Law & Order: Special Victims Unit/Loss

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Season 5, Episode 4
Airdate October 14, 2003
Production Number E4402
Written by Michele Fazekas &
Tara Butters
Directed by Constantine Makris
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Loss is the fourth episode of the fifth season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the ninety-fifth 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), B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang) (credit only)

and Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen)

Guest Stars: Josh Hopkins (Tim Donovan), Mitch Pileggi (D.E.A. Agent Jack Hammond), David Thornton (Defense Attorney Lionel Granger), Jacinto Taras Riddick (Rafael Zapata), Charlayne Woodard (Sister Peg), Joanna Merlin (Judge Lena Petrovsky), Felix Solis (Narc)

with Fred Dalton Thompson (Arthur Branch)

and Tamara Tunie (M.E. Warner)

with Andre Royo (Felix Santos), Tibor Feldman (George Reilly), Ray Wills (Manager), Mateo Gomez (Father Castrillon), Pat Profito (Building Super), Lola Powers (Mrs. Crenshaw), Matthew Stocke (Uniform Officer), David Sitler (Court Clerk), William H. Burns (ESU #1), Terrence Laron Burke (Federal Marshal #1), Gil Hagovsky (Federal Marshal #2)


Plot Overview

Cabot finds her life in danger as she prosecutes a drug dealer responsible for raping & murdering an undercover federal agent.


Arc Advancement



  • Cabot: ADA Alexandra Cabot has her death faked by U.S. Federal Marshalls and is put into witness protection after several attempts are made on her life in connection with the prosecution of a man connected with a Colombian drug cartel.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • Final Appearance: This episode marks Stephanie March's final appearance on the series. Her character is replaced by Diane Neal in the following episode.

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments

  • Cabot is shot and presumed dead outside of a restaurant.