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SVU, Episode 6.23
Production number: E5225
First aired: 24 May 2005
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Arthur Branch
Written By
Tara Butters & Michele Fazekas

Directed By
Peter Leto

Summary Edit

When two police officers in separate precincts attack their wives and demonstrate suicidal behavior, Benson and Stabler suspect a malaria drug both men received while serving in a reserve unit in Afghanistan.

Plot Edit

Episode plot

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

Guest cast Edit

References Edit

74th Precinct; Afghanistan; Internal Affairs Bureau; United States Army; 31st Precinct; Quinium; Lifshin Forner Pharmaceuticals; New York Sentinel; United States Department of Defense; Donald Rumsfeld; Fort Crompton; New Jersey; Kendra Myers; New York University

Quotes Edit

  • Branch: Conference room, NOW!
  • Stabler: What's that about?
  • Novak: Oh, probably just another of the subpoenas I sent out.
  • Stabler: For what?
  • Novak: Donald Rumsfeld.

  • Fin: Callahan's either a great guy or an unpredictable bastard, depending on who you talk to.
  • Benson: That's helpful.
  • Fin: It's better than Munch's "evil twin" theory.

  • Benson [to Officer Vaill]: Are you sleeping with him?
  • Officer Vaill: Let me be very clear, Detective Benson. I'd be more inclined to have an affair with you.
  • Benson: Got it.

  • Novak: We had a shot at changing things, making them listen, making them stop. I don’t understand why you didn’t come to me, I could have helped you. And when the truth came out, they never could have touched you.
  • Dr. Trainer: Ms. Novak, you are very young, and that is not the way the world works.

  • Novak[when she enters the SVU squadroom with a newspaper] Take a look at this.
  • Captain Cragen: Yeah, we've seen it.
  • Novak: So has Arthur Branch, meaning I'll be a special kind of pain in your ass until this is sufficiently explained.

  • Novak: Do you believe Quinium to be a safe drug?
  • Dr. Trainer: Ms. Novak, what we have not discussed is the fact that malaria is a highly deadly disease. It kills over 2,000,000 people worldwide every year. Every 12 seconds, a child dies from malaria.
  • Novak: That's very sad Dr. Trainer. You didn't even attempt to answer my question.

Background information and notes Edit

  • Casey Novak's father served in Vietnam as "a door gunner on a Huey [UH-1 helicopter]."
  • Continuity Error: While approaching the fish market, Munch mentions to Tutuola that he worked in the market as a kid and made good money there. John Munch grew up in Baltimore as was explained in Homicide: Life on the Streets, not New York City. In the episode "Kaddish" explored his past growing up in Baltimore when a girl he had a crush on in high school was murdered.
  • Quiniam is not a real drug. There is, however, an anti-malarial drug called Lariam that has been linked to psychosis, suicidal feelings and other dangerous side effects.

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4 5

New York University
Medical Center
Psychiatric Ward
Wednesday, April 6

Fort Crompton
Base Clinic
Wednesday, April 6

Lennox Grand Hotel
15 Ninth Avenue
Wednesday, April 6

Lifshin Forner
322 Park Avenue
Thursday, April 7

New York State
Supreme Court
Grand Jury
Tuesday, April 19

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