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"Wrath"
SVU, Episode 3.02
Production number: E2314
First aired: 5 October 2001
  th of 348 produced in SVU  
th of 348 released in SVU
  th of 1088 released in all  
Benson Wrath
Written By
Judy McCreary

Directed By
Jean de Segonzac

Detective Benson is the connection between three unrelated people who are found ritualistically murdered.

Plot Edit

A serial killer is targeting individuals related to some of Detective Benson's former cases and Olivia becomes personally involved in the case. The stress of the situation causes Detective Benson to begin to doubt her effectiveness as a detective and creates a rift between her and Detective Stabler.

Summary Edit

Episode summary

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

Guest cast Edit

References Edit

Baseline Labs; Barrantes, Carmella; Cordell, Peter; Derricks, Clayton; Heaven Scent Flowers; Lonnie's Bail Bonds; Rikers Island; Sing Sing.

Quotes Edit

  • Olivia Benson: We've gotten warrants based on less, why are you stonewalling?
  • ADA Alex Cabot: This is different and you know it. Once a judge hears the suspect's history, he's gonna bend over backwards for the guy.
  • Olivia Benson: I saw him, Alex. Plummer is stalking me.
  • ADA Alex Cabot: How did he know where you were when he was in the interview room being questioned?
  • Olivia Benson: He must've overheard.
  • ADA Alex Cabot: Okay, how many businesses are in the area near Chauncey's?
  • Olivia Benson: I don't know, several. Why? Where are you going with this?
  • ADA Alex Cabot: Any decent defense attorney is going to say that Mr. Plummer was in the area running errands, that it was just a coincidence.
  • Olivia Benson: He has killed four people and we're doing nothing.
  • ADA Alex Cabot: How many drinks did you have? [Olivia pauses] Olivia, the system made a mistake before, now everything we do is under a microscope.
  • Olivia Benson: [pause] I wasn't drunk.

  • Elliot Stabler [after he puts a police detail on Olivia]: I didn't tell you about the detail because I knew you'd refuse.
  • Olivia Benson: Only the rat-squad puts cops on other cops, Elliot, without telling them. I deserve better than that. Especially from you.
  • Elliot Stabler: [pauses] You've been under a lot of stress lately...
  • Olivia Benson: I've always backed your play.
  • Elliot Stabler: And I did what I had to do. The guy's murdered four people, what's to stop him from coming after you, Olivia?
  • Olivia Benson: If you can't trust your partner, Elliot, it's time to get a new one.

  • Olivia Benson: I'm fine.
  • Elliot Stabler: I'm not. Some low-life's out to get you.
  • Olivia Benson: If he wanted to take me out, he would've tried it already.

  • Elliot Stabler [to Olivia]: What about some dinner?
  • Olivia Benson: When was the last time your kids saw your ugly mug?
  • Elliot Stabler: Come on, I'll set an extra plate.
  • Olivia Benson: Nah, see you tomorrow.

  • Olivia Benson: We blame all kinds of people for creating monsters. Why not ourselves?

  • Olivia Benson: You worried about something?
  • Don Cragen: Your safety.

  • Eric Plummer: I was innocent.
  • Olivia Benson: Yes, you were, but then you killed four innocent people.
  • Eric Plummer: Three innocent people, and one child abuser. I thought cops cared about the facts.

  • John Munch: The victims were pumped full of potassium chloride. Death was painless.
  • Fin Tutuola: Like that makes a difference.

  • Olivia Benson: It wasn't your name stenciled on that door, so whose ass are you really covering?

  • Elliot Stabler: Let's go.
  • Olivia Benson: I can't, got to give my statement.
  • Elliot Stabler: I'll take it.
  • Olivia Benson: You, leave me alone.

  • Dr. George Huang [to Olivia]: Hey, I was just trying to get in our man's head.
  • Olivia Benson: He hates me so he kills people that I tried to help.
  • Dr. George Huang: How does that make you feel?
  • Olivia Benson: How would you feel?
  • Dr. George Huang: Relax, I'm not trying to shrink you.
  • Olivia Benson: Yes, you are. Every statement's interpretive. Trying to make something out of nothing.
  • Dr. George Huang: It's my job. I used to interview some of the most dangerous psychopaths. It's all I did.
  • Olivia Benson: Profiling serial killers, it sounds like a lot of fun.
  • Dr. George Huang: It's why I joined the FBI. They had access to all the disorders that I wanted to study. Until I got complacent.
  • Olivia Benson: Were you attacked?
  • Dr. George Huang: I was interviewing a psychopath and I missed him calculate how much time there was to kill me before the guards hit the door. It was a... It was a close call.
  • Olivia Benson: He got into your head.
  • Dr. George Huang: The way this perp is in yours. Instead of attacking you directly, he's hurting the people around you. It's psychological warfare.
  • Olivia Benson: He's been planning this for a while.
  • Dr. George Huang: He posed the bodies comforting each other. Potassium chloride is a painless death. He's freeing them.
  • Olivia Benson: From what?
  • Dr. George Huang: From the miserable existence that you left them in. He felt like they were suffering and so he euthanized them. He identifies with them. He sees himself as your victim, too.

Background information and notes Edit


Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4 5

Home of Adam Cordell
424 West 38th Street
Tuesday, February 27

Mrs. Harding's
Foster Home
450 East 106th Street
Tuesday, February 27

Barrantes Residence
800 Amsterdam Avenue
Tuesday, February 27

West 125th Street
& Broadway
Wednesday, February 28

Heaven Scent Flowers
490 Broome Street
Wednesday, February 28

6 7 8 9

Lonnie's Bail Bonds
50 East 116th Street
Thursday, March 1

Baseline Labs
98 West 54th Street
Thursday, March 1

Office of Executive Assistant
District Attorney
Friday, March 2

Home of Eric Plummer
274 West 87th Street
Friday, March 2


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