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Elise Garrett is a recurring villain in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, appearing in the episodes "In The Wee Small Hours (1)" and "In The Wee Small Hours (2)". She is a murderer who murdered Bethany Lunden after she was raped by her husband, Judge Harold Garrett.
She was portrayed by Lucinda Jenney.
"In The Wee Small Hours (1)"
Elise isn't introduced as a villain in this episode and isn't suspected of murdering anyone as Bethany's body isn't found in this episode. However, the episode revolves around her son who is suspected of kidnapping two people and murdering one. She is introduced when the detectives search the premises for any evidence relating to the heinous crime. Her son is then arrested by Detective Logan and Detective Goren for assaulting a police officer and he was sent to prison. Goren and Eames then question Conroy "Connie" Smith and they transfer him to Ethan's cell. Conroy and Ethan conversate and they begin to bond leading Ethan to confess to killing the first victim, Tiana Peterson.
"In The Wee Small Hours (2)"
In this episode, Bethany's body is found and it was revealed that she had sex with Ethan and Ethan's father, Judge Harold Garrett. While Ethan is still imprisoned facing a murder charge, Garrett is suspected of raping and killing Bethany. Elise convinces Ethan that his father is an abusive and thoughtless man who had power over them. Elise protects Ethan from Judge Garrett who is a drunk and is verbally abusive. After evidence proves he had sex with Bethany Lunden before she died, he was arrested for statutory rape. Later, he sends a police officer to terrorize Goren's mother causing Goren to have a rage fit at Judge Garrett. Judge Garrett then confesses to raping Lunden saying "She didn't want a boy, she wanted a man and she got what she wanted and she loved it." At the end of the episode, Ethan is questioned in the interrogation room while Elise confesses to killing Bethany behind the glass and she is then arrested for murder.