A dying man's confessions to Benson and Stabler reveal secrets about the true identity of his estranged daughter, and that the wrong man is in jail for the murder of the daughter's biological mother.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Donald Cragen (credit only)
Judson Tierney
Mike Mollinax
Sheila Tierney
Tierney's Doctor
Victoria Wyndham ...
Rita Colino


A priest whom Elliot knows asks him to talk to a man he's been counseling who's about to die. Elliot sees him and goes to see the man's daughter whom the man wants to see but she hates him. She gives them money he sent her over the years and discover that they were stolen by a couple of bank robbers who were known as the Fedora Bandits. Elliot thinks he's one of them and thinks that's it. But the priest tells him there's more. He brings Olivia along and that's when they learn that he killed his partner because he was the actual father of his daughter because he was going to kill her. They also learn that the partner killed her mother and that someone else was convicted of the crime so they try to get him released but they need the man to say he didn't do it but he's already in the final stages. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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2 January 2007 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


This episode marks the final time in which the entire Stabler family appear at the same time in one episode. The four children would appear together in the episode Pretend, but without Kathy Stabler (Isabel Gillies) present. See more »


Stabler walks into the squad room and asks Benson, "Did you run him through the system?" Benson replies, " Yeah, there's no priors under the name Judson Tierney but without fingerprints it could be an alias". Stabler, "How about background?" Benson, " yeah he owns a house in Rigo Park free and clear, he opened a locksmiths shop in 1971, he's worked there everyday since he got sick a year ago". Surely she means until he got sick a year ago. See more »


Fin Tutuola: [to Elliot Stabler] 48 hours you solved twenty-one bank jobs, a murder, and a kidnap. What, you trying to make us look bad?
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well written episode
3 February 2007 | by (brooksville, florida) – See all my reviews

I don't often watch any of the, "Law And Order," shows anymore; seems the tube is over saturated with them; but, occasionally the writing approaches feature film quality. To see an actor of Brian Dennehy's status appearing on episodic television makes one know that this episode must be good. Perhaps he's delving into television because the quality of material available to him in films is sporadic anymore, however, he had a very successful run on Broadway in, "Death Of A Salesman." He doesn't disappoint here. It's more of a story about a dark family secret; and a dieing man's attempt to reconcile with his daughter and wipe his slate clean. A worthwhile episode; and good to see Dennehy performing again.

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