Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 5, Episode 14

Ritual (3 Feb. 2004)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 127 users  
Reviews: 3 user

Two garbage collectors run into what they first think is a scene of animal sacrifice.



(created by), (as Ruth Fletcher Gage) , 1 more credit »
0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 5612 titles
created 10 Dec 2011
a list of 206 titles
created 17 Nov 2012
a list of 49 titles
created 30 Dec 2012
a list of 4 titles
created 15 Jul 2013

Related Items

Search for "Ritual" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Ritual (03 Feb 2004)

Ritual (03 Feb 2004) on IMDb 8.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
« Previous Episode | 105 of 363 Episodes | Next Episode »


1 video »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong) (credit only)
Sullivan Walker ...
Malika Samuel ...


When the remains of a boy are found and evidence that points to Santeria are found. They begin by checking out local practitioners but the man in charge claims that who did was not a true practitioner. They learn that the boy is Nigerian and that he was brought over as part of the slave trade. Written by

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis





Release Date:

3 February 2004 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


See  »

Did You Know?


"Elgin Marbles" is mispronounced. The G is not pronounced as in Gin but as in Glasgow. See more »


[running down a suspect after their cover was blown, Fin grabs him and slams him into the wall, then begins to beat him and punch him]
Fin Tutuola: They're kids, you sick sonofabitch!
[Then Elliot comes in the car]
Elliot Stabler: Fin! Fin!
[He pulls Fin off the suspect and holds him so he won't start again]
Elliot Stabler: Enough! Enough! Off, off, off!
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

"Don't you know Lincoln freed the slaves"
3 December 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A truly monstrous crime is being investigated by the SVU squad in this episode. How monstrous the squad has no idea about until the trail leads them to a slavery ring.

A young boy whom they later discover was from Nigeria is found dead in Central Park his body laid out like a victim of a Santeria sacrifice. Even though officially that religion hasn't sanctioned it in almost 200 years.

It was not of course, but it was made to look that way by someone with a familiarity of the ritual so that they could cover up pedophilia, a crime more in the SVU jurisdiction. What else is uncovered is a ring that essentially supplies slave labor to wealthy households. Young black children from Africa who are given a corner to sleep, sustenance food and nothing else.

Sullivan Walker the Nigerian who is in charge of the ring is one loathsome and monstrous villain. He's only in the last few minutes of the show. So too is Diane Kagan the Society Sal who keeps a young Nigerian child as a slave.

Ice-T stands out in this episode and it's interesting to see Christopher Meloni, more likely to lose it with suspects pull Ice-T off the back of Walker. Good thing his weapon wasn't drawn.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Raúl Esparza mdbourke-282-899973
Olivia Benson It's time to leave SVU mdbourke-282-899973
Has this show ever had a lesbian rapist? Vallejo_Jr
Bottom line - Stabler was a Bully! mdbourke-282-899973
don't hate me but... mdbourke-282-899973
Highlights a real problem with cops like these PDX_Dave
Discuss Ritual (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page