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

Payback (20 Sep. 1999)

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Stabler and Benson investigate the murder and castration of a New York cab driver. They discover that the victim had assumed the identity of another man because he himself was wanted by police.

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Stabler and Benson investigate the murder and castration of a New York cab driver. They discover that the victim had assumed the identity of another man because he himself was wanted by police.

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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.
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Pilot of A Great L&O Spin off!
24 March 2013 | by (Seymour Tennessee) – See all my reviews

We are for the very first time introduced to the SUV unit in the NYPD. As it is lead but hotheaded but sympathetic detective Elliot Stabler(Christopher Meloni), and his junior detective partner, Olivia Benson(Mariska Hagraity), who was a victim of sexual abuse herself when she was young.

There they are joined by Homicide Life on the Street Baltimore vet John Munch(Richard Belzer) and gruff yet compassionate Captain and boss Don Cragen(Dan Florek).

It has a much more sympathetic tone and would for years to come. Along with cases of sexual abuse and murder. Not as great and the best as the original but comes close to it.

It shows more of a gritty and dark but sympathetic tone than the original or Criminal Intent!


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