Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is now in its fourteenth season. The program has received numerous accolades from community-based organizations for the social issues it tackles, and cast members are frequently recognized for the work they do off-screen to promote personal health and safety and other volunteer efforts and initiatives.
Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" is now in its fourteenth season. The program has received numerous accolades from community-based organizations for the social issues it tackles, and cast members are frequently recognized for the work they do off-screen to promote personal health and safety and other volunteer efforts and initiatives.

Season 14 (23 episodes)

  • 1. Lost Reputation / Above Suspicion

    Original air date: 09/26/2012 Runtime: 84:40 min.

    Original air date: 09/26/2012 Runtime: 84:40 min. In the season 14 premiere, the SVU squad is reeling from the fallout after Captain Cragen wakes up with a dead escort - a potential witness in an SVU case - in his bed. Tensions run high at the precinct as the detectives contend with District Attorney Paula Foster's investigation of Cragen, as well as the arrival of a tough new captain, Steven Harris. Brian Cassidy treads an increasingly narrow line as an undercover cop in Bart Ganzel's escort organization, as Detective Nick Amaro struggles with the case and his marriage.

  • 2. Twenty-Five Acts

    Original air date: 10/10/2012 Runtime: 43:21 min.

    Original air date: 10/10/2012 Runtime: 43:21 min. The young author of a wildly successful S&M romance novel goes home with a famous television show host, who forces himself on her. Detectives Benson and Rollins work to convince the victim to file charges, with the assistance of a brash new Manhattan District Attorney. As the SVU squad digs into her background to uncover potential trial pitfalls, Detective Amaro uncovers a secret that threatens to destroy the young woman's career as well as her case.

  • 3. Acceptable Loss

    Original air date: 10/17/2012 Runtime: 43:24 min.

    Original air date: 10/17/2012 Runtime: 43:24 min. With Captain Cragen back in the precinct, the SVU squad is in full force and working to expose a sex trafficking operation that enslaves young women. The detectives are on the verge of cracking the case when their efforts are halted by Lieutenant Alexandra Eames, forcing Detective Benson to get creative with the investigation.

  • 4. Manhattan Vigil

    Original air date: 10/24/2012 Runtime: 43:13 min.

    Original air date: 10/24/2012 Runtime: 43:13 min. In the series's landmark 300th episode, a young boy from Morningside Heights is kidnapped while in the care of his father, and the investigation reminds Captain Cragen, Sergeant Munch and Detective Benson of an unsolved kidnapping that occurred in the same neighborhood thirteen years ago. While the entire squad races against the clock to find the missing boy, Benson vows to learn from past mistakes to set both cases right.

  • 5. Friending Emily

    Original air date: 10/31/2012 Runtime: 42:53 min.

    Original air date: 10/31/2012 Runtime: 42:53 min. An underage girl disappears after following her older sister to a college party in Manhattan. The SVU detectives mobilize to recover the missing girl but find themselves thwarted by a high-tech kidnapper using the internet to cover his tracks. As the case hits a dead end, DA Barba (guest star Raul Esparza) returns with some unlikely help. Meanwhile, Rollins (Kelli Giddish) is distracted by the sudden appearance of her very troubled sister (guest star Lindsay Pulsipher). Also starring Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen) and Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro).

  • 6. Vanity's Bonfire

    Original air date: 11/14/2012 Runtime: 42:51 min.

    Original air date: 11/14/2012 Runtime: 42:51 min. The abduction of a baby from a city playground quickly turns into a custody dispute when the kidnapper swears she is the child's biological mother. She also claims the father is a high-powered legal expert, sending Detectives Benson and Amaro on an investigation that forever changes the lives of two unsuspecting families.

  • 7. Lesson's Learned

    Original air date: 11/21/2012 Runtime: 42:50 min.

    Original air date: 11/21/2012 Runtime: 42:50 min. A professor's unusual encounter with Detective Amaro sends the SVU on an investigation into reports of sexual abuse at a prestigious private school. Stonewalled by the school board, Detective Benson enlists Ada Barba and a retired teacher to help reveal a massive cover-up as more and more victims emerge.

  • 8. Dreams Deferred

    Original air date: 12/05/2012 Runtime: 42:54 min.

