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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit/Payback

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Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate September 20, 1999
Production Number E0901
Written by Dick Wolf
Directed by Jean De Segonzac
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Payback is the first episode of the first season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Starring: Chris Meloni (Detective Elliot Stabler), Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch)

and Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen)

Guest Stars: Gordana Rashovich (Anya Rugova), Dean Winters (Detective Brian Cassidy), Michelle Hurd (Detective Monique Jeffries), Isabel Gillies (Kathy Stabler), Elizabeth Ashley (Serena Benson), Ned Eisenberg (Kloster's Lawyer), Tina Benko (Mrs. Panacek), Ronald Guttman (Gallery Owner), Mark Zimmerman (Mr. Dupree)

with Special Appearance by: Angie Harmon (A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael)

and Mili Avital (Marta Stevens)

with Leslie Hendrix (M.E. Rodgers), P.J. Brown (Bremmer), Ramsey Faragallah (Taxi Driver), Rebecca Creskoff (Waitress), Angela Bullock (Prosecutor), Mark Nelson (Robert Stevens), Jeremy Bergman (Nicholas Stevens), Matt Skollar (Victor Spicer), Irma St. Paule (Aunt Jashari), Sevanne Martin (Ileana Jashari), Daniel Bess (Policeman), Judy Del Giudice (Judge), Bill Driscoll (Mr. Kloster), Vivian Nesbitt (Farley) Chris Orbach (Ken Briscoe)


Plot Overview

When Stabler and Benson investigate the death of cab driver, who is found stabbed and castrated in his taxi, they discover that the cab driver was a wanted war criminal from Serbia named Stefan Tanzic and the investigation leads to two women, who were victims of Tanzic who decided to take matters into their own hands.


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