Law and Order
SVU, Episode 2.14
Production number: E1426
First aired: 16 February 2001
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Written By
Jonathan Greene & Robert F. Campbell

Directed By
Richard Dobbs


Sergeant Karen Smythe, a cop who was Detective Benson's training officer, is raped while responding to a crime in progress. But when the Special Victims Unit tries to investigate, the Internal Affairs Bureau keeps interfering.


The rape of a veteran police officer who trained Benson is first linked to her ex-husband's gambling debts and then to her fellow officers.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



John Munch: "Easier to sweep the sands of the beaches than getting anything off of these guys."

Odafin Tutuola: You know where you are?
Homeless Man: It ain't an outhouse. It ain't the White House. So it might be the station house.
Odafin Tutuola: Good guess.

Olivia Benson: Where'd you get the money, Karen?
Karen Smythe: None of this concerns you, Olivia.
Olivia Benson: Boy, I am running out of reasons to defend you.
Karen Smythe: Then back off!

Donald Cragen: Anything from the lab?
Elliot Stabler: So far, zero. They haven't called us.
Donald Cragen: Well, then get down there and light a Bunsen burner under them.

Olivia Benson: We're going to get this bastard, Karen. You can count on that.
Karen Smythe: I might be worried if you were still as green as when I got you.

Olivia Benson: "Do you remember the time... when the Lieutenant sent me up to the roof of the precinct? To turn the lights on so that the Captain could land his chopper and inspect the building?"
Karen Smythe: "You asked me if you needed red paddles to guide him in."

(they laugh)

Olivia Benson (still laughing): "I didn't take that too well, did I?"
Karen Smythe: "No!"

Elliot Stabler: Hey ... you following me now?
Olivia Benson: A cop should know where his partner has breakfast. Listen, you took a chance going through that radio car. Thanks.
Elliot Stabler: Praise makes me hungry.

Olivia Benson: Got your appetite back.
Elliot Stabler: Feels good to eat like a human being again.

Olivia Benson: You get the test results?
Elliot Stabler: Clean bill of health. Negative for HIV ... hepatitis.
Olivia Benson: Salud.

(After Chief Sullivan tells Captain Cragen he's being paranoid)

12 years at captain: I can't get promoted; yeah, I'm paranoid.

–Donald Cragen

Background information and notes

  • In this episode we see the effects of the antiretrovirals that Detective Elliot Stabler had to take, after his possible exposure to HIV. Stabler was exposed to the virus through contact with HIV positive Gloria Palmera, in the previous episode "Victims". At the end of the episode he reveals to Detective Olivia Benson that he didn't contract the virus. The eagle-eyed viewer might also note that whenever Stabler is seen alone in this episode, the camera wobbles, hinting at his nausea.
  • Munch mentions the Red Squad. This was a unit of the NYPD that handled subversive groups throughout the better half of the 20th century. Many of the nation's large cities had them, and they acquired a reputation for using questionable methods in order to catch suspected "reds". They were officially disbanded in 1978, after the passing of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but conspiracy theorists like Munch have long believed that the officers in those squads have simply been moved to divisions like Narcotics or the IAB.
  • The episode name "Paranoia" was also used for the Law & Order season 6 episode, "Paranoia (L&O)".
  • Smythe mentions a singer getting a restraining order against Benson, who counters by saying she was trying to protect the singer's daughter; this occurred three episodes ago in the episode "Abuse".
  • The scene card for Rikers Island lists the date as "Thursday, February 16" after the previous scene card read for Wednesday as "February 14". Someone simply mixed up "Thursday" with "Friday".

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Special Victims Unit
Squad Room
Friday, February 9

Apartment of Marina Garza
Long Island City, Queens
Saturday, February 10

Lorenzo Storage
569 W. 124th Street
Monday, February 12

4 5 6

Triborough Bakery
225 Kingsbridge Avenue
Tuesday, February 13

One Police Plaza
Wednesday, February 14

Rikers Island
Correctional Facility
Friday, February 16

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