Law & Order: Special Victims Unit/Desperate

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Season 4, Episode 18
Airdate March 14, 2003
Production Number E3124
Written by Amanda Green
Directed by David Platt
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Desperate is the eighteenth episode of the fourth season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the eighty-fourth episode overall.

Starring: Christopher Meloni (Detective Elliot Stabler), Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch), Stephanie March (A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola) (credit only), B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang)

and Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen)

Guest Stars: Rob Estes (Dan Hoffman), Signy Coleman (Kim Hoffman), Max Jansen Weinstein (Tommy Hoffman), Harvey Atkin (Judge Alan Ridenour), Haviland Morris (Dawn Trent), Adam LeFevre (Police Chief), Suzanne Shepherd (Old Woman), Stephen Mailer (Mr. McGuire), Rita Gardner (Neighbor), Jordan Gelber (David Layton), Welker White (Jill Hoffman's Attorney)

with Tamara Tunie (M.E. Warner)

and Sandra Bernhard (Priscilla Chaney)

with Lord Jamar (Leon), P.J. Benjamin (Lloyd Jackson), Michele Santopietro (Mandy), Richard Thomsen (Allen Wheaten), Mark Lotito (Mike Rizzo), Kate Goehring (Dr. Sally Ivers), Christy Baron (Ariana Kane), Michelle Hurst (Vita Weldon), Amy Love (Dana McGuire), Tom Bruno (Firefighter #1), John E. Mack (Firefighter #2), Libby George (Woman #2), Kate Middleton (Woman #1), Melanie Nicholls-King (Woman #3), Rick Johnson (Court Clerk)


Plot Overview

A six-year-old boy is traumatized after witnessing his stepmother being brutally raped & murdered and SVU considers the boy's father as a suspect.


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The Show

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Memorable Moments