Detectives Benson and Lake get the help of an FBI agent as they search for a serial killer who brutally attacks young women. However, there are signs that the agent may not be able to handle the mental and emotional weight of the case.

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Detectives Benson and Lake get the help of an FBI agent as they search for a serial killer who brutally attacks young women. However, there are signs that the agent may not be able to handle the mental and emotional weight of the case.

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Lauren's final line, 'Those who fight monsters should make damn sure they don't become one' is taken from Friedrich Nietzsche's "Beyond Good and Evil": Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you/He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster. And if you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you. See more »

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Olivia says that the lands and grooves on a shell casing will prove that the rogue FBI Agent killed the serial killer with a particular gun. Shell casings do not have these markings, only the fired bullet does. See more »

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Dr. Melinda Warner: [while examining the murder victim] Uterus punctured by a foreign object, colon punctured by a foreign object...
FBI Special Agent Lauren Cooper: I don't think we need to hear any more.
Dr. Melinda Warner: I speak for the dead and I'm not done!
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7 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is my first review of an SVU episode. I didn't get into the show until about 2 years ago, but it's a great show. One thing that always bothers me is the 1-word episode titles that make it difficult to distinguish between episodes, but oh well.

This episode really moved me. First, Chris Meloni & Ice-T don't appear. Adam Beach gets good face-time, helping Mariska out this go-around.

The FBI agent (Erika Christensen) who teams with Mariska Hargitay is very good. Besides that, the storyline tugs at the viewer's heartstrings.

Basically, a serial killer who specializes in torturing women for days upon days is the centerpiece of the story. He's killed over 20 women. There are especially brutal scenes that show what the killer did to his victims.

I don't want to get into the plot too much, but there's 2 scenes that I want to discuss. First, Mariska (aka Detective Benson) locates a victim who's still alive. I don't know the actress's name, but hopefully she got some more acting jobs based on her performance, because it's excellent, even though it's short. The terror & screaming seem all too real. I just felt so sorry for her.

UPDATE: The actress who played the victim who survived her initial torture is named Amanda Leigh Cobb, & IMDb lists this as her only acting credit. Hopefully she will reconsider, because she's got potential & range that would serve her well in an acting career.

The final scene has enough emotional impact to stop a freight train in its tracks. I still haven't seen half the episodes of the show, but Mariska really reacts to the death of one of the central characters in a way I'd never seen her do before, literally breaking down & sobbing.

The death is just so quick & such a waste. I found myself skipping back on my DVR to watch that final scene over & over. I think you will, too.


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