Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 3, Episode 21

Denial (3 May 2002)

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A woman is raped at a party and the attacker is quickly caught but the detectives must still determine why the victim was carrying a finger from a long dead infant.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Munch (credit only)
Grace Rinato
Claire Rinato
J. Kyle Manzay ...
Rose Rinato
Attorney Sean Kramer


A woman is raped at a party and the attacker is quickly caught but the detectives must still determine why the victim was carrying a finger from a long dead infant.

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When Claire walks out of the police department at the end of the episode, the camera dolly and the camera crew's feet are reflected in the black marble portion of the building's wall. See more »


Claire Rinato: What kind of a name is 'Fin'?
Fin Tutuola: It's mine.
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Should've had EMMYS for performances of Ice T and guest Martha Plimpton
28 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

MIXING IN THE elements of a mysterious past, an extremely strong sense of denial and some very interesting guest stars, we have long felt that this was the best installment in SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT. With the inclusion of a very convoluted storyline and a plot that took us back some years in the past, the element that separates this story from the rest is one of execution rather than design.

THE PARTICULAR ASPECT to which we are referring is the performances and characterizations of series regular Ice T (as Detective 'Fin' Tutuola) and guest star Martha Plimpton (as Claire Rinato). Their working together was most remarkable and of a level which we don't often see on TV drama.

AS A SORT OF side-bar to the main investigation, Detective 'Fin' becomes personally involved with the plight of young Claire; whom has had a most loveless life ever since birth and is now a heroin addict. Fin goes the extra mile and sees to it that the young lady is pointed in the right direction; even to the point of saving her from certain death due to drug overdose.

ALTHOUGH THE HABIT of getting personally involved in one's job is bound to have a detrimental effect on both the service rendered; as well as to the individuals both rendering and receiving the aid. Fact is that it does happen, perhaps not often.

WE DO SEEM to forget that Cops are fallible human beings; believe it or not.

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