Law & Order: Special Victims Unit


Series 9 - Episode 5 Harm



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.


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 & 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 Ice-T
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
Producer Peter Leto
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