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

Fault (4 Apr. 2006)

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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
Felecia M. Bell ...
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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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 »


Olivia is shot when pursuing a kidnapper with the child he kidnapped. She is shot in the neck on the right side. She is shown holding her hand to the bleeding injury on the right side of her neck. Detective Tutuola later pressed a handkerchief to the injury on the right side of her neck. In a later scene, Oliva had stitches on the left side of her neck. See more »


Det. Elliot Stabler: [setting up a sting for a kidnapper at a ticket window] Just relax and do what you normally do, okay?
Western Union Agent: This *is* what I normally do.
Det. Elliot Stabler: Do it without looking terrified.
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Outstanding episode
10 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni did a remarkable job. This episode was my favorite episode of the season. I was impressed how Benson and Stabler carried the hostage situation. Though I was a bit upset on how Dick Wolf ended the episode with Olivia asking Cragen for a new partner. I understand that Olivia and Elliot need a brake from each other…..they have been partners since the show began seven seasons ago. Elliot and Olivia both are putting each other ahead of the job….to some extend that is a good thing, but at this point they are putting the other too much ahead of the job, and that is when judgments are going to be question.

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