Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 10, Episode 11

Stranger (6 Jan. 2009)

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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Heather Hallander / Kristen Vucelik
Mr. Hallander
Defense Lawyer
Mrs. Hallander


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


When the doctor says that type A blood is the only possible type for Heather because both her parents have A blood, he is not completely correct. If both parents also have the "O" allele, there is a 25% chance that she could have type O blood. See more »


Detective Olivia Benson: I don't understand how a mother wouldn't know her own child.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, but Mrs. Hallander didn't recognize this girl until sister Erica saw that tattoo on her wrist.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Munch, zoom in on the ink. Put 'em up side by side.
Detective Olivia Benson: Looks the same to me.
Sergeant John Munch: Except they're mirror images. On this one, the stem curved to the right; on this one, it curves to the left.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Girl's a con artist.
Detective Olivia Benson: Then why would she try to kill herself?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Maybe she knew the game was up.
Detective Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Who's gonna break it to the Hallanders that their real ...
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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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