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Original Air Date:
15 May 2007 (Season 8, Episode 21)
The investigation into an extreme fighting death leads to the discovery of a 28-year-old woman posing as a 16-year-old high school student. | Full synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler

Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer ... John Munch

Diane Neal ... Casey Novak

Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola

BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (credit only) (as B.D. Wong)

Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner

Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen

Misti Traya ... Cassandra Sullivan

Michael Welch ... Scott Heston

Ylfa Edelstein ... Sonia Briglund

Patricia Kalember ... Judge Taten

Peter McRobbie ... Judge Walter Bradley

Clark Middleton ... Landlord
Scott Sowers ... Tim

Tibor Feldman ... Dr. Cohen

Patrick Taylor ... Keith

Barry Bostwick ... Oliver Gates

Brian Anthony Wilson ... Milton Sarlove

Keith Barber ... Darren Tolson
Tina Fabrique ... Jeannie Hayes
Dan Leonard ... Riley Cuskey
Lisa Strum ... Tonya Majeski
Diane Cossa ... Dr. Merrins

Laurie Dawn ... Clonie Blake

Katherine Puma ... Virginia Cuskey

Steve Beauchamp ... Frank
JoAnna Beckson ... Angela Farrell
Erin Broderick ... Maureen Stabler
Patricia Cook ... Elizabeth Stabler

Jeffrey Scaperrotta ... Dickie Stabler

Allison Siko ... Kathleen Stabler
Kim Page ... Jury Forewoman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Michael Masucci ... Extreme Fighting Fan (uncredited)

Steven Zirnkilton ... Opening Announcer (voice) (archive footage) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
David Platt 
Writing credits
Dick Wolf (created by)

Dawn DeNoon  writer

Produced by
Neal Baer .... executive producer
Gail Barringer .... producer
David DeClerque .... producer
Dawn DeNoon .... co-executive producer
Arthur W. Forney .... co-executive producer
Amanda Green .... co-executive producer
Jonathan Greene .... co-executive producer
Patrick Harbinson .... co-executive producer
Peter Jankowski .... executive producer
Ted Kotcheff .... executive producer
Peter Leto .... supervising producer
Judy McCreary .... consulting producer (as Judith McCreary)
Randy Roberts .... supervising producer
Sheyna Kathleen Smith .... co-producer
Dick Wolf .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Phil Oetiker 
Film Editing by
Jon Koslowsky 
Casting by
Jonathan Strauss 
Production Design by
Dean Taucher 
Art Direction by
Jeff Crye 
Set Decoration by
Deborah Moses 
Costume Design by
Thomas Lee Keller  (as Thomas L. Keller)
Makeup Department
Sasha Cummins .... key hair stylist
Sheri Kornhaber .... key makeup artist
Elizabeth Martinelli .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Gail Barringer .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kenneth G. Brown .... first assistant director (as Kenneth Brown)
Natalie S. Clunis .... dga trainee (as Natalie S. Brown)
Jim Nickas .... second second assistant director
Michelle Regina .... second assistant director
Ani Williams .... assistant director
Art Department
Troy R. Adee .... set dresser (as Troy Adee)
Tomas Deckaj .... construction production assistant
Jerry DeRogatis .... set dresser
Greg Izzo .... set dresser
Anthony Munafo .... assistant property
Michael Saccio .... property master
Brandon Smith .... graphic artist
Lawrence 'Law' Watford .... art department assistant
Holly Watson .... graphic artist
Thomas White .... construction coordinator (as Tom White)
Michael Zansky .... scenic charge
Victoria Guariello .... set dresser (uncredited)
Brian J. McNamara .... electronic graphics (uncredited)
Sound Department
Keith Gardner .... boom operator
Lee Gilmore .... sound editor
Kirk Herzbrun .... assistant sound editor
Charles R. Hunt .... sound mixer (as Charles Hunt)
Jeffrey Kaplan .... supervising sound editor
Jeff Kushner .... dialogue editor
Jansen Lambie .... sound
Douglas Murray .... adr mixer
Melissa Smith .... sound manager (as Melissa J.L. Smith)
Julie Wilde .... boom operator
Vince Cupone .... stunt double
Chad Hessler .... stunt performer
Jery Hewitt .... stunt coordinator
Tom Nonnon .... stunt double: court officer
Camera and Electrical Department
Jessica Burstein .... still photographer
Stephen Consentino .... camera operator (as Steve Consentino)
James Edmiston .... company grip
Patrick Fontana .... electrician
Chris Hammond .... electrician
William Hines .... best boy (as Bill Hines)
Michael Parmelee .... still photographer
Michael Proscia Jr. .... gaffer (as Mike Proscia)
Miles Strassner .... dolly grip
Paul Volo .... key grip
Jeremy Weishaar .... first assistant camera: "a" camera/Steadicam
Casting Department
Philip Huffman .... casting associate
David M. Waldron .... background casting associate (as David Waldron)
Grant Wilfley .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jill Graves Power .... set costumer (as Jill Graves)
Lorraine Porr .... costume coordinator
Tracy Sivertsen .... costume supervisor (as Tracy Sivertsen Devere)
Danielle Smith .... set costumer
Kim Wilcox .... assistant costume designer
Editorial Department
Elizabeth Barnette-Marconi .... post-production coordinator (as Elizabeth Barnette)
David Crozier .... assistant editor
Ash Hanratty .... post-production assistant
Skipper Martin .... colorist: dailies
Curtis Thurber .... post-production assistant (uncredited)
Location Management
John A. Accardo .... location assistant
Trish Adlesic .... location manager
Dan Cooley .... assistant location manager
Ana Cuadra .... location assistant
Kurt Enger .... assistant location manager
Jose F. Guerrero .... location assistant
Joanna Lu .... assistant location coordinator
Derek P. Miller .... location coordinator
Tom Scutro .... assistant location manager: new york
Mitchell Gutman .... location assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Libby Pedersen .... music editor
Mike Post .... composer: theme music
Transportation Department
John Leonidas .... transportation captain
Other crew
Faith Brooks .... assistant production coordinator
Chris Calogero .... office production assistant
Cliff Fuller .... production office coordinator
Paul Grellong .... executive story editor
Tim Hardiman .... technical advisor
Andrew Lang .... office production assistant
Steve Loff .... production accountant
Lydia Mayberry .... assistant to executive producer
Jasmine McCaig .... production controller
Wendy Lee Roberts .... script supervisor (as Wendy Roberts)
Robyn Ross .... assistant: Ted Kotcheff
Katie Jo Sheek .... publicity intern
Hal Sherman .... technical advisor
Megan Stas .... production assistant
Miriam Tielmann .... production assistant
Todd Wolenski .... assistant accountant
Krysten Yoniack .... production assistant
Sam Arthurs .... armorer (uncredited)
Kent Cassella .... stand-in: Dann Florek (uncredited)
Greg Cattano .... first assistant accountant (uncredited)
Storm Chambers .... stand-in: Ice-T (uncredited)
Michael Ciliento .... script coordinator (uncredited)
Timothy Klein .... stand in: Christopher Meloni (uncredited)
Eleanor Scully .... stand-in: Mariska Hargitay (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dick Wolf  created by

