Several times, Lt. Benson refers to Ockham's razor, also spelled Occam's razor. This is a problem solving principle first stated by French Dominican theologian and philosopher, Durandus of Saint-Pourçain, but usually attributed to English theologian and philosopher William of Ockham. The basic principle is that when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better or in other words "keep it simple". The term "Ockham's razor" was coined by some later writer based on Ockhman's approach to minimalism in thought.
In last season's finale ("Heartfelt Passages"), Ed Tucker told Olivia he had put in for a transfer to hostage negotiation. His transfer turns out to be to the Conviction Integrity Unit, which Tucker describes as "kind of like an in-house Innocence Project."
Carisi has a niece.
With this episode, Olivia Benson, played by Mariska Hargitay, is promoted from sergeant to lieutenant when Chief Dodds informs her of her tests results.
Goof: When Benson gets a phone call at the station, her smart phone screen does not show an active call. Instead, the screen shows the main menu, and the sound effect heard as she hangs up is the sound the phone makes when it locks.
Although credited, Kelli Giddish (Amanda Rollins) does not appear in the episode.
On the billing block at the end of the trailer for the Scott Russo movie, Falsely Accused, Michelle Regina Iacobelli is listed as the Executive Producer and Madeline Morrison as the Associate Producer. Michelle is the First Assistant Director for this episode and Madeline is an NBC Page.
Although credited, Ice T (Fin Tutuola) doesn't appear.
As of this episode, Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) returns to the SVU team.
Four months have passed since the season fifteen finale.
When Rollins is late for her meeting in Jersey City, Fin says, "It's New Jersey -- probably stuck on the bridge like everyone else." This is a reference to the "Bridgegate" scandal where a traffic jam was deliberately caused on the George Washington Bridge in Sept 2013 for political reasons. However, getting from Manhattan to Jersey City via the GWB (or any other NJ-NY bridge) would take you quite a bit out of your way. The most direct route by car would be the Holland Tunnel (a direct connection from Lower Manhattan to Jersey City). The overall easiest way, though, would be the PATH Train -- a 22-minute train ride from Midtown Manhattan to the Journal Square stop, then a 7-minute walk to the Hudson County courthouse.
Although billed as "Party Guests", Clark Johnson (Det. Meldrick Lewis), Carol Kane (Gwen Munch) and Ellen McElduff (Billie Lou Hatfield) reprise their roles from Homicide: Life on the Street, the series Belzer played Munch on regularly before the character moved from Baltimore to New York City. David Steinberg is also a "Party Guest" and referred to by Munch as his brother in this episode; however, in the Homicide series, Munch's brother Bernard was played by Joey Perillo.
Goof: When Amanda Rollins fingerprints Chef Jolene, Rollins prints the left hand twice and doesn't do the right.
Goof: In the last scene of the episode, someone is seen holding a sign with a misspelled word. It reads "Thats Not Rape--Nurse".
When Alejandro is in the hospital describing his attack to Detectives Benson and Amaro, he says initially, "When I came to, I was in this empty apartment." A few sentences later he states, "They left me for dead on the sidewalk." If his attackers left him for dead on the sidewalk, how could Alejandro come to in an empty apartment?
Nitpick: While in the station talking with the other detectives, Rollins mentions she has been tracking a forum with several girls posting about Donor 141. As she reads one post, the camera shows that it reveals the name of Donor 141 as Calvin Baker, who is an ex vivo lung transplant specialist. But Rollins doesn't read that line of the post, and apparently she didn't even see it somehow, as the detectives don't find out the man's name or occupation until later in the episode. Even though nobody takes an internet profile as the gospel truth, it should have been run down, as are all leads, no matter how slim.
Goof: Just before the power is cut off, a sheriff or someone working beneath him, uses bolt cutters to cut the lock on the fence. Because the power is still on, the sheriff or person working beneath him should have been electrocuted.
Goof: When Det. Amaro talks to his wife via Skype, the camera simulates her point of view in alternating shots. When it does so, his thumbs are visible at the corners, supposedly to simulate his holding the edges of the tablet he's using to talk to her. His thumbs would not, however, be visible to her, since they would only be visible if he had them on top of the camera lens, which is located in a tiny spot on the center-right edge of the tablet (the camera lens is not the entire screen of the tablet, as the simulated view is suggesting).
Benson mentions a football player previously using an insanity defense. This happened in the Season 9 episode "Closet".