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When the parents of a teenage murder victim approach Stabler, he goes with Dr. Huang to interview their prime suspect, a serial killer soon to be executed in a New Jersey prison.


Alex Zakrzewski


Dick Wolf (created by), Judy McCreary




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Stephanie March ... Alexandra Cabot
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Nick Chinlund ... Matthew Linwood Brodus
Ty Burrell ... Alan Messinger
William Hill ... Allen Cooper
Daniel Sunjata ... CSU Technician Burt Trevor
Timothy Wheeler ... Robert Rule
Jerome Preston Bates Jerome Preston Bates ... Mr. Henderson
Anthony Chisholm ... Leroy Russell
Madison Arnold ... Plumbing Company Boss
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)


When the parents of a teenage murder victim approach Stabler, he goes with Dr. Huang to interview their prime suspect, a serial killer soon to be executed in a New Jersey prison.

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Release Date:

1 February 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Execution See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Nick Chindlund, who plays Matthew Brodus in this episode, was one of the finalists for the role of Detective Stabler prior to the start of the series. See more »


When Brodus is talking with Stabler and Huang before his scheduled execution he makes reference to his will being probated. Condemned prisoners and those serving life sentences are deemed "civilly dead" and not competent to dispose of property by will. See more »


Dr. George Huang: [to Broadus] Tell me about your first time.
Matthew Linwood Brodus: I'm asking the questions now. You tell me about your first time. How do you remember it?
Dr. George Huang: Fondly.
Matthew Linwood Brodus: I'm not asking you.
Elliot Stabler: Fondly.
Matthew Linwood Brodus: I don't have time for games.
Elliot Stabler: It was painful.
Matthew Linwood Brodus: For who?
Elliot Stabler: For her. I thought I'd done something wrong.
Matthew Linwood Brodus: You did. You knocked her up. For all your sweaty fumbling, you earned a lifetime of responsibility.
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References Wheel of Fortune (1983) See more »

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Stabler and Huang try to break the will of a human monster
30 September 2018 | by snicewangerSee all my reviews

A really great episode featuring Christopher Meloni. He is joined by BD Wong in one of his earliest appearances as Dr George Huang.The real star ,however, is Nick Chinlund as convicted serial killer Matthew Brodus. Brodus is facing eminent execution in a New Jersey Prison and Stabler with Huang's help is try to pull a confession to a ten year old unsolved murder from Brodus. Chinlund plays Brodus as a combination Hannibal Lecter and the Frankenstein Monster. As his hour of execution is coming ever closer and having nothing to gain by cooperating, the serial killer plays mind games with the two. The fact that Stabler and Huang seem to competing with each other as to which is the cleverest at breaking down Brodus isn't lost on him and Brodus uses that fact to his advantage. This episode was one of the most suspenseful and terrifying in the whole series history

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