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"Appearances"
SVU, Episode 4.19
Production number: E3110
First aired: 28 March 2003
  th of 366 produced in SVU  
th of 366 released in SVU
  th of 1106 released in all  
Fin Warner Munch Appearances
Teleplay By
Stephen Belber

Story By
Stephen Belber,
Liz Friedman & Vanessa Place

Directed By
Alex Zakrzewski


Plot Edit

A nine-year-old child's asphyxiated body is found in a suitcase on a bus, with evidence of having been in the Everglades. The coroner found she had a quality nose job. Benson and Stabler find she was a regular beauty pageant contestant. The computer of a suspect, Tommy Hedges, is found with an instruction manual on how to kidnap, rape, and murder children. The manual is apparently perfectly legal, because it was created using legal-age models whose images were manipulated by software to make them look much younger.

Tommy confessed to the murder but says he wouldn't have done it if not for the manufacturing company's repeated pestering. Tommy, a previously convicted pedophile, revealed that the company emailed him over 20 times to receive a trial of their product. Each time, he tried to unsubscribe from their mailing list so as to not give into temptation, but eventually, he gave in to his curiosity with deadly results. In the end, the CEO is found guilty as an accessory to the murder of the girl (although his attorney has filed an appeal), whilst Tommy is serving 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder.

Summary Edit

Episode summary

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

Guest cast Edit

References Edit

Quotes Edit

Fin: Both parole officers claim they're squeaky clean.
Stabler: Squeaky clean sex offender, now that's a new one.



Kevin (to the detectives): You can't violate my civil liberties just because I've got a good imagination.
Kevin's Father: He'll give you a sample.
Kevin: You can't force me.
Munch: Sure he can. Parental consent is all we need till you're sixteen.
Kevin: This isn't fair. You fascists lay one finger on me, I will sue!
Kevin's Father: Sit down, you little prick. (pulls out a strand of Kevin's hair) Will this do?

Fin: I don't like sweating old ladies. It offends my sense of decorum.

Barry Moredock: Thousands of people are protesting the war and burning flags, you want to stomp on them, too? Where would it all end, Alex? Don't be upset. In this case, everybody won.
Cabot: Not Cherie Lathan.

Background information and notes Edit

  • This episode was originally scheduled to air on March 21, 2003, but it was postponed to a later date due to media coverage of United States war in Iraq.

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4

Banner Hall
Garden City, Long Island
Tuesday, March 4

Prescott Residence
Valley Stream, Long Island
Tuesday, March 4

Jersey City Library
Jersey City, New Jersey
Wednesday, March 5

Manson & Branch
Ad Agency
481 Madison Avenue
Wednesday, March 5

5 6 7 8

Cyberloves Incorporated
Queens, New York
Thursday, March 6

Rikers Island
Interview Room
Friday, March 7

Trial Part 35
Tuesday, March 11

Trial Part 35
Wednesday, March 12


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