SVU, Episode 5.01
Production number: E4403
First aired: 23 September 2003
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Stabler Benson Tragedy
Written By
Amanda Green

Directed By
David Platt

Detectives Benson and Stabler try to find a kidnapped woman with a high-risk pregnancy.


The SVU squad investigate the case of a pregnant woman, Annika Bergeron, who was carjacked and abducted. Her pregnancy is high-risk and they race to find her before she delivers her baby. The case takes a turn when her ex-boyfriend and father of her child, Daniel Lester, is considered a suspect in Annika's abduction.

Later, Stabler and Finn help deliver the baby. In the end, the baby is deliverered, but Annika dies of blood loss. Rose Granville, the mother of Daniel Lester's fiancée, had Annika kidnapped to prevent Daniel from marrying Melinda and taking her money.


Episode summary


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast


Belle Harbor Hospital; One Police Plaza; Sing Sing; Studio Arts League; Passaic; Granville Developers, Tammy Wynette


  • Elliot Stabler [to Daniel]: If she dies because you're holding out on us, I will personally stick that needle in your arm myself, you little prick.

  • Olivia Benson [to Melinda]: "Stand By Your Man" sounds much better when Tammy Wynette sings it.

  • Olivia Benson: I've got a psychic who says she can channel Annika for the right price.
  • John Munch: Let me guess. She's in a cold, dark place near a body of water.

  • Judith Siper: (about the bloody and unreadable receipt) That's why God invented lasers.

Background information and notes

  • Stephanie March (ADA Alexandra Cabot) and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang) do not appear in this episode.
  • Part of this episode was filmed on Beach 129th Street in Belle Harbor, New York.
  • Beginning with this episode, the series now aired Tuesdays nights at 10:00 pm (9:00 pm Central).

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Apartment of
Annika Bergeron
501 East 11th Street
Wednesday, September 3

Home of Laura Bergeron
Passaic, New Jersey
Wednesday, September 3

Apartment of Greg Jezic
359 Eleventh Avenue
Thursday, September 4

4 5 6

Warden's Office
Sing Sing Prison
Ossining, New York
Thursday, September 4

Crime Lab
One Police Plaza
Thursday, September 4

Belle Harbor Hospital
Rockaway, New York
Friday, September 5

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