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A disturbed man is arrested after a murder spree. Alexandra Cabot comes under fire for seeking the death penalty.

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Alex Zakrzewski

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Robert F. Campbell (teleplay by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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
Karen Allen ... Paula Varney
David Chandler David Chandler ... Malcolm Hunt
Joanna Merlin ... Judge Lena Petrovsky
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner
Kevin O'Rourke ... Sam
Donna Mitchell ... Mrs. Lindberg
Tom O'Rourke ... Judge Mark Seligman
Brian O'Neill ... Chief Sullivan
Jim Weston Jim Weston ... Quentin Lindberg
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Storyline

When several people including a child are killed, the team tries to find the killer. They catch the man who did it. Cabot wants to throw the book at him despite his erratic behavior. But Huang wants to examine him and he says that the man is sick. And they eventually learn that the insurance company he applied to knew of his condition and that they didn't tell him which would have allowed him the opportunity to be cured. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Actor Richard Thomas has appeared in several episodes across the L&O franchise: See more »

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When Benson and Stabler are getting up off the floor of the church after handcuffing the suspect, Daniel Varney, you can see set lights lining the ceiling of the church. See more »

Quotes

Alexandra Cabot: [to Dr. Huang] Do you know how much pressure I am under to convict this man? He butchers four innocent people. He scares the hell out of the city. The public wants justice.
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References Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) See more »

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A new Jack the Ripper?
2 April 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This episode of SVU finds the squad on the trail of a man who the press is labeling a new Jack the Ripper. Not that he's following any kind of pattern that our Whitechapel legend used, but the viciousness of the knife attacks even has the veteran police officers reaching for the barf bag.

Four victims including a child are done in by this man before the SVU squad after following a couple of false leads arrests Richard Thomas. Of course the public is demanding the never used death penalty in New York and Stephanie March is following those dictates not to mention her own personal revulsion.

Insanity is the issue here and Thomas finds an advocate in the consulting psychiatrist B.D. Wong. There is something wrong with Thomas, something preventable and curable way back when. There is a responsible party and Thomas truly is not competent to stand trial.

For that you watch the story. When watching you will appreciate the performance of Thomas and Karen Allen as the loyal wife who stands by her man under trying circumstances.


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