Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 12, Episode 17

Pursuit (16 Feb. 2011)

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A journalist who hosts a program that exposes predators gets a disturbing package from a stalker, but it may also help her find the person who kidnapped her sister 25 years ago, with the help of detective Benson and Sonya Paxton.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sergeant John Munch (credit only)
Dr. George Huang (credit only)
Alicia Harding
Adam Grafton
Rachel Gray
Scott Parkinson ...
Scott Laskey
Caren Browning ...
Jonathan Fried ...
Eric Carlton (as Jonathan Lincoln Fried)


When Alicia Harding, host of the television series "Neighborhood Predator," begins to receive personal threats, her life-long pursuit to find her sister's abductor emerges. Detectives Olivia Benson and Odafin "Fin" Tutola are joined in the investigation by ADA Sonya Paxton, who may be too involved in the case. As Harding thinks she is getting close to the truth, another's life hangs in the balance. Written by NBC Publicity

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Farewell Christine Lahti
12 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This was one of the worst SVU episodes on record it jumps all over the lot in terms of plot. One of the most disliked and flawed characters SVU ever had meets her end as well.

Debra Messing plays a female John Walsh type journalist who has made a career out of exposing and bringing in men with a taste for the adolescent girls. She exposes them with cameras rolling after setting up fake sex advertisements on the web.

Like Walsh she had a younger sister abducted like he had a son. But Walsh never entrapped people and this woman does play fast and loose.

She has a relationship with Christina Lahti who was the former sex crimes cop and now Executive Assistant ADA who had a running feud with Christopher Meloni. It ended here because she was killed by the same perpetrator if you can believe got spooked by her and Messing. Lahti was truly a piece of work though, no one's really going to miss her.

From exposing Messing as a potential fraud to actually capturing the man who did abduct her sister so many years ago, this episode jumped all over the place. It really doesn't work on any level.

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