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Institutional Fail 

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SVU goes after Social Services after a pattern of falsified reports leads to the death of a young girl, but Benson is receiving a lot of political pressure to let it go and not open up a can of worms.

Director:

Martha Mitchell

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Julie Martin (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Peter Scanavino ... Dominick Carisi Jr.
Raúl Esparza ... Rafael Barba
Whoopi Goldberg ... Janette Grayson
John Magaro ... Keith Musio
Joseph Lyle Taylor ... Mickey D'Angelo
Jessica Pimentel ... Manuela Ozuna
Scott William Winters ... Detective Joe Dumas
Yvonna Kopacz Wright ... Dr. Darby Wilder
Michael Mastro ... Judge Serani
Steve Rosen ... Public Defender Guthrie
Caris Vujcec ... Detective Louise Campesi
Josh Pais ... Hank Abraham
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Storyline

A starving toddler found wandering the streets alone leads detectives to the home of Manuela Ozuna (guest star Jessica Pimental) and another child in grave condition. The police question Department of Child Services caseworker Keith Musio (guest star John Magaro), whose vague and backdated reports on the family suggest he hadn't checked on the children in months. When the overworked Keith accuses his supervisor, Janette Grayson (Goldberg), of orchestrating the false reports, Chief Dodds (guest star Peter Gallagher) promises to conduct an internal investigation. But when neglect leads to death, Barba (Raúl Esparza) takes matters into his own hands and arrests them for manslaughter. Meanwhile, Dodds indicates some changes coming to Benson's (Mariska Hargitay) squad.

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TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Guest star Scott William Winters is the younger brother of Dean Winters, who played Detective Brian Cassidy in the first half of SVU's first season, and returned in a recurring role in seasons 13, 14, and 15. See more »

Goofs

When Olivia enters Bruno's apartment, the number on the door is 9D, but when they find his sister inside, Carisi calls for an ambulance for apartment 9J. See more »

Quotes

Manuela Ozuna: [about Bruno] I'm doing eight years. By the time I get out, he'll be halfway to a man.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: They found a good home for him. If he's lucky, he won't remember any of this or you.
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