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SVU, Episode 10.15
Production number: 100
First aired: 10 March 2009
  th of 366 produced in SVU  
th of 366 released in SVU
  th of 1106 released in all  
Lead Cabot and Granger
Written By
Jonathan Greene

Directed By
David Platt


After being convicted of four counts of sexual abuse, a pediatrician sues the Special Victims Unit, claiming they should have stopped him after the first incident was reported. But just as the IAB is about to put the unit through intense scrutiny, the pediatrician turns up dead. Meanwhile, former ADA Alexandra Cabot resurfaces. The killer turns out to be a mentally disabled young man named Jeffery who was molested by the doctor, lost his temper, and killed him when the doctor lied to him.

Even though Huang isn't sure he's fit to stand trial, Cabot puts him on the stand, although he clearly isn't fit to be there. Alex realizes she did the wrong thing and talks to Huang, who has figured out what caused Jeffery's disabilities: he has a nervous habit of chewing on things. As a child, he once chewed on an entire box of toys which gave him lead poisoning, leading to serious brain damage and then a seizure. The brain damage was responsible for his temper, and thus his killing of the doctor - meaning it was not Jeffery's fault.

The pediatrician also completely ignored possible lead poisoning which, if treated when it happened when he was five would very likely not have led to the same extent of brain damage that it did. This meant that the doctor victimized Jeffery twice over. This revelation gets his father to finally accept his son as he is, rather than the one he wants. Cabot, as part of a plan, takes them back to trial and calls to the stand the owner of the company who made Jeffery's toys. She reveals evidence that he has illegally put lead-based paint into his toys and has Benson and Stabler arrest him for reckless endangerment.

With that done, Cabot gives Jeffery a plea bargain where he's found not guilty by reason of mental defect and sentenced to a mental health facility where he can finally get the help he needs. She reveals to Jeffery's parents that his case will be reviewed in a month and he could get out then depending on his progress and she has made a deal with the owner of the toy company where he will pay for Jeffery's every need for the rest of his life so he wouldn't go to prison, giving Jeffery the chance to live on his own and have his own life. Cabot's actions cause Benson to comment that she really is back.

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Quotes Edit

Rowan: I'll have your ass for this.
Alex: I already have yours, and it's on the record.

Stabler: How do you know when a lawyer's lying?
Benson: Uh, when his lips are moving?

Stabler: Your telling me our perp's prints are burnt into that shell casing because he eats too much salt?

Cragen: (about Jeff) Are you at all concerned that he's slow?
Alex: That's the defense's problem.

Dr. Huang: (about Jeff) He's an 8-year old in a man's body.

Background information and notes Edit

  • This marks the first time Cabot came back to SVU since season 6's Ghost.
  • This is the last time ADA Kim Greylek is seen this season.
  • Before the end credits, it is dedicated to Dennis Radesky, a crew member for the show.

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4

Denslow Medical Center
31 East 76th Street
Tuesday, February 10

Residence of
Dr. Gilbert Keppler
632 East 67th Street
Tuesday, February 10

McTeague Residence
474 West 23rd Street
Tuesday, February 10

Lynwood Residence
984 Fifth Avenue
Wednesday, February 11

5 6 7 8

Arraignment Court
Part 46
Thursday, February 12

Supreme Court
Trial Part 67
Thursday, February 26

Office of
Dr. George Huang
Thursday, February 26

Supreme Court
Trial Part 67
Monday, March 2

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