Stabler runs into an old friend when the team investigates the rape and murder of an astronaut.


Peter Leto


Dick Wolf (created by), Daniel Truly

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
Michaela McManus ... Kim Greylek (credit only)
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
James Brolin ... Colonel Richard Finley
Danny Mastrogiorgio ... Orlando McTeer
Dane DeHaan ... Vincent Beckwith
Annika Boras ... Leslie Schuster
Kristina Klebe ... Marga Janssen
Betty Buckley ... Attorney Walsh
Chris Elliott ... Anton Thibodeaux


Stabler runs into an old friend when the team investigates the rape and murder of an astronaut.

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Release Date:

21 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Colonel Finley says "the last thing NASA needs is another astronaut in a diaper story." He is referring to the case of Navy Captain Lisa Nowak, a NASA astronaut who was a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Discovery during mission STS-121 in July 2006. Nowak gained international attention on February 5, 2007, when she was arrested in Orlando, Florida, and subsequently charged with the attempted kidnapping of U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman. Nowak drove from her house in Huston to Orlando without stopping by reportedly wearing space diapers in order to kidnap Shipman from Orlando International Airport. Police thought she intended to kidnap and murder Shipman due to her being jealous over Shipman's relationship with a fellow astronaut. See more »


As a result of a fight earlier in the day, Col. Richard Finley had received a bleeding cut on his forehead, which Olivia tried to staunch. Later that evening after he resists arrest, Col. Finley's lip is bloodied, but there is no evidence of his recent head wound. See more »


Colonel Richard Finley: [about Elliot about Olivia] So? Hmm?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Dick, I'm married.
Colonel Richard Finley: Never stopped me.
Detective Elliot Stabler: And you got the four divorces to prove it.
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An astronaut dies in New York
30 November 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The death of a woman who happened to be a celebrated astronaut is originally thought to be part of a string of crimes connected to a serial rapist. But when he's caught he's got a very good alibi for not being the perpetrator of her homicide.

The investigation leads to the space program itself and it also leads to Christopher Meloni becoming reacquainted with James Brolin formerly of the US Marineslike Meloni and now a senior astronaut. The squad gives him courtesies that they normally wouldn't allow. Brolin also expresses a real interest in Mariska Hargitay.

Two suspects emerge, a young crystal meth addict played by Dane DeHaan who is found with the deceased's credit card and an astronaut buff/stalker who had a thing for the victim played by Chris Elliott.

The eventual solution is quite the shocker and the motive was pure jealousy on someone's part.

Nice casting all around and an interesting conclusion.

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