"Chat Room"
SVU, Episode 1.18
Production number: E0923
First aired: 14 April 2000
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Written By
Roger Garrett

Directed By
Richard Dobbs


A false-rape report leads to internet pedophilia.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



Stabler: Do we look like imbeciles to you?
Keith: They're just pictures.
Stabler: THEY'RE NOT JUST PICTURES!! They're underaged girls, they're scared, drugged and being photographed without their permission.
"Exactly what do child molesters talk about when they get together?"
John Munch
Elliot Stabler: He flashed her. He perved her in ways she's not even aware of.
Donald Cragen: Okay. How about this? He entered into an improper relationship with a minor.
Elliot Stabler: You just said 'No real sex'. According to her story.
Donald Cragen: He doesn't know that. He doesn't know what she told us.

Elliot Stabler: Oh. Now, Captain. You're not suggesting we lie to the poor man, are ya?
Donald Cragen: Absolutely not. Role-playing. Fantasy. Make-believe. That crap he's been peddling to us about victimless crimes.

"Look. Someone comes to me and says they want to store illegal stuff in my garage, he's either my best friend or I'm getting something out of the deal."
Elliot Stabler

"She got her driver's license, and, well, that's when I learned I was just a glorified taxi service. Sally Ashton."
Unnamed Pedophile
Captain Cragen: [after the FBI has interfered with SVU's investigation] Don't you ever bad-mouth my people in their own station house.
Agent Schreck: Better get used to it. 'Cause when I tell Langley how an operation that involved 9 regional bureaus got blown, your name is gonna be prominently featured.
Captain Cragen: It's spelled C-R-A-G-E-N. And we were doing what we always do, which is to take pedophiles off the street!
Agent Schreck: 4 collars, at the expense of hundreds more, who, right now, are getting e-mail telling them the cops are on 'em.
Captain Cragen: It's a hell of a lot more than you did for us!
Agent Schreck: It was an undercover OPERATION!!
Captain Cragen: You were in my city investigating sex crimes, and you didn't seem fit to give me a heads-up?!
Agent Schreck: We're dealing with virtual world, which is everywhere and nowhere!
Captain Cragen: But eventually, you gotta put real-life cuffs on a real-life perp!
Agent Schreck: It's not just you! We were in Los Angeles and Chicago and dozens of other places! It's for the right reason. We wanted to bring in the big predators.
Captain Cragen: That's why the bad guys were runnin' rings around us.
Agent Schreck: Why?
Captain Cragen: Because they're workin' together, and we're not.

Background information and notes

The episode ends with this message:
At any given moment,
there are 3.4 million
anonymous chat room users
on the internet.

Episode scene cards

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Home of
Melissa Raye
586 4th Street, Brooklyn
Wednesday, February 23

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David Marolo
240 Willow Street, Brooklyn
Wednesday, February 23

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Doris Harrington
263 Holland Street, Queens
Friday, February 25

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Floral Park, Queens
Friday, February 25

Arbell's Restaurant
And Lounge
790 10th Avenue
Monday, February 28

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