Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order - Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: SVU, the first series spun from the powerful Law & Order franchise, is a hard-hitting and emotional drama that chronicles the life and the investigations of the elite Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department. Having become one of TV’s most-watched programs thanks to its provocative crime stories, Emmy-winning performances and dynamic ensemble, Law & Order: SVU boldly enters its 11th season with stakes that have never been higher.
Law & Order: SVU, the first series spun from the powerful Law & Order franchise, is a hard-hitting and emotional drama that chronicles the life and the investigations of the elite Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department. Having become one of TV’s most-watched programs thanks to its provocative crime stories, Emmy-winning performances and dynamic ensemble, Law & Order: SVU boldly enters its 11th season with stakes that have never been higher.

Season 11 (24 episodes)

  • 1. Unstable

    Original air date: 09/23/2009 Runtime: 42:57 min.

    Original air date: 09/23/2009 Runtime: 42:57 min. Officer Nate Kendall (guest star Wentworth Miller) aids a woman in trouble and becomes roped into solving a rape case. While Detectives Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) believe that Kendall is not right for the case due to his unstable personality, Executive ADA Sonya Paxton (guest star Christine Lahti) joins the team, bringing evidence of a common thread among three other rape cases. With Paxton’s help, the team might expose a serial rapist. Also starring: Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

  • 2. Sugar

    Original air date: 09/30/2009 Runtime: 41:56 min.

    Original air date: 09/30/2009 Runtime: 41:56 min. A young woman’s body is found stuffed inside a suitcase, and police believe that Mindy Keefe, the victim, was a train passenger on her way to Tampa when she was murdered. Detectives Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) turn to Keefe’s financier boyfriend Owen Cassidy’s (Guest Star Matt C. Burns) yacht to investigate. However, Cassidy claims he was on his boat during the time of the murder. After further searching, the detectives discover Keefe belonged to an online dating website. But when the CEO of the dating website, Vance Shepard (Guest Star Eric McCormack), refuses to comment on the case, the detectives turn to ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti) for help. Also starring: Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

  • 3. Solitary

    Original air date: 10/07/2009 Runtime: 43:00 min.

    Original air date: 10/07/2009 Runtime: 43:00 min. When Lily Milton (guest star Deborah Ann Woll) is reported missing, her boyfriend, Parker Hubbard (guest star Bobby Campo), points Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) in the direction of Callum Donovan (guest star Stephen Rea), Lily's downstairs neighbor and convicted bank robber who spent nineteen years in solitary confinement. During the investigation into Donovan’s alibi, Lily is found alive, adding a surprising twist to the case and exposing more of Donovan’s dark past. Also starring: Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

  • 4. Hammered

    Original air date: 10/14/2009 Runtime: 41:59 min.

    Original air date: 10/14/2009 Runtime: 41:59 min. After a night of heavy drinking, Dalton Rindell (guest star Scott Foley) wakes up to a bloody apartment, a terrible cut on his head and a dead woman in his bed. Unable to recall the night before, Rindell immediately calls the police. Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) suspect the crime is the result of a deadly love triangle; however Rindell does not recognize the victim. After questioning Rindell and the victim’s family and friends, Benson and Stabler are provided with leads in several different directions. Unsure which lead to follow, the two detectives decide to return to the bar where the night began in order to piece together the gruesome truth. Also starring: Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

  • 5. Hardwired

    Original air date: 10/21/2009 Runtime: 43:01 min.

    Original air date: 10/21/2009 Runtime: 43:01 min. After Eva Banks (guest star Rosie Perez) makes a shocking discovery about her son Cory's (guest star Cruz Santiago) behavior at school, she takes him to the doctor, only to find out that he has been the victim of sexual abuse. Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) come onto the scene and question the victim and his family. From the boy’s frightened reaction when his stepfather, Thomas Banks (guest star Jim True-Frost), silences the investigation, it is clear to everyone in the room who the real perpetrator is. Detective Benson and Stabler are about to arrest the suspect when Thomas agrees to give up the leader of the largest pro child-adult relationship civil rights group in exchange for amnesty.

  • 6. Spooked

    Original air date: 10/28/2009 Runtime: 41:23 min.

