Season 5

The 5th season of the television series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiered September 23, 2003 and ended May 18, 2004 on NBC. Law & Order: SVU moved away from its Friday night slot to Tuesday nights at 10:00 p.m. Eastern / 9:00 p.m. Central. Casey Novak, the unit's longest serving ADA, was introduced in the fifth episode when Diane Neal joined the cast to fill the absence left by Stephanie March.

Season episodes list 5

S05E01

S05E01 : Tragedy 8.1/10 (aired on 09/23/2003)

In a race against time to find a woman with a high-risk pregnancy who's kidnapped as approaches her…
S05E02

S05E02 : Manic 8.07/10 (aired on 09/30/2003)

Benson and Stabler enlist Huang's help in probing the connection between the deaths of two high…
S05E03

S05E03 : Mother 8.29/10 (aired on 10/07/2003)

Although they are hampered by doctor-patient confidentiality as they investigate the near-fatal…
S05E04

S05E04 : Loss 8.87/10 (aired on 10/14/2003)

Investing the brutal rape and murder of an undercover federal agent and forced to use discretion in…
S05E05

S05E05 : Serendipity 8.21/10 (aired on 10/21/2003)

A dead baby is found in a gutter, sending the detectives on a hunt for its mother. She too turns up…
S05E06

S05E06 : Coerced 8.49/10 (aired on 10/28/2003)

In resolving the kidnapping case of a little boy by a schizophrenic, Stabler uncovers further…
S05E07

S05E07 : Choice 7.1/10 (aired on 11/04/2003)

After a man is arrested for attacking his pregnant wife and then seeks to have her charged her with…
S05E08

S05E08 : Abomination 8.09/10 (aired on 11/11/2003)

After the homosexual poster-boy for a sexual re-education group is found murdered, the detectives…
S05E09

S05E09 : Control 8.17/10 (aired on 11/18/2003)

The mutilation of a subway commuter leads the detectives to discover their "victim" may be the…
S05E10

S05E10 : Shaken 8.1/10 (aired on 11/25/2003)

The discovery of a beaten infant leads Stabler and Cragen on a search for the attacker who may be a…
S05E11

S05E11 : Escape 8.49/10 (aired on 12/02/2003)

When a convicted pedophile, desperate to prove his innocence before his terminally ill mother dies,…
S05E12

S05E12 : Brotherhood 8.1/10 (aired on 01/06/2004)

The murder and sodomy of a local fraternity pledge master leads the detectives to his pornographic…
S05E13

S05E13 : Hate 7.99/10 (aired on 01/13/2004)

After a man accused of the murders of three Arabs claims that he was genetically and biologically…
S05E14

S05E14 : Ritual 8.29/10 (aired on 02/03/2004)

The investigation into the death of a young boy who appears to be the victim of a ritualistic…
S05E15

S05E15 : Families 8.59/10 (aired on 02/10/2004)

The investigation into the death of a pregnant teenager exposes a long-held family secret which…
S05E16

S05E16 : Home 8.27/10 (aired on 02/17/2004)

A mentally ill woman's paranoia intensifies after her innocent-bystander husband is murdered during…
S05E17

S05E17 : Mean 8.69/10 (aired on 02/24/2004)

The conviction of a group of sociopathic high school bullies who turned one of their own from a…
S05E18

S05E18 : Careless 8.07/10 (aired on 03/02/2004)

The investigation into the death of a foster child, who passed out at a midnight exorcism, leads to…
S05E19

S05E19 : Sick 8.19/10 (aired on 03/30/2004)

The prosecution of a suspected pedophile is impeded by parents who refuse to produce their molested…
S05E20

S05E20 : Lowdown 8.39/10 (aired on 04/06/2004)

When the death of a prosecutor is staged using information gleaned from a co-worker's caseload,…
S05E21

S05E21 : Criminal 8.1/10 (aired on 04/20/2004)

When it becomes obvious that a forensics expert raped and murdered a student, the investigation…
S05E22

S05E22 : Painless 8.08/10 (aired on 04/27/2004)

After finding a woman handcuffed to her bed with a bag over her head, the detectives believe it was…
S05E23

S05E23 : Bound 8.08/10 (aired on 05/04/2004)

A nurse, whose brother owns the home-nursing company she works for, takes her childhood abandonment…
S05E24

S05E24 : Poison 8.49/10 (aired on 05/11/2004)

A child is taken to a hospital after passing out, and it is discovered that she had a huge amount…
S05E25

S05E25 : Head 7.97/10 (aired on 05/18/2004)

After a video voyeur's hidden camera in a public restroom records a middle school principal…