After finding a dead baby in a plastic bag in the sewer, the detectives find the mother, also dead, in her nearby apartment. After talking to her doctor the detectives discover that the ... See full summary »

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After finding a dead baby in a plastic bag in the sewer, the detectives find the mother, also dead, in her nearby apartment. After talking to her doctor the detectives discover that the mother had planned to give her baby up for adoption and the adoptive parents were paying her doctor's bills. During the investigation they meet Casey Novak, the new A.D.A. Written by Anonymous

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This episode is Diane Neal's first appearance as A.D.A. Casey Novak. The actress, though, had played a different character in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Ridicule (2001). See more »

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The entomologist claims that the blowfly larva on the dead baby were freshly laid, so the baby died not more than 3 hours before. Firstly flies lay eggs, not larva. And secondly, it takes anywhere from 12 to 24 hours for blow fly eggs to hatch into larva. See more »

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Dr. Melinda Warner: [during Brianna Lewis's autopsy] She was injected with Versed, a powerful sedative that paralyzes.
Detective Olivia Benson: But doesn't knock you out. Brianna would've felt everything going on, but couldn't move to resist.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Wait a minute. How can you go into labor if you're paralyzed?
Dr. Melinda Warner: Pitocin causes the cervix to dilate.
Detective Olivia Benson: Which pregnant women produce naturally.
Dr. Melinda Warner: But I found evidence of a synthetic form in the anal cavity. I'd say your perp incapacitated her with the Versed and then gave her a Pitocin suppository to induce ...
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Enter Casey Novak
26 July 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Diane Neal who played a perpetrator in an earlier episode of SVU must have made some good impression on the producers because when Stephanie March left the show Neal was hired to replace her as the sex crimes ADA. But in this show what's demonstrated is that she's going to have to get used to the way they operate. As for Benson and Stabler they're not crazy about Casey Novak's 'hands on' approach.

An aborted baby fetus and the mother are found dead in separate places and we learn the victim was a surrogate mother. It gets complicated and I won't say more but the squad gets a hit off the DNA they lift from a suspect and it opens up a new case involving a serial rapist gone undetected.

I always liked Diane Neal's character. She was rather unrealistically brought back for guest star appearances and given how she was written out in the future it was dumb to bring her back. But right now she's getting her feet wet in sex crimes and Neal makes a fine debut.

You have to see how the serial rapist was beating the investigators for years. Good story.


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