    Original air date: 10/28/2009 Runtime: 41:23 min. When a young couple is found murdered in the back of a padlocked truck, Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) investigate the scene and link the male victim to a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. Benson and Stabler follow a lead to an abandoned drug den where they are surprised to see FBI Special Agent Dean Porter (guest star Vincent Spano), who is separately working on the case. Porter tries to take over the investigation, but suspicion arises and the two continue the hunt for the murderer. Following their intuition, Benson and Stabler come across shocking discoveries, which lead them to believe this case is much larger than a mere drug-related murder. Also starring: Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

  • 7. Users

    Original air date: 11/04/2009 Runtime: 41:38 min.

    Original air date: 11/04/2009 Runtime: 41:38 min. After a crime scene photo of a murdered teenage girl rapidly becomes an Internet phenomenon, the police initiate an investigation with the victim’s father, Greg Dunne (guest star James Colby). When Greg points the detectives towards Martin Gold (guest star James Frain), his daughter’s suspicious therapist, it turns out that Gold’s alibi is airtight. While Fin (Ice-T) and Munch (Richard Belzer) are busy tracking down the girl’s stolen credit card, Dr. Melinda Warner (Tamara Tunie) and Detective Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) discover that one of Gold’s other patients has broken into the morgue. The case takes an unexpected turn, revealing a sinister prescription for murder at the hands of unlikely suspects. Also starring: Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang) and Stephanie March (ADA Alexandra Cabot).

  • 8. Turmoil

    Original air date: 11/11/2009 Runtime: 43:06 min.

    Original air date: 11/11/2009 Runtime: 43:06 min. After risqué photos of a fifteen-year-old rape victim (guest star Shana Dowdeswell) are leaked onto the internet, Detectives Elliot Stabler and Olivia Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) case becomes much more complicated. As the detectives’ case slowly morphs into an investigation by the State Bar, Stabler’s son (guest star Jeffrey Scaperrotta) becomes entangled in a streak of compromising events at the hands of his best friend, a recovering drug addict (guest star Joshua Page). As Benson takes charge of the rape case, Stabler is forced to set his personal opinions aside and deal with the potentially life-threatening situation his son and his friend have so carelessly gotten themselves into. Also starring: Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and Stephanie March (ADA Alexandra Cabot).

  • 9. Perverted

    Original air date: 11/18/2009 Runtime: 41:13 min.

    Original air date: 11/18/2009 Runtime: 41:13 min. While in the park, a family stumbles upon the sexually mutilated body of Clyde Vandyne, a member of a biker gang known for prostitution and contract killing. To everyone’s surprise, incriminating DNA evidence points to Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) as the prime suspect. Munch (Richard Belzer) and Fin (Ice-T) investigate the murder, while Stabler (Christopher Meloni) fights to prove his partner’s innocence. The detectives must find the missing link to both Vandyne’s murder and Benson’s involvement. Also starring: Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), and Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner).

  • 10. Anchor

    Original air date: 12/09/2009 Runtime: 41:41 min.

    Original air date: 12/09/2009 Runtime: 41:41 min. When two young girls are similarly murdered a little over a month apart, Detective Odafin Tutuola (Ice-T) decides to investigate the gruesome crimes. After a third killing, Fin discovers that all three children were "anchor babies" of immigrant families, and reaches out to the Center of Immigrant Services. After sifting through the Center’s hate mail, and witnessing a fight between immigration lawyer Randall Carver (guest star John Larroquette) and Joe Thagard (guest star Thomas Sadoski), a fanatical follower of a xenophobic talk show host, Fin begins to narrow in on the killer. Also starring: Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Christopher Meloni (Detective Elliot Stabler), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

  • 11. Quickie

    Original air date: 01/06/2010 Runtime: 41:40 min.

    Original air date: 01/06/2010 Runtime: 41:40 min. When seventeen year-old Andrea McWilliams is found strangled and beaten to death in an alley, her ex-boyfriend leads the cops to a website that McWilliams used to meet up with random men. Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) decides to create a user account for the site and finds womanizer Peter Butler (guest star Brian Geraghty), the man who met up with McWilliams. The case is closed when a different suspect is proven guilty of her murder, and a new one opens when McWilliams's rape kit tests positive for HIV. Not only is HIV spreading as a result of countless attacks, but now the detectives must also catch a rapist on the loose. Also starring: Christopher Meloni (Detective Elliot Stabler), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Stephanie March (ADA Alexandra Cabot), B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang), Tamara Tunie (M.E. Warner) and guest star Jack Larson (Peter Butler).

