Det. Stabler goes undercover to determine if a recent parolee is reverting to his rapist urges.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Munch (credit only)
Casey Novak (credit only)
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
William Dorsey
Support Group Leader
Gordon MacDonald ...
Umit Celebi ...


After a rapist, Ray Schenkel, is released on parole, the detective that caught him, Dorsey, is sure that he'll revert to his old ways. When a rape occurs in New York, Dorsey talks to Stabler at the scene and convinces him that Schenkel was the perp. While investigating Schenkel, Stabler runs into him at the parole officer's office. He convinces Ray that he's a fellow parolee, and talks the PO into letting him into the group therapy session so that he can keep an eye on Ray. Stabler starts getting more deeply involved in Ray's new life, seeing if he's reformed or not, crossing the line between simple surveilence and entrapment on the way. Written by Tony B-4

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20 September 2005 (USA)  »

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Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner) is added to the main credits starting with this season, even though she does not appear in this episode. See more »


At the halfway house, Elliot clearly plays along in inciting Fin to arrest him, but moments later he seems very upset at Huang for "pulling him." Elliot had no way to know that he was going to get pulled and was just acting 'in character', which happened to give Fin the reason he needed to 'arrest' Elliot. Also, his reaction wasn't shown after Fin mentioned what was going on, as the scene changes to Huang's office, so he could have been upset the entire time. See more »


[first lines]
Security Guard: [at Elmira Correctional Facility] Open the gate.
[Ray walks through the gate to Dorsey waiting at the trunk of his car with a drink]
William Dorsey: So they let 'cha out.
William Dorsey: [from afar, walking] 21 years, 5 months, and 3 days, but who's countin'. Thanks for comin', Dorsey.
William Dorsey: Wipe that smirk off your face, ya bastard.
Ray Schenkel: All these years, you still hate me. Hanging onto anger is really unhealthy.
[the men begin walking together]
William Dorsey: Your act may have fooled the parole board, but not me.
Ray Schenkel: You need to let go.
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We al have our devils to fight.
21 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

All the usual cast of Law & Order Special Victims Unit with the addition of Robert Patrick. Patrick is someone who can play a sleaze-bag to perfection.

He was spectacular as the robot in Terminator 2: Judgement Day, magnificent in The Marine, and perfect in First To Die. He has been in many films and always comes through.

He was fantastic in this role as a rapist, not for his crimes, but how he played against Christopher Meloni. Using his compulsion as a rapist he could easily get inside Meloni's head because he also has a compulsion. He is a character that explodes easily, and Patrick's character knew it.

This is one of my favorite episodes of the show because of these two characters and the two actors who made them so believable.

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