SVU, Episode 1.04
Production number: E0908
First aired: 11 October 1999
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Written By
Dawn DeNoon & Lisa Marie Petersen

Directed By
Richard Dobbs

Stabler and Benson investigate the murder of a young woman who is the latest in a long line of victims.


When a young woman is found dead, she is initially believed to be a prostitute and the latest in a long line of victims, but when looking into her home life Benson and Stabler realise that she does not fit the pattern, and may not be connected to the other deaths after all, but the other deaths have a connection no one anticipated.

The young woman turns out to be the daughter from an affluent family. In the end, she was murdered by someone she met at a club, Dennis Caulfield, who also happened to be her first time, sexually. However, the man was also from an affluent family and already had a girlfriend, whom his friend said he would probably marry. The murderer had just wanted a one night stand of "jungle fever" before tying the knot but ended up with a lovesick girl who wouldn't leave him alone. In the process of the investigation, the detectives also arrest a police officer who had been murdering prostitutes for decades. When caught, he immediately and proudly confesses to 18 of 19 murders, but the one they were investigating, Tracy Henderson, is not his. She is the one murdered by Dennis. They catch him by tracking his expensive shoes which he wore at the crime scene. When confronted after Benson and Stabler are unable to find the shoes, they realize Dennis is wearing them as they're speaking to him and he's arrested.


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That's an open and shut case, Munch. Try not to screw it up with your insane rambling. And stop looking at my ass.


Munch: Ah but we digress, back to the dead whore.
Jeffries: Jerkwad, have some respect for the victim!
Munch: Hey, I respect hookers, at least they earn their money upfront, unlike ex-wives who get you with that lucrative backend deal.

Jeffries: Oh, so you're saying all women are whores?
Munch: Don't be ridiculous. I don't know all the women in the world.

Stabler: I'd never let my daughters go out dressed like that.
Benson: Yeah, right. Just wait.
Stabler: What does that mean?

Munch: What does this look like? Here's a clue: non-gun hand to the side...
Stabler: A cop.
Munch: Pow.

Captain Cragen: When you were at the 3-1, did you know a cop named Sal D'Angelo?
Briscoe: The 70s are a blur.
Captain Cragen: Tell me about it. Closest I ever came to time travel.

D'Angelo's a bastard. C'mon. So are you. So am I. We're all bastards.

–Lennie Briscoe

Captain Cragen: I'll have a Perrier.
Briscoe: You're still drinking that French swill? Gimme a bottle of Pelligrino.
Captain Cragen: You still gotta one-up me, Lennie.

Munch: Up until 1952, hysteria was one of the most commonly diagnosed illnesses among women. The medical treatment was hysterical paroxysm.
Stenographer: Could the witness spell that?
Munch: O-R-G-A-S-M.
Defense Attorney: Objection!

Benson: Oh, my God. He's wearin' them.
Stabler: Nice shoes.

Stabler: 18 gets you a needle in the arm, same as 19.
Ridley: I know. That's why I want my record properly documented. For posterity.

You know what they call an accomplice in prison, Billy? Bunkmate.


Background information and notes

Episode scene cards

1 2 3 4

Intersection of
9th Avenue &
West 38th Street
Tuesday, October 5

Supreme Court
Trial Part 52
Tuesday, October 5

Home of
John & Carol Henderson
Bronxville, New York
Tuesday, October 5

Kershaw, Naughton
& DeVoy
500 Wall Street
Wednesday, October 6

5 6 7 8

Clinton Community Center
700 West 48th Street
Wednesday, October 6

Intersection of
Gansevoort &
Greenwich Street
Wednesday, October 6

Landmark Tavern
626 11th Avenue
Wednesday, October 6

Kew Gardens
Queens, New York
Thursday, October 7

9 10 11 12

Special Victims Unit
Friday, October 8

Forensics Laboratory
One Police Plaza
Friday, October 8

Home of
Charles & Evelyn Caulfield
Westchester, New York
Friday, October 8

Roosevelt Hospital
Intensive Care Unit
Wednesday, September 29

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