  • 12. Shadow

    Original air date: 01/13/2010 Runtime: 41:28 min.

    Original air date: 01/13/2010 Runtime: 41:28 min. When a rich and powerful couple with political connections is found murdered in their bedroom, Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) decide to speak to the deceased couple's daughter, Anne (guest star Sarah Paulson), for more information. After hearing Anne's account of a nefarious man who has been following her, the detectives soon discover that Anne's supposed stalker is none other than Detective Ash Ramsey (guest star Naveen Andrews) of the Special Frauds division. Convinced that Anne killed her parents for their money, Ramsey becomes suspicious of Anne's business manager and is led to believe that he helped her steal money from the foundation she runs. When blackmail and embezzlement come into play, the detectives find that their lives may be at risk over a girl with some serious parent issues. Also starring: Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Stephanie March (ADA Alexandra Cabot), B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang) and Tamara Tunie (M.E. Warner).

  • 13. P.C.

    Original air date: 03/03/2010 Runtime: 41:58 min.

    Original air date: 03/03/2010 Runtime: 41:58 min. Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) find a woman bleeding from the neck and nearly dead. The woman dies before they reach the hospital, and soon the investigation leads them to the frontman of the death metal band Vampyre Sacrifyce. He bites girls, steals blood from the local blood bank and sings about violence to women all in the name of his strange, vampiric lifestyle. The singer claims he was nowhere near the scene of the crime, and soon a lesbian rights group led by Babs Duffy (guest star Kathy Griffin) gets involved, claiming the victim's death was a result of police neglect. However, when more women from Babs's group are attacked, it becomes clear that the victim's case wasn't an isolated incident and that someone out there has a larger plan to bring the group down.

  • 14. Savior

    Original air date: 03/03/2010 Runtime: 41:10 min.

    Original air date: 03/03/2010 Runtime: 41:10 min. When a series of young prostitutes are found murdered with homemade prayer cards attached to their bodies, Detectives Olivia Benson and Eliot Stabler struggle to find the common thread. However, just when they think that they've found the murderer, Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) informs the detectives that another victim named Gladys (guest star Mischa Barton) has turned up with a prayer card. This time she survived. As the case unfolds, Benson finds herself getting emotionally invested in the survivor until she is forced to make a decision that she isn't ready to face.

  • 15. Confidential

    Original air date: 03/10/2010 Runtime: 42:47 min.

    Original air date: 03/10/2010 Runtime: 42:47 min. When security cameras record footage of a woman being abducted, it isn't long before Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) and the SVU squad find the woman dead in the basement. Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer) recalls a similar case from twenty years before, sending Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) to Sing Sing to speak to the culprit, who begs them to reopen his case and prove his innocence. As strange similarities between the two cases begin to arise, Benson and Stabler face fierce opposition from Ingrid Block (guest star Lena Olin), the pit bull attorney for the main suspect who will do whatever it takes to prove her client's innocence. Ultimately, it falls on DA Jack McCoy (guest star Sam Waterston) to decide whether or not the ruthless lengths to which Block went to defend her client constituted a crime itself. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

  • 16. Witness

    Original air date: 03/17/2010 Runtime: 42:43 min.

    Original air date: 03/17/2010 Runtime: 42:43 min. Soon after a young girl, Laine McAlister (guest star Diora Baird), is raped in her apartment building's stairwell, Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) meet Laine in the hospital and find her extremely shaken with a large cut on her hand. After an unpleasant exchange with a man she claims is her boyfriend, the detectives become suspicious that she may have fabricated her rape to get attention. Their suspicions grow when she waits to reveal that there was an eyewitness. As the gravity of the situation intensifies, Benson and Stabler find themselves in a race to track down the witness and get a testimony before it is too late.

  • 17. Disabled

    Original air date: 03/24/2010 Runtime: 41:30 min.

