SVU, Episode 1.21
Production number: E0922
First aired: 12 May 2000
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Written By
Wendy West

Directed By
Jean de Segonzac

The detectives investigate a case in which a victim turns into an abuser.


A piano teacher, Lawrence Holt gives free lessons to children, and video tapes himself molesting them. They find Evan, a previous victim of Lawrence and want him to testify. Lawrence is found guilty and sentenced to 115 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 38 years, but being 60 likely won't live that long. However, Evan has become a molestor himself and while the police are willing to give him a break, the father of the victim threatens to go to the press and Evan accepts his punishment, afraid of being like his abuser.


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Olivia Benson: I bet I know what you're thinking.
Elliot Stabler: Bet you don't.
Olivia Benson: Even the best parents can't protect their children.
Elliot Stabler: Gutter at home. Part of it is broken. I need to fix it.
Olivia Benson: Well you can't do everything.
Elliot Stabler: You'd feel everything for them if you could. All the pain.
Olivia Benson: Sometimes I just look at the kids and I think 'Why? Why do it at all?
Elliot Stabler: Because you want to more than anything in the world. 'Cause you want to love them every day.

Elizabeth Stabler: Yeah, why doesn't Christmas come all the time?
Elliot Stabler: Because Santa's credit cards are all maxed out. That's why.

I don't know what made Holt the way he is. But I do know why I am the way I am. And it stops here. Now.


That's enough Wapner.

–Elliot Stabler

Isn't math wonderful?

–Mark Hickey

Background information and notes

  • The featurette on the DVD of the first season indicates that this episode is based on true events. A Brooklyn SVU detective found a piano teacher who offered free lessons to underprivileged children. He videotaped himself molesting his students.

Episode scene cards

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Residence of
Judge Rothman
79 Riverside Drive
Thursday, February 3

Residence of
Rey Guzimano
85 Washington Park, Brooklyn
Monday, February 7

Pauly's Diner
185 East 112th Street
Monday, February 7

Starland Hotel
346 West 38th Street
Wednesday, February 9

Supreme Court
Sentencing Hearing
Friday, February 11

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