    Original air date: 12/05/2012 Runtime: 42:54 min. When a man goes on a killing rampage through New York, the lead FBI agent (guest star Jason Gedrick) calls upon the SVU to get information from the suspect’s last known contact – a prostitute (guest star Patricia Arquette) who had been involved in one of Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) old cases. As the detectives work with her to track down the killer, they find themselves drawn into her world and must fight to save her life. Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro) and Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins.) Also guest starring Gbenga Akinnagbe and P.J. Brown.

  • 9. Presumed Guilty

    Original air date: 01/02/2013 Runtime: 42:32 min.

    Original air date: 01/02/2013 Runtime: 42:32 min. The SVU’s holiday celebrations are disrupted when Detective Tutuola’s (Ice-T) ex-brother-in-law is arrested for assaulting a priest (guest star Dennis O’Hare.) Convinced of his innocence despite his criminal record, Fin asks the detectives to find evidence that exonerates him, and in the process, a buried church scandal begins to unravel. Also starring Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro) Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins) and Tamara Tunie (M.E. Warner).

  • 10. Beautiful Frame

    Original air date: 01/09/2013 Runtime: 42:52 min.

    Original air date: 01/09/2013 Runtime: 42:52 min. When a rape victim in an SVU case is arrested for the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Suffolk County DA Pam James (guest star Jane Kaczmarek) lands the case and swiftly brings charges against the young woman. Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) questions the circumstances of the arrest and gathers enough evidence for DA Barba (Raul Esparza) to levy charges in Manhattan against another suspect. The two ambitious DA’s square off in separate trials for the same murder, hoping to get a conviction before the other derails their case. Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro), and Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins).

  • 11. Criminal Hatred

    Original air date: 01/30/2013 Runtime: 42:45 min.

    Original air date: 01/30/2013 Runtime: 42:45 min. The SVU detectives go undercover to arrest a man who targets and brutally attacks other men. They gather enough evidence for ADA Barba to file charges, but the case begins to spiral as he contends with a deceptively tough defense attorney.

  • 12. Monster's Legacy

    Original air date: 02/06/2013 Runtime: 42:46 min.

    Original air date: 02/06/2013 Runtime: 42:46 min. When a janitor brutally attacks an athletic coach, the SVU connects his violent behavior to a history of sexual abuse by someone he trusted. The detectives soon uncover more victims of the same predator, including a prisoner on death row (guest star Mike Tyson). When the truth finally comes out, Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) enlists Bayard Ellis (guest star Andre Braugher) to dig into the case before the looming execution date. Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen), Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro) and Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins).

  • 13. Secrets Exhumed

    Original air date: 02/13/2013 Runtime: 42:55 min.

    Original air date: 02/13/2013 Runtime: 42:55 min. In a powerful new episode, FBI agent Dana Lewis returns to partner with the SVU.

  • 14. Deadly Ambition

    Original air date: 02/20/2013 Runtime: 42:44 min.

    Original air date: 02/20/2013 Runtime: 42:44 min. Detective Rollins (Kelli Giddish) comes home to find her sister Kim (guest star Lindsay Pulsipher) in her apartment, beaten up by her abusive boyfriend, and this time, pregnant. The SVU squad does all they can to keep her safe, but an unexpected visitor forces Rollins to take drastic action. Once again Internal Affairs must open an investigation into the SVU's unconventional methods, and the squad is in jeopardy of losing one of their own. Also starring Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen) and Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro). Also guest starring Robert John Burke and Carolyn McCormick.

  • 15. Funny Valentine

    Original air date: 02/27/2013 Runtime: 42:54 min.

    Original air date: 02/27/2013 Runtime: 42:54 min. A promising singer is brutally attacked by her boyfriend, a popular hip hop star. ADA Barba (guest star Raul Esparza) works to build a case, but the victim refuses to aid the prosecution and, despite Detective Benson's (Mariska Hargitay) best efforts, continues to put herself in danger. The case quickly spirals into a media circus, perpetrated by both the defendant and his uncompromising attorney (guest star Tambor). Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Richard Belzer (Sergeant John Munch), Danny Pino (Detective Nick Amaro) and Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins).

  • 16. Undercover Blue

    Original air date: 03/20/2013 Runtime: 42:55 min.

