That Time Kyle MacLachlan Shot a Kid on Law & Order

The best Law & Order: SVU scene has finally made its triumphant return to YouTube.

Kyle MacLachlan, Mariska Hargitay, and Christopher Meloni on Law & Order: SVU.
Photo: NBC

Through its remarkable 25-season run, premier Law & Order spinoff Law & Order: Special Victims Unit has featured many classic moments.

From Elliot Stabler (Christopher Meloni) and Olivia Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) burgeoning chemistry to the ripped-from-the-headlines cases to basically everything Ice-T’s Fin Tutuola says, fans have had plenty of things to latch onto. And yet, one Law & Order: SVU scene stands tall above them all.

It’s the time that Twin Peaks‘ Kyle MacLachlan shot and killed a kid.

Actually, “Kyle MacLachlan shot and killed a kid” is somehow underselling it. It’s more accurate to say that Kyle MacLachlan breaks out of Elliot Stabler’s vice-like grip, tosses an innocent bystander aside like a rag doll, grabs a cop’s gun, and fatally shoots an 13-year-old who had just told him “I’m sorry for what happened, sir. I really am.”


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