"Dreams Deferred"
SVU, Episode 14.09
Production number: 14010
First aired: 5 December 2012
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Written By
Julie Martin & Warren Leight

Directed By
Michael Smith

The Special Victims Unit joins the FBI in a manhunt when a prostitute from one of Detective Benson's old cases proves crucial to apprehending a spree killer.


A man named Craig Rasmussen is first seen drinking at a local bar. Then, he heads across town to his wife's house where he shoots his mother-in-law to death. After that, he goes over to his wife's workplace where he shoots her & two of her co-workers to death.

In the midst of his killing spree, Craig heads to a sketchy part of town to pay a visit to a middle-aged prostitute named Jeannie (with whom he has a history). Jeannie has no idea what Craig has done & gladly gets in the car with him. They drive away with a trunk that is full of high-caliber guns and ammunition.

In the SVU bullpen, Cragen gives the squad a rundown on Craig's killing spree. It is revealed that Craig is a former bus driver who was laid off nine months ago and the NYPD & the FBI are pulling out all the stops to catch him before he kills again.

The FBI knows that Craig has a long-running relationship with Jeannie and believe that she may be the key to finding him & they need to find her.

The SVU squad heads to Jeannie's stomping ground, a dark, seedy stretch of road crowded with prostitutes and drug dealers. After questioning a few pimps and prostitutes, Benson and Amaro learn that Jeannie got in a car with Craig hours earlier.

Jeannie arrives in a minivan seconds later, but the driver is not Craig. She tells the detectives that she accompanied Craig to a motel, but left without him.

The detectives head to the motel, but Craig is already gone. Unfortunately, he massacred three people in an adjacent motel room before he left.

Craig is in a new vehicle now and the motel manager didn't hear anything; the detectives have no idea where he might be.

When Benson tells Jeannie what Craig did, she agrees to help the detectives track him down. Craig calls Jeannie to arrange for a meet up. The detectives tap Jeannie's phone and give her a wire to wear as she arranges to meet with Craig again.

The FBI traces Craig's phone call to an auto shop, but by the time they arrive, Craig is gone, leaving another victim behind.

Before meeting with Craig, Jeannie goes to meet with her mother. Her daughter shows up as well with her grandchild, but it's clear that neither of them want anything to do with her.

Later, the FBI tracks down Craig's stolen car. He's long gone, but they find the body of a cab driver nearby. Craig is driving a taxi now.

Meanwhile, Amaro follows Jeannie while she stops into the church for confession. Jeannie tells her priest about the problems she's having with her family and how her mother and children don't want anything to do with her.

While they're waiting for Craig to call, Benson and Jeannie talk and Jeannie tells her about her son, who is currently serving in the military.

Amaro informs Benson that the FBI found the stolen taxi they have video of Craig stealing a town car and he heading to Jeannie's corner to find her.

As Jeannie works her corner, she gets a call from Craig. He's on his way. Moments later, a car pulls up.Craig points a gun at Jeannie and orders her into the car. The FBI and NYPD immediately swarm the vehicle.

In the car, Craig tries to explain to Jeannie what he did and before he can finish, he is shot in the head by a sniper which splatters blood across Jeannie's face.

Later, Benson visits Jeannie at the hospital who is shaken up, but okay. Benson tries convincing her to go to rehab and stop working on the streets, but Jeannie refuses.

Back in the squad room, the other detectives gather to go over options to help Jeannie and they come up with a plan. Benson and Amaro stop by Jeannie's apartment to place her under arrest for prostitution.

They bring Jeannie to the station and offer to drop the charges if she goes to a rehab facility. At first, Jeannie refuses, but then Benson brings in her mother, son and daughter for an intervention. Her family pleads with Jeannie to get help and in the end, she agrees.


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Benson: It's not gonna be easy.
Jeannie: Yeah, what is?

Background information and Notes

  • This episode features the song "I'll Take Everything" by James Blunt.

Episode scene cards

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East Bay Avenue
And Faile Street
Hunts Point, Bronx
Friday, November 9

Yankee Motor Inn
1025 East Tremont Avenue
Bronx, New York
Friday, November 9

East 132nd Street
And Lincoln Avenue
Bronx, New York
Saturday, November 10

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