"The Third Guy"
SVU, Episode 1.16
Production number: E0920
First aired: 25 February 2000
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Written By
Dawn DeNoon & Lisa Marie Petersen

Directed By
Jud Taylor

An elderly woman is found dead in her apartment and has been sexually assaulted and robbed.

Plot[edit | edit source]

An elderly woman is apparently raped and murdered during a home invasion robbery. After catching the home invaders, Stabler and Benson learn that they were not the rapists, but a mentally challenged delivery man who found her later was.

Cast[edit | edit source]

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Quotes[edit | edit source]

Cragen: Why didn't you tell me you wrote a psych report for Jimmy Walp?
Skoda: The only thing I wrote was sticky-note. I left it on your desk.
Cragen: What was on this bombshell sticky?
Skoda: "Retarded" and a question mark.

Insatiable Bondage Sluts. That's nice.

–John Munch

He was fired from McDonald's, that alone will win the case for him.

–John Munch

Background information and notes[edit | edit source]

  • This is Lance Reddick's first appearance as Medical Examiner Taylor.
  • This is also J.K. Simmons' first appearance as Dr. Emil Skoda in episodes from Special Victims Unit. Dr. Skoda was a regular character in Law & Order.
  • This episode contains a number of references to the 1949 film The Third Man. Shared plot elements include mental disability, illegal traffic in prescription drugs, dialogue mentioning cuckoo clocks, and of course the title. In the Law & Order episode "Fluency", Jack McCoy interrogates a defendant by describing in meticulous detail the ferris wheel scene in this film. The suspect, charged with second degree murder for selling counterfeit packages of influenza vaccines resulting in the deaths of 16 people, breaks down while recounting the scene himself.

Episode scene cards[edit | edit source]

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Home Medical Supply Delivery
Bronx, New York
Monday, February 14

Stephen Foster High School
590 West 16th Street
Wednesday, February 16

Rikers Island
Correctional Facility
Wednesday, February 16

Apartment of
Johnny Schmidt
243 East 4th Street
Thursday, February 17

5 6 7

Apartment of
Jimmy Walp
175 West 21st Street
Thursday, February 17

Home of
Sylvia Walp
530 West 110th Street
Saturday, February 19

Supreme Court
Trial Part 31
Statement Hearing
Monday, February 21

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