Law and Order
SVU, Episode 10.02
Production number: 10003
First aired: 30 September 2008
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Written By
Judith McCreary

Directed By
Arthur W. Forney

A teenage boy's confession ignites the rage of his stepfather and unveils a twisted pedophilic website.


A teen named Eric admits to looking at a web site run by a self-proclaimed "look but don't touch" pedophile, in an attempt to curb a pedophilic urge towards his stepbrother; when Eric goes missing, the stepfather is questioned.


Stabler recognizes the picture of a little girl and tells the others to handle the case while he goes to take care of something.

Benson and Fin visit Eric's stepfather, asking why his semen was on his Eric's shirt but he gives a reason.

Meanwhile, Stabler barges into Jake's apartment for a little meeting. At the same time, Munch tells Cragen that he realized the little girl in the picture is Stabler's daughter Elizabeth Stabler and that Stabler is likely doing something drastic.

Cragen and detectives rush to the apartment, where they find Berlin in a bloody mess and Elliot on Berlin's computer trying to access it. Elliot refuses to leave until he gets what he came for. Munch and Fin grab Berlin before ordering him to delete the picture of Elizabeth. Begrudgingly, Berlin activates the computer and deletes the picture. Elliot leaves the apartment while Berlin tells Benson and the others that he wants to press charges and have Elliot arrested.


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Jake Berlin, to Det. Elliot Stabler: You have kids, I can tell. Can I see some family photos? (pause) I promise not to drool.

Lisa Deering: I love my husband.
John Munch: I know you do, Lisa.
Lisa Deering: I don't want to be here. I don't want to do this. (crying) But I don't wanna die.
John Munch: That's good to hear. Have a seat...

Background information and notes

  • The episode name "Confession" was also used for the Law & Order season two episode, "Confession".
  • Detective Elliot Stabler is sent home on unpaid leave for beating up Jake Berlin after he posted a photo of Stabler's daughter Elizabeth on his website Pediaphax.
  • ADA Kim Greylek briefly refers to Casey Novak's downfall, after the detectives ask her for a search warrant. She says that the standards for getting one have been raised by the judges.
  • Jake Berlin is probably based on Jack McClellan, a self-described pedophile who created a website where he posted pictures of little girls that he had photographed on public places.
  • Teri Polo, who appears in this episode as Dana Kelly, later portrays Det. Rex Winter's wife Casey on Law & Order: LA. She returned to guest star as Cordelia Bauer in the SVU season 16 episode American Disgrace.

Episode scene cards

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Kelley Residence
308 East 39th Street
Monday, September 15

Residence of
Jake Berlin
150B Mosco Street
Tuesday, September 16

3 4 5

Saint Catherine's Hospital
Psychiatric Ward Wednesday, September 17

Weehawken, New Jersey
Wednesday, September 17

Office of the
Medical Examiner
Friday, September 19

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