    Original air date: 03/20/2013 Runtime: 42:55 min. As he prepares to testify against pimp Bart Ganzel, a woman comes forward claiming that Brian Cassidy (guest star Dean Winters) raped her while he was an undercover detective. ADA Barba (Raul Esparza), Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the SVU squad nervously await the outcome of the trial, concerned for Cassidy as well as the ongoing prosecution of Ganzel. When prosecutor Derek Strauss (guest star Greg Germann) pushes hard for a win, Cassidy and his lawyer (guest star Reg E. Cathey) use some surprising methods of defense, with shocking consequences for Detective Amaro (Danny Pino). Also starring Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Richard Belzer (Sergeant John Munch) and Kelli Giddish (Detective Amanda Rollins).

  • 17. Legitimate Rape

    Original air date: 03/27/2013 Runtime: 42:56 min.

    Original air date: 03/27/2013 Runtime: 42:56 min. A popular sports reporter (guest star Lauren Cohan) seeks out Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) to accuse a cameraman (guest star David Marciano) of rape and stalking. The SVU squad and ADA Barba (Ra'l Esparza) begin their preparations for a difficult trial when the victim learns she is pregnant as result of the rape. As the case proceeds, the defense uses controversial tactics in its efforts to persuade the jury.

  • 18. Born Psychopath

    Original air date: 04/03/2013 Runtime: 43:01 min.

    Original air date: 04/03/2013 Runtime: 43:01 min. When a school nurse notices several injuries on a young girl, the SVU detectives are called in to investigate. A closer look at her family reveals a mother (guest star Hope Davis) struggling to manage the violent outbursts of her nine year old son (guest star Ethan Cutkosky). As the SVU squad and the visiting Dr. Huang (BD Wong) debate an appropriate course of treatment, the situation rapidly explodes into a dangerous standoff. Meanwhile, Detective Amaro (Danny Pino) tries to establish a relationship with his newly discovered son.

  • 19. Girl Dishonored

    Original air date: 04/24/2013 Runtime: 42:36 min.

    Original air date: 04/24/2013 Runtime: 42:36 min. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the detectives of the Special Victims Unit investigate the alleged rape of a sorority pledge on a college campus. Their attempts to piece together the events of the crime are thwarted by drunk students and conflicting accounts. As the detectives pursue the case, they unearth a widespread university culture of school administrators and students that look the other way instead of protecting their own.

  • 20. Traumatic Wound

    Original air date: 05/01/2013 Runtime: 42:48 min.

    Original air date: 05/01/2013 Runtime: 42:48 min. A suburban teen is brutally assaulted when a concert turns into a mob scene. Friends and eyewitnesses give mixed accounts of the event, and Detective Amaro (Danny Pino) finds himself trying to save the reputation of the prime suspect, a fellow military veteran (guest star Eion Bailey) whose fractured memory could hold the answer to why the girl was targeted.

  • 21. Poisoned Motive

    Original air date: 05/08/2013 Runtime: 42:48 min.

    Original air date: 05/08/2013 Runtime: 42:48 min. Two surprise sniper attacks on the NYPD leave the SVU squad scrambling for answers. When the link between the shootings appears to be Detective Tutuola (Ice-T), he reconnects with his former Narcotics partner (guest star Yul Vazquez) in order to uncover a possible motive tied to their old cases. As the violence continues, Lieutenant Eames (guest star Kathryn Erbe) joins the investigation and the Special Victims Unit races to hunt down a killer no one saw coming.

  • 22. Brief Interlude

    Original air date: 05/15/2013 Runtime: 42:45 min.

    Original air date: 05/15/2013 Runtime: 42:45 min. Detectives Benson and Amaro (Mariska Hargitay and Danny Pino) are called to the scene when an unconscious woman with signs of physical trauma is found in a river near the Mayor's home. With the victim in a coma, the squad races to identify and account for her prior whereabouts. They uncover a wild side to an otherwise normal wife and mother, and the investigation reaches an unsettling conclusion.

  • 23. Her Negotiation

    Original air date: 05/22/2013 Runtime: 42:57 min.

    Original air date: 05/22/2013 Runtime: 42:57 min. After making a seemingly routine arrest of a man exposing himself in Central Park, Detective Rollins (Kelli Giddish) has a bad feeling about the suspect and calls upon the entire SVU squad and ADA Barba (Raúl Esparza) to help. With no way to discover the suspect's true identity, he masterfully outplays them at every turn. A shocking theory comes to light, and as Barba's trial comes to a close, the situation rapidly escalates and Detective Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is put into mortal danger.