    Original air date: 03/24/2010 Runtime: 41:30 min. Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) are called in to investigate when a disabled woman, Cara Benson (guest star Lisa Arrindell Anderson), is beaten and raped. Though the victim's condition has rendered her unable to speak, the detectives soon deduce that someone close to her is responsible, with the lead suspects being her resentful sister (guest star Jill Scott) and troubled nephew (guest star Quinton Aaron). As the investigation continues, Benson and Stabler strive to make Cara comfortable with coming forward to stand up for herself and illuminating some of the disturbing truths about the assisted living business. Also Starring: Dann Florek (Capt. Donald Cragen), Ice-T (Detective Fin Tutuola), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

  • 18. Bedtime

    Original air date: 03/31/2010 Runtime: 41:11 min.

    Original air date: 03/31/2010 Runtime: 41:11 min. Detective Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Detective Eliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) are called to the scene of a crime where an investigative journalist has been found dead in her bed with an "X" carved into her cheek. Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) recognizes the killer's tactics from a similar case thirty years earlier, when the "Bedtime Butcher" murdered five women in the Bronx. The trail leads the detectives to a patrol cop (guest star Jaclyn Smith), a jealous ex-lover of the prime suspect (guest star Ann-Margret), and even sends Benson on a dangerous undercover mission to uncover the truth. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

  • 19. Conned

    Original air date: 04/07/2010 Runtime: 41:56 min.

    Original air date: 04/07/2010 Runtime: 41:56 min. Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) are called to a crime scene where the body of a young man has been found in a hotel storage room. Initially, it is assumed that the young man was a wedding crasher, but security tapes indicate that he was with the bride’s godfather. However, when the presumed victim turns up alive, Benson and Stabler must determine the true identity of the victim and find the murderer. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

  • 20. Beef

    Original air date: 04/21/2010 Runtime: 40:42 min.

    Original air date: 04/21/2010 Runtime: 40:42 min. After a young woman is sexually assaulted and murdered, Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) track down the woman’s boyfriend - their first suspect - but learn that he is a devout vegan who wouldn’t hurt a fly. They soon find that the victim had been deeply involved in the fight to expose questionable practices in the meat-packing industry, even going undercover at a large company to find out the truth. Benson goes undercover herself to retrace the woman's footsteps and to identify who the victim might have angered along the way. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch) and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

  • 21. Torch

    Original air date: 04/28/2010 Runtime: 42:18 min.

    Original air date: 04/28/2010 Runtime: 42:18 min. When two sisters are killed in a fire, Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) are confused about why they are called to investigate. They soon discover that Stabler's old partner, ADA Jo Marlowe (guest star Sharon Stone), has been put on the case -- despite the absence of a sex crime -- because the two victims were so young, and that she has enlisted the duo to help. However, as the investigation continues, Benson and Stabler find that the case might be more suited to their department than anyone originally assumed, and Stabler's interrogation tactics threaten to get the detectives into trouble. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch) and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

  • 22. Ace

    Original air date: 05/05/2010 Runtime: 41:27 min.

    Original air date: 05/05/2010 Runtime: 41:27 min. When a pregnant woman is raped, Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) arrive at the hospital to find that she has fled. Even when someone is arrested for a similar offense, ADA Jo Marlowe (guest star Sharon Stone) says she doesn’t have a case in court unless they find the victim and get a statement from her. Soon, Benson and Stabler connect the woman to an illegal adoption operation, forcing them to go undercover and expose the truth. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch) and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

  • 23. Wannabe

    Original air date: 05/12/2010 Runtime: 41:29 min.

    Original air date: 05/12/2010 Runtime: 41:29 min. After a man flashes customers at an electronics store, it is discovered that someone who matches his description has recently raped three young girls. Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) orchestrates a movement to catch the rapist, and a rookie cop (guest star Graham Davie) makes an arrest. Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) confirm that they’ve found their man, but after ADA Jo Marlowe (guest star Sharon Stone) expresses some doubts, it is soon discovered that the so-called rookie may have some secrets of his own. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).

  • 24. Shattered

    Original air date: 05/19/2010 Runtime: 41:27 min.

    Original air date: 05/19/2010 Runtime: 41:27 min. When an 8-year-old boy is kidnapped off a city street, Detectives Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Eliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) are called to investigate. They soon find that the boy is in his father’s custody, and his mother has a history of overstepping her bounds. As the case comes to a head, members of the SVU team find themselves in a life-threatening standoff and learn shocking details about ADA Jo Marlowe’s (guest star Sharon Stone) past. Also starring: Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), and B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang).