SVU, Episode 3.13
Production number: E2326
First aired: 18 January 2002
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Fin Munch Prodigy
Written By
Dawn DeNoon & Lisa Marie Petersen

Directed By
Steve Shill

A man and a woman are stabbed during a supposedly romantic park encounter. The woman's head as well as her hands are missing, which makes it difficult for detectives Benson and Stabler to identify the victims.


When a man and woman (who was an animal rights officer) are found brutally murdered in a park and the woman's head and hands are decapitated, the detectives try to find out whether two main suspects: a sociopathic teenager who had a confrontation with the woman or a rapist who was recently released on parole are responsible for what happened. The rapist turns out to be responsible and Cabot manages to get him convicted on obscenity charges to keep him from escaping, but they have no proof he committed murder until while searching where they believe he dumped the woman's head, they find an earring she got for five years on the force with her DNA and his fingerprints on it. Stabler visits the rapist to gloat about their victory while the rapist is shown to be stunned that he got caught.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast


New Jersey, 20th Precinct; Pam Tilden; Ed Boggs; Celadyne Industries; Broadway Bar; Riverside Park; Andrew Johnson High School; IDJ Chemicals


Munch: Garden State my ass! Guess Chemical Capital of The World just doesn't have the same zing to it.

Olivia Benson: He's got a wedding ring. Is this a married couple?
Elliot Stabler: Trust me, married couples don't have sex in parks.

(on investigating Harry Baker)
Shaheen Puniwar: Closest we came was a girl he had the hots for. She went in a deli, when she came out dog was gone.
Alexandra Cabot: Could be a coincidence.
Shaheen Puniwar: The dog turned up the next day.
Alexandra Cabot: Dead?
Shaheen Puniwar: Decapitated.

(Trevor holds out a piece of the Jane Doe's thumb)
Burt Trevor: You mind slipping this on?
Olivia Benson: Why?
Burt Trevor: Thumbs need to be similar in size.
Elliot Stabler: (sees Olivia looking towards him) Too manly.

(Although disgusted, Benson pulls on the offered glove, places the thumb piece and is printed.)

(Benson and Stabler are searching Harry Baker's room)
Olivia Benson: Tidy.
Elliot Stabler: Yeah.
Olivia Benson: Could use a bit of color.
Elliot Stabler: (points to a bloodstain on the wall) There.
Olivia Benson: Blood red wasn't what I had in mind.

Vinnie: We had a conversation, is that illegal?
Olivia Benson: Depends. What'd you talk about?
Vinnie: Bitches.

Alex Cabot: Pretty grey-area stuff, I doubt a hearing officer would even go for it.
Olivia Benson: I'll take anything at this point, what will it get him?
Alex Cabot: Whatever he still owes on his parole.
Odafin Tutuola: Three weeks, two days.
Elliot Stabler: THERE you go! Now THERE'S justice, three weeks for a double murder!

Officer Dorsey: We called an interpreter.
Olivia Benson: I can speak a little Spanish and French, and can Mirandize in three others. What is he?
Elliot Stabler: Deaf.

Vinnie: You know, this is entrapment. I'm a victim of a sting operation. I'm here under...
Olivia Benson: False pretenses?
Vinnie: False arrest.
Elliot Stabler: Hey, man, you're not even under arrest, yet, so why don't you just settle down and tell us about your friend Ed?
Vinnie: Hey, Screw you.
Olivia Benson: I can screw you harder.

(discussing pacemakers)
John Munch: They had faults with their receptor wires. Pierced recipients through the heart.
Odafin Tutuola: Now that's just wrong.

Harry Baker: Criminology 101, Detective. If you're gonna break the law, you don't want witnesses around.
Elliot Stabler: You think you're real cute, don'tcha?
Harry Baker: Twenty-three cheerleaders can't be wrong.
Elliot Stabler: I know where you live, I know where you learn and I know where you bury your kill. You get used to my face 'cause you're gonna be seeing it every time you turn around.
Harry Baker: Don't lose your head, Detective. You're having enough trouble finding one.

Odafin Tutuola: This guy, Jake, moves into his father's basement with his new bride, Missy. Father walks in on them on their wedding night.
John Munch: How is that animal cruelty?
Odafin Tutuola: Missy's a German Shepherd.
John Munch: That's perfectly legal in twenty-six states.

That year you're gonna be doing on your head? Add 25 more and choke on it.

–Elliot Stabler

Background information and notes

Episode scene cards

1 2 3 4

Office of Ned Rubens
Celadyne Industries
Friday, January 4

Broadway Bar
2318 Broadway
Friday, January 4

Police Crime Lab
1 Centre Street
Friday, January 4

Office of Dr. Diremigio
Clinical Psychologist
Saturday, January 5

5 6 7 8

Apartment of Daisy Baker
242 West 98th Street
Monday, January 7

Andrew Johnson
High School
Monday, January 7

Chambers of
Judge Petrovsky
Wednesday, January 9

Trial Part 74
Thursday, January 10

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