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|Production number: 07002|
First aired: 6 December 2005
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What initially starts as an investigation into the stabbing of a young schoolboy leads to concerns for the welfare of the daughter of a lesbian couple and a custody battle for the little girl.
A car races to a hospital and dumps the body of schoolboy Sean Hamill at the entrance before speeding off. Sean is found to have a severe stab wound and this and other injuries results in him being paralyzed from the waist down. Inquiries lead the detectives to Charlie Monaghan, another boy who has previously gotten into trouble with Sean, but it isn't long before their attention turns to Charlie's half-sister Emma Boyd. It turns out that Sean has been tormenting the little girl for months because she has two lesbian mothers. They both attend a Catholic school where homosexuality is frowned upon. When Sean cut Emma's ponytail off with a pair of scissors, she snapped and stabbed him with another pair. Charlie took Sean to the hospital in the principal's car, without the principal's permission, and took the rap on himself by lying to the police in order to protect Emma. The case against Emma for stabbing Sean is later dropped when evidence taken from the school's social networking site backs up the claims that Sean has been bullying her.
After getting a nice deal for Emma's side, Benson and Stabler are thrown for a loop when Emma's mother, Kate Boyd, dies unexpectedly. Kate's parents accuse her partner, Zoe Dunlop, who has never legally adopted Emma, of sexually molesting their granddaughter, and evidence seems to support their claims. Huang doesn't believe that she's been molested and that her grandparents coached her to it. It's eventually revealed that the grandparents' lawyer was responsible for this as he secretly desired to prove that it is not healthy for kids to be brought up in a gay environment. Upon realizing their mistake, the grandparents agree to testify against their lawyer and apologize to Zoe for hurting her. Zoe, who retains custody of Emma, refuses to forgive and forget and announces that she will be denying them access to Emma.
Main cast Edit
- Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler
- Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson
- Richard Belzer as Detective John Munch
- Diane Neal as A.D.A. Casey Novak
- Ice-T as Detective Odafin Tutuola
- B.D. Wong as Dr. George Huang
- Tamara Tunie as Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
- Dann Florek as Captain Donald Cragen
Recurring cast Edit
- Ned Eisenberg as Attorney Roger Kressler
- Paula Garcés as CSU Technician Millie Vizcarrondo
- Patricia Kalember as Judge Karen Taten
- Stephen Henderson as Judge Bernard
- Stephen Gregory as Dr. Kyle Beresford
Guest cast Edit
- Amy Pietz as Zoe Dunlop
- Raquel Castro as Emma Boyd
- Daniel Jenkins as Father Justin Miller
- Stephen Bogardus as Attorney James Decker
- Dorothy Lyman as Principal Parker
- Todd Gearhart as A.D.A. Garrett Gillespie
- Edmund Genest as Oliver Boyd
- Adam LeFevre as Ray Monaghan
- Sasha Neulinger as Charlie Monaghan
- Mary Beth Peil as Deborah Boyd
- Jack Koenig as Edgar Hamill
- Heather Fairfield as Lenore Hamill
- Daniel Manche as Sean Hamill
- Sarah Knapp as Kate Boyd
- Dallas Snoderly as Adam
- Violet O'Neill as Helena
- Sage Doviak as First Grader
- Rob Puterman as Doctor
- Elliot Stabler: You don't send your kids to military school if you're a pacifist.
- Mr. Hamill [to the detectives after he discovers that Emma Boyd stabbed his son, Sean]: I don't care if he called her a fag-dyke-whore-bitch from Hell. Arrest her.
- Millie Vizcarrondo: Found these scissors in the school dumpster.
- Fin: She means I found them, underneath the tuna casserole. All she did was stand there and point.
Background information and notes Edit
Nitpick: Scene of the lawyer getting in trouble for telling the grandparents that Emma was more likely to be abused by Zoe (the non-biological mother). The lawyer was not entirely wrong. There is no basis that kids living with homosexual parents are more likely to be abused than kids living with straight parents. However, kids are seven times more likely to be abused by a non-biological parent than a biological parent (study by Daly and Wilson). It is known as the Cinderella effect. Caution should have been in place against Zoe, not because she was a homosexual, but because she was biologically not related to Zoe.
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