Stabler runs into an old friend when the team investigates the rape and murder of an astronaut.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kim Greylek (credit only)
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Colonel Richard Finley
Orlando McTeer
Vincent Beckwith
Leslie Schuster
Marga Janssen
Attorney Walsh
Anton Thibodeaux


Stabler runs into an old friend when the team investigates the rape and murder of an astronaut.

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21 October 2008 (USA)  »

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As a result of a fight earlier in the day, Col. Richard Finley had received a bleeding cut on his forehead, which Olivia tried to staunch. Later that evening after he resists arrest, Col. Finley's lip is bloodied, but there is no evidence of his recent head wound. See more »


Colonel Richard Finley: [after stopping suspect with a single punch] Once a Marine, always a Marine!
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An astronaut dies in New York
30 November 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The death of a woman who happened to be a celebrated astronaut is originally thought to be part of a string of crimes connected to a serial rapist. But when he's caught he's got a very good alibi for not being the perpetrator of her homicide.

The investigation leads to the space program itself and it also leads to Christopher Meloni becoming reacquainted with James Brolin formerly of the US Marineslike Meloni and now a senior astronaut. The squad gives him courtesies that they normally wouldn't allow. Brolin also expresses a real interest in Mariska Hargitay.

Two suspects emerge, a young crystal meth addict played by Dane DeHaan who is found with the deceased's credit card and an astronaut buff/stalker who had a thing for the victim played by Chris Elliott.

The eventual solution is quite the shocker and the motive was pure jealousy on someone's part.

Nice casting all around and an interesting conclusion.

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