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SVU, Episode 9.05
Production number: 9002
First aired: 23 October 2007
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Warner Harm
Written By
Josh Singer

Directed By
Peter Leto

The apparent rape and murder of a professor leads the Special Victims Unit into a world of private contractors and a doctor known for advocating torture against suspected terrorists.

Plot Edit

Benson and Stabler investigate the connection between the New York murder of college counselor Kate Simes and her volunteer work at a refugee center working with soldiers tortured in Iraq. Her killer escapes to another country, but the person who helped him with the torture methods, Doctor Faith Sutton, is charged with criminally negligent homicide as his torture led to his death by heart attack after he was tortured again. During the trial, a juror has a heart attack, but Sutton and Warner manage to save him but as a result, a mistrial is declared. Sutton's lawyer reveals that the jury was irrevocably split and a mistrial would've been declared anyway so a new trial isn't set, but Warner contacts the ethics board to see about revoking Sutton's license. Ultimately, she gets a temporary suspension, but says that even that could ruin her career and shows no remorse for her actions, but Warner's speech to her about the Hippocratic Oath seems to leave her considering her actions.

Summary Edit

Episode summary

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

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References Edit

Enhanced Interrogation Techniques; Helios Defense Industries; Women's Refugee Coalition; Istanbul; Diyurbakir, Turkey; Mosul, Iraq; Abdul Murad; Manny's Diner, Morningside Heights; Heller School; Mercy General Hospital; St. Bernadette's Hospital; Honduras; Indonesia; Elizabeth Roth

Quotes Edit

Melinda Warner: So much for 2500 years of "First do no harm".
George Huang: That's a little black-and-white.
Melinda Warner: I didn't realize the Hippocratic oath was written in shades of grey.

Faith Sutton: Our country is at war. I have skills that can help. Do you really expect me not to use them?
Melinda Warner: You took an oath. You don't get to take a time-out because we're at war. That oath was written for times like these.

Elliot Stabler: Security cameras across the globe, Munch'll never leave his house again.

Background information and notes Edit

  • Helios is probably based on the private contractor Xe (better known as Blackwater.)

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4 5

Office of
The Medical Examiner
Tuesday, October 9

Women's Refugee
Coalition Center
276 West 74th Street
Wednesday, October 10

Saint Bernadette's
356 West 120th Street
Wednesday, October 10

Trial Part 22
Tuesday, October 16

New York State
Medical Board
Friday, October 19

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