In resolving the kidnapping case of a little boy by a schizophrenic, Stabler uncovers further crimes at an adult group home with Huang's help.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Munch
Odafin Tutuola
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Peter Forbes
Carolyn Forbes
CSU Technician Burt Trevor
Julia Walker
Nicholas Wyman ...
Michael Kelly (as Nick Wyman)
Ira Rosenman


When a boy goes missing the team investigate. They eventually learn that he was taken by a mentally disturbed man who would kill someone who tried to stop him. They find him but he doesn't have the boy. Stabler wants Huang to medicate him but Huang doesn't want to. Later the man goes berserk, Huang medicates him and he then tells them where the boy is. Later they learn that the reason he freaked out was because Stabler said something to him, cause he wanted Huang to medicate him so that he could find the boy. But Huang tells them that because of what Stabler did, the man could be released. Novak tries to help Stabler but at his arraignment the man mentions the death of a person at the facility where he stayed. Stabler looks into it and discovers that someone with the name he mentions did die at that facility. And it appears that the one in charge of the facility is deliberately withholding medications among other things from the patients so that they could keep the money they get from... Written by

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28 October 2003 (USA)  »

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Elliot Stabler: It's not coercion.
Dr. George Huang: You pushed Kevin into a psychotic rage so I would drug him and you could coerce his confession.
Elliot Stabler: I did what I had to do to save that boy.
Dr. George Huang: Great. What are you gonna do next? Bash in people's skulls to make 'em talk?
Elliot Stabler: Your way Adam wouldn't have been found until he starved to death.
Donald Cragen: All right, that's enough, both of you.
[to Huang]
Donald Cragen: Did the medication hurt Kevin?
Dr. George Huang: No.
Donald Cragen: Then what's the harm?
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The Cacistes
3 June 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Christopher Meloni takes center stage and puts his badge at risk in an effort to save a kidnapped child in this SVU story. Doing so also puts him in conflict with B.D. Wong as the squad has to deal with a schizophrenic criminal, Det. Stabler as a cop and Dr. Huang as a mental health professional.

Homeless mental patient Spencer List has fixated on a young boy whom he imagines to be his real son. He kidnaps him and holds him in a couple of hideouts he's created. The police capture him, but can't locate the kid and since he's also has health problems the boy might die.

When List is off his meds he's seeing these imaginary beings called the Cacistes. Give him his meds and he might cooperate and tell where he's stashed the kid. But that violates his privacy not to mention Fifth Amendment issues. Hence the conflict between Stabler and Huang. There is also a murder charge against List for the stabbing death of someone who tried to intervene in the kidnapping which may be blown.

It all works out far better than expected even for mental patient List. This is one of both Christopher Meloni's and B.D. Wong's best episodes.

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