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Home Invasions 

After a couple is murdered in their home and their daughter is critically injured, SVU uncovers a number of twisted family secrets, as well as detective Rollins' gambling addiction.


Jim McKay


Dick Wolf (created by), Bryan Goluboff


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Richard Belzer ... John Munch (credit only)
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Jake T. Austin ... Rob Fisher
Elizabeth Rodriguez ... Carmen Vasquez
Lauren Kelly ... Emmy Eckhouse
Danny Mastrogiorgio ... Mr. Fisher
Delaney Williams ... John Buchanan
Alan Davidson Alan Davidson ... McCourt
Isiah Whitlock Jr. ... Captain Reece
Cady Huffman ... Maureen Manning
Betsy Aidem ... Dr. Sloane


After a couple is murdered in their home and their daughter is critically injured, SVU uncovers a number of twisted family secrets, as well as detective Rollins' gambling addiction.

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Release Date:

15 February 2012 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) says, "Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." This is a reference to the opening line of Leo Tolstoy's 1877 novel "Anna Karenina," which begins, "All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." See more »


Olivia Benson: Absentee mother, adolescent girl left alone in the house with her father.
Nick Amaro: Who has a drinking problem.
Olivia Benson: Says she's a virgin, but somehow contracted genital herpes? Wouldn't be the first time we tested a corpse for STDs.
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References Twilight (2008) See more »

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Family Wipeout
8 May 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A bloody crime scene greets the SVU squad where a man and his wife have been shot to death. The walls were graffitied with homophobic messages which would be natural as the wife was a lawyer who was counsel to a state gay rights organization. Their daughter was wounded and is in critical condition. When she comes out of her coma it is possible that Lauren Gray can tell what happened.

Until then the squad has to deal with three possibilities. That it is indeed a hate crime because of the graffiti and the fact that mother had gotten into a lesbian relationship and was to be leaving her husband. Secondly that Gray's boyfriend Jake T. Austin took matters into his own hands or his father Danny Mastrogiorgio who disapproved of her and the relationship did something.

A third possibility is that the father was killed for a gambling debt as an example. Turns out he was a degenerate gambler, a fact verified by housekeeper Elizabeth Rodriguez and her brother Esai Morales. Turns out the father was more than that.

This episode with the gambling angle also sheds a light on Kelli Giddish who has a bad gambling problem, gotten worse by her move from Atlanta to New York.

The solution is a great deal more sicker than any of these red herrings served up by the plot. The burdens some kids have to bear.

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