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Pattern Seventeen 

SVU is dealing with a serial rapist whose specific pattern connects him to several other rapes across the country, but connecting the dots becomes a jurisdictional and logistical nightmare.

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Martha Mitchell

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Kevin Fox
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro (credit only)
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Peter Scanavino ... Dominick Carisi Jr.
Raúl Esparza ... Rafael Barba (credit only)
Harry Hamlin ... Chief Charles Patton
Jayne Houdyshell ... Judge Ruth Linden
Peter Hermann ... Trevor Langan
Jordan Lage ... Albert Beck
Samantha Futerman ... Annie Lin
Myk Watford ... Captain Sam Reynolds
Michael Kostroff ... Evan Braun
Lou Martini Jr. ... Dr. Joseph Conklin
Lizzy DeClement ... Beth Burns
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When a series of young, petite girls are assaulted in the early morning hours, Detective Rollins matches the pattern to several rapes she worked in Atlanta. When she finds that the victims' rape kits were never tested, Atlanta SVU Chief Patton claims none of the cases were worth pursuing. Intense media scrutiny and the lack of a suspect brings the heat down on Sgt. Benson, who has to face Chief Dodds and their commanders in a CompStat briefing. Meanwhile, a family court judge threatens to remove baby Noah from Benson's care. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2014 (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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16:9 HD
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Olivia Benson: Albert Beck is a serial rapist who moved from state to state, year after year. But because so many cities are seriously underfunded, and the legal system doesn't take crimes against women seriously, his DNA was never tested from the rape kits. What is the point of having a national DNA database, if the rapist's DNA is never entered into it?
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Moves his act
18 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The most frightening thing about this case is that serial rapist Jordan Lage is able to keep operating for decades by simply moving his act. He also has another thing going for him, he's in a profession where absolutely no one would ever suspect him of any wrong doing.

By changing his residence Lage just keeps going and going. And with their being no national database for reference it's up to the local jurisdictions to process these rape kits and they haven't the funds.

Once again it's Kelli Giddish who notices something from her days in the Atlanta PD sex crimes that brings it to Sergeant Benson's attention. But Mariska Hargitay also has other things on her mind that being an officious social worker from Child Welfare trying to cover the rear ends of herself and her agency who brings Olivia in for a hearing.

In the end Lage does confess, but you have to see how new SVU squad member Peter Scannavino worms it out of him.

The Big Brother aspects of a National DNA database frighten many people including me. Still this episode makes a compelling case for it.


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