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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: In the last scene of the episode, someone is seen holding a sign with a misspelled word. It reads "Thats Not Rape--Nurse".
In flashbacks, Munch is shown working on the 1999 Hector Rodriguez case. However, in 1999, Det. Munch was still working for the Baltimore PD (Richard Belzer was on Homicide: Life On The Street as Munch). He was still working in Baltimore as late as the Homicide TV Movie in 2000. When SVU premiered in 2001, he had just transferred to the NYPD.
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: 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".
Goof: When Det. Rollins interviews the missing boy's teacher, her fringe is up, and then in the next scene it is down and then up again.
Goof: In the bar scene between Captain Cragen and Irene, watch the candle in the glass holder on the table. When the camera is looking at Captain Cragen the candle fills half the glass. From the reverse shot on Irene, the candle is almost completely gone.
At one point, a doctor says that, although some psychiatrists will say people can commit a crime without being aware of it, in 20 years, she had never seen it. In the Law & Order episode "Switch" (5x22), the character Meg Nelson did exactly that. Meg Nelson was played by Francie Swift, who played Defense Attorney Sherri West in this episode.
Cutler says that there's a new D.A. So evidently McCoy resigned, lost the election, or chose not to seek reelection.
Dr. Jackson's daughter, whom we last saw comatose in the episode "Mask," has died.
Nitpick: When Olivia and Elliot arrive at the Swing Set, Suzette asks who invited them. Olivia says, "A friend of my husband, Jerry Bullard." A few minutes later the couple with Olivia also asks who extended her the invitation and again she says it was Jerry Bullard. Neither Suzette nor the couple corrected Olivia about not using last names and both seemed to know Jerry as Jerry Bullard, but when they question Jerry's wife about the last name of Doug, another member, she says, "No one knows last names there."
Nitpick: There is not always a one-to-one correlation of words to Chinese hànzì characters. The actual Chinese for "try or die" is 尝试或死 (Chángshì huò sǐ). Huang says that the tattoo says "pie or die", but that is 馅饼或死亡 (Xiàn bǐng huò sǐwáng).
Goof: In one scene, where Detectives Benson and Tutuola go after two suspects - Damon Merced and Lakeisha Watkins - there is a scene error where Benson has Lakeisha in a neck grip, another scene shows Lakeisha walking off and then another scene shows her in the grip again.
Nitpick: When the detectives review the PowerPoint, the descriptions for Brett, Kevin, Tommy, Victor, and TJ are the same. Only the name on the first line changes. The next two names do not change, and read "Danny."
Olivia Benson always wears two necklaces, one of which is her "fearlessness" necklace to represent The Joyful Heart Foundation. In the ending scene of the episode, she is only wearing the round necklace. The "fearlessness" necklace is on the victim friend of Olivia, FBI Agent Dana Lewis, as she confronts the man responsible for her rape.
This is the second time that Olivia was left in charge of someone's child. The first time was in the episode when a drug addicted prostitute left her baby's care in Olivia's hands.
In the last scene of the episode there is a clear view of Olivia's desk with a photo of Mariska Hargitay and President Obama.
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