Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 5

Episodes

# Air Date Title
1 Sep 23
2003

Tragedy

In a race against time to find a woman with a high-risk pregnancy who’s kidnapped as approaches her delivery date, Benson and Stabler are faced with more than one suspect…

2 Sep 30
2003

Manic

Benson and Stabler enlist Huang’s help in probing the connection between the deaths of two high school students and an illegal marketing campaign by a major pharmaceutica…

3 Oct 07
2003

Mother

Although they are hampered by doctor-patient confidentiality as they investigate the near-fatal beating of a psychiatrist who may have been attacked by one of her patients, Ben…

4 Oct 14
2003

Loss

Investing the brutal rape and murder of an undercover federal agent and forced to use discretion in order to protect the identities of those agents in the field, the detectives…

5 Oct 21
2003

Serendipity

A dead baby is found in a gutter, sending the detectives on a hunt for its mother. She too turns up dead, and the clues point to a dermatologist whose DNA

6 Oct 28
2003

Coerced

In resolving the kidnapping case of a little boy by a schizophrenic, Stabler uncovers further crimes at an adult group home with Huang’s help.

7 Nov 04
2003

Choice

After a man is arrested for attacking his pregnant wife and then seeks to have her charged her with neglect for drinking during her pregnancy, Benson learns that this is not th…

8 Nov 11
2003

Abomination

After the homosexual poster-boy for a sexual re-education group is found murdered, the detectives suspect an outspoken minister who was in the process of flooding the victim wi…

9 Nov 18
2003

Control

The mutilation of a subway commuter leads the detectives to discover their “victim” may be the perpretator in abducting women and forcing them to live in his dungeo…

10 Nov 25
2003

Shaken

The discovery of a beaten infant leads Stabler and Cragen on a search for the attacker who may be a pedophile. When the medical evidence shows that the injuries were a result…

11 Dec 02
2003

Escape

When a convicted pedophile, desperate to prove his innocence before his terminally ill mother dies, escapes from prison and kidnaps his accuser to force him to recant his story…

12 Jan 06
2004

Brotherhood

The murder and sodomy of a local fraternity pledge master leads the detectives to his pornographic web site, which features college girls at a local bar. Further investigation…

13 Jan 13
2004

Hate

After a man accused of the murders of three Arabs claims that he was genetically and biologically predisposed to hatred and violence, Benson and Stabler dispel the fallacy of h…

14 Feb 03
2004

Ritual

The investigation into the death of a young boy who appears to be the victim of a ritualistic killing leads to the discovery that he was one of many children smuggled from Nige…

15 Feb 10
2004

Families

The investigation into the death of a pregnant teenager exposes a long-held family secret which precipitates another violent death and the destruction of two families.

16 Feb 17
2004

Home

A mentally ill woman’s paranoia intensifies after her innocent-bystander husband is murdered during a robbery, fueling her descent into child abuse, abandonment, and deat…

17 Feb 24
2004

Mean

The conviction of a group of sociopathic high school bullies who turned one of their own from a victimiser into a torture murder victim escalates the systematic peer abuse at t…

18 Mar 02
2004

Careless

The investigation into the death of a foster child, who passed out at a midnight exorcism, leads to charges of neglect and murder for the foster parents and the social worker.<…

19 Mar 30
2004

Sick

The prosecution of a suspected pedophile is impeded by parents who refuse to produce their molested child for questioning to avoid losing the millions they were paid through a…

20 Apr 06
2004

Lowdown

When the death of a prosecutor is staged using information gleaned from a co-worker’s caseload, Novak endangers her career to obtain a confession.

21 Apr 20
2004

Criminal

When it becomes obvious that a forensics expert raped and murdered a student, the investigation focuses on a criminology professor Cragen arrested decades earlier for similar c…

22 Apr 27
2004

Painless

After finding a woman handcuffed to her bed with a bag over her head, the detectives believe it was a homicide. Later on the detectives find out the woman had been planning her…

23 May 04
2004

Bound

A nurse, whose brother owns the home-nursing company she works for, takes her childhood abandonment frustrations of her mother out on the rich elderly women the company cares f…

24 May 11
2004

Poison

A child is taken to a hospital after passing out, and it is discovered that she had a huge amount of detergent in her stomach. The first suspect is the mom and her daughter cla…

25 May 18
2004

Head

After a video voyeur’s hidden camera in a public restroom records a middle school principal sexually assaulting a teenaged boy, Novak learns that the pedophilia arose fro…

About Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, this hard-hitting and emotional series from NBC’s “Law & Order” brand chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York City Police Department, an elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes.
As acting commander of the SVU, Sergeant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) is a seasoned veteran of the unit who has seen it all. She leads with empathy and professionalism, all the while dealing with her difficult past as a product of rape, and her future as mother to a young child, both of which influence the way she relates to each victim in need of help.

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