19 Episodes 2007 - 2008
Changes greet the SVU gang at the outset of the ninth season: Munch (Richard Belzer) is put in charge of the department after Capt. Cragen (Dann Florek) is temporarily removed from duty, and Det. Lake (Adam Beach) is now a full-time member of the squad.\ In "Alternate," the season's first episode, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) investigate a case involving a woman (guest star Cynthia Nixon) with multiple personalities. Before long Cragen is back in command, but the themes of people taking on new roles and different personalities continue in "Avatar," which focuses on the case of a missing woman who portrayed an underage prostitute in an online video game. In "Undercover," Fin (Ice-T) poses as a corrections officer while Benson poses as a prison inmate and has an eye-opening new experience. Benson then finds herself in another precarious situation when she is kidnapped in the series' 200th episode, "Authority." This milestone episode features guest star Robin Williams as a man with an antiauthority agenda who attempts to trick people into committing criminal acts. When Williams' character abducts Benson, he uses mind games to try to get Stabler to inflict pain on her. Stabler is also no stranger to pain this season: In "Blinded," he temporarily loses his sight after suffering a head injury courtesy of a suspect. That same episode finds ADA Novak (Diane Neal) confronting a dark part of her personal history as she attempts to convict a schizophrenic artist. While Novak faces her past, Stabler worries about his family's future in "Paternity," which finds his wife, Kathy (Isabel Gillies), and their unborn child in jeopardy after being hurt in a car accident. An unconventional family of homeless children are at the center of "Streetwise," which features guest star Mae Whitman as the clan's pseudo-mother. Other notable Season 9 guest stars include Aidan Quinn, Erika Christensen and Melissa Joan Hart.
Tue, Sep 25, 2007 60 mins
A woman (Cynthia Nixon) with multiple personalities may have harmed her infant daughter. As Stabler and Benson investigate the case, they discover the woman herself may have been abused as a child, resulting in her fractured psyche. Meanwhile, Munch is put in charge of the department after the captain is temporarily removed from duty. Bronson Pinchot guest stars.
Tue, Oct 2, 2007 60 mins
Clues in the case of a missing woman are found in an online virtual-reality game, where she played an underage prostitute who had recently sent out a warning about one of her in-game "clients." Kevin Tighe.
Tue, Oct 9, 2007 60 mins
A teacher (Melissa Joan Hart) is accused of raping a 15-year-old student, but she insists he was the aggressor. As detectives wade through the conflicting statements, new evidence comes to light that complicates the situation, making it even more difficult to determine who the real victim is.
Tue, Oct 16, 2007 60 mins
A mentally challenged girl (Paulina Gerzon) is the only witness to the attack that left her mother in a coma. The detectives suspect the uncooperative husband (Aidan Quinn), but he has some powerful legal support to keep him from testifying, so the department reluctantly resorts to questioning the child in order to piece together the events of the crime.
Tue, Oct 23, 2007 60 mins
A volunteer at a rehab center is killed, and her death may be linked to the man she was helping: an Iraqi suffering from injuries that may have been caused by torture techniques employed by an American-hired company.
Tue, Nov 6, 2007 60 mins
A woman's body is found mutilated in an elevator shaft, and the crime appears to be a copycat killing, reproducing the techniques of a jailed serial killer with a cult following. As detectives investigate further, Benson receives threats that jeopardize the entire department, prompting the captain to order her off the case.
Tue, Nov 13, 2007 60 mins
While working the case of a kidnapped girl found in the trunk of a stolen car, Stabler is injured by a suspect (Arye Gross), a schizophrenic artist believed to be a serial rapist. The trial brings up a dark moment in Novak's past, which seems to affect her judgment.
Tue, Nov 20, 2007 60 mins
A teenage girl's murder appears to be connected to the world of ultimate fighting when a fighter's DNA is found at the scene. But more evidence leads to two brothers (Gaius Charles, Arlen Escarpeta), who could be responsible for the death.
Tue, Nov 27, 2007 60 mins
The case of a murdered nanny leads detectives to her online love interest, but her employers also fall under suspicion when infidelity is uncovered. Meanwhile, Stabler's unborn son is in serious danger after a family tragedy.
Tue, Dec 4, 2007 60 mins
A Nigerian polygamist suspects one of his wives was murdered because of his testimony in another crime case, and a Web site is found naming other potential witnesses. Despite this discovery, Benson and Stabler believe the man's cultural tradition was the motive for the killing. Method Man guest stars.
Tue, Jan 1, 2008 60 mins
A wealthy Manhattan teen's murder leads detectives to the charismatic and violent leader of a homeless group calling themselves a family. The probe turns up evidence suggesting the man may be responsible for other deaths, including those of his own "children" and first wife.
Tue, Jan 8, 2008 60 mins
A body found in Central Park appears to be the latest victim of a serial killer, forcing Benson to work with an FBI agent familiar with the murder's profile. But the agent also has a personal interest in the case: her mentor committed suicide over his frustration at not being able to stop the deaths.
Tue, Jan 15, 2008 60 mins
An investigation into the sexual assault of a Jewish boy (Braeden Lemasters) uncovers a disturbing pattern of abuse when more victims come forward after a suspect is named. The case is hampered by the boy's secretive and protective religious community and a grandstanding defense lawyer (Rhea Perlman) who views the trial as an opportunity to push her own agenda.
Tue, Jan 22, 2008 60 mins
A robbery at a sperm bank has Benson and Stabler racing to recover fertilized embryos before it is too late. The investigation into a long list of suspects eventually leads to a pair of publicity-seeking extremists, and to Benson's personal fear of missing out on motherhood. Janine Turner and Mark Moses guest star.
Tue, Apr 15, 2008 60 mins
Benson poses as a prison inmate to expose a corrupt guard suspected of stealing evidence in a rape case. Shareeka Epps and Hassan Johnson guest star.
Tue, Apr 22, 2008 60 mins
Benson and Stabler probe the murder of an investment banker. Elsewhere, Benson starts dating a newspaper editor (Bill Pullman), but his work conflicts with her position at the department. Beverly D'Angelo also guest stars.
Tue, Apr 29, 2008 60 mins
Robin Williams guest stars as engineer Merritt Rook, who poses as a police officer on the phone to trick people into committing criminal acts. Rook's clever self-defence at trial sets him free, leading to publicity and followers stemming from his anti-authority message.
Tue, May 6, 2008 60 mins
A pregnant woman is found raped and dead in a house fire, and attempts to interview her fiancé (Matthew Davis), a member of a wealthy coffee-trading family, are hampered by his attorney. But family secrets are uncovered as the detectives dig for clues and discover an affair between the deceased and her future father-in-law (Stephen Collins).
Tue, May 13, 2008 60 mins
In the ninth-season finale, Lake reopens a cold case involving the murder of a teen girl. But Lake ends up the prime suspect after a shoot-out with the detective originally assigned to the probe leaves him dead and Lake hospitalized. Making matters worse, Lake then flees the hospital and takes the old case's only witness hostage.