A man is accused of raping and killing his girlfriend's sister and another victim. Prosecutors make a deal with the girlfriend for her testimony against the accused, but they also suspect that she was a willing participant in the murders.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Laura Kendrick
Mr. Stubelski
Judith Blazer ...
Peter Williams' Attorney
Douglas Kendrick
Peter Williams (as Samuel Ball)
Elliot Stabler (as Chris Meloni)


Briscoe and Green investigate the murder of two teenage girls, one of whom is found wrapped in plastic sheeting in a house under renovation. She was raped and strangled and also had a high level of the drug GHB in her system. When they learn that one of the victim's sister, Laura Kendrick, is also in New York they begin a frantic search eventually finding her in the hospital, beaten and drugged. She points the finger at her boyfriend, Peter Williams, who may in fact be responsible for a number of brutal rapes and murders. It appears that Kendrick may have been also been involved in the assaults but she claims Williams forced her to participate. In order to get a conviction, Jack McCoy agrees to a plea bargain with a minimum in return for her testimony but then learns that he may have made a deal with the devil. Written by garykmcd

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23 February 2000 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The episode "Fools for Love" was likely inspired by/based on the early-'90s killing spree of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka. See more »


When Laura Kendrick is recorded asking about her bracelet, the video played later is an alternative take. See more »


[last lines]
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Police found the other two girls. Killed the same way as Anneke Ullman.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Know who they were?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Two runaways from Indiana.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: We'll use it Peter Williams' sentencing.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: What about Laura Kendrick?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Parole board will hear about it twenty-five years from now.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: How do you wash it off, Jack?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: I wish I knew.
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References Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) See more »

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Perverted, Twisted.
26 December 2015 | by (Deming, New Mexico, USA) – See all my reviews

A couple of dead girls show up with evidence of sexual and physical abuse and drugs pumped into their systems. A young man (Peter Ball) is suspected of having committed similar pecadilloes before and when his current girlfriend (Ellen Pompeo), a sister of one of the dead girls, winds up in the hospital battered and bruised, Ball is scooped up by Detectives Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin.

Polaroid photos show up indicating that Pompeo herself was involved in a threesome -- or, if you include Peter Ball, a foursome I guess. It develops that Pompeo was pimping for her sister and the other victim and one of the girls died by accident, so the other one had to be killed. That seems to stretch the concept of group sex a bit too far for me, but things happen.

I hope this is clear because, as usual, there are meanders that leave oxbow lakes behind. Essentially, Ball and Pompeo together have abused and killed two innocent girls, one of them Pompeo's young sister. Pompeo had willing sex with the others while Ball took pics, and then he ravaged them and killed them.

The evidence is conclusive and Ball is in a vice. Okay, so he's a sadist, a rapist, and a murderer, but the real culprit here is his blond main squeeze, Ellen Pompeo, who did for Ball what Catherine did for her husband, Sebastian Venable, in "Suddenly Last Summer." Pompeo is by far the most interesting character. She apparently enjoyed bringing girls to Ball. She eagerly involved herself in the sex games. She went one on one with her drugged out younger sister and later permitted her to be murdered. In the middle of this investigations, with everyone harried, she asks with manifest serenity, "If the police are finished with the apartment, can they tell me if they found a pair of my red earring?" The term "psychopath" is flung around too loosely but when shrinks use it among themselves they know what it means -- and it applies here.

Of the two miscreants, Ball isn't much of an actor and with his muscular neck, hefty jaw, and boyish good looks, he seems to have just graduate from prep school and gotten a football scholarship to Columbia. But Ellen Pompeo is perfectly cast. She's a decent actress and has one of those faces that could go either way, rather like Rosamund Pike. Pretty, yes, but possibly venomous.

Of course each of the criminals blames the other, but the righteous Assistant DA McCoy solves the problem by a kind of trickery that I won't describe.

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