Elliott thinks a possible rape victim is lying to enhance her divorce settlement. But Olivia thinks it's a sign of her husband's escalating violence, and believes that Stabler's judgment is clouded because of his divorce.
A woman accused of killing her baby commits suicide after being interrogated by an overzealous television reporter. It later turns out that the baby was kidnapped, perhaps by the baby's biological father.
Olivia finds her biological brother in New Jersey, but discovers that he is under investigation by local police for sexual crimes. But her obsession with finding him puts another investigation in jeopardy as well as her partnership with Elliot.
Benson (Mariska Hargitay) hears from her half-brother (Michael Weston), who is on the run because of sexual assault charges. He continues to claim his innocence, though because evidence continues to pile up against him, Benson reluctantly agrees to help in the investigation.
A woman's child is missing, but her multiple personalities make finding out what happened to the child more difficult. And the case is further complicated by the appearance of the woman's sister and the murder of their parents.
A young woman is abducted, and the clues to her disappearance can be found by investigating at her character in an online role-playing game. And her case may also reveal clues about an unsolved case involving another girl's disappearance.
The only witness to a mother's beating is her mentally disabled daughter who is suffering from Williams Syndrome. The husband is an early suspect, but he is protected from prosecution because of the Patriot Act.
Stabler suffers temporary blindness after an injury bringing a sexual predator who suffers from schizophrenia into custody. Benson's special interest in the case puts her at odds with ADA Novak, who has a personal agenda of her own.
Two troubled brothers are connected to murder investigation. However, detective Lake suspects that they are trying to put their lives back together, and that they are victims of a setup by a gang leader.
A 14-year-old African immigrant is murdered, and the evidence points to a neighborhood thug who intimidates murder witnesses. However, the case is complicated by the discovery that she was married to a 35-year-old polygamist.