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Institutional Fail 

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.


Martha Mitchell


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

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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


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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Release Date:

7 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Amanda (Kelli Giddish) was really pregnant with her first baby that she gave birth to on Oct. 6th 2015. Her pregnancy was written into the script for season 17. See more »


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 »


Rafael Barba: [to Janette] Are you the most incompetent manager in the world who can't tell the difference between a false report and a legitimate one? Or did you instruct case workers to falsify reports to meet productivity goals?
Mickey D'Angelo: Objection! Badgering!
Judge Maria Ana DeFeceo: I'll allow. The witness will answer.
Rafael Barba: So which is it, Miss Grayson?
Janette Grayson: I didn't want any of this to happen.
Rafael Barba: You didn't want to advance your career by ignoring innocent children's pain and death, or you didn't wanna get caught?
Mickey D'Angelo: Objection!
Janette Grayson: I'm asked to do what the ...
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In today's hard hitting episode
25 December 2018 | by xhidden99See all my reviews

A cray cray dopefiend kills her kid and she and social services manager Whoopi Goldberg agree it's some white guy's fault. It's the system's fault. FIGHT THE POWER

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