Law and Order
Law and Order
SVU, Episode 5.13
Production number: E4416
First aired: 13 January 2004
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Written By
Robert Nathan

Directed By
David Platt


An Arab woman, Mira Elbisi is found murdered after being raped and set on fire. At first it is assumed that Mira's husband and mother-in-law were responsible for her murder, but when a second victim, an Arab man, Tariq Assad is found murdered in the same matter as Mira, the detectives find their suspect, Sean Webster, who shows a major hatred towards Arab people. After Sean kills a Muslim man while in prison, his attorney, Oliver Gates claims that Sean isn't responsible for the murders because he was born with a "genetic predisposition towards hatred and violence." However, it is turned out that the reason why Sean hated Arabs is because his father left him and his mother for an Arab woman, leaving Sean's mother to teach him to hate Arabs out of spite. He is later killed in prison by several of the inmates who knew the Muslim prisoner that Sean killed earlier.


Episode summary


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  • Captain Cragen: Whatever this is, let's be careful not to say Muslim men like to burn their wives.
  • Munch: No. If they want to burn people, they fly an airplane full of gasoline into an office building.
  • Dr. Huang: Excuse me, but they were extremists.
  • Munch: Sorry. But my next door neighbor's Iranian. At airports, even he's scared when he sees Middle Eastern passports. I mean, let's get real. People know it's wrong, but they think it anyway.

  • Captain Cragen: Casey.
  • Novak: Who talked to a reporter about this burned woman?
  • Captain Cragen: And it's nice to see you, too.

  • Captain Cragen: Your lawyer's gonna be pissed, Sean. You just convicted yourself.
  • Sean: One less Arab, one less terrorist.
  • Gates: Seal your lips, Sean. Not another word.

Background information and notes[]

  • Elliot states that he went to a Catholic school called Sisters of Mercy. While the Sisters of Mercy do run and are affiliated with various schools and colleges throughout the U.S. and around the world, there is no Catholic school by that name in New York.
  • Elliot tells Sean Webster that he has three brothers and two sisters, making six children in his family.
  • Elliot claims one of his best friends died in World Trade Center, but he was possibly lying to build rapport with a suspect.
  • This episode was dedicated to the memory of Kevin C. McGill.
  • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of several domestic cases of Arabic people being singled out after 9/11. Some of the cases were more widely published than others, but they all showed that Muslims were being treated unfairly after the attacks on the World Trade Center.
  • The detectives points out that if Gates' defense for Sean Webster worked, it would be "The Ultimate Defense". Meaning no criminal would be held responsible for anything.

Episode scene cards[]

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Elbisi Residence
904 Henry Street
Brooklyn Heights
Tuesday, December 2

Interfaith Council
337 Grand Street
Tuesday, December 2

Apartment of
James Assad
124 East 88th Street
Wednesday, December 3

Technical Assistance
Response Unit
One Police Plaza
Wednesday, December 3

5 6 7

Webster Residence
358 West 29th Street
Thursday, December 4

Trial Part 74
Thursday, January 8

Rikers Island
Interview Room
Friday, January 9

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