At the end of the day, “Law & Order: SVU” is designed to entertain its audience, albeit using grim, morbid tales to do so. However, something that people tend to forget is that the series isn’t entirely fictional, and it has often utilized real-life incidents as a basis for its episodes. This adds an extra layer of horror to some of the cases depicted on “SVU,” reminding viewers that the world can be a scary place. This holds particularly true for the Season 2 episode, “Pique,” which many agree is the program’s most unsettling installment to date.
“Pique” centers on the murder of Veronica Tandy, who investigators found strangled and stabbed to death. Jason Mayberry (Chad Lowe) sat atop the suspect list, given his obsession with Tandy that led him to stalk and take photographs of her without her knowledge. Come to find out, he was, in fact, responsible for her demise, but that was just the tip of the iceberg. He’d developed a sexual fetish for stabbing and pricking known as piquerism, which he’d subjected many women to previously, including his own sexually abusive mother.
Multiple “SVU” fans pointed to “Pique” in a Reddit thread asking them to name their personal five most disturbing episodes. “The whole episode was disturbing, but that’s one way child abuse destroys multiple lives,” wrote grinthsun, perfectly encapsulating the tragedy behind it. Another user, huncamuncamouse, noted that the imagery of Jason casually covered in his own mom’s blood while laying next to her corpse was truly horrific. All in all, most of the “SVU” catalog isn’t for the faint of heart, but it’s plain to see that the events of “Pique” were especially heinous.
If you or anyone you know has been a victim of sexual assault, help is available. Visit the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network website or contact RAINN’s National Helpline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).