A rape victim is killed right before the trial of her accused rapist, a celebrity hair stylist, begins. However, prosecuting the suspected killer is difficult because he is working as a federal informant.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Munch (credit only)
Dr. George Huang (credit only)
Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
Donald Cragen (credit only)
Eddie Skinner
Luke Ronson
Special Agent Greer
Jenna Fox
Michael Cullen ...


When a woman is murdered during an afternoon shopping trip with her daughter, Detectives Benson and Stabler are called in because she was scheduled to testify in their high-profile rape case. As the detectives continue to investigate the correlation between the murder and their case, they discover unlikely friendships that will lead them to the truth. Written by NBC Publicity

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18 May 2011 (USA)  »

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1.78 : 1
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This is the last episode in which Neal Baer serves as Executive Producer/Show Runner. He is replaced by Warren Leight in the following season. See more »


Stabler tells Eddie the bullet that came from his gun is on the left and the one that killed Annete is on the right and shows him photos. The photos are of firing pin impressions on shell casings, not bullets. It had already been established that the bullet that killed Annette was unusable due to kitting a wall. See more »


Olivia Benson: [to the customer at Luke Ronson's salon] Well, be careful, ladies. You ask Luke for "a dye job," he might blow your brains out.
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Reason SVU posses fans off (Spoilers)
11 May 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode is great --except for how incompetent, even criminal, the SVU cops are. The acting is amazing, but no way would the douchebags who conspired to kill the rape victim ever be placed in the same cell. Also no way an actual cop would allow Eddie to get away initially. Finally, no responsible cop would keep the daughter of a murdered witness/victim apprised of the progress of the case at against her mom's killer -- a case in which she would be called as a witness. The SVU cops are the only ones responsible for the episode- closing bloodbath -- not the rapist, not the killer and not the dirty ATF agent. It's all on the DA, Benson and Stabler -- especially the deaths of the kid and Sister Peg.

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