A young woman is found wandering alone in Central Park resulting in the reopening of a 10 year old case, while Olivia Benson and Sheila Porter go to family court regarding Noah.


Tricia Brock


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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
Paul Schulze ... Bill Lawrence
Kellie Overbey ... Karen Lawrence
Mike Faist ... Glenn Lawrence
Ili Ray ... Britney Taylor
Peter Hermann ... Trevor Langan
Jayne Houdyshell ... Judge Ruth Linden
Maureen Mueller ... Daniella Janet
Brooke Shields ... Sheila Porter
Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Thomas ... Isaiah Thomas
Lawrence Ballard Lawrence Ballard ... Dr. Leon Bailey (as Lawrence W. Ballard)


Olivia Benson has two issues to deal with - first a family court hearing involving Noah's biological grandmother Sheila Porter, next the appearance of a young lady who may be a missing girl from ten years earlier. When checking of the girl's story turns up discrepancies, SVU uncovers a long-buried family secret, while Olivia and Sheila, realizing Noah is more important than any court hearing, begin bonding with the young boy together. Written by Michael Daly

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Release Date:

25 October 2017 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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This is judge Linden's first episode since the season 16 finale, "Surrendering Noah". See more »


Odafin Tutuola: We've alerted the Pennsylvania State Troopers. So far, no sign of a white van with Pennsylvania plates anywhere near the Grand Concourse station or the 110th Street station.
Amanda Rollins: Not to mention there are no orange groves in Pennsylvania, so this girl is making this story up as she goes along.
Olivia Benson: Or, if she is Emma, she's been missing a long time. She could be confused and have gaps in her memory.
Odafin Tutuola: Barba, can you get us a warrant for her DNA?
Rafael Barba: I could, but I'd rather not. What if you're wrong and this ...
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Law & Order: "SOAP" Victims Unit (SVU)
9 November 2017 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

What the heck does a former detective recently promoted to the level of Captain named Olivia Benson and her relationship with her adoptive son Noah have to do with a television drama series titled "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"?

I am a fan of a crime series that contain multiple story lines in each episode but I must say that the only reason I am writing this episode review is because I am just so fed up with Mariska Hargitay developing scripts that have nothing to do with the "special victims unit" and solely relate to almost anything and everything that allow Mariska Hargitay to interject herself in to the episode story line.

It just makes no sense that ever since Olivia Benson was promoted to Captain of the Special Victims Unit in season 17 that the foundation of this longstanding series now in its 19th season has turned more in to a daytime soap opera each week, with a really soapy story line that always has to involve the new Captain Olivia Benson and her adoptive son Noah. The previous 16 seasons when Dann Florek played Captain Cragen the series multiple story lines concentrated on special victims and not on the captains personal life.

This weeks story line is about a missing five (5) year old girl who appears to have been found after missing for more than a decade. Oh did I mention the other story line has Olivia in tears because Noah's maternal grandmother,Sheila Porter, (played by Brooke Shields) has sought a court injunction to see her grandson Noah. (booo-hooo) I guess that is what happens when a main star of a longstanding series becomes an executive producer, and to cut costs we get less product and a heck of a lot more soap.

Olivia and Noah should just move to a weekday daytime soap and maybe the series could then promote Ice-T to the Captain position so we could get back to the old format where the Captain provides leadership and the story lines could go back to concentrating on what the series is titled "Special Victims Unit" not the SOAP unit.

I cannot give this episode anything higher than a 4/10 rating.

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