The kidnapping of an infant at a grocery store leads to a scheme of snatching and selling babies for adoption which brings back a case from 12 years ago that involved Captain Cragen and his partner, the late Max Greevey.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Stephanie March ... Alexandra Cabot
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Celia Weston ... Margaret Talmadge
Ted King ... Tony Daricek
Bruce Altman ... Mark Sanford
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner
John Seitz John Seitz ... Herbert Talmadge
Kerri Green ... Michelle (as Kerri Lee Green)
Josh Pais ... Robert Sorenson
Elizabeth Connors Elizabeth Connors ... Linda Cook (as Elizabeth Hanly Rice)
Ian Cronin ... Tyler Blake / Stephen Talmadge


The kidnapping of an infant at a grocery store leads to a scheme of snatching and selling babies for adoption which brings back a case from 12 years ago that involved Captain Cragen and his partner, the late Max Greevey.

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12 October 2001 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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While in the women's bathroom Detective Benson finds a vial of Librium, Detective Stabler comments that it's a sedative and that the kidnapper might be an alcoholic trying to control "the shakes"; Benson replies that she could also have used it to sedate the baby so she wouldn't cry.

Librium is the brand name for chlordiazepoxide, a sedative of the benzodiazepine class similar in function to diazepam (Valium), only with a longer duration of action. Benzodiazepines like chlordiazepoxide are used for occasional insomnia, short-term treatment of severe anxiety and the anxiety, insomnia, nausea and tremors (the DT's) caused by alcohol withdrawal syndrome. While any benzodiazepine can be used to treat alcohol withdrawal chlordiazepoxide is favored because it has a long duration of action, meaning it only has to be taken once or twice per day to treat alcohol withdrawal.

Chlordiazepoxide was the first benzodiazepine synthesized and was found purely on accident; in the 1930's a chemist/pharmacist named Leo Sternbach was searching for a new type of anti-psychotic drug. His experiments proved to be unsuccessful, they were all either inert and had no effect inside the body, or did not reverse psychotic behavior. When he closed down his lab a few of his untested, but finished, compounds were placed into storage where they sat until being found by a cleaning crew for a new lab that bought the space 20 years later in the 1950's. When the cleaners brought the compound to their employers they decided to test it and that's when they discovered that the compound inside, chlordiazepoxide, had remarkable success in treating anxiety with minimal side effects and a whole new line of pharmacology was born which went on to help millions of people that previously didn't have access to drugs that treated anxiety well, at least not without a lot of undesired side effects. Previous anti-anxiety drugs causes severe drowsiness and heavily affected cognitive functions, whereas by comparison benzodiazepines caused only mild to moderate drowsiness and had little effect on cognitive function, plus they were able to suppress anxiety far more effectively. See more »


Alexandra Cabot: [to Cragen] What the hell was that?
Donald Cragen: Well, you weren't getting him to talk, so I had to give it a shot.
Alexandra Cabot: What? With the macho cop routine? I could have used the kidnapping charge as leverage if you'd just given me the chance.
Donald Cragen: I gave you your chance.
Alexandra Cabot: You lost your cool. You are too emotionally invested in this case.
Donald Cragen: Damn right.
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A three way tug of war
8 July 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Benson and Stabler take a back seat to their captain in this SVU episode. This one is Dann Florek's show and though he gets to close a very old case from his days as Captain in the 27th precinct on Law And Order prime, it comes at a high price for a pair of families.

It starts with a baby snatching from a department store. It was a crack head who snatched the infant to sell to a baby broker played by Bruce Altman. Altman has quite a racket going in adoptions though he does not kidnap the babies per se. But this one which he bought no questions asked leads to another from over a decade earlier. It was the late Sergeant Max Greevey's case from those early days of Law And Order though it was not an episode of that series.

A college student who had recently given birth was murdered and her baby snatched and sold to Altman. As Richard Belzer says to Florek he's on a mission. Before he's through there's a custody battle being waged between the now 12 year old's adopted parents, his birth grandparents and his biological father who never knew about him before.

How it comes out I dare not reveal, but it's an ongoing tragedy that started with the mother's murder and now a three way tug of war with three different parties all wanting to do the right thing.

Captain Craigin closes a case, but what a price.

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