A dying man's confessions to Benson and Stabler reveal secrets about the true identity of his estranged daughter, and that the wrong man is in jail for the murder of the daughter's biological mother.


David Platt


Dick Wolf (created by), Amanda Green

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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)
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen (credit only)
Brian Dennehy ... Judson Tierney
John Doman ... Mike Mollinax
Isabel Gillies ... Kathy Stabler
Paget Brewster ... Sheila Tierney
Karen Ziemba ... Tierney's Doctor
Victoria Wyndham Victoria Wyndham ... Rita Colino
Judith Light ... Judge Elizabeth Donnelly


A priest whom Elliot knows asks him to talk to a man he's been counseling who's about to die. Elliot sees him and goes to see the man's daughter whom the man wants to see but she hates him. She gives them money he sent her over the years and discover that they were stolen by a couple of bank robbers who were known as the Fedora Bandits. Elliot thinks he's one of them and thinks that's it. But the priest tells him there's more. He brings Olivia along and that's when they learn that he killed his partner because he was the actual father of his daughter because he was going to kill her. They also learn that the partner killed her mother and that someone else was convicted of the crime so they try to get him released but they need the man to say he didn't do it but he's already in the final stages. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

2 January 2007 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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This episode marks the final time in which the entire Stabler family appear at the same time in one episode. The four children would appear together in the episode Pretend, but without Kathy Stabler (Isabel Gillies) present. See more »


Stabler walks into the squad room and asks Benson, "Did you run him through the system?" Benson replies, " Yeah, there's no priors under the name Judson Tierney but without fingerprints it could be an alias". Stabler, "How about background?" Benson, " yeah he owns a house in Rigo Park free and clear, he opened a locksmiths shop in 1971, he's worked there everyday since he got sick a year ago". Surely she means until he got sick a year ago. See more »


Dr. George Huang: It's her choice, Elliot. If Sheila doesn't want to see her father, you can't make her.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, and after he dies, you don't think she'll regret it?
Dr. George Huang: Maybe, maybe not.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Oh, come on, all you shrinks talk about is closure.
Dr. George Huang: "Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Tolstoy, Anna Karenina. Families are complicated.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Yeah, tell me about it. All right, so Tierney. How do we get him to talk?
Dr. George Huang: You don't. He'll talk to you when he's ready.
Detective Elliot Stabler: When he's ready? Look, this guy is running out of time and ...
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21 February 2007 | by cuddlesmom93See all my reviews

Judith Light makes L & O SVU! A great show, but light's Judge Donnelly is a delight to watch. making her a regular would be a smart movie for Dick Wolfe and Co.

This episode had it all. Mystery (is the old guy on the up and up? why did he lie all those years?), humor, great Bensen/Stabler interactions, and ofcoures the short but PERFECT scene with Casey and Liz. Just when you think all is lost, Judge Donnelly points Caesy to an unexpected avenue.

The mothership is still my favorite L &O, but SVU runs a close second with episodes like this one.

Now, if they would just get Jack & Liz together... or maybe they were together long long ago?? Would love to see that angle explored by NBC.

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