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"Silence"
SVU, Episode 3.23
Production number: E3103
First aired: 17 May 2002
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Stabler Cragen Silence
Written By
Patrick Harbinson

Directed By
Steve Shill

The murderer of a priest blames his crime on the sexual abuse that he had to endure as a child.

Plot

The murder of a transsexual in a Catholic church, along with arson, results in the SVU team uncovering evidence of sexual abuse by priests. They also discover evidence of hiding the fact that it occurred. After a false allegation against a suspect briefly interrupts the investigation, Stabler must convince one priest to break the sanctity of Confession to prove that the reach of the abuse scandal goes much higher than the priests themselves.

Summary

Episode summary

Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast

References

References

Quotes

"Please! Don't touch me. I'll go where you want... but don't touch me."
"Looks like we got us a racist."
"I'm a Jew. Is that better or worse? "

- Gus Yoder, Odafin Tutuola and John Munch


"Sit down Gus, you're making me nervous."
"I'm not sitting there. It's disgusting."
"It's a chair."
"It's filthy! Think of all the scum that has sat there!"

- John Munch and Gus Yoder


"So he's really clean."
"And really dirty."

- Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler


"The murder of a transvestite who caught him trying to burn down a Church? I could try that in my sleep."

- Alexandra Cabot


"What about the faithful, Father? Who protects us?"

- Elliot Stabler

Background information and notes

Episode scene cards

1 2 3 4

Sister Peg's
Mobile Help Unit
Tuesday, May 7

Columbus Avenue
Youth Center
Wednesday, May 8

Chelsea Soup Kitchen
216 Ninth Avenue
Wednesday, May 8

Douglas Residence
401 West 22nd Street
Wednesday, May 8

5 6 7

Office of Special Victims Unit
Bureau Chief
Elizabeth Donnelly
Thursday, May 9

Rikers Island
Monday, May 13

Chambers of
Judge Linden
Tuesday, May 14


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"Competence"
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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Season 3
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"Chameleon"
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