Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Season 5, Ep 5, Aired 10/21/03
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  • Episode Description
  • A dead baby is found in a gutter, sending the detectives on a hunt for its mother. She too turns up dead, and the clues point to a dermatologist whose DNA happens to match the evidence in a cold case of child molestation. Casey Novak, the ADA newly assigned to prosecute SVU cases, butts heads with Benson and Stabler over their handling of these murders. Though she has the blessing of DA Arthur Branch, she is still unsure of whether or not she is the right person to take Cabot's place.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jack Gilpin

    Ron Wolcott

  • Fred Dalton Thompson

    D.A. Arthur Branch

  • Mariska Hargitay

    Det. Olivia Benson

  • Tamara Tunie

    Dr. Melinda Warner

  • Richard Belzer

    Det. John Munch

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Hello A.D.A. Casey Novak..

    By emmep, Apr 05, 2007

  • An ultimate example of how cop shows should be made.

    By AvatarBlue, Feb 25, 2009

  • One of the best SVU episodes I have ever seen. Still makes me cry.

    By SVUNOLA, Jul 28, 2005

  • That Novak looks very familiar..

    By Schlees, Mar 05, 2008

  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    By ourkissgoodbye, Mar 01, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Casey Novak: Great. Tell you what, let me take a quick sweep, then we can go to the crime scene together. Olivia Benson: It's already been processed. Casey Novak: Not by me.

    • (Casey interupts Olivia and Elliot in the Interrogation room.) Elliot Stabler: Where's Cragen? Casey Novak: I don't know. Elliot Stabler: (raises his voice) Then you don't interrupt me when I'm in there with a perp. You stand here, watch through this one-way, and see where we are.

    • John Munch: Last call for bets on Dr. Newland's paternity test. Donald Cragen: Just give us the results, John. John Munch: What do you want, the good news or the bad news first? Donald Cragen: John. John Munch: He's not the father. Casey Novak: So what's the good news? John Munch: We cleared a cold case.

    • M.E. Warner: This woman was burked. Elliot Stabler: What the hell is that? M.E. Warner: An arcane method of suffocation, dating back to 19th century Scotland.

    • Fin Tutuola: A woman had her frigging baby and you didn't hear anything?

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    Notes (5)

    • Company Credits: Lynn Kressel Casting (Casting), Grant Wilfley Casting (Background Casting), Panavision (Panaflex Camera and Lenses)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Scott Tinsley (Assistant Cameraman)
      Keri L. Lederman (Assistant Property)
      Jessica Burstein (Still Photographer)
      Tracy Sivertsen Devere (Set Costumer)
      Mick Rossman (Scenic Charge)
      Jerry Detitta (Leadman)
      Tom Ford (Best Boy)

    • International Air Dates: Finland – July 1, 2009 on YLE TV2

    • Special billing was given to Fred Dalton Thompson (with), Tamara Tunie (with) and Martin Donovan (and) in this episode.

    • Diane Neal joins the cast.

    Trivia (5)

    • When Munch and Fin are at the diner Munch says to Fin that he should buy a place like this and Fin says he knew about that dive that Munch had in Baltimore. This is a reference to Homicide: Life on the Street where Munch, Bayliss and Lewis owned a bar named the Waterfront.

    • Goof: During the scene at the docks, a clear "action" can be heard in the background.

    • Goof:¬†When viewing the episode in HDTV, at the scene on the docks when the camera follows in front of Nestler, Benson and Stabler, you can clearly see the tracks the camera is wheeled on in the right side of the screen.

    • Goof: When Stabler is on the dock, fighting with the criminal in the water, water spots can be clearly seen on the camera lens.

    • Goof: When Warner first extracts the tube, the sutures are in the middle. When she holds it up for the detectives in the next frame, the sutures are at one end.

    Allusions (1)

    • This story appears to be ripped from the headlines of the case of Dr. John Schneeberger. The doctor inserted a tube into his arm filled with a patient's blood in an attempt to fool investigators in Kipling, Saskatchewan, into thinking that he was not responsible for the sexual assaults for which he was eventually found guilty.

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