After an Arab-American woman is set on fire, the detectives discover an intensely xenophobic man aiming to cleanse America.


David Platt


Dick Wolf (created by), Robert Nathan

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... 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
Reynaldo Rosales ... Sean Webster
Linda Emond ... Dr. Emily Sopher
James Rana ... El-Shani Albisi
Donnie Keshawarz ... Joshua Feldman
Matt Salinger ... Seth Webster
Caren Browning Caren Browning ... CSU Captain Judith Siper
Tom O'Rourke ... Judge Mark Seligman
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner


After an Arab-American woman is set on fire, the detectives discover an intensely xenophobic man aiming to cleanse America.

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Release Date:

13 January 2004 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Chaudhary and Zara are shown together and the show references middle-eastern and Indian in the same way. In real life, India is an entirely separate country with no relation to the middle east (except invasions from the middle east). Islam is a major point of contention in India due to the invasions and the legacy of Islamic conquest. Furthermore, henna was used independently in India without Islam or middle-eastern influence and has its own name and tradition in traditional indian culture. It is not a Muslim only thing. See more »


Donald Cragen: [after it's revealed that Sean Webster murdered a Muslim prisoner while in jail] Your lawyer's gonna be pissed, Sean. You just convicted yourself.
Sean Webster: One less Arab, one less terrorist.
Oliver Gates: Sean, seal your lips. Not another word. Actually, my client just proved my theory correct.
Casey Novak: What? Another murder gets him off?
Oliver Gates: No, it gets him sent to a mental hospital for the treatment he so desperately needs.
Casey Novak: An insanity defense? You've got no grounds.
Oliver Gates: Sure, I do. His genes. The motion will be filed tomorrow. Sean ...
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Filled with rage
15 December 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

An Arab man and an Arab woman are raped with a pipe and then set on fire with fuel oil. Only someone with a whole lot of rage inside could do something like this.

These weren't just any people. Both belonged to an Interfaith group that the perpetrator targeted. The rape angle is what brings SVU into the case so if he hadn't added that extra sexual touch God only knows how many more victims there could have been.

Some video tape leads them to the suspect Reynaldo Rosales and in the history of the show I doubt you will ever see a perpetrator so filled with rage as this man. It's a mesmerizing performance and quite timely given the days we are living in now.

Rosales will on every opportunity spout how evil and dangerous these people are, the worst of them pretending to be friends like those who are in the Interfaith organization. As it turns out the source for his rage was a lot more closer to home than he even admits to his own lawyer, the ever slick Barry Bostwick. In fact Rosales is caught in one major fib.

Reynaldo Rosales gets major share of the acting kudos for this episode, with very big honorable mention going to B.D.Wong. You have to see how Wong demolishes the defense expert.

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