In resolving the kidnapping case of a little boy by a schizophrenic, Stabler uncovers further crimes at an adult group home with Huang's help.


Jean de Segonzac


Dick Wolf (created by), Jonathan Greene

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Diane Neal ... Casey Novak
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Beverly D'Angelo ... Rebecca Balthus
James McCaffrey ... Peter Forbes
Kate Hodge ... Carolyn Forbes
Daniel Sunjata ... CSU Technician Burt Trevor
Christina Kirk ... Julia Walker
Joseph Siravo ... Randall Haber
Nick Wyman Nick Wyman ... Michael Kelly
Marcus Neville ... Ira Rosenman


When a boy goes missing the team investigate. They eventually learn that he was taken by a mentally disturbed man who would kill someone who tried to stop him. They find him but he doesn't have the boy. Stabler wants Huang to medicate him but Huang doesn't want to. Later the man goes berserk, Huang medicates him and he then tells them where the boy is. Later they learn that the reason he freaked out was because Stabler said something to him, cause he wanted Huang to medicate him so that he could find the boy. But Huang tells them that because of what Stabler did, the man could be released. Novak tries to help Stabler but at his arraignment the man mentions the death of a person at the facility where he stayed. Stabler looks into it and discovers that someone with the name he mentions did die at that facility. And it appears that the one in charge of the facility is deliberately withholding medications among other things from the patients so that they could keep the money they get from... Written by

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28 October 2003 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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Rebecca Balthus: Casey Novak?
Casey Novak: Yes?
Rebecca Balthus: Rebecca Balthus, Kevin Walker's legal aid attorney. Your, uh, boss order you to try my client?
Casey Novak: No, that was my decision, but the District Attorney did sign off on it.
Rebecca Balthus: Waste of time and money. Kevin's a lunatic.
Casey Novak: Your client kidnapped a 5-year-old boy, murdered a man and almost killed another who tried to stop him.
Rebecca Balthus: And a jury will institutionalize him quicker than you can say "cacisti."
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The Cacistes
3 June 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Christopher Meloni takes center stage and puts his badge at risk in an effort to save a kidnapped child in this SVU story. Doing so also puts him in conflict with B.D. Wong as the squad has to deal with a schizophrenic criminal, Det. Stabler as a cop and Dr. Huang as a mental health professional.

Homeless mental patient Spencer List has fixated on a young boy whom he imagines to be his real son. He kidnaps him and holds him in a couple of hideouts he's created. The police capture him, but can't locate the kid and since he's also has health problems the boy might die.

When List is off his meds he's seeing these imaginary beings called the Cacistes. Give him his meds and he might cooperate and tell where he's stashed the kid. But that violates his privacy not to mention Fifth Amendment issues. Hence the conflict between Stabler and Huang. There is also a murder charge against List for the stabbing death of someone who tried to intervene in the kidnapping which may be blown.

It all works out far better than expected even for mental patient List. This is one of both Christopher Meloni's and B.D. Wong's best episodes.

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