A grisly murder scene at the bottom of an elevator shaft leads SVU detectives to a group of individuals who are under the spell of a charismatic, imprisoned serial killer.

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... Elliot Stabler
... Olivia Benson
... John Munch (credit only)
... Casey Novak
... Odafin Tutuola
... Chester Lake
... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong) (credit only)
... Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
... Donald Cragen
... Robert Morten
... Cecilia Strayer
... Harrison Thomas
... Edgar Rabinowicz
... Forensics Tech Casanueva
... Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran
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A grisly murder scene at the bottom of an elevator shaft leads SVU detectives to a group of individuals who are under the spell of a charismatic, imprisoned serial killer.

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Morton is depicted as being similar in personality to the infamous fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter. There is also a reference to the author of the Hannibal series (Thomas Harris) in the author/artist of the comic books (Harrison Thomas). See more »

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Donald Cragen: [after a bomb blows up in the squad room] How's your ear?
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: I got two. Bomb squad said it was a pipe bomb made out of PVC and black powder.
Donald Cragen: Lightweight, but deadly.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Yeah, except the dumbass didn't seat the the blasting caps just right.
Elliot Stabler: Captain of the bomb squad's gonna do a floor-by-floor. Gonna take at least an hour.
Donald Cragen: That's great.
[Fin starts to leave]
Donald Cragen: Where are you going?
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Somebody try to bust my eardrums, I'm gonna bust they ass.
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Weird Right of Passage
7 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

This SVU episode deals with the squad investigating the murder of a young woman found in an elevator shaft of a building with signs of sexual assault. Even if it's not sexual in nature the squad usually on this show sticks with the case. As it is it's sexual in nature only the broadest sense possible in this story.

The investigation leads to a cult following of an imprisoned serial killer played with menace by Jared Harris. In some weird rite of passage, young Shannon Woodward kills another of the cult members.

This comes down to a battle of wits between ADA Diane Neal and Harris whom she might have to call as a witness. Like Hannibal Lecter or the real life Charles Manson just how much room do you have to negotiate here with a man already serving several life sentences without possibility of parole?

All I can say is, you'd be surprised what can be negotiated in this situation.


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