Solid investigative work leads the detectives to a violent repeat sex offender, Victor Paul Gitano, who was recently released back onto the streets. Gitano, a cold blooded murderer and pedophile, is in possession of a cache of hunting knives, and has kidnapped two children and has nothing to lose. The manhunt for Gitano brings Detectives Benson and Stabler to a bus terminal where a violent and emotional showdown with Gitano takes a dangerous turn. Written by
Did You Know?
The events of this episode, and the decision Elliot and Olivia make at the end, were written to let Mariska Hargitay
out of the show for a period of time while she was on maternity leave. See more
While the cops are watching the videotaped therapy session featuring killer Victor Paul Gitano (Lou Diamond Phillips), the image of his face zooms from a mid-shot to a close-up while he is talking. A genuine videotape of a therapy session would show the subject from the same angle and apparent distance from the camera throughout. A mid-session zoom would require a third person present to work the camera, and a therapist would not want another person in the room because that would compromise doctor-patient confidentiality. See more
Captain Donald Cragen
Olivia, what's up?
Det. Olivia Benson
I want a new partner.