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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Serendipity (2003)

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Original Air Date:
21 October 2003 (Season 5, Episode 5)
After finding a dead baby in a plastic bag in the sewer, the detectives find the mother, also dead, in her nearby apartment... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler

Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer ... John Munch

Diane Neal ... Casey Novak

Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola

BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)

Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Jack Gilpin ... Ron Wolcott

Barbara Garrick ... Kelly Wolcott

Peter Hermann ... Trevor Langan
Dan Ziskie ... Dr. Curtis
Caralyn Kozlowski ... Mrs. Newlands

Marylouise Burke ... Curious Woman

Rebecca Wisocky ... Marcy Cochran

Fred Dalton Thompson ... Arthur Branch

Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner

Martin Donovan ... Dr. Archibald Newlands

Joel Marsh Garland ... Building Manager
Audrie Neenan ... Judge Lois Preston
Karen Mason ... Miss Giddens

Anna George ... Josephine
Alexander Tufel ... Peter Nestler

Jolie Peters ... Molly Stratton

Nick Sullivan ... Dr. Dean Kern (as Nick James Sullivan)

Don Puglisi ... Assistant

Paulina Gerzon ... Alicia Hahn

Bonnie Rose ... Carol Lucero
Dan Mahoney ... Neighbor #2

Greg Vaccariello ... Uniform Officer #1 (as Greg Vaccarello)

Carol Maillard ... Secretary
Edwin Briscoe ... Uniform Officer #2

Anne L. Nathan ... Volunteer #1

Olivia Crocicchia ... Courtney Jones
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Steven Zirnkilton ... Opening Announcer (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Constantine Makris 
Writing credits
Dick Wolf (created by)

Dawn DeNoon (written by) &
Lisa Marie Petersen (written by)

Produced by
Neal Baer .... executive producer
Tara Butters .... supervising producer
David DeClerque .... line producer
Dawn DeNoon .... co-executive producer
Michele Fazekas .... supervising producer
Arthur W. Forney .... co-executive producer
Jonathan Greene .... supervising producer
Patrick Harbinson .... co-executive producer
Peter Jankowski .... executive producer
Ted Kotcheff .... executive producer
Peter Leto .... producer
Robert Nathan .... co-executive producer
Lisa Marie Petersen .... co-executive producer
Randy Roberts .... supervising producer
Sheyna Kathleen Smith .... associate producer
Roz Weinman .... co-executive producer
Dick Wolf .... executive producer
Original Music by
Mike Post 
Cinematography by
Geoffrey Erb (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Nancy Forner 
Casting by
Jonathan Strauss 
Production Design by
Dean Taucher 
Art Direction by
Wing Lee 
Set Decoration by
Melanie J. Baker  (as Melanie Baker)
Costume Design by
Thomas Lee Keller  (as Thomas L. Keller)
Makeup Department
Lizz Scalice .... key hair stylist
Mia Thoen .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Gail Barringer .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kim Kennedy .... second assistant director
Howard McMaster .... first assistant director
Chris DeAngelis .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Marcy Patterson .... dga trainee (uncredited)
Art Department
Gregory Criscuolo .... construction coordinator (as Greg Criscuolo)
Gerald DeTitta .... leadman (as Jerry DeTitta)
Gerald DeTitta .... set dresser (as Jerry DeTitta)
Mark Harrington .... property master (as Mark C. Harrington)
Keri Lederman .... assistant property (as Keri L. Lederman)
Mick Rossman .... scenic charge
Sound Department
Bill Daly .... sound mixer
Keith Gardner .... boom operator
Jeffrey Kaplan .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Kushner .... dialogue editor (uncredited)
Douglas Murray .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Lydian Tone .... sound editor (uncredited)
Don Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Jessica Burstein .... still photographer
Thomas Ford .... best boy (as Tom Ford)
Tom Grunke .... dolly grip
Sal Lanza .... key grip
Jim McCullagh .... gaffer
George Pattison .... camera operator
Scott Tinsley .... assistant cameraman
Chris Hammond .... electrician (uncredited)
Adam Johnson .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Michael J. Kammerer .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
Heather Reidenbach .... background casting
Grant Wilfley .... background casting (as Grant Wilfley Casting)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Virginia D. Patton .... costume supervisor (as Ginnie Patton)
Tracy Sivertsen .... set costumer (as Tracy Sivertsen Devere)
Kim Wilcox .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Marvin D. Bryson .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Wade Felker .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Dave Lifshin .... post-production coordinator (uncredited)
Music Department
Libby Pedersen .... music editor
Transportation Department
Brian Maxwell .... transportation captain
Other crew
Trish Adlesic .... location manager
William N. Fordes .... production consultant
Amanda Green .... executive story editor
Valerie Harrington .... script supervisor
Lydia Mayberry .... assistant to executive producer
Jose Molina .... story editor
Ilka Rivard .... production coordinator
Hal Sherman .... technical advisor
Robert Cahoon .... location coordinator (uncredited)
Adam Carroll .... production assistant (uncredited)
Kent Cassella .... stand-in: Dann Florek (uncredited)
Frank Cattano .... location assistant (uncredited)
Storm Chambers .... stand-in: Ice-T (uncredited)
Gloria Colonnello .... stand-in: Mariska Hargitay (uncredited)
Jose F. Guerrero .... location assistant (uncredited)
Margaret Jacobs .... assistant production office coordinator (uncredited)
Timothy Klein .... stand in: Christopher Meloni (uncredited)
Brad Marro .... production assistant (uncredited)
Matthew D. Panepinto .... production assistant (uncredited)
Thomas Tobin .... production assistant (uncredited)
Todd Wolenski .... assistant accountant (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Germany:41 min

Did You Know?

Looisely based on the case of Dr. John Schneeberger. Dr. Schneeberger inserted a tube into his arm filled with a patient's blood in an attempt to fool investigators in Kipling, Saskatchewan, into thinking that he was not responsible for the sexual assaults for which he was eventually found guilty.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
A.D.A. Casey Novak:Have a minute?
D.A. Arthur Branch:Save a little girl, you get two. Come in, sit down.
A.D.A. Casey Novak:I can't do this.
D.A. Arthur Branch:Sure you can, just bend your knees and let gravity take over.
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Enter Casey Novak, 26 July 2015
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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