Goren has to interrogate his chameleon like nemesis, Nicole Wallace, when she becomes a suspect in the slaying of a jewelry thief.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Grace Hsu ...
Ella Miyazaki
Terrence Boyd
Mr. Miyazaki
Elaine Hyman ...
Glenn Wein ...
Mrs. Miyazaki
Janet (as Lenise Soren)


While investigating a jewelry heist by a young Asian woman, Ella, and her partner who was later murdered, Goren and Eames discover that Nicole Wallace is involved. During the course of their investigation, the detectives discover that Nicole had a child years earlier, who drowned at three, and they suspect that Nicole killed her. Using this information, the detectives try to convince Ella, who is Nicole's lover and a surrogate for her dead daughter, to help them bring her down. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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17 October 2004 (USA)  »

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In the initial broadcast the episode ended with a viewer's vote, with the viewers given a choice of two endings with the most popular being broadcast an hour later. See more »


When the first scene with Nicole and Ella occurs, Ella is telling Nicole that she could have pulled it off (a robbery), that the salesperson was just getting a bracelet. In fact, the salesperson was going to get a ring. See more »


Nicole Wallace: [Nicole is seated across from Eames and Goren] You're both so transparent. Punishing Ella to get at me.
Detective Robert Goren: That's Nicole's maternal instinct, rearing its little head.
Detective Alexandra Eames: You can't deny those feelings, even if you can't have kids of your own.
Nicole Wallace: Yes, thank you. Not all of us can be blessed like you, with eggs ripe and ready for hire.
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The One That Got Away
15 November 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Olivia D'Abo was so good as the soulless without conscience serial killer Nicole Wallace that I keep hoping that she'll turn up on SVU matching wits with their case squad. Are you listening SVU producers?

In this episode D'Abo proves she is chameleon like sexually as she seduces and uses a rebellious Japanese American girl played by Grace Hsu.

The two are pulling off jewel heists and Hsu under D'Abo's direction kills with lethal injection a male accomplice by use of a quick thrust with a syringe. D'Abo has taught her well.

The thrust of the show's plot is can Vincent D'Onofrio make Hsu realize just how dangerous a jackpot she's in. D'Abo can be far worse than the police.

This one is to watch to marvel at Olivia D'Abo and see if Hsu realizes that D'Abo is a bigger jackpot than law enforcement.

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