SVU, Episode 5.23
Production number: E4427
First aired: 4 May 2004
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Written By
Barbie Kligman

Directed By
Constantine Makris

Plot[edit | edit source]

The murders of three elderly women are linked to a home-nursing facility where the owner, Matt Spevak, is considered a suspect. But when Matt is found murdered during the investigation, the SVU squad turns their attention to Matt's sister, Emma, who is a nurse that might be responsible for not only the death of numerous elderly women, but her own mother as well, out of jealousy over the affection she gave her brother rather than her. Huang believes the rest of the murders were committed as revenge on her mother.

The mother's body is exhumed, and from her grave, which has the names and birthdates of all of the family, the detectives learn that Emma and Matt are actually fraternal twins. Huang figures that Emma has always been in Matt's shadow as she's the younger twin, and the rope she used to murder the women was a sign of that. Warner's autopsy proves that the mother was murdered as she has the same puncture mark as the last victim, but they don't have enough evidence to charge Emma, so at Huang's suggestion, Stabler and Benson act like Stabler is very bossy and demanding of Benson like Matt was to Emma and Benson pretends to sympathize with Emma to get her to confess: Emma's mother was dying of cancer for five years and Emma took care of her. She killed her to end her suffering while her brother was in medical school. She reveals that there's more than five victims (six with Matt): there's dozens who she doesn't know the names of. She murdered them with air embolisms while she was going to school and all she knows of their names is that they were called "Mama."

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Ben Pawler: Donna and I left class together. Went back to her place. What's the big deal?
Elliot Stabler: I'd say about a 40-year age difference.
Ben Pawler: You should try it. Older women, they have more experience. They're less inhibited. And you don't have to worry about getting them knocked up.
Olivia Benson: You forgot to mention 'financially independent'.
Ben Pawler: Donna has a lot of dough, definitely sweetens the pot.

That doesn't sound like MasterCard.

–Tutuola listened to an extortion call

Huang: Chances are Emma dumped it. I looked at the autopsy photos of the first three victims. Strangle me?
Stabler: I'll try.

Casey Novak: I just need Your Honor's signature...
Alan Ridenour: You just hit the jackpot, dearie.
Judge Bradley: I'm in.
Judge Terhune: I believe you all know A.D.A. Novak.
Casey Novak: Judge Ridenour, Judge Petrovski, Judge Wyler, Judge Bradley. I've had this nightmare before, only I was naked.
Lena Petrovsky: Charming.
Judge Terhune: What is so important that it couldn't wait until morning?
Casey Novak: An exhumation order.
Judge Wyler: You better sign it, Joe. The corpse might be a flight risk.

Joseph Terhune: And you want me to disturb the sanctity of the dead on your say so?
Casey Novak: I have a very convincing but long argument that'll disrupt the sanctity of your poker game.

Olivia Benson: How many were there?
Emma Spevak: Dozens.
Olivia Benson: Do you remember any of their names?
Emma Spevak: They were all called Mama.

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Jackson Heights
Elder Care Facility
Queens, New York
Monday, March 22

Federal Bureau
Of Investigation
26 Federal Plaza
Monday, March 22

Office of
Dr. David Brelsford
Hudson University Hospital
Tuesday, March 23

Office of
Forensic Document Expert
Pat Fisher
Wednesday, March 24

5 6 7 8

Apartment of
Matt Spevak
138 East 66th Street
Wednesday, March 24

Part 74
Thursday, March 25

Office of
The Medical Examiner
Friday, March 26

Sherman Cemetery
Brooklyn, New York
Tuesday, March 30

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