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The Detectives find themselves hunting for a person who cut off a man's genitals, and left him to die. But what starts out looking like a homeless-crazy man may have done the deed, further ... See full summary »


Ted Kotcheff


Dick Wolf (created by), Neal Baer (teleplay by) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Detective Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Diane Neal ... Casey Novak
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Jacqueline Bisset ... Juliet Barclay
Austin Pendleton ... Horace Gorman
David Thornton ... Lionel Granger
Caren Browning ... CSU Captain Judith Siper
Mike Doyle ... Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran
Mickey Hargitay ... Grandfather
Joseph McKenna Joseph McKenna ... Samael
Joanna Merlin ... Judge Lena Petrovsky


The Detectives find themselves hunting for a person who cut off a man's genitals, and left him to die. But what starts out looking like a homeless-crazy man may have done the deed, further investigation reveals a much more sinister reason behind why Mr. Gorman was butchered. Olivia finds herself re-visiting the abduction and rape of a woman she didn't believe four years earlier, because the woman was drunk, and her complaint sounded too outrageous. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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Samantha Mathis (Hilary Barclay) also played the role of Catherine Summers in episode 15.22, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Reasonable Doubt (2014). See more »


The opening scene was shot in the Exchange Place PATH (Port Authority Trans Hudson) station in Jersey City, NJ. The giant escalator and colorful neon lights are unmistakable. At some point Stabler says: "Here comes the Number 2 train". The NYC subway doesn't stop in Jersey City. See more »


Captain Donald Cragen: [to Olivia] What's going on?
Detective Olivia Benson: I can't do this anymore.
Captain Donald Cragen: It's not your fault.
Detective Olivia Benson: One of those victims must have killed Gorman and the worst part is none of this would've happened if I would've just believed Hilary.
Captain Donald Cragen: These are vulnerable women no one would believe. You can't control what other people do. There'll be perps and victims.
Detective Olivia Benson: You think you need to tell me that? The reason I'm standing here is because my mother let herself get raped.
Captain Donald Cragen: Let herself? Since when do you blame the victim?
Detective Olivia Benson: My mother was drunk ...
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References Bob the Builder (1997) See more »

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Benson doesn't believe
3 December 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In the list of creepy perpetrators that the SVU squad has had to deal with Austin Pendleton in this episode has to rank in the top five. But the squad doesn't deal with him as a perpetrator but as a victim.

SVU gets called in by Transit Police and finds Pendleton with his unit whacked off with a sharp instrument. Later on when he books from the hospital in locating him they find he's been the stalker of several women, he kidnaps them, tortures them, puts them through 'marriage ceremony' and then lets them go. It's so bizarre that no one except Samantha Mathis reported him. And on the day she did a few years back Mariska Hargitay found her drunk and incoherent and didn't believe her.

Finding the torture chamber built under a synagogue made believers of the whole squad. And then other victims come forward and the mass of evidence piles up. And then Pendleton is found dead.

SVU looks at both Mathis and her mother fashion mogul Jacqueline Bisset. So what happened and who did it, for that you watch the show for.

As an added treat David Thornton shows up once again as smarmy criminal defense attorney and he's always a creep even when he's defending good people. But it's Pendleton's chamber of horrors and method of torture that will leave you gasping.

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Release Date:

18 November 2003 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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