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The Third Guy 

An elderly woman who was found dead in her apartment was determined to have been sexually assaulted and robbed. The detectives quickly track down two young men believed to be responsible. ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Detective Elliot Stabler (as Chris Meloni)
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Michelle Hurd ... Monique Jeffries
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Denis O'Hare ... Jimmy Walp
Eugene Byrd ... Carlos Medina
Katherine Borowitz ... A.D.A. Fahey
Rick Gonzalez ... Alfonso
Lance Reddick ... Dr. Taylor
Liz Larsen ... Attorney Regal
J.K. Simmons ... Dr. Emil Skoda
Vincent Guastaferro ... Stan Bosick
William Charles Mitchell William Charles Mitchell ... Judge
Peggy Pope ... Sylvia Walp


An elderly woman who was found dead in her apartment was determined to have been sexually assaulted and robbed. The detectives quickly track down two young men believed to be responsible. However, new evidence suggests these suspects may have been only responsible for the robbery with an unknown person entering the apartment after they left. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

25 February 2000 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Denis O'Hare has had two different roles over the course of the series: *Episode 1.16 The Third Guy (2000) - Jimmy Walp *Episode 14.10 Presumed Guilty (2013) - Father Chris Shea See more »


When discussing how the victim's fatal heart attack was caused as a direct result of her being raped, Detective Jeffries says that the heart attack "was induced during the commission of a class A felony. That's murder two." It is true that if a victim dies as a direct result of injuries sustained during an act that constitutes rape in the first degree the person that committed the rape is guilty of felony murder, charged as murder in the second degree. However rape in the first degree is not a class A felony, it is a class B felony with a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 25 years. The only sex crime that is a class A felony is predatory sexual assault, which is charged when a person commits the crime of rape in the first degree, criminal sexual act in the first degree, aggravated sexual abuse in the first degree, or course of sexual conduct against a child in the first degree against at least two, or more, persons. It can be also charged when a person who has committed one of the aforementioned crimes has previously been convicted of a felony sex crime, incest or use of a child in a sexual performance; or if the victim of the aforementioned crime(s) is under the age of 13. Predatory sexual assault is a class A-II felony and carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 25 years. See more »


Dr. Emil Skoda: When I get insomnia, I think about the sociopathic killers I got sent to Attica. I sleep like a baby.
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References Gilligan's Island (1964) See more »

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The Third Guy
23 October 2019 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Have very little bad to say about the surprisingly strong (for a stage for quite a number of shows that can be shaky in a couple or more components) but not completely flawless first season of 'Law and Order: Special Victims Unit', or of the previous episodes. "Wanderlust" and "Stocks and Bondage" disappointed, while still being watchable, but the rest of the episodes ranged from good to brilliant and don't consider any of the season's episodes bad.

"The Third Guy" is one of the very good episodes of Season 1. It is not one of the best episodes of the season and not perfect, but there is more good, or shall we say great, than not so good and it feels more like a 'Law and Order: Special Victims Unit' episode than the previous one "Entitled". That was also very good, though felt more like a 'Law and Order' episode with the 'Special Victims Unit' characters guest starring, which for me was not a bad thing necessarily but just a thought.

Regarding "The Third Guy", its only major problem really was that it felt over-stuffed. A lot of characters (a few too many) and a lot going on in a short space of time (so it could have slowed down and been a couple less revelations and developed a little more the crucial ones).

With that being said, it is a very compelling case with nothing being what it seems and with plenty of surprises. The characters may not be rich in development but still intrigue and are well written, one cannot completely hate the responsible. The writing is thought-provoking and taut, with some nice dry humour from Munch that doesn't come over as out of place, and love the chemistry between the regular cast.

Great to see Stabler and Olivia not being underused and seeing more of their chemistry that adds so much to the show's appeal, as well as how the case is solved by sometimes little things pieced together. The whole cast do a fine job (nice to see JK Simmons as Skoda, a recurring character on the original 'Law and Order' around that show's prime period and around the time when this first aired), while the quality of the production values and scoring remain high.

In summary, very good if over-stuffed. 8/10

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