Season Four of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is the recipient of 15 Primetime Emmy® nominations, including a win for outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Mariska Hargitay) and a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Christopher Meloni).
In the season premiere, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) search for an ex-con who is sexually assaulting prostitutes -- only to find their suspect murdered by one of his would-be victims (guest star Sharon Lawrence, "NYPD Blue"). Though it appears that the woman killed in self-defense, another homicide reveals what may be a string of brutal murders by a skil...
A child abuse interrogation turns into an incestuous homicide investigation.
An elderly woman with Alzheimer's is abused, triggering memories of similar crimes from her childhood, but the real crime is what's being done to the elderly today.
A public health doctor who tracked HIV cases is found dead in the park and the detectives try to link threatening phone calls to the crime.
A high-powered executive is raped, but the situation is complicated by her involvement with the Feds and the Russian mob.
A young boy suffocates while hiding in the luggage compartment of an airport bus and it leads the detectives into the investigation of a perverted child molestation ring.
Detectives try and solve the gruesome murder of a young girl, whose killer had an obsession with dolls.
The detectives investigate the rape of a woman who's been in a coma for a year, and after eliminating a huge pool of suspects, they make a startling discovery.
When a drug raid uncovers the body of a 30-year-old suspected marijuana dealer, raped and repeatedly stabbed, Fin (Ice-T) along with Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni), uses his old narcotics skills to track down the murderer, only to see the investigation reveal the attack was the work of two junior high school students.
A teenage girl tries to commit suicide after she is raped and it turns out her sexual abuse was at the hands of her family, with a father far sicker than anyone thought.
A triple homicide resulting from a robbery at a video store turns into a complicated investigation when it is discovered that the "accidental" murders were designed to silence a six-year-old who was sexually abused.
An infant ingests pure cocaine disguised as baby formula, uncovering a complicated narcotics ring with unlikely participants.
An inmate who was sodomized is found dead in his jail cell, and since it happened while in custody, the police are suspected.
When a one-month-old baby turns up dead and stuffed inside a cooler in the East River, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Chris Meloni) are horrified, but M.E. Warner (guest star Tamara Tunie) soon makes a shocking discovery --- the baby had a genetic condition that always proves fatal by the time the child is 5 years old. Emmy Award-winner Judd Hirsch guest stars.
The murder of an undercover Federal informant trafficking internet porn turns into an international case of teenage prostitution, with ties to the Czech Republic.
The discovery of the body of a Tibetan torture survivor sends Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) digging through the victim's past in the belief that a former torturer might be the killer. However, when forensic evidence points to a entirely different motive for the slaying, the detectives begin their search for a fetish killer.
Investigating the apparent suicide of a 20-year-old woman who took a flying leap off the balcony owned by a prominent Manhattan family, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) search for a motive and uncover the victim's personal relationship with the famous family's son. When the forensic evidence points to murder, the detectives focus their attention on proving t...
When a young woman is found brutally murdered after a violent sexual assault, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) rest their hopes on the only witness to the crime, the woman's young son. However, when detectives discover the woman to be a battered wife on the run, they set their sights on her abusive husband. Sandra Bernhard and Rob Estes guest star.
The discovery of a nine year old beauty queen's body in a suitcase on a Manhattan bus sends Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) searching for a pedophile with a fetish for pageants. However, when the prime suspect blames a virtual pornography website for his crime, A.D.A. Cabot (Stephanie March) must put the first amendment on trial.
When an engagement celebration dinner ends in sexual assault and a gruesome quadruple homicide, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) search for a violent killer looking for revenge through the domination of his victims. However, when the killer goes on a murder spree aimed at the upper class, it's a race against time as the squad tries to stop this deadly rampag...
When a female party-goer (guest star Katherine Moennig) defends herself after being sexually assaulted, killing her attacker, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) attempt to support the girl's claim of self-defense. However, when DNA evidence uncovers the girl is really a man, the detectives begin to question the validity of the victim's defense.
Michael Gardner (Fred Savage), a well-heeled yuppie, is arrested outside his apartment on rape charges. He claims he didn't do anything but they have his fingerprints at the scene of the rape of Carrie Huitt (Myndy Crist).
When a cocktail waitress at a trendy Manhattan club is raped and murdered outside the popular nightspot, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) rest their suspicions on the victim's angry ex-boyfriend. However, when the detectives discover the victim was involved in an abusive love affair with the club owner, they set their sights on him as their predator.
When the body of a murdered 14-year-old girl is discovered in a back alley, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) discover the victim was a missing Pennsylvania teenager believed to have been kidnapped eight months earlier.
When an alleged rape victim is kidnapped from a New York hospital and later murdered, Detectives Benson (Marishka Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) search for the girl's killer only to discover her attack to have been perpetrated by several bored young socialite club goers at a popular Manhattan nightspot.