Law and Order
SVU, Episode 4.08
Production number: E3111
First aired: 15 November 2002
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Written By
Dawn DeNoon & Lisa Marie Petersen

Directed By
Donna Deitch

An emergency visit for a coma patient reveals the woman to be seven weeks pregnant. The investigation is hampered when the victim's doctor attempts an abortion.


The investigation into the rape of a comatose woman named Stephanie Rawley, leads to a doctor whose stem cell research is funded by a billionaire with Parkinson's disease who is desperate for a cure.


Episode summary


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast


  • Stephanie Rawley (victim)
  • Audrey Logan (victim)
  • Necrophilia
  • Mountcastle Rehabilitation Center


Donald Cragen: Counselor, question - what would it take to blanket DNA an entire facility?
Alexandra Cabot: A constitutional amendment.

Odafin Tutuola: What was that?
John Munch: Good police work. Here's your DNA.

Fin: I don't even want to think how under-reported coma rape is.
Munch: Well, victims don't tend to come forward.

Fin: Questioning the father as a suspect is never a crowd-pleaser.
Munch: Verbal vitriol you'd expect, anyone else think the father protests a bit too much? You're not a father.
Fin: You don't have a raped daughter in a coma with a devil cake in the oven.

Cabot: Because it's illegal to buy and sell body parts, by law they have no monetary value.
Dr. Huang: You mean, I could go to jail for stealing a toaster, but not for stealing a woman's eggs?

Benson: Why would Davis Langley want custody of that baby?
Stabler: Guilt?
Cabot: Survival. If he's granted custody, along with the baby comes the umbilical cord.
Stabler: I've cut four of them, it's not exactly something you save for the scrapbook.
Cabot: Cord blood is chock full of stem cells.
Benson: Half of which will be his perfect genetic match.

Background information and notes

Background information and notes

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Leake Walley Architecture
702 Lexington Avenue
Monday, October 21

Rehabilitation Center
Riverdale, New York
Monday, October 21

Rehabilitation Center
Recreational Patio
Tuesday, October 22

Part 50
Thursday, October 24

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Forensic Lab
Friday, October 25

Langley Residence
Westchester, New York
Friday, October 25

Trial Part 74
Monday, October 28

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