somewhere, and then the rape kit is never, ever tested, we fail. We fail her. We fail so many women. I'm proud to say today we did not fail. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of law enforcement, the whole legal system, the victim's advocacy groups, and particularly my friend here, Lieutenant Olivia Benson of SVU, congratulations, Lieutenant.
Olivia Benson: Thank you.
[as the room applauds]
Olivia Benson: Thank you. Mr. Vice President, we are so honored to stand here today with you to announce that in beginning to clear the national rape kit backlog, we have taken rapists off the streets. We have prevented future crimes. We have given victims closure. And we have also righted a terrible wrong. Sixteen years ago, Sean Roberts was convicted of a rape here in New York City that he did not commit. By processing an untested rape kit in Detroit, we were able to identify the real rapist and set Sean free.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Lessons Learned (#14.8)" (2012)
[to a support group for sexual abuse victims]
Detective Olivia Benson: Gentlemen, if I may? I've been doing this for a long time, and I understand the shame and the stigma. But keeping the abuse secret... doesn't make it go away.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Entitled (#1.15)" (2000)
Detective Olivia Benson: The crime scene is a big grope spot.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Romantic. Teenagers, honeymooners...
[glances at Olivia]
Detective Elliot Stabler: ...co-workers.
Captain Donald Cragen: So where's this guy's love interest?
Detective Olivia Benson: Uh... we're running down the prints.
Det. John Munch: Maybe he was alone.
Detective Olivia Benson: [sarcastic] Well, maybe his pants came off from the force of the shot.
Det. John Munch: All I'm saying is he could have been having safe sex with himself.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Gambler's Fallacy (#15.17)" (2014)
Olivia Benson: Those two. I wish they just get a room already.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Ha. I'll pretend I didn't hear you say that.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Reasonable Doubt (#15.22)" (2014)
Olivia Benson: [to Frank] Your hair was found in the laundry room in your ex-wife's apartment.
Frank Maddox: Sure, my hair is all over the laundry room. I'm sure it's all over my clothes. I'm sure it's all over my kids clothes.
Olivia Benson: Yeah, it's not that kind of hair.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Traumatic Wound (#14.21)" (2013)
Gabby Shaw: [after her assailants are convicted] I thought they were my friends. I trusted them.
Detective Olivia Benson: Well, if it makes a difference, a man who doesn't even know you went through a lot of trouble to help you.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Undercover Blue (#14.17)" (2013)
[Cassidy has been cleared of a bogus rape charge]
Detective Olivia Benson: Brian, you didn't do anything.
Detective Brian Cassidy: Once accused, always under suspicion. Even from you.
Detective Olivia Benson: From me? Brian, I believed you.
Detective Brian Cassidy: I'd like to believe that.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Starved (#7.8)" (2005)
Capt. Donald Cragen: Romeo just signed up for tonight's event.
Olivia Benson: He's looking for a new Juliet.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Mother (#5.3)" (2003)
Perp: I was just trying to help her up.
Olivia Benson: With your penis?