Sep. 20, 1999
Returning Series
60 min.
NBC TV Network

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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - 02x03 Closure (2)

2x03 Closure (2)

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First Aired: Nov. 03, 2000 on NBC

Summary: When Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) learn of a rape with a familiar M.O., they are convinced that Kenneth Cleary (guest star Neil Maffin), the unconvicted rape suspect from the Harper Anderson case, is back in action. As they investigate, the…
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Series Main Characters


Guest Stars

Elliot Stabler played by Christopher Meloni
Olivia Benson played by Mariska Hargitay
John Munch played by Richard Belzer
Alexandra Cabot played by Stephanie March
Odafin Tutuola played by Ice-T
Donald Cragen played by Dann Florek
Harper Anderson played by Tracy Pollan
Kenneth Cleary played by Neil Maffin

Episode Quotes

Captain Donald Cragen: You move slow. We go after Cleary off this, he'll be out the door again.
Detective Elliot Stabler: But not too slow.
Captain Donald Cragen: Move slow as fast as you can.
Alexandra Cabot: [about Cleary's re-trial] We can't do this again.
Captain Donald Cragen: Why?
Alexandra Cabot: We've got no case. The dream team blew holes in the victim's IDs and Mrs. Cleary, I think she sabotaged us on purpose.
Captain Donald Cragen: What would she hope to gain by doing that?
Alexandra Cabot: I don't know. Kenneth Cleary walks and the People get a black eye.
Captain Donald Cragen: So it's all about you?
Alexandra Cabot: I don't need this, Cragen. [begins to leave Cragen's office]
Captain Donald Cragen: No? While you're whining about your case, seems you forgot about Harper Anderson, Lori Thatcher, the women in Philly...
Alexandra Cabot: Don't forget Mrs. Cleary.
Captain Donald Cragen: The biggest victim of all.
Alexandra Cabot: You think she suffered more than her husband's victims?
Captain Donald Cragen: She has to deal with him the rest of her life. She has his son.
Detective Olivia Benson: So, maybe two witnesses.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Three, if you count the dog.


  • Goof (errors made by characters, possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): In the scene where rape victim, Harper Anderson, has words with her rapist's attorney, she calls him "Mr. Klein". This is the only time that the lawyer's name is mentioned. The actor, Ned Eisenberg, who plays this attorney, is billed as "Rothberg". This same actor, however, appeared in the pilot as a "Jerry Kleinert", and in 13 episodes after "Closure: Part 2" as "Roger Kressler", an attorney.
  • Goof (continuity error): When talking to Harper Anderson at a gun range, Benson comments that Harper is not the same person she knew six months ago. At the time of this meeting it had been well over a year since Harper's rape, when she and Benson first met.
  • Goof (factual errors): When Harper Anderson and Detective Benson are at the firing range, Anderson comments on the 14-round magazine she uses in her .50AE Desert Eagle, then hands it over to Benson as it is "illegal," saying her 8-round magazine is enough. In fact, only 7-round magazines are manufactured for the .50AE Desert Eagle. If she did have a 14-round magazine, it would protrude several inches from the bottom of the pistol, as the handgun is not designed to accept a double-wide magazine. Also, Anderson claims that the gun weighs about 40 ounces fully loaded; in reality, the .50AE weighs nearly 72 ounces with an empty magazine.
  • Goof (revealing mistake): When Mrs. Cleary is on the phone with her husband in the interview room, her reflection from the mirror behind Alex shows that she is facing Alex. When the camera is on Mrs. Cleary, her back is to Alex.
  • Goof (continuity error): When looking for rapes in Philly that may have been committed by Cleary, they find one on September 15th. When the date of the same rape is mentioned to a witness is on the stand by ADA Cabot, the date is said to be September 5th.
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