Stabler is attacked by a man that he helped put away 19 years earlier. When that man faces attempted murder charges, he claims that he was the victim because of the solitary confinement he faced during his sentence.

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Helen Shaver

Writers:

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
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong) (credit only)
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Christine Lahti ... Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton
Stephen Rea ... Callum Donovan
Deborah Ann Woll ... Lily Milton
Bobby Campo ... Parker Hubbard
Joanna Merlin ... Judge Lena Petrovsky
John F. O'Donohue ... Stevedore (as John O'Donohue)
Jabari Gray ... CSU Tech Keegan Timmons
Stephen Gregory ... Dr. Kyle Beresford
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Stabler is attacked by a man that he helped put away 19 years earlier. When that man faces attempted murder charges, he claims that he was the victim because of the solitary confinement he faced during his sentence.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Goofs

After leaving the bar, Olivia answers her phone as she walks past a series of windows. Just as she starts to say, "Hey Captain," in the bay window to the right, a dark silhouette of the camera taking the shot can be seen momentarily against the bright white building across the street, before it rolls beyond the window. See more »

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Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: [after Elliot is pushed off a building by Cal Donovan and ends up in the hospital]
[to Olivia]
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Does he do this often?
Olivia Benson: What? Almost die in the line of duty?
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Take a nap halfway through his tour.
Detective Elliot Stabler: I'm still alive. I can hear you, ladies.
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Where Would We Be Without Love
Written by Malcolm Kirby Jr. and 'James Martin' and 'Joshua Alan Kessler' and 'Clarence Lewis'
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No birdman of Sing Sing
29 July 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The feud between ADA Christine Lahti and Christopher Meloni gets center stage in this episode of SVU. For a series of episodes these two just pressed each other's buttons.

This involves Stabler getting reacquainted with the man whom he busted as a patrolman. Which said bust also got him his detective's shield. Stephen Rea is the prime suspect of the disappearance of a female neighbor. It turns out he didn't do that crime, but in resisting arrest he pushed Detective Stabler off a roof.

He's claiming solitary made him do it. During his stay in prison Rea ran afoul of the Aryan Brotherhood and the people who ran Sing Sing just kept him in solitary for his protection. His defense is that psychologically it did something to him.

I rather suspect that solitary would be more like what happened to Robert Stroud in Birdman Of Alcatraz. He was not locked in a cell with nothing at all, he had contact with guards and was allowed out one hour a day for exercise. Nothing like what Stabler experienced when he tried solitary. It's a weakness of the episode.

Richard Belzer was sympathetic to Rea's case, but why do I think he would have been less sympathetic if it was Detective John Munch thrown off the roof.

Not the strongest SVU episode.


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