Law and Order
SVU, Episode 4.16
Production number: E3121
First aired: 14 February 2003
  th of 502 produced in SVU  
th of 502 released in SVU
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Written By
Dawn DeNoon & Lisa Marie Petersen

Directed By
Steve Shill


A Tibetan woman who was tortured in her home country is found murdered, with her foot missing and after an exhaustive search of potential suspects, the killer is a victim of torture himself.


Episode summary


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Stabler: There's blood on the boot maybe she got a piece of him (unzips the victim's boots and see that the foot has been cut off). Liv, I don't think the bloods our perps, its hers
Benson: Guys! Anyone find a severed foot?
(Public defender Gina Bernardo flags down Alex while she's walking down the hall with her assistant)
Gina Bernardo: Oh Alex, yoo-hoo!
Alex Cabot: Hi, Gina. (To her assistant) I'll see you back at the office.
Gina Bernardo: Hi.
Alex Cabot: Nice shoes.
Gina Bernardo: Thanks, I hate them too.
Gina Bernardo: You're prosecuting, right?
Alex Cabot: You know I am, Gina. You've served me with enough motions.
Gina Bernardo: Right. I've got a few more. You saved me a trip. I don't want to wear out these puppies. Request for a 7:30 hearing...
Alex Cabot: Psych eval. Very original.
Gina Bernardo: Thanks. (Hands her the documents) IQ...and physical...and neurological.
Alex Cabot: What, no proctologist?
Gina Bernardo: No, not this time.
Alex Cabot: Gina, you and I both know any affirmative defense you come up with is going to be a load of crap.
(Bernardo is questioning a neurologist on the stand about the function of the frontal lobe)
Gina Bernardo: So...say I had the urge to call opposing counsel an uptight, self-righteous little bitch, my frontal lobe knows that means sanctions and it keeps my mouth shut?
(Alex is questioning the same witness)
Alex Cabot: Dr. Shelton, are you saying that everyone who suffers a blow to the frontal lobe will kill?
Dr. Shelton: No, of course not. There are numerous cases in the history of brain--
Alex Cabot: Thank you. You've offered a very provocative theory. What it lacks in substance it makes up for in pretty colors.

Background information and notes

  • Goof: The medical examiner mentions damage on the victim. She refers to "nine metacarpal bones." There are eight carpal bones (the wrist) and five metacarpals (the palm).
  • Continuity Error: This episode takes place in late January, early February. In the episode "Pandora," which takes place on some of the same days, Stabler was in Prague. In this episode, on the same day, he's in New York.
  • A proctologist is a doctor specializing in disorders of the rectum and anus. Yet another example of Alex being a smart-ass.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3 4

B&C Importers
42 Prince Street
Wednesday, January 29

Bellevue / NYU
Program for the
Survivors of Torture
Wednesday, January 29

Hello Dalai Restaurant
623 West 8th Street
Thursday, January 30

Paulie's Apartment
462 East Houston Street
Thursday, January 30

5 6 7

Ma's Bakery
642 East Houston Street
Friday, January 31

Trial Part 77
Monday, February 3

Engine Company #29
Tuesday, February 4

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