Fall Pilot Season 2011: Prime Suspect
Another aerial shot as an unseen newscaster recaps the episode's main crime. Cut to a police briefing where we're given the rundown on a rapist that's plaguing the Upper East Side. After the meeting, Jane approaches the SVU guy heading up that investigation and points out that his suspect is operating not too far away from the scene of the murder we saw earlier. He shoots down her theory, pointing out that all his murders are single women living in rental apartments, not a wife and mother in a house. Seeing her horning in on their case, Duffy and Keating approach, followed by their other cronies, and start talking about something they call the "Beef Trust." That would be the precinct's core crew who do the hard legwork that comes with policing and don't, as Duffy indelicately puts it, "bang bureau chiefs to transfer out of Midtown." And with that, we establish exactly why Jane is persona non grata around her precinct. It's not just because she's a woman (although that doesn't help matters in their eyes) -- it's that she's supposedly using her sexuality to get ahead. And that's something the Beef Trust just can't get on board with, which is ironic since their name is about a big a sexual entendre as you can get. Although considering how much over-compensated preening these guys are doing, it's probably not all that big...
Anyhoo, it's quitting time and Jane heads back to the home she shares with Matt. Instead of a relaxing night in, they're meeting with his ex-wife to discuss why she's uncomfortable with their 6-year-old son staying over. Ex-Wifey ticks through a list of things wrong with the apartment -- an unmounted TV, a kitchen water tap with an instant boil option -- before interrogating Jane about where she keeps her gun when she's off duty. In response, Jane leads her to a locked closet door where she keeps an entire arsenal of rifles. Ex-Wifey takes one horrified looks and flees the room, while Matt's face falls as he realizes he won't be cooking dinner for his kid anytime soon.
Meanwhile, Keating and Duffy meet with Sweeney and fill him in on why they like Hull as the woman's murderer. The lieutenant pulls a "Not sure I agree with you 100% on your police work there, Lou" routine and blames them for pissing Jane off enough to come to him and piss him off. The guys dredge up the bureau chief business again and Sweeney doesn't deny the rumors that the two were an item but insists that Jane got her current job on the strength of her work solving "the murder in the park." Costello -- that's the offending bureau chief, who we'll inevitably be meeting at some point this season (Dominic West, call your agent) -- had nothing to do with it, he swears. Keating and Duffy aren't convinced. "She an empty suit," Duffy says, gesturing with his finger so we know he's serious.