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Melancholy Pursuit 

Noah gives Olivia a scare. The team catches a tough case and has to backtrack DNA from a prolific philanderer. Dodds is having difficulty with the job.


Michael Pressman


Dick Wolf (created by), Warren Leight (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins (credit only)
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Peter Scanavino ... Dominick Carisi Jr.
Raúl Esparza ... Rafael Barba (credit only)
Andy Karl ... Mike Dodds
Alexandra Wentworth ... Lady in Park (as Ali Wentworth)
Angelica Page ... Mrs. Evans
Ross Gibby ... Patrick Evans
Brian Avers ... George Marino
Nick Cordero ... Robby Marino
Jonathan Judge-Russo ... Gary Ryan
Joanna Bonaro ... Camille Marino
Carolee Carmello ... Brendan's Birth Mother
Alice Barrett ... Stella (as Alice Barrett Mitchell)


When a young girl goes missing, they try to find her. They find her dead. They try to find out who killed her. DNA on her body is matched to a man in CODIS. The man is not the killer but the killer's brother. They ask him who his brother is but he can't tell them because he doesn't know. It seems like he was adopted and he doesn't know who his biological father is. He knows who his mother is but has never met her. They go to see her and she says the father is a man she had an affair with who was married and he has two sons so they think it could be one of them. So they go check his sons but they are not a match. They learn that the father was with many women. And they eventually find a woman who has three sons and one of them could be the one. Dodds finds working the case a little unnerving. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

11 November 2015 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Pilar Witherspoon has played three different roles over the course of the series: See more »


When Olivia is searching for Noah at the playground she finds him on the ground with other kids. When she nears the tree across from where he is there was no one standing there. The scene quickly loops and now there is a man leaning against the tree. Not a goof: the tree is large enough to hide a grown man from the angle Olivia approaches. See more »


Mike Dodds: [after Carisi lists all the evidence they have] Yeah, but don't know why
Odafin Tutuola: There's never a good answer to that question
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It's based on a true story
17 March 2017 | by timtim-40860See all my reviews

It's based on a true story happened in Italy: if you need more info, search "Yara Gambirasio" (the victim) or "Massimo Bossetti" (the killer). It 's based on the real story of the poor Yara Gambirasio and Massimo Bossetti, convicted for his murder: if you want more information about, look for their names on the network.

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