A teenager who claims the identity of a girl who went missing four years ago turns out to be impostor. However, her stories about suffering frightening abuse may actually turn out to be true.

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Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
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Heather Hallander / Kristen Vucelik
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A teenager who claims the identity of a girl who went missing four years ago turns out to be impostor. However, her stories about suffering frightening abuse may actually turn out to be true.

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6 January 2009 (USA)  »

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The plot - an impostor takes the place of a missing child - has some similarities with the real-life Nicholas Barclay case. See more »

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When Munch is comparing the tattoos of the fake Heather and the real Heather, the camera juxtaposes the images. Munch says the real Heather's four-leaf clover tattoo leans to the right but the camera shows the tattoo leaning to the left. Then, when he says the fake Heather's tat leans left, the camera zooms in on the clover that leans right. See more »

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Detective Olivia Benson: Heather, the man that was holding you, did her ever take you outside?
Heather Hallander: No, never. I've told you that.
Detective Olivia Benson: We have a chance to catch your abuser. That's why there's no reason for you to hold back any important details.
Heather Hallander: Like what?
Detective Olivia Benson: Like St. Francis Cathedral.
Heather Hallander: I don't know what you're talking about.
Detective Olivia Benson: Based on your reaction, I would say that you do. Somebody saw you there. They saw you with an older man.
Heather Hallander: They're lying.
Detective Olivia Benson: I really want to help you. But I can't unless you're honest with me.
Heather Hallander: I want you to go ...
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References Sex and the City (1998) See more »

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Amazing Episode And Special Performance
27 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've been watching SVU in order on Netflix and finally made it to Stranger in the 10th season. I enjoy reading user reviews at IMDb and saw that this one doesn't have one. It needs one so others will know it's a great episode with a winning performance by Ellen Woglom as Heather Hollander. It's an episode you should see twice so you can read the facial expressions of both Ellen and Natalia Payne as Nikki Hollander.

Two scenes in particular stand as as worthy of seeing again - the interrogation scene with Stabler and Benson, and Benson's scene with Heather in the hospital when the truth is exposed. Woglom shines here, hitting every note perfectly.

In the real world I don't think Heather's teeth would have looked so perfect and her social skills would probably be feral if not devoid of normal emotions, but why nitpick?


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