Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Series 9 - 5. Harm

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

A young woman is stabbed to death and although it turns out she wasn’t sexually attacked, the SVU gets involved anyway. However, about ten minutes into the episode they’ve pretty well forgotten her and moved on to investigate the death of an Iraqi refugee who, his widow says, was shipped back to Iraq post-9/11 and tortured – although in an “acceptable” way, what they call torture-lite.

In contrast this episode is moralising-heavy. Warner bangs on about ethics and the Hippocratic oath, while Novak perches on her high horse taking swipes at the psychiatrist (played by Elizabeth McGovern) who advised on “benign” interrogation techniques in the Middle East.

About this programme

5/19. A student counsellor is murdered in New York, and Benson and Stabler investigate a possible connection to her volunteer work at a refugee centre. They discover she had been helping a taxi driver who claimed to have been tortured after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The trail soon leads the detectives to suspect the involvement of a doctor with links to a company that benefitted financially from the Iraq war.

Cast and crew


Det Elliot Stabler
Christopher Meloni
Det Olivia Benson
Mariska Hargitay
Capt Donald Cragen
Dann Florek
Det John Munch
Richard Belzer
Det Odafin `Fin' Tutuola
Melinda Warner
Tamara Tunie
Casey Novak
Diane Neal
Faith Sutton
Elizabeth McGovern
George Huang
BD Wong
Matthew Braden
Steven Weber
Haroun Abbas
Jarreth Merz


Executive Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer
Executive Producer
Anthony E Zuiker
Executive Producer
Ann Donahue
Executive Producer
Carol Mendelsohn
Peter Leto