Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 7, Episode 19

Fault (4 Apr. 2006)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A serial paedophile murders members of a family and kidnaps the two younger children.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
A.D.A. Casey Novak (credit only)
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Victor Paul Gitano
Dr. Paula Greenfield
Mrs. Oliver (as Felecia Bell Schafer)
Glen Portney


Solid investigative work leads the detectives to a violent repeat sex offender, Victor Paul Gitano, who was recently released back onto the streets. Gitano, a cold blooded murderer and pedophile, is in possession of a cache of hunting knives, and has kidnapped two children and has nothing to lose. The manhunt for Gitano brings Detectives Benson and Stabler to a bus terminal where a violent and emotional showdown with Gitano takes a dangerous turn. Written by Alex

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Did You Know?


The events of this episode, and the decision Elliot and Olivia make at the end, were written to let Mariska Hargitay out of the show for a period of time while she was on maternity leave. See more »


Serial killer Victor Paul Gitano is said to have been spotted on the 9 train. The 9 train was eliminated (replaced by the 1) several months before this episode was filmed. See more »


M.E. Melinda Warner: [to Olivia about Elliot] Sometimes all that brooding intensity is just annoying.
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19 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Two parents and their two older children are found murdered, while the two younger children in the family seem to have been kidnapped. This awful beginning leads to a hunt for the children, although with such a tragic start, even the best-case scenario from now on won't exactly be a happy ending. The two children have been taken by a sociopathic serial-killing murderous paedophilic psychopath, or something. One very scary guy, and a terrifying episode as they try to follow him around to get the children. He seems pretty clever...and he also has a fascination with hunting knives. The episode shows some of the conflicts that detectives have to deal with on such a difficult case, and in situations of harm or possible harm to themselves and their team. There was also a whole lot on the Stabler-Benson plot line and how they were feeling about themselves and working together, which I found to be more aggravating than interesting, although the two actors are great.

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