A prison inmate is found dead shortly after his arrival in his cell, and SVU investigate because the death was caused by sodomy. Bensen and Tutuola uncover a lot more as they investigate this attack.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Elliot Stabler (credit only)
John Munch (credit only)
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong) (credit only)
Luke Edmunds
Les Cooper
P.B.A. Representative
Agustin Rodriguez ...
Hector Ramirez
Jason Catalano ...
Officer Randall Grant
John Royce
Bruce Kirkpatrick ...
Desk Sergeant


After a prison inmate is found dead shortly after his arrival in his cell, an SVU investigation begins because his death was caused by sodomy... but it occurred before he arrived in prison. Bensen and Tutuola uncover more than merely a single case of brutality. They discover a further conspiracy. Written by spinbuddy

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24 January 2003 (USA)  »

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This is one of multiple appearances of Terry Serpico, playing a different character in each episode. He first appears in Season 1 episode 20 and will later reappear in Season 6's "Quarry" and Season 15's "Military Justice" See more »


The captain of the 29 wears a silver nameplate which is supposed to be gold. See more »


Olivia Benson: We're supposed to uphold the law...
Fin Tutuola: Your heart's bleedin' all over my shoes.
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Empowerment and entitlement
18 January 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In my former job with NYS Crime Victims Board I got to see all kinds of police from truly heroic and dedicated to people who think that shield gives them a sense of empowerment and entitlement. Sad to say that this SVU episode has some basis in the real life Abner Louima case where a prisoner at a precinct was sodomized with a nightstick.

At the Tombs a prisoner immediately upon being transferred there goes straight to the infirmary feeling sick and later dies in his cell. When Tamara Tunie the medical examiner sees the body she says he was forcibly sodomized and that makes it an SVU case. The timeline of the injuries sustained trace it back to when the victim was in police custody at the precinct.

The one who takes the fall for it is William Mapother who in real life is a relative of Tom Cruise and sure looks like it. But the real bad guy is Terry Serpico. He's the textbook definition of empowerment and entitlement among cops without the societal responsibility. The blue wall of silence protected him for years and Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T, have a tough scaling of said wall.

Trust me, Serpico (and that's ironical for an actor with that name to portray a corrupt cop) is doing far more than getting his jollies with a prisoner or three. Watch the episode to find out.

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