"Chat Room"
SVU, Episode 1.18
Production number: E0923
First aired: 14 April 2000
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Written By
Roger Garrett

Directed By
Richard Dobbs

Plot[edit | edit source]

A teen's false claim that she was assaulted by a man who befriended her on the Internet leads to a case involving pedophilia.

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Elliot Stabler: Look. Someone comes to me and says they want to store illegal stuff in my garage, he's either my best friend or I'm getting something out of the deal.
Keith Vaneshun: He's not my friend.
Olivia Benson: No? So what's in it for you then, Keith? I mean, you're the one with the pictures of her and the e-mails and the pictures of dozens of other girls.
Keith Vaneshun: I don't know how that got there.
Elliot Stabler: Do we look like imbeciles to you?
Keith Vaneshun: They're just pictures, man.
Elliot Stabler: THEY'RE NOT JUST PICTURES! These are underaged girls, terrified, drugged and getting photographed without their permission.

Stabler: We got anything on this guy or what?
Cragen: Well, he propositioned her but no actual sex.
Stabler: Actual sex. He flashed her. He perved her in ways she's not even aware of.
Cragen: Okay. How about this? He entered into an improper relationship with a minor.
Elliot Stabler: You just said 'No real sex'. According to her story.
Cragen: He doesn't know that. He doesn't know what she told us.
Stabler: Oh, now, Captain. You're not suggesting we lie to the poor man, are ya?
Cragen: Absolutely not. Role-playing. Fantasy. Make-believe. That crap he's been peddling to us about victimless crimes.

What do child molesters talk about when they get together?

–John Munch

She got her driver's license, and, well, that's when I learned I was just a glorified taxi service. Sally Ashton.

–Unnamed Pedophile

Cragen: Don't you ever bad-mouth my people in their own station house.
Schreck: Better get used to it. 'Cause when I tell Langley how an operation that involved 9 regional bureaus got blown, your name is gonna be prominently featured.
Cragen: It's spelled C-R-A-G-E-N. And we were doing what we always do, which is to take pedophiles off the street!
Schreck: 4 collars, at the expense of hundreds more, who, right now, are getting e-mail telling them the cops are on 'em.
Cragen: It's a hell of a lot more than you did for us!
Schreck: It was an undercover operation!
Cragen: You were in my city investigating sex crimes, and you didn't seem fit to give me a heads-up?!
Schreck: We're dealing with virtual world, which is everywhere and nowhere!
Cragen: But eventually, you gotta put real-life cuffs on a real-life perp!
Schreck: It's not just you! We were in Los Angeles and Chicago and dozens of other places! It's for the right reason. We wanted to bring in the big predators.
Cragen: That's why the bad guys were runnin' rings around us.
Schreck: Why?
Cragen: Because they're workin' together, and we're not.

Background information and notes[edit | edit source]

  • The episode ends with this message, thus making it one of two episodes of SVU to end with a message that isn't "to be continued" or a dedication to someone, the other being Responsible:
At any given moment,
there are 3.4 million
anonymous chat room users
on the internet.
Considering this episode aired in 2000, the number would of dropped significantly due to the decline of chat rooms in favor of direct messages on such platforms as Instagram and Facebook, but the threat of predators on the internet would have risen quite significantly.

Episode scene cards[edit | edit source]

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Home of
Melissa Raye
586 4th Street, Brooklyn
Wednesday, February 23

Home of
David Marolo
240 Willow Street, Brooklyn
Wednesday, February 23

Home of
Doris Harrington
263 Holland Street, Queens
Friday, February 25

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St. Monica's High School
Floral Park, Queens
Friday, February 25

Arbell's Restaurant
And Lounge
790 10th Avenue
Monday, February 28

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