While Benson and Stabler investigate the circumstances behind a foster child's disappearance, they discover that her overprotective parents are still struggling to cope with the disappearance of another daughter.

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... Elliot Stabler
... Olivia Benson
... John Munch
... Odafin Tutuola
... Dr. George Huang (credit only)
... Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
... Donald Cragen
... Erik Weber
... Mackenzie Burton
... Darla Pinnington
... Lauren White
Tasha Lawrence ... Marie Povolko
... Mickey Schaeffer
... FBI Agent Wilcox
... Kevin Burton
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A foster couple call Detectives Benson and Stabler to the scene of the crime when their ten-year-old adopted daughter disappears. It soon comes to light that she ran away to meet with a man named Erik Weber, whom she met on the internet and whom Benson and Stabler suspect of ulterior motives regarding the girl. Weber denies any wrongdoing, and also expresses romantic interest in Benson. However, as the investigation continues, the detectives realize that the girl's foster parents may be hiding something that could change the entire course of the case. Written by NBC Publicity

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The title of this episode is "Locum", the word locum is short for the Latin phrase "locum tenens", which means "place holder". In certain professions, a hospital or physicians office for example, a locum is a person who temporarily fulfills the duties of another. So in this episode's context Mackenzie was a locum for Ella. See more »

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The New York State Trooper Elliot is talking to about Ella's disappearance isn't wearing a badge on his uniform shirt. See more »

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Pamela Burton: I would be more comfortable with the female detective. The nice one?
Detective Olivia Benson: [camera cuts to Olivia interrogating the suspect] You're an idiot.
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My 'Smother'
11 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

When young Bailee Madison disappears from the home of foster parents Peter Strauss and Joan Cusack the SVU squad gets brought in as it involves a child. This episode takes some unusual directions in the plot involving the disappearance of the couple's own natural daughter some years ago.

The squad of course gets into that case and with some fresh eyes looking at it discovers the truth. But the real issue here is the extraordinary over protectiveness that the parents especially Cusack displays. Not for nothing does Madison refer to her as my 'smother'. This woman is clearly unhinged, but why she is that way is for the detectives to investigate and you to watch the episode for.

Madison is quite good as the foster child who is a kind of victim here however the story comes out. So is Cusack.

More than SVU fans should appreciate this story.


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