04x01 - Chameleon - (Original Airdate: September 27, 2002)
Synopsis: SHARON LAWRENCE GUEST-STARS IN SEASON PREMIERE -- In the season premiere, Detectives
Benson and Stabler search for an ex-con who is sexually assaulting prostitutes -- only to find their suspect murdered
by one of his would-be victims (guest star Sharon Lawrence, "NYPD Blue"). Though it appears that the woman killed in self-defense,
another homicide reveals what may be a string of brutal murders by a skillfully manipulative female serial killer. Emmy winner
Judith Light guest-stars as SVU Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly; Dianne Wiest ("Law & Order") guest-stars as District
Attorney Nora Lewin.
04x02 - Deception - (Original Airdate: October 04, 2002)
Synopsis: ARROGANT ACTRESS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE--SHERILYN FENN GUEST-STARS -- A kindergartner's
family portrait leads detectives Benson and Stabler to suspect the child's actress mother Gloria Stanfield of
seducing her teenage stepson Kyle into a long-term sexual affair. When the boy's father, corporate mogul Lawrence Fuller,
is found bludgeoned to death in their upscale apartment, all evidence points to young Kyle as the killer and Stanfield appears
more eager to protect her stepson than to find her husband's killer.
04x03 - Vulnerable - (Original Airdate: October 11, 2002)
Synopsis: SADIST TORTURES SENIOR CITIZENS; MARY KAY PLACE, JANE POWELL, AND JAY THOMAS
GUEST-STAR -- When a senile woman (guest star Jane Powell) is found wandering and abused, Detectives Benson and Stabler first
suspect her scheming son as their victim is unable to recall her attacker or attack. But the investigation soon leads the
detectives back to the woman's recent residence, an assisted-living facility where one administrator, Hope Garrett (guest
star Mary Kay Place, "The Big Chill"), offers chilling details of the dangers faced by both patients and staff members.
04x04 - Lust - (Original Airdate: October 18, 2002)
MICHAEL GROSS GUEST-STARS; CENTRAL PARK RAPES SPARK SEARCH FOR SERIAL KILLER - - When Greta
Esterman, a doctor who worked with HIV patients to contact their sexual partners, is found brutally raped and murdered in
Central Park, Detectives Benson and Stabler have no shortage of suspects who had previously threatened their victim in
connection with her job. But the gruesome discovery of a second victim leads to the search for a serial killer with a surprising
motivation for the crimes. Michael Gross guest stars as Arthur Esterman, the victim's grieving husband.
04x05 - Disappearing Acts - (Original Airdate: October 25, 2002)
Synopsis: LEGAL MANEUVERS STALL JUSTICE
IN RAPE CASE--PAM GRIER AND JOHN HEARD GUEST STAR - - The brutal rape of an FBI racketeering suspect leads Detectives Benson and
Stabler into a federal investigation of an organized crime boss. But when their victim and prime suspect both
disappear into the witness protection program, the detectives find themselves in a turf war with a hard-nosed Assistant U.S.
Attorney who is determined to put the mob on trial.
04x06 - Angels - (Original Airdate: November 01, 2002)
Synopsis: A GRUESOME
DISCOVERY LEADS THE DETECTIVES TO A SEXUAL PREDATOR -- When the battered body of a young boy is found on an airport shuttle
bus, Detectives Benson and Stabler search for the boy's identity, only to discover the his alleged guardian had
been routinely sexually and physically abusing him. However, when the pedophile's mutilated corpse is found in his bed, the
detectives homicide investigation leads them to a travel agency specializing in all-inclusive exotic trips for allege sexual
04x07 - Dolls - (Original Airdate: November 08, 2002)
Synopsis: THE SQUAD
RACES TO SAVE THE LIFE OF THE LATEST VICTIM OF A SERIAL PEDOPHILE--GLORIA REUBEN GUEST STARS -- When the decomposing body
of sexually molested five-year-old girl is discovered in the trash, Detectives Benson and Stablers investigation
leads them to the painful reality that they are searching for a serial pedophile as they race to save the life of his latest
victim. As the mother of the missing girl frantically awaits news of her daughter's whereabouts, she must reconcile the
fact that her own recent bout with addiction may have played a part in her daughter's fate.
04x09 - Waste - (Original Airdate: November 15, 2002)
Synopsis: ACADEMY AWARD
NOMINEE BRUCE DAVISON AND JOBETH WILLIAMS GUEST STAR; THE SQUAD HUNTS DOWN A RAPIST PREYING ON COMATOSE HOSPITAL PATIENTS
-- When a trip to the emergency room for a coma patient reveals the woman to be seven weeks pregnant, Detectives Benson and
Stabler turn to DNA testing in order to weed out their rapist -- only to have their investigation hampered when the victim's
doctor attempts an abortion. JoBeth Williams guest stars as the frantic mother of the rape victim.
