"Disappearing Acts"
SVU, Episode 4.05
Production number: E3101
First aired: 25 October 2002
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Claudia Williams
Written By
Judy McCreary

Directed By
Alex Zakrzewski

The brutal rape of an FBI racketeering suspect leads Benson and Stabler into a federal investigation of an organized crime boss.


The detectives respond to a brutal rape only to have the victim taken into custody by federal agents on racketeering charges. The investigation leads them to a father & son duo who are in the federal witness protection program and an agent who appears bound and determined to protect them, regardless of consequence, so they can testify against the Russian mob.


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Captain Cragen: I got a call from the US Attorney’s Office with assurances; as soon as we make an arrest, they will produce Amanda Curry for trial.
Benson: How are we supposed to do this without the cooperation of our complaining victim?

Claudia Williams: You cannot interrogate the prisoner about the federal case against her or anything related to it.
Benson: What if her criminal affiliations directly relate to the attack?
Claudia Williams: Well if Miss Curry’s business associates were involved, she’d be in the morgue.

Michael Kerring (to Munch & Fin): What do you guys do here, anyway?
Fin: We catch rapists, pedophiles and murderers.
Michael Kerring: Damn. Well, in that case, I can honestly say that whatever it is, I didn't do it. I am no short eyes, I have never touched a woman that I didn't have to pay for...
Fin: Slow your roll, moron. We're just looking for some background.

Stabler: I'm done talking. Charge me or let me go. (gets up)
FBI Agent: Have a seat.
Stabler (to Claudia Williams through the two-way mirror): You know we had nothing to do with the hit. I'm not confessing, so why don't you just let me go? You think I don't use these tactics myself?
FBI Agent: I can make you sit down, Detective Stabler. Up to you.

Cragen (to Stabler): How you holding up?
Stabler: Denied my civil liberties, treated like some skell, suspected of conspiracy to commit murder, but, you know, I think I've hit bottom.
Munch: IAB was here digging for dirt.
Stabler: Guess I spoke too soon.

Background information and notes

  • The evidence photo of one of the previous rape victims is that of Victoria Kraft, one of the victims in the first season's "Limitations."
  • The episode's name breaks the usual pattern of one word episode names, and it is the only episode in season four with more than one word in the episode name. It would be the last episode title with two words until season 13, following Christopher Meloni's departure from the show.

Episode scene cards

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Jamison, Sheehan & Jewel
755 Fifth Avenue
Tuesday, October 15

Workout Studio
5 East 60th Street
Wednesday, October 16

Federal Building
Office of the Assistant
U.S. Attorney
Thursday, October 17

Chambers of Federal Judge
Ernest Volpe
Friday, October 18

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Milano's Restaurant
114 Mulberry Street
Saturday, October 19

Rikers Island
Sunday, October 20

Correctional Center
Sunday, October 20

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