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

41 min

Did You Know?

This is the last episode of SVU featuring Patricia Cook, Elizabeth Stabler.See more »
Factual errors: In the video of Riley Cuskey's death there is not nearly enough blood spilled to cause a healthy person to die. If the femoral artery is severed blood flows out as if from a hose. Death is very quick, a few minutes at most.See more »
Casey Novak:Scott Heston cleans up nicely. He looks like a choir boy today. You should have seen him on the night of March 28th when he was pummeling Riley Cuskey with fluorescent light tubes, thumbtacks, chairs, and a bat wrapped in barbed wire. It's hard to imagine...See more »


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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Step into adulthood, 19 December 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

When I first saw the opening of this SVU episode I thought it was going to be based on the Eigil Vesti homicide. The shot of one leather masked figure leaving the scene and another inside a deserted apartment house dead on a mat made me think. Of course the real story was bad enough, but what it led to was something quite different.

The dead body used to be a high school kid who did some extreme martial arts fighting for exhibit on line. The one who filmed it Dan Leonard brought the tape into the squad and got at least one local pedophile off that Benson and Stabler were zeroing in on.

On the periphery of all this is a kind of groupie girl hanging out with the teen combatants. Misti Traya gets the center of their attention when Leonard is killed and the thought with Diane Neal prosecuting the case is that Traya did it to protect her secret. Not only was she using an alias but she was 28 years old and still in high school and foster care.

This story is truly tragic. For whatever reasons and I've known a few in my life, that is people who just don't want to step into adulthood. They like to be teens forever and in her case she found foster care so satisfying that she wouldn't leave. Traya would just pick up and move to another area and work herself into the system as a homeless youth.

Traya may have issues, but she's not dumb. She pursues a legal strategy that is quite unorthodox when she's charged with Leonard's murder.

As for her own future, guilty or innocent, it isn't a bright one.

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