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  • Directed by

    David Platt

  • Written by

    Neal Baer and Amanda Green

  • Season/Episode

    Season 9 / Episode 17: "Authority"

  • Original Air Date

    April 29, 2008 (200th episode)

  • Production Companies

    Wolf Films, NBC Studios

  • Distribution by

    NBC-TV (USA)

Main Cast

  • Robin Williams

    Merritt Rook

  • Scott Adsit

    Dwight Lomax

  • Christopher Meloni

    Elliot Stabler

  • Mariska Hargitay

    Olivia Benson


When restaurant manager Dwight Lomax is caught molesting a female employee, he claims that he was following orders from a "Detective Milgram" over the phone. As detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler delve into the case, they discover "Detective Milgram" was a hoax perpetrated by engineer Merritt Rook. Rook later turns his trial into a media circus by using the courtroom as a soapbox. Rook's courtroom antics set him free, and with a group of followers, detectives Benson and Stabler fall prey to another one of Rook's psychological schemes, leaving the SVU department vulnerable.

Teaser Ad


  • Elliot Stabler

    I don't abuse my authority.

  • Merritt Rook

    Oh, every cop abuses his authority!

  • Merritt Rook

    I put my faith in a little god in a white coat and he killed my wife and son. Push the button!

  • Elliot Stabler


  • Merritt Rook

    Push... the... button!

  • Elliot Stabler

    I can't do it.

  • Merritt Rook

    No? Why?

  • Elliot Stabler

    Too many people have suffered already.

  • Merritt Rook

    Then you, Elliot Stabler, are a human being. Congratulations. You are not a sheep like I was. You're a man. Thank you.

  • Merritt Rook

    You have no idea what I suffered!

  • Merritt Rook

    I'm really looking forward to working with you, Casey.

  • Casey Novak

    Yeah, should be fun.

  • Merritt Rook

    Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go post my bond.



Filming Info

  • Locations

    New York City, NY

Shooting in and around New York took place at Bryant Park and Grand Central Station.

International Air Dates

  • Australia

    June 10, 2008 (Network 10)


This episode has not yet been released in any format.


  • Emmy Awards

    Nom - 2008 - Outstanding Guest Actor (Robin)

  • People's Choice Award

    Won - 2009 - Favorite Scene-Stealing Guest Star (Robin)

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