Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 1, Episode 14

Limitations (11 Feb. 2000)

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At a victim's request, the police commissioner tries to convince Cragen to close a rape case whose statute of limitations is about to expire. Benson and Stabler finally realize that one of ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elliot Stabler (as Chris Meloni)
Jenny Bacon ...
Jennifer Neal
Victoria Kraft
Lois Creen
John Driver ...
Police Commissioner Lyle Morris
Sam Freed ...
Private Investigator
Robbery Division Captain
Leslie Ayvazian ...


At a victim's request, the police commissioner tries to convince Cragen to close a rape case whose statute of limitations is about to expire. Benson and Stabler finally realize that one of the victims knows the rapist, but she's not willing to talk. Written by Jim Lankin

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When Benson and Stabler are interviewing the retired detective at the bar, the level of milk in the glass varies as the camera angle changes. See more »


[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.
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All its pacifist tenets
9 December 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This story begins with Captain Craigen testifying before a police review board and getting reamed by the chief for his closure rate. Rather arbitrarily the chief picks out a cold case where 3 women are raped and all that links them is the DNA of the perpetrator. So with only that the squad goes to work on a case where they have 72 hours to close it before the statute of limitations runs out.

The women victims are Jenny Bacon, Judith Hawking, and Susan Kofoed and all are an interesting study in reaction to victimization. Kofoed is the most interesting, she's withdrawn into herself and post the crime has embraced Quakerism and all its pacifist tenets about forgiveness and non- violence. Which doesn't sit well with the other two victims as well it shouldn't.

I thought SVU went a bit overboard on this one. I cannot conceive of a believing Quaker not wanting the official criminal justice system to run its course. And Kofoed does know something the others don't and she won't reveal.

As for the doer when they catch him, it's quite a surprise. Basically hiding in plain sight due to a clerical error.

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