CSU Stuckey's careless error causes a deranged killer to go free on a technicality. Later, more signature killings emerge, and more people connected to the case may be targeted.
Did You Know?
At one point, Benson quotes to Stuckey "When you hear hoofbeats, think horses, not zebras". This is a famous medical aphorism credited to Dr. Theodore Woodward, from which the episode gets its name; "zebra" is medical slang for arriving at an exotic or extravagant diagnosis, when a more commonplace explanation is more likely. See more
In the final scene, Elliott says "every killer leaves something behind." Stuckie rebuffs him, stating all he has to do is get rid of the mosquito, then he can walk away, free. This is not accurate- Dale is not wearing gloves when he stabs O'Halloran with the knife or when he picks up Olivia's gun. Even if he had killed both Elliott and Olivia, his fingerprints would be all over the weapons and the duct tape on Elliott's mouth. See more
Detective Elliot Stabler
[hands off a mentally unstable suspect to a uniformed officer
Take Zombie Boy to the prison word at Bellevue. Do not pass go. Don't collect $200.