SVU tries to make the case against a Christian zealot who is targeting prostitutes, but it hangs on the cooperation of a pregnant prostitute who is terrified of the man and has her own demons.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Munch (credit only)
Odafin Tutuola
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong) (credit only)
Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
Donald Cragen
Judge Maskin
Sarah Gallagher (as Joanna P. Adler)
TARU Tech Ruben Morales


SVU tries to make the case against a Christian zealot who is targeting prostitutes, but it hangs on the cooperation of a pregnant prostitute who is terrified of the man and has her own demons.

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3 March 2010 (USA)  »

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16:9 HD
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The earrings Mischa Barton wore as Gladys Dalton had to be especially altered so that she could wear them. As filming took place less than six months after Mischa had her ears pierced especially to play Sonja Stone in The Beautiful Life: TBL (2009), she was unable to wear the heavy earrings provided for her as they were on "shepherd's hook" wires. This was because the holes in her ears, although healed, had not yet hardened and could be damaged by the weight of the earrings pulling on the thin wires. So that she could wear the earrings safely, the costume department had them remounted on thicker "post and butterfly" fittings that Mischa could wear without harming her ears. See more »


In the opening segment when Benson and Stabler are examining the victim, Benson refers to a previous victim "Maggie Sanchez". Every following reference to this victim, she is named "Maggie Ortiz". See more »


Olivia Benson: [to Dr. Frantz] How is Gladys?
Dr. Frantz: She had a grand mal seizure. Most likely brought on by pre-eclampsia with brain edema.
Detective Elliot Stabler: In English, Doc?
Dr. Frantz: Her blood pressure was dangerously high, so I had to do a crash C-section, but Gladys is going to be okay.
Olivia Benson: What about the baby?
Dr. Frantz: Four months early, barely weighs a pound. She has respiratory problems, necrotizing enterocolitis, intraventricular hemorrhaging. Bottom line, at the very least, she's going to need multiple surgeries and months of care in the NlCU.
Olivia Benson: So ...
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Saving the working girls
31 January 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The SVU squad has a nasty predator on its hands in this episode. They are investigating the killings of some prostitutes and have to dodge one nasty pimp to do it. They finally arrest Lee Tergeson a self styled reverend who believes he's saving the working girls from a sinful life.

One who escaped was Mischa Barton who was understandably freaked by this guy. Her testimony is needed by Stephanie March to convict Tergesen. How he did it who knows, but he has a real smarmy defense lawyer in Delaney Williams. Mischa has other concerns however, a premature baby who is in crisis in an incubator.

Mariska Hargitay bonded with this victim and that fact comes in handy. For even more than Olivia Benson realized at the time.

All around good performances from Barton as the prostitute, in the racket since she was 12 and from Tergesen as one freaky reverend.

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