Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 11, Episode 12

Shadow (13 Jan. 2010)

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Benson and Stabler work with a Special Frauds Unit detective who believes that an heiress murdered her parents and could be a sociopath.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Munch (credit only)
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
Detective Ash Ramsey
U.S. Attorney Camilla Velez
Nate Hartman
Yancey Winthrop
Mark La Mura ...
Jewelery Store Owner
Gallery Owner
CSU Tech Keegan Timmons


When a wealthy affluent couple are killed and where there are signs of sexual overtones SVU is brought in. And despite evidence showing it's not a sex crime, Benson and Stabler are kept on it cause the couple were friends with the mayor among other people. They talk to the couple's daughter who tells them she suspects she has a stalker and when they check out the surveillance videos from the places she's been, they see him. So set out to apprehend him and when they do they learn he's a cop from the frauds unit. It seems that he's investigating possible embezzlement from the couple's accounts and the trail led to the daughter. It seems she an uncontrollable party girl and when her parents were threatening to cut her off she found other ways to fund her lifestyle. And he thinks she had her parents killed. Later when she's arrested she puts a bounty on those who arrested her including the frauds detective and Benson. Written by

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When Benson and Stabler are first meeting with Ramsey at his office, there is a photograph of Bette Davis as Baby Jane Hudson sitting in a frame on the table behind Ramey's desk. See more »


At One PP, Chief of Detectives Mulgrew screams for Ramsey while Benson and Stabler are with him in his office. In suspending the fraud investigation against suspect Anne Gillette, the Chief of D's has four stars reflecting his rank on BOTH shoulders of his Class A Uniform, as well as on the ends of his shirt collar. In a later scene at the 16th (SVU) where he is reading Cragen and Huang the Riot Act, the stars on his shirt collars in his earlier scene are nowhere to be found. See more »

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Special Frauds and Special Victims
20 September 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Benson and Stabler have their hands full in this SVU episode. They're dealing with one rich, spoiled, and psychotic woman who slays her parents and tries to make it look like murder/suicide. Sarah Poulson is their suspect and this woman is rich enough to afford anything so they have to nail this one down tight as it gets.

There's also another cop from Special Frauds played by Naveen Andrews over from London who has been working a fraud case where Poulson has been embezzling money from her parents' foundation for her own use. The murder and the fraud are inextricably linked. Special Frauds and Special Victims join forces.

This episode includes Mariska Hargitay using the foundation's accountant's fetish weakness to turn him into a prosecution witness and Ice T impersonating a hit-man. Not to mention a little sexual tension between Andrews and Hargitay.

A little something for everybody in this really good SVU story.

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