04x09 - Juvenile - (Original Airdate: November 22, 2002)
Synopsis: EMMY NOMINEE ILLEANA DOUGLAS
GUEST STARS; PRE-TEENS PROVE THEY'RE OLD ENOUGH TO COMMITT MURDER -- When a drug raid uncovers the body of a 30-year-old suspected
marijuana dealer, raped and repeatedly stabbed, Fin -- along with Detectives Benson and Stabler -- uses his old
narcotics skills to track down the murderer, only to discover two junior high school students are responsible for the attack.
While the younger suspect is protected by family court, the D.A. pushes for an indictment against the 13-year-old alleged
murderer, despite A.D.A. Cabot's objections. Judith Light reprises her role as SVU Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly and
Illeana Douglas guest stars as the young defendant's battle-hardened public defender .
04x10 - Resilience - (Original Airdate: December 06, 2002)
RAPE INVESTIGATION UNCOVERS A DARK FANTASY -- When a 15-year-old rape victim attempts to step off a subway platform, Detectives
Benson and Stabler search for the girl's rapists, using DNA to weed out two suspects. However, when both of thesuspects
admit to being sexually involved with the victim's mother as part of her husband's fantasy, detectives are left to determine
if this family secret led to the girl's rape.
04x11 - Damaged - (Original Airdate: January 10, 2003)
Synopsis: JERRY ORBACH
AND JESSE L. MARTIN GUEST STAR; HERO OR RAPIST? DETECTIVES MUST FIND THE TRUTH --When a six-year-old shooting victim caught
in an apparent robbery gone bad tests positive for a sexually transmitted disease, Detectives Benson and Stabler discover
her rapist to be the same store clerk who allegedly foiled the crime. With the help of Detectives Briscoe and Green they
discover the victims older sister Missy was dating this sexual predator. Judith Light reprises her role as SVU Bureau Chief
04x12 - Risk - (Original Airdate: January 17, 2003)
Synopsis: BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU FEED YOUR BABY! DETECTIVES UNCOVER COCAINE
SMUGGLERS -- When an infant overdoses on cocaine, Detectives Benson and Stabler discover the child's baby food to
be the culprit, and in the process stumble across a major drug smuggling operation using baby formula to transport their product.
However, when internal affairs investigation disrupts their case, Cragen sends the squad undercover hoping to flush out
a dirty cop running the drug ring.
04x13 - Rotten - (Original Airdate: January 24, 2003)
Synopsis: A MAN ON A MISSION IS ALWAYS DANGEROUS - When a drug dealer dies
in jail after being beaten and sexually assaulted, Detectives Benson and Fin look at the victims cellmates and disgruntled
guards as possible suspects. However, when forensics suggest that the dealer may have suffered his fatal blows while in police
custody, the detectives set their sights on a gangland beat cop with a mysterious agenda. Detective Benson, in passionate
pursuit of the killer, takes matters into her own hands and nearly loses her job.
04x14 - Mercy - (Original Airdate: January 31, 2003)
Synopsis: MURDER OR MERCY KILLING? EMMY AND TONY WINNER JUDD HIRSCH GUEST-STARS
-- When a one-month-old baby turns up dead and stuffed inside a cooler in the East River, Detectives Benson and Stabler are
horrified, but M.E. Warner soon makes a shocking discovery --- the baby had a genetic condition that is always fatal
by the time the child is 5 years old. The case might now appear to be a mercy killing, and becomes difficult to prosecute
for A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot, prompting her to question a benevolent pediatrician.
04x15 - Pandora - (Original Airdate: February 07, 2003)
Synopsis: BRUTAL MURDER OF A CYBER VIGILANTE LEADS STABLER ON A HUNT FOR
A FOREIGN CHILD PORNOGRAPHER -- Investigating the brutal murder and sexual assault of a female motorist, Detective Stabler
discovers his victim was moonlighting as a cyber vigilante, using herself as bait for on-line pedophiles in order to stop
these predators. Tracking his victims last trips down the information superhighway, Stabler finds himself on the trail of
a missing 14-year-old girl and the foreign child pornographer who may have kidnapped her. Pam Grier reprises her role as U.S.
Attorney Claudia Williams and Billy McNamara ("Beggars & Choosers") guest stars as Detective Sam Bishop who partners with
Stabler to track down the killer.
04x16 - Tortured - (Original Airdate: February 14, 2003)
Synopsis: DETECTIVES SEARCH FOR A KILLER WITH A FETISH FOR SHOES -- The
discovery of the body of a Tibetan torture survivor missing a leg, sends Detectives Benson and Stabler digging through
the victims past believing a former torturer maybe her killer. However, when forensic evidence points to a different motive
for this murder, detectives focus their attention on a killer with a foot fetish. Illeana Douglas reprises her role as passionate
public defender Gina Bernardo.
