Fourteen years ago, Stabler had a chance to arrest a man for kidnapping, rape and murder, but the man managed to get off. With the recent discovery of a murdered woman, Stabler has another chance at cracking the case. They can only hold the man for 24 hours, but are able to glean enough information during that time period to at least have a place to start. Cragen and Benson both worry that Stabler will let his hatred for the suspected child molester interfere with his ability to do his job. Written by
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A detail from this episode contradicts dialogue from the episode "Doubt" earlier in the season. In that episode, Detective Stabler was said to have twelve years of police service, but in this episode, he collared Rickett fourteen years ago, with no indication that he was rookie then. See more
[sarcastically to Stabler, in the interview room with Gorgon Rickett
It's like he's turning the tables or something. Damn, he's like some reverse-psychology evil-genius.
References Ghostbusters II