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A rape victim is killed right before the trial of her accused rapist, a celebrity hair stylist, begins. However, prosecuting the suspected killer is difficult because he is working as a federal informant.


Helen Shaver


Dick Wolf (created by), Jonathan Greene | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch (credit only)
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (credit only)
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen (credit only)
Michael Raymond-James ... Eddie Skinner
Francie Swift ... A.D.A. Sherri West
Andrew Howard ... Luke Ronson
Pedro Pascal ... Special Agent Greer
Joe Grifasi ... Hashi Horowitz
Hayley McFarland ... Jenna Fox
Charlayne Woodard ... Sister Peg
Michael Cullen ... Phil


When a woman is murdered during an afternoon shopping trip with her daughter, Detectives Benson and Stabler are called in because she was scheduled to testify in their high-profile rape case. As the detectives continue to investigate the correlation between the murder and their case, they discover unlikely friendships that will lead them to the truth. Written by NBC Publicity

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Release Date:

18 May 2011 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title of this episode is also the caption of the final section of Carmen Maria Machado's story "Especially Heinous," which reimagines the first 12 seasons of SVU as paranormal horror. It appears in her award-winning collection "Her Body and Other Parties." See more »


Stabler tells Eddie the bullet that came from his gun is on the left and the one that killed Annete is on the right and shows him photos. The photos are of firing pin impressions on shell casings, not bullets. It had already been established that the bullet that killed Annette was unusable due to kitting a wall. See more »


Olivia Benson: [to the customer at Luke Ronson's salon] Well, be careful, ladies. You ask Luke for "a dye job," he might blow your brains out.
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episode is fine but again full of propaganda
9 July 2019 | by imdbmoviereviewsSee all my reviews

And soft power... while is useful especially with the misleading idea that guns are easy to get in america/...... every one has the right for a opinion but trying to mislead and play on people emotions like that.... just hurts good cinema....

politics and propaganda and soft power like that takes away from the quality

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