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|Production number: E0922|
First aired: 12 May 2000
| Written By|
Jean de Segonzac
The Detectives investigate a case in which a victim turns into an abuser.
A piano teacher gives free lessons to children, and video tapes himself molesting them. They find Evan and want him to testify. The man is found guilty and sentenced to 115 years in prison. He will be eligible for parole in 38 years, but being 60 likely won't live that long. However, Evan has become a molestor himself and while the police are willing to give him a break, the father of the victim threatens to go to the press and Evan accepts his punishment, afraid of being like his abuser.
- Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler
- Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson
- Richard Belzer as Detective John Munch
- Michelle Hurd as Detective Monique Jeffries
- Dann Florek as Captain Donald Cragen
- Isabel Gillies as Kathy Stabler
- Patricia Cook as Elizabeth Stabler
- Jeffrey Scaperrotta as Dickie Stabler
- Peter Francis James as Judge Kevin Beck
- John Benjamin Hickey as A.D.A. Mark Hickey
- Wilson Jermaine Heredia as Evan
- Carole Shelley as Judge Pamela Mizener
- Kent Broadhurst as Lawrence Holt
- Marc John Jefferies as Jonathan
- Alex Draper as Larry Holt, Jr.
- Nancy Ticotin as Evan's Mother
- Tibor Feldman as Oslow
- Dennis Paladino as Video Store Owner
- Joseph Edward as Jonathan's Father
- Tanya Alexander as Single Mom
- Julian Caiazzo as Evan, age 8
- Greg Esposito as Ricky
- Brian Guzman as Taylor Campbell
- Robert Jason Jackson as Grocer
- Bruce Birns as P.D. Lawyer
- Steven Lee Merkel as Clerk
- Anton Nadler as Evan, age 15
- Jerry O'Donnell as Officer Tulia
- Barbara Tirrell as Judge Rothman
- Ray Wineteer as Victim's Neighbor (uncredited)
- Unknown actor as Rey Guzimano
- Olivia Benson: I bet I know what you're thinking.
- Elliot Stabler: Bet you don't.
- Olivia Benson: Even the best parents can't protect their children.
- Elliot Stabler: Gutter at home. Part of it is broken. I need to fix it.
- Olivia Benson: Well you can't do everything.
- Elliot Stabler: You'd feel everything for them if you could. All the pain.
- Olivia Benson: Sometimes I just look at the kids and I think 'Why? Why do it at all?
- Elliot Stabler: Because you want to more than anything in the world. 'Cause you want to love them every day.
- Elizabeth Stabler: Yeah, why doesn't Christmas come all the time?
- Elliot Stabler: Because Santa's credit cards are all maxed out. That's why.
- "I don't know what made Holt the way he is. But I do know why I am the