SVU, Episode 3.21
Production number: E2334
First aired: 3 May 2002
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Cabot Denial
Written By
Judy McCreary

Directed By
Steve Shill

A drug addict is sexually assaulted, but she's in trouble when a finger is found in her purse.

Plot Edit

When heroin junkie Claire Rinato is found raped, Fin takes an interest in her, but when the police find a severely decomposed finger in her purse, it opens a can of worms that goes back 13 years, when teenaged Claire witnessed her mother beating her younger sister, Lisa, to death -- and even further back to when Claire's grandmother, Rose, turned Grace in for the murder of her first-born son, Anthony, years before Claire was born.

Summary Edit

Episode summary

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

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References Edit

Lisa Rinato; Anthony Rinato

Quotes Edit

"It's official: the finger's dead."
Melinda Warner

Claire Rinato: You're gonna tell me you know how I feel, right?
Odafin Tutuola: Well, I never saw my dead sister stuffed in the back of a closet like an old pair of shoes.

Alexandra Cabot: Your Honor, the defendant murdered a child. She violently beat a two-year-old child to death and shows no remorse.
Lena Petrovsky: Are you proposing to try your case right here, Ms. Cabot?
Alexandra Cabot: No, I'm simply using rhetoric in order to make my point.
Lena Petrovsky: One of your more endearing qualities.

Claire Rinato: What kind of a name is Fin?
Odafin Tutuola: It's mine.

Odafin Tutuola: Trying to take the easy way out?
Claire Renato: And if I was?
Odafin Tutuola: Then it's too bad I got there in time.

Claire Rinato: I really didn't mean to overdo it. Really.
Odafin Tutuola: That's what all Junkies say.
Claire Rinato: You've done your good deed, now you can go.

Odafin Tutuola: Maybe you don't get it! You're in serious trouble. If you don't pay attention, you're going to prison.
Claire Rinato: Are you still here?
Odafin Tutuola: I really can't believe--you know, I almost bought you took care of your sister and loved her--damn, girl, you're better than the soaps!

Claire Rinato: You have no idea what it feels like to have a mother that doesn't give a damn about you.
Odafin Tutuola: Violins gonna start any minute.
Claire Rinato: Screw you. Lisa was all I had. She was actually happy to see me come through the door. Unconditional love is a rush.

(Fin leans in towards Claire)

Odafin Tutuola: Give it to me straight. You kill her?
Claire Rinato: No, but I couldn't protect her. Grace was too strong. She told me that if I didn't keep my mouth shut, I was next.

Odafin Tutuola: You tell anybody?
Claire Rinato: I called my grandmother the first time I was alone, but she was recovering from another stroke and I guess she didn't believe me.

Odafin Tutuola: If that's how it went down, then it wasn't your fault.
Claire Rinato: That little girl trusted me to keep her safe. How is it not my fault?

Claire Rinato: How's my grandmother?
Odafin Tutuola: She's holding her own. Won't be able to see her till tomorrow.

(Fin hands Claire a package)

Claire Rinato: What's that?
Odafin Tutuola: Your last excuse not to go to rehab. No more lame-ass whining about how you gotta get high to remember what your sister looked like.

(Claire takes the package and unwraps it to find a portrait of Lisa.)

Claire Rinato: I would hug you, but I can tell you don't like to be touched.
Odafin Tutuola: (handing her a card) This is a good place to go to start getting clean. A friend of mine runs it and I told him to expect you.

Claire Rinato: Okay.
Odafin Tutuola: Don't make me have to come run your ass down, Claire.
Claire Rinato: (hugs Fin) Thanks.

Background information and notes Edit

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4

Home of Rose Rinato
North Bergen, New Jersey
Sunday, April 21

Apartment of Grace Rinato
157 East 4th Street
Sunday, April 21

Pete's Diner
1098 Broadway
Sunday, April 21

Part 44
Wednesday, April 24

5 6 7

Chambers of
Judge Seligman
Friday, April 26

Office of the
Medical Examiner
Monday, April 29

Rikers Island
Tuesday, April 30

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