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"Perfect"
SVU, Episode 4.24
Production number: E3126
First aired: 9 May 2003
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Cabot Perfect
Written By
Robert F. Campbell & Jonathan Greene

Directed By
Rick Wallace


Plot Edit

Episode plot

Summary Edit

When the body of a murdered 14-year-old girl is discovered in a back alley, Detective Benson and Stabler discover the victim was a missing Pennsylvania teenager believed to have been kidnapped eight months earlier. It's discovered that, as a result of having no food and water for nearly a week, she developed a blood clot in her left lung that killed her. Ultimately its discovered she's part of a cult led by Doctor Garrett Lang to supposedly clone dead babies, while he really impregnates the girls with his own children. The head of the place she was living, Paula Haggerty initially plans to go down for the girl's death to protect Lang, but another of the girls convinces her to help them put him away for good.

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

Guest cast Edit

References Edit

Lang-Foy Clinic; Foundation for Knowledge Expansion; Knowledge Builders; Cloning; Carrie Haggerty; NCMEC

Quotes Edit

Olivia (to Dr. Lang): So you see yourself as the new Darwin? Maybe even the Messiah?
Dr. Lang: I wouldn't go that far.
Dr. Huang (about Dr. Lang): He's a narcissistic bastard and he's calling all the shots. You saw the way his lawyer deferred to him.
Olivia: I can understand a 14-year-old being taken in by Lang, but not a smart, educated woman like Quentin.
Dr. Huang: Jim Jones got hundreds of his disciples to drink poisoned Kool-Aid because he had a charismatic personality. Lang uses his to get people like Quentin and Haggerty to love and obey him.
Elliot: Those teenage girls couldn't be more vulnerable. They're not that attractive. Probably got bad grades in school. They're just social outcasts.
Olivia: So this cult is a place for them to fit in.
Dr. Huang: And inundate them with approval and affection. It's called love bombing: "You're perfect the way you are."
Olivia: Right, which is what every teenage girl wants to hear.
Elliot (to Paula Haggerty): All Lang has done is manipulated your pain. He's used you to help him experiment on girls who love you. They trust you. You're the only one who can stop him.
Dr. Lang (as he's being led out of the courtroom): Science and the future wait for no one. If not for me, someone will clone a human being. You wait and see!

Background information and notes Edit

  • The episode states at the beginning: "Although inspired in part by a true incident, the following story is fictional and does not depict any actual person or event."
  • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of both the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping case and the Raelian cult, who claimed to have produced the first human clones.

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4

Lang-Foy Clinic
252 East 65th Street
Tuesday, April 22

The Foundation for
Knowledge Expansion
302 West 17th Street
Wednesday, April 23

Office of Joan Quentin
Attorney At Law
39 East 71st Street
Thursday, April 24

Knowledge Builders
363 East 50th Street
Thursday, April 24

5 6 7

Morse Townhouse
105 East 85th Street
Friday, April 25

Trial Part 46
Tuesday, April 29

Trial Part 46
Wednesday, April 30


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