SVU, Episode 2.04
Production number: E1401
First aired: 10 November 2000
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Benson Stabler Legacy
Written By
Jeff Eckerle

Directed By
Jud Taylor

The case of an abused seven-year-old girl hits close to home for Detective John Munch.


While an abused seven-year-old girl lays in a coma, the detectives investigate members of her dysfunctional family to determine the source of the abuse, in a case that hits close to home for Munch.


Seven-year-old Emily McKenna is brought into the emergency room by her mother, Jamie Huntington-McKenna, after Jamie discovered her unconscious in her bed. The doctor tells Benson and Stabler that Emily has suffered a serious head injury and is in a coma. He also suspects that Emily was molested.

When the detectives talk to Jamie, she accuses Emily's father, Denny Corea, of abusing Emily. Denny claims that Emily's stepfather, Randall McKenna, is abusing her. As the investigation proceeds, the detectives discover some shocking facts about Jamie's life and how Randall offered Denny a deal to give up custody of Emily to avoid being arrested.

Denny is cleared as a suspect and when the detectives question Randall, he denies abusing Emily. He is court-ordered for a DNA sample, but it is later discovered that Randall ended up in the hospital after suffering a serious head injury. It is later revealed that Denny assaulted him.

The detectives discover the hairbrush that was used to molest Emily was owned by her stepbrother, Justin. Justin denies hurting Emily, but he's thrown in jail. When his alibi clears, the only suspect left is Jamie. Fin and Munch discovers that Jamie has been abusing Emily for attention. When Munch talks to Jamie and offers her sympathy, Jamie admits that she was molested as a child by her father, Avery Huntington, and has always felt empty inside as a result, an emptiness she tries to fill by constantly seeking attention. She then confesses to hurting Emily.

Near the end of the episode, Munch tells Benson that when he was a teenager, he knew a little girl who lived across the street from him who was abused and eventually murdered by her mother. He confesses that he felt guilty for not being able to help her. At the end of the episode, Munch sits by Emily's side in the hospital and reads to her.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast


Avery Huntington


"I haven't seen Denny since yesterday, he’s usually working or looking after that sweet little girl of his."
"Did he seem upset or agitated with you saw him?"
"(speaks louder) Did he seem upset?"
"You don’t have to shout."

- Landlady and John Munch

"Hi, Jennifer, I’m Detective Munch."
"That’s a funny name, Munch."
"You think that’s funny? I guess if I ever have kids I’ll have to call them 'munchkins'."

- John Munch and Jennifer

"This whole case is like a jigsaw puzzle."
"Well, let's look at the pieces we've got. One suspect eliminated, one cooperating, and one hiding behind his lawyer."
"Picture's gettin' clearer."

- Elliot Stabler, Donald Cragen, and Fin Tutuola

"Can your client account for his whereabouts during this window of opportunity?"
"He was at home, with his family."
"Not to be redundant, but that's precisely our point."

- Lena Petrovsky, James Woodrow, and Alexandra Cabot

Background information and notes

Episode scene cards

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Administration for
Children's Services
154 William Street
Monday, November 20

The Greenbriar School
329 East 66th Street
Monday, November 20

Office of Randall McKenna
400 Wall Street
Tuesday, November 21

4 5 6

Mission of Brunei Darussalam
422 East 64th Street
Tuesday, November 21

Chambers of
Judge Lena Petrovsky
Wednesday, November 22

Apartment of Denny Corea
860 West 118th Street
Wednesday, November 22

7 8

McKenna Residence
660 West 84th Street
Wednesday, November 22

Hudson Free Clinic
107 West 97th Street
Thursday, November 23

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