SVU, Episode 2.08
Production number: E1406
First aired: 15 December 2000
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Benson Miller Taken
Written By
Lisa Marie Petersen & Dawn DeNoon

Directed By
Michael Fields


The case of a seventeen-year-old rape victim takes a strange turn when her family starts preparing a lawsuit.


The grand opening of a new hotel, the Thorpe Palace Hotel, is interrupted with the appearance of a young 17 year-old girl, Siobhan Miller, alleging that she was raped. Although a suspect, Russell Ramsay is found and arrested, the disappearance of the person the victim reported the rape to leads the SVU team to look into the relationships of the victim's family. They discover that everything is not as it appears, and the suspect in the rape might be a victim himself.

It is revealed that Siobhan is actually a 23-year-old woman who used Ramsay as bait into getting millions of dollars from the hotel's wealthy owners. Ramsay is raped and brutally killed in prison, and Siobhan is tricked into confessing in detail about her actions that led up to that during her allocution for her deal on her other charges which she was only getting five years probation for. As soon as she's finished, Benson and Stabler arrest her for manslaughter.

Siobahn is sent to prison for 15-25 years for manslaughter, whilst Munch informs Ramsay's girlfriend of his death.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast


Mr. Mayfield; Rikers Island; Thorpe Palace Hotel; Serena Benson


CSU Officer: Did you get the wrong room or is your rapist going door to door now?

John Munch: Explain to me how shmoes like us spend every night at home alone watching the History Channel while a scum like Ramsay has this nice girl's complete devotion? She's so convinced.
Donald Cragen: Well, if there is any karma, Ramsay won't be doing much sitting down in Rikers.

John Munch: Not unless he's one of the nuts lobbying for yet another extension of Cats.

John Munch: Whatcha got there, Spanky?

Olivia Benson, to Siobhan Miller: You're good. But I've been taken by better.

Russell Ramsey: Uh, what did I do?
John Munch: Aside from defying the laws of rhythm?

(Russell Ramsey has just admitted to having sex with Siobhan Miller)
Alexandra Cabot: Please, please take the stand.

John Munch: There should be a special level of Hell for this pus-sucking, gangrenous, malignancy of a mental amoeba!
Donald Cragen: Somebody steal your parking space again?
John Munch: Ramsay just sent in his first victim to defend him against his second.

Alexandra Cabot: Something could've gone wrong
Siobhan Miller: I would've just Plan-B'd it.
Alexandra Cabot: What was Plan B?
Siobhan Miller: (chuckles) Honey, no man passes up free sex.

Olivia Benson: Can't tell you how much I've enjoyed watching you hang yourself.
Siobhan Miller: What? We had a deal. You can't go back on it.
Olivia Benson: Russell Ramsay was attacked at Rikers.
Elliot Stabler: He was beaten and raped.
Olivia Benson: He was killed.
Alexandra Cabot: Your false allegation put him there. Under the law, you're responsible for his death.
Elliot Stabler: And manslaughter ain't covered under your deal, sweetheart.

Cragen: (to an unhappy Munch) John we got her.
Munch: Yeah? At what price?

Background information and notes

Benson Father Taken

Olivia talks to her father.

  • Serena Benson, Detective Olivia Benson's mother, dies after an alcohol induced fall. This isn't shown on screen, but Captain Donald Cragen informs Benson about her mother's death.
  • Deleted scenes from this episode include the revelation that Olivia's mother had never been raped and had known all along who her father was, as well as a meeting between Olivia and her father.
  • Captain Cragen went undercover as Mr. Mayfield in order to trap the Millers.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3 4 5

Cabrini Medical Center
277 E. 19th Street
Wednesday, September 6

Thorpe Palace Hotel
726 West 49th Street
Friday, September 8

The Park Sheridan Hotel
12 Central Park South
Friday, September 8

Rikers Island
Monday, September 11

Delancey Arms Hotel
313 Delancey Street
Tuesday, September 12

6 7 8 9

Thorpe Palace Hotel
726 West 49th Street
Wednesday, September 13

Whedon & Mayfield
Insurance Company
46 Whitehall Street
Thursday, September 14

Allocution Hearing
Friday, September 15

Unified Shipping
Rego Park, New York
Friday, September 15

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