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 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 »


Heather Hallander: [offscreen as Olivia enters the hospital room] Hi, Olivia. My dad thinks I should go to college, so he dropped off these study guides to get me started.
Detective Olivia Benson: [unaffected] That's nice.
Heather Hallander: [looks down at Olivia's hands; more apprehensive] Is that my clarinet?
Detective Olivia Benson: It is. I thought, uh - thought you could play something for me.
[opens case]
Heather Hallander: I don't think I'd remember how.
Detective Olivia Benson: You were first chair; why don't you try putting it together and see what comes back?
Heather Hallander: I - I don't really feel like it right now.
Detective Olivia Benson: [pulls up a seat]
Heather Hallander:
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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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