Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 1 Episode 1 : Payback

After cab driver Victor Spicer is found stabbed and his genitals cut off, Benson and Stabler investigate his murder only to learn that Spicer is an inmate at Rikers Island and the dead man left behind a wife and child. Further investigation reveals that the dead man was a Serbian soldier who had been indicted on charges of ethnic cleansing. Benson has trouble separating herself from the case after realizing that the victim was a rapist, because she herself is a child of rape, and Stabler tries to keep her from crossing the line in her attempts to protect suspects she feels were justified in their actions. [ Recap available. ]

NameLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 1 Episode 1: Payback
Air DateSeptember 20th, 1999
GenresCrime, Drama
NetworkNBC
Production CompaniesWolf Films, Universal Television, USA Network
WriterDick Wolf
DirectorJean de Segonzac
Guest StarsMili Avital, Leslie Hendrix, Daniel Bess, Michelle Hurd, Angie Harmon, Dean Winters, Elizabeth Ashley, Irma St. Paule, Judy Del Giudice, Ronald Guttman, Rebecca Creskoff, Ned Eisenberg, Steven Zirnkilton, Isabel Gillies
Plot Keywordsnew york, police, lawyer, police detective, criminal investigation, law and order, sex crime
Christopher Meloni
Christopher Meloni
Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay
Mariska Hargitay
Olivia Benson
Ice-T
Ice-T
Fin Tutuola
Dann Florek
Dann Florek
Donald Cragen
Michelle Hurd
Michelle Hurd
Monique Jeffries
Richard Belzer
Richard Belzer
John Munch

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