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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This is episode may partially be based on former Canadian bank robber Edwin Alonzo Boyd, who also confessed to a murder shortly before dying. 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 »


A.D.A. Casey Novak: My hands are tied. Mike Mollinax committed murder.
Detective Elliot Stabler: I've got witness statements from six people including prison staff, all of them backing the claim of self-defense.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I don't have jurisdiction over crimes committed outside the city.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You could talk to the D.A. upstate.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: I already did. He's backing the warden's decision.
Detective Elliot Stabler: So Mollinax does thirty-four years for a murder he didn't commit, and now he's gonna do more time for a murder he never would've committed if he hadn't been locked up in the first ...
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21 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Judith Light makes L & O SVU! A great show, but light's Judge Donnelly is a delight to watch. making her a regular would be a smart movie for Dick Wolfe and Co.

This episode had it all. Mystery (is the old guy on the up and up? why did he lie all those years?), humor, great Bensen/Stabler interactions, and ofcoures the short but PERFECT scene with Casey and Liz. Just when you think all is lost, Judge Donnelly points Caesy to an unexpected avenue.

The mothership is still my favorite L &O, but SVU runs a close second with episodes like this one.

Now, if they would just get Jack & Liz together... or maybe they were together long long ago?? Would love to see that angle explored by NBC.

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