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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 3 Episodes

23 Episodes 2001 - 2002

The third season of this crime drama features dramatic turns from two actors who had previously found great success on sitcoms: John Ritter portrays the husband of a pregnant woman who was attacked and whose fetus was removed from her womb; and Mark-Paul Gosselaar plays a young father who prostitutes himself to help pay for his ill little girl's medical bills. Other episodes this season feature a man who was gang raped by a group of women; and a case in which Benson (Mariska Hargitay) identifies with serial rapist because it turns out that, like her, he was the product of a rape.

Episode 1

Repression

Fri, Sep 28, 2001 60 mins

In the Season 3 premiere, an 18-year-old in therapy recalls being sexually abused by her father and presses charges against him.

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Episode 2

Wrath

Fri, Oct 5, 2001 60 mins

After three murder victims are connected to Benson's past cases, it's believed that the killer is seeking revenge on the detective.

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Episode 3

Stolen

Fri, Oct 12, 2001 60 mins

A kidnapping investigation links a past case with which Cragen was involved to a 12-year-old whose adoption is deemed illegal.

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Episode 4

Rooftop

Fri, Oct 19, 2001 60 mins

Stabler tries to build a case against an ex-con who's HIV-positive and preys on young girls.

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Episode 5

Tangled

Fri, Oct 26, 2001 60 mins

When guests arrive for a party, they find the hosts have been assaulted, one of them fatally.

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Episode 6

Redemption

Fri, Nov 2, 2001 60 mins

A brash, intense detective is assigned to help Stabler catch a serial rapist-killer.

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Episode 7

Sacrifice

Fri, Nov 9, 2001 60 mins

The investigation of a shooting near a gay bar leads to a couple's involvement with porn movies.

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Episode 8

Inheritance

Fri, Nov 16, 2001 60 mins

The search for a serial rapist leads to a case in which the defence attorney tries to blame the suspect's actions on his genes.

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Episode 9

Care

Fri, Nov 23, 2001 60 mins

A computer game provides clues in the death of a physically abused little girl in foster care.

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Episode 10

Ridicule

Fri, Dec 14, 2001 60 mins

The investigation of an apparently accidental death leads to charges by a male stripper that the deceased was one of three women who sexually assaulted him.

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Episode 11

Monogamy

Fri, Jan 4, 2002 60 mins

A woman who's seven months pregnant is found assaulted, with her fetus removed.

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Episode 12

Protection

Fri, Jan 11, 2002 60 mins

The detectives seek a woman who is on the run from her drug-dealing lover, whom she saw murder a rival.

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Episode 13

Prodigy

Fri, Jan 18, 2002 60 mins

The detectives investigate a double slaying in which the female victim was dismembered.

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Episode 14

Counterfeit

Fri, Jan 25, 2002 60 mins

Benson teams up with Fin to investigate the murder of a woman found under a highway

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Episode 15

Execution

Fri, Feb 1, 2002 60 mins

At the request of a murdered teenager's parents, Stabler tries to get a serial killer who's about to be executed to admit that the teen was one of his victims.

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Episode 16

Popular

Fri, Mar 1, 2002 60 mins

Stabler breaks the rules to uncover the facts when a student claims that she was assaulted by a teacher.

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Episode 17

Surveillance

Fri, Mar 8, 2002 60 mins

The detectives investigate the sexual assault of a cellist and discover surveillance equipment hidden in her apartment.

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Episode 18

Guilt

Fri, Mar 29, 2002 60 mins

Judith Light joins the series in a recurring role as the unit's tough new chief, as Cabot breaks the rules in an attempt to catch a paedophile.

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Episode 19

Justice

Fri, Apr 5, 2002 60 mins

In investigating the sexual assault of a 16-year-old, it's discovered that the victim is the rebellious stepdaughter of a judge.

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Episode 20

Greed

Fri, Apr 26, 2002 60 mins

Henry Winkler plays a restaurateur whose wife is assaulted during a robbery at their plush Manhattan residence.

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Episode 21

Denial

Fri, May 3, 2002 60 mins

A dark family secret surfaces after a young woman (Martha Plimpton) is raped at a party. Grace: Mary Steenburgen. Rose: Estelle Parsons. Arthur Felton: Michael Knowles. Gary Barbour: Sam Guncler. Fin: Ice-T. Benson: Mariska Hargitay. Stabler: Christopher Meloni.

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Episode 22

Competence

Fri, May 10, 2002 60 mins

After a mother (Lois Smith) reports that her mentally challenged daughter (Andrea Fay Friedman) is pregnant, the detectives try to find out who fathered the child. Danny Jordan: Badge Dale. Abe Cheney: Matt DeCaro. Scott Lucas: C.J. Wilson. Joe Parker: Darren Pettie. Munch: Richard Belzer. Benson: Mariska Hargitay. Stabler: Christopher Meloni.

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Episode 23

Silence

Fri, May 17, 2002 60 mins

Cases include a killing at a church and an investigation that involves sexual-abuse charges against a priest (Eric Stoltz). Bobby Douglas: Sean Dugan. Bishop Mallinson: Patrick Collins. Gus Yoder: Kris Eivers. Huang: B. D. Wong. Benson: Mariska Hargitay. Stabler: Christopher Meloni.

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