04x17 - Privilege - (Original Airdate: February 21, 2003)
Synopsis: APPARENT SUICIDE SENDS DETECTIVES SEARCHING FOR THE SKELETONS
IN A PROMINENT FAMILY'S CLOSET -- Investigating the apparent suicide of a 20-year-old girl who took a flying leap off the
balcony of a prominent Manhattan family, Detectives Benson and Stabler search for a motive, uncovering the victim's personal
relationship with the family's son. When the forensic evidence points to murder, the detectives focus their attention on proving
the over-privileged boy's guilt. Veteran actresses Michael Learned, the recipient of four Emmy Awards and Mariette Hartley
04x18 - Desperate - (Original Airdate: March 14, 2003)
Synopsis: DETECTIVES REST THEIR
HOPES ON A FRIGHTENED YOUNG WITNESS AS THEY SEARCH FOR A KILLER -- When a young woman is found brutally murdered after a violent
sexual assault, Detectives Benson and Stabler rest their hopes on the only witness to the crime, the womans young son.
However, when detectives discover the woman to be a battered wife on the run, they set their sights on her abusive husband.
Sandra Bernhard and Rob Estes guest star.
04x19 - Appearances - (Original Airdate: March 21, 2003)
Synopsis: THE WEBSITE MADE ME DO IT -- The discovery of an 8-year-old beauty queen's
body in a suitcase on a Manhattan bus sends Detectives Benson and Stabler searching for a pedophile with a fetish
for pageants. However, when the prime suspect blames a virtual pornography website for his crime, A.D.A. Cabot must put
the first amendment on trial.
04x20 - Dominance (Advisory Warning) (Original Airdate: April 04, 2003)
Synopsis: A DEADLY KILLING SPREE SENDS THE SQUAD IN SEARCH OF A MURDERER WITH AN AXE
TO GRIND; TONY WINNER FRANK LANGELLA GUEST STARS -- When an engagement celebration dinner ends in sexual assault and a gruesome
quadruple homicide, Detectives Benson and Stabler search for a violent killer looking for revenge through the domination
of his victims. However, when the killer goes on a murder spree aimed at the upper class, its a race against time as the squad
tries to stop this deadly rampage. Tony Winner Frank Langella ("Fortune's Fool") and Ian Somerhalder ("Rules of Attraction")
also guest star.
04x21 - Fallacy - (Original Airdate: April 18, 2003)
Synopsis: SELF-DEFENSE OR MURDER -- When a female party-goer (guest star Katherine Moennig)
defends herself after being sexually assaulted, killing her attacker, Detectives Benson and Stabler attempt to support
the girls claim of self-defense. However, when DNA evidence uncovers the girl is really a man, the detectives begin to question
the validity of the victims defense.
04x22 - Futility - (Original Airdate: April 25, 2003)
Synopsis: FRED SAVAGE GUEST STARS AS DETECTIVES FACE AN UPHILL BATTLE TO CONVICT A MULTIPLE
RAPIST -- Arresting a man accused of raping several neighborhood woman, Detectives Benson and Stabler attempt to obtain an
indictment for their suspect with the help of a key eyewitness - his last victim. However, the suspect's decision to handle
his own defense casts some doubt over the trial's outcome as he proves to be a formidable opponent for A.D.A. Cabot.
04x23 - Grief - (Original Airdate: May 02, 2003)
Synopsis: ONE MAN'S FEAR IS ANOTHER'S GRIEF -- When a cocktail waitress at a trendy Manhattan
club is raped and murdered outside the popular nightspot, Detectives Benson and Stabler rest their suspicions on the
victim's angry ex-boyfriend. However, when the detectives discover the victim was involved in an abusive love affair with
the club owner, they set their sights on him as their predator - all of which hits home for Stabler, who sympathizes with
the victim's grief-stricken father.
04x24 - Perfect - (Original Airdate: May 09, 2003)
Synopsis: SCIENTIST OR KIDNAPPER - DETECTIVES UNCOVER A DOCTOR'S HIDDEN CLONING AGENDA
- When the body of a murdered 14-year-old girl is discovered in a back alley, Detectives Benson and Stabler discover the victim
was a missing Pennsylvania teenager believed to have been kidnapped eight months earlier. However, when the detectives uncover
a link between their victim and a prominent New York physician who specializes in reproduction therapy as well as dabbling
in human cloning, they also stumble across a group home for alleged runaway teenaged girls. Fred Thompson makes a special
appearance (NBC's "Law & Order") as District Attorney Arthur Branch.
04x25 - Soulles - (Original Airdate: May 16, 2003)
Synopsis: WEALTHY TEENS TAKE OUT THEIR BOREDOM ON AN UNDERAGE CLUB GOER IN SEASON FINALE
-- When an alleged rape victim is kidnapped from a New York hospital and later murdered, Detectives Benson and Stabler search
for the girl's killer only to discover her attack to have been perpetrated by several bored young socialite club goers at
a popular Manhattan nightspot. Relying on DNA evidence, the detectives uncover multiple suspects, including one supposedly
despondent teenager whose involvement in the assault continues to evolve. The case enrages Benson who was moments away from
saving the girl's life.