Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 4, Episode 8

Waste (15 Nov. 2002)

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The SVU team is put on the case of a woman who has been in a coma for 14 months and is found to be 7 weeks pregnant. After going though many suspects, they focus on the patient's doctor. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Dr. Graham Mandell
Henry Woronicz ...
Mr. Rawley
Steve Key ...
Wesley Dilbert
Dr. Garrison
David Anderson
Jill Marie Lawrence ...


The SVU team is put on the case of a woman who has been in a coma for 14 months and is found to be 7 weeks pregnant. After going though many suspects, they focus on the patient's doctor. They discover that he is impregnating comatose female patients with a rich donor's sperm in order to get embryonic stem cells that are biologically compatible. The problem for the ADA is that laws are not on her side in prosecuting such crimes. Written by Tawny

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Part of this episode (where Olivia and Elliott are walking in the hallway with the doctor) was filmed at Hackensack University Medical Center See more »


While discussing the baby's paternity it is mentioned that the baby's blood type is Type AB and the mother's blood type is Type A. Wong concludes that the father's blood type must be Type B. This isn't necessarily true as the father's blood type could be either Type B or Type AB. See more »


George Huang: [metaphorically speaking] I can go to jail for stealing a toaster, but not for stealing a woman's eggs?
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Downright Ghoulish
2 March 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The rape of two comatose female patients brings the SVU squad to a facility for those people, a facility run by Dr. Bruce Davison. The usual thought would be that some necrophiliac was finding a new way of getting his jollies. In fact they find one played by Steven Key, but he doesn't turn out to be the doer.

Davison has gotten big bucks from billionaire Philip Bosco to do research into stem cells, banned recently in New York at that time. The issues are still controversial. Bosco suffers from Parkinson's Disease and having had a grandmother who had that, plus we've such celebrity victims as Michael J. Fox and Katharine Hepburn deal with it as well.

There's no question that what Bosco wants to do is something downright ghoulish. And he might get away with it.

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