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"Raw"
SVU, Episode 7.06
Production number: 07008
First aired: 1 November 2005
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Dana Lewis
Written By
Dawn DeNoon

Directed By
Jonathan Kaplan

Raw is the sixth episode of the seventh season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. It was released on November 1, 2005.

Plot Edit

A black child is shot in a hate crime.

Summary Edit

A six-year-old boy dies in a school shooting and two other children are severely injured. Despite multiple and unreliable descriptions by both kids and adults, one of the injured boys identifies a troubled student named Johnny Mayhew, who is found to be innocent, mainly because the gun is a pistol rather than the high-powered rifle used in the killing spree. As kids are returned to school, one terrified little girl is noticed by the detectives. Doctor Huang questions her, and she eventually reveals that she was being molested by a man named Mr. Buggesi, whose name she mispronounced as "Mr. Bug Eyes," and threatened to shoot her with a gun that was as tall as she was. As Cragin and Stabler go to his apartment in order to question him they find the girl's uncle savagely beating him to a pulp. Both are arrested on the spot, but the only gun found is a realistic-looking toy rifle. Despite being found to have no connection with the shooting, Buggesi has warrants for sexual abuse in Florida, and will still be extradited as soon as he recovers from his injuries.

Meanwhile, Munch traces the gun used from South Dakota to a gun shop on Staten Island named Gun Ho. Stabler and Munch find that it's being managed by a young boy named Kyle Ackerman. A commotion in the basement during the investigation leads the detectives to find a woman named Star Morrison and that the gun shop is also a base of operations for a white supremacist group led by his father Brian Ackerman. Munch and Tutuola both face hatred and prejudice from the major suspects in the case, but their investigation soon takes them from former Rikers inmate Brannon Lee Redding the man who pulled the trigger back to the gun shop owner, who makes no bones about his hatred of anyone who isn't white. By comparison, the sniper is even more of an obnoxious bigot.

Eventually its revealed that the group are terrorists, not just white supremacists. Kyle and another member of the group end up opening fire on the courtroom, killing the sniper, the judge, and a court officer, and wounding Stabler and Munch and another officer and before Stabler takes out the adult shooter. Kyle goes to kill Stabler, but is killed from behind by Star who reveals herself to actually be an undercover FBI agent, named Dana Lewis, who later reveals to Munch that she infiltrated the group months before and worked her way to the top. She apologizes to Munch and Fin for the racial slurs and behaviors she used against them as that was part of her cover too and not her real personality and both men forgive her. Later, Agent Lewis visits Benson with the news that thanks to her undercover efforts, the FBI was able to bring down the group, doing so before they could bomb an unknown location. Lewis also reveals shocking evidence she uncovered during the bust: the adoptive parents of the murdered child hired the group to kill him for the money they'd get off life-insurance policies taken out on the child. Lewis and Benson confront the parents who confess and are arrested for first-degree murder.

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

Guest cast Edit

References Edit

Bellevue Hospital, Gun Ho, Racial Holy War, Federal Bureau of Investigation; 16th Precinct; Jeffrey Whitlock; Rikers Island; Staten Island

Quotes Edit

Dr. Kyle Beresford: You'll be back to running marathons in no time.
Danny Koehler: But I never ran in a marathon.
Dr. Kyle Beresford: Well, you will now. That's how good we're gonna fix you up.



Cragen: (looking at a map that got shot) Looks like he took out Tulsa. Probably unintentional.


Star Morrison: I'm not going anywhere with you, kike! (slaps Munch)
Elliot Stabler: Assaulting a police officer. Now you're guaranteed a ride with us.



Odafin Tutuola: You tell her I'm employed here?
Star Morrison: Affirmative Action hard at work, ladies and gentlemen!



(looking at the photo of Annabelle Paoletti)

Elliot Stabler: You make a mistake on that one?
Star Morrison: It must've been, 'cause she is too pretty to be Jewish.



"RAW doesn't advocate violence. We leave that to the savages."
Kyle Ackerman


Casey Novak: (To Redding's lawyer) What does your client have to offer?
Brannon Lee Redding: Just my undying love and affection. We'd make pretty white babies together, don't you think?




Brannon: I shot the two Jew kids and the porch monkey.
Gallery Member: May you burn in hell, you racist pig!



"Your parole officers parents haven't even been born yet!"
Judge Schuyler, rejecting Redding's plea bargain


"'Mein Kampf', I see you're not a member of Oprah's book club."
John Munch


Odafin Tutuola: Where'd you get shot?
John Munch: That would be in the ass. Want to kiss it and make it better?
Odafin Tutuola: You be nice to me or you won't get the shake I snuck in.


John Munch: Thanks.
Odafin Tutuola: Thanks for not makin' me break in a new partner.



"We're not racists. We just needed the money."
Janice Whitlock, on arranging the shooting of her black adopted son.

Background information and notes Edit

  • There is a total body count of 7.
  • This is the only instance where we see Munch get shot.
  • This episode is one of two that Wolf Films submitted for consideration for a 2006 Emmy nomination.
  • Universal City Studios, who produces Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, owns the two fictitious websites mentioned in the episode and created by the Ackermans: "blitzkriegwarriors.org" and "blitzkriegkids.com."
  • Goof/Nitpick: When Heshy Horowitz (according to dialog) evidently bails on his client, Brannon Lee Redding, Barry Moredock takes over representation of Brian Ackerman. Yet, even though Moredock has a brief major scene arguing with Novak and the judge, while Novak was questioning Redding right before the court shooting incident Horowitz is the attorney shown seated next to Ackerman instead, and Moredock is nowhere to be seen. It is unclear whether or not this was intentional.
  • Though Barry did say that he took it over as defense attorney.

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3

P.S. 74
503 West 160th Street
Monday, October 3

Bellevue Hospital
Recovery Room
Monday, October 3

Gun Ho!
Staten Island, New York
Tuesday, October 4

4 5 6

Trial Part 40
Thursday, October 27

Bellevue Hospital
Recovery Room
Thursday, October 27

Whitlock Residence
462 West 163rd Street
Friday, October 28


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