Benson (Mariska Hargitay) hears from her half-brother (Michael Weston), who is on the run because of sexual assault charges. He continues to claim his innocence, though because evidence continues to pile up against him, Benson reluctantly agrees to help in the investigation.


David Platt


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 (credit only)
Diane Neal ... Casey Novak (credit only)
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (credit only)
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Kim Delaney ... Captain Julia Millfield
Michael Weston ... Simon Marsden
Josh Casaubon ... Michael Thatcher
Kathryn Hays Kathryn Hays ... Jane Willet
Mike Doyle ... Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran
Graham Winton Graham Winton ... RPB Food Distributors Owner
Maggie Burke Maggie Burke ... Sharon Marsden


Olivia's half-brother, Simon turns up and the FBI questions her if she knows where he is. He goes to see her to proclaim his innocence of the charges Captain Millfield is accusing him of. When he disappears, Olivia decides to go talk to his mother but she has Alzheimer's so what she says can't be taken serious. She then decides to learn about her father; why he became a rapist. She eventually looks at the evidence against Simon and thinks he could be Innocent. With help from Elliot they figure out where Simon is. But Millfield is also there. Written by

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1 May 2007 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


John Rue (Desk Sgt. Ludlow) also played the role of a trucker in episode 11.24, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Shattered (2010). See more »


Benson says that in 1967, abortion was illegal. In fact, New York was one of the few states at that time where abortion was legal on demand. See more »


Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran: [to Olivia] You've done a couple hundred rape cases. How many head hairs have you found in a victim's underwear?
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piss-poor police procedure
18 April 2018 | by mttiroSee all my reviews

This review is actually a critique of only one aspect of this episode, and that is the writing that reflects exceptionally poor police procedure--procedure that I can't believe would actually ever happen in the real world. So at one point early in the episode (this isn't really a spoiler), Olivia convinces her brother Simon, who is wanted by the feds, to meet her at a bookstore cafe. A federal agent goes with her and plans to take Simon into custody.

Naturally, as *always* happens in these poorly-written scenes, Simon begins to "smell a rat" and he bolts, running out of the bookstore to escape the trap Olivia has set for him. Some trap! The federal agent is nowhere in sight, and Simon escapes.

Now in the real world, that federal agent would've positioned himself near the front door, or at some other obvious site, making it more difficult for the target to just walk out of the place unimpeded. This is one of my "pet peeves" with these shows--"Hollywood writing" intrudes far too often. Just for the sake of drama, like an extended chase scene, the police do completely unrealistic things they would never do in real life. For me, this ruins the episode.

Memo to Hollywood writers--Have people do and say real things that real people would do in real-life situations. No one yells at a suspect when they're 50 yards away from him and only on one side of him. They wait until they have him surrounded, until they have his escape routes blocked off. That's just common sense. These police shows are the worst offenders for this kind of thing.

I suggest that if the writers, directors, and producers would exhibit more common sense in their scripts and productions, their audiences would show their appreciation by viewing more often.

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