Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 1, Episode 4

Hysteria (11 Oct. 1999)

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Benson and Stabler investigate the murder of a young woman who is initially believed to be a prostitute and the latest in a long line of victims.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elliot Stabler (as Chris Meloni)
Officer Peter Ridley
Officer Sal D'Angelo
Isabel Gillies ...
Erin Broderick ...
Holiday Segal ...
Patricia Cook ...
Prosecuting Attorney
Frederick B. Owens ...
John Henderson


Benson and Stabler investigate the murder of a young woman who is initially believed to be a prostitute and the latest in a long line of victims.

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The victim's mother states that her daughter was a cultural studies major at Columbia University. Columbia does not offer a major in cultural studies. See more »


John Munch: Miss Webber was told to disrobe, put her feet up in stirrups, and try to picture David Hasselhoff on Baywatch.
Defense Attorney: Objection! Your honor, this witness is not qualified to testify on the treatment for hysteria.
John Munch: Actually, sir, I am. Up until 1952, hysteria was one of the most commonly diagnosed illnesses among women. The medical treatment was hysterical paroxysm.
Court Reporter: Could the witness spell that?
John Munch: O-R-G-A-S-M.
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References Baywatch (1989) See more »

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'No Humans Involved'
1 March 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The murder of a young college kid who was dressed to seduce gets the SVU squad on the wrong track as by her attire they guess she was a working girl. That leads to a whole slew of a prostitute killings going back almost thirty years.

Back in my working days with NYS Crime Victims Board I well remember the low rank that prostitute killings received with just about everyone including my own agency. When I got assigned claims stemming from the Joel Rifkin serial killings of prostitutes I recall that the Medical Examiner had to issue new death certificates in some of the cases where the office said it was natural causes. It's done that way quite frankly to relieve the police of investigating a killing for which there will be no clues.

The killer turns out to be a vice cop with some real issues. His partner Joe Lisi labels those prostitute killings NHI, no humans involved. But Garrett Brown is working off some real issues himself.

Good as Brown is, the performance you won't forget is that of Selenis Levya who managed to escape Brown a year earlier and gave the squad enough evidence to convince them their perpetrator is a cop. She has two scenes and in her second implores the squad to stop working this as she is a person who doesn't really count.

Sad to say that's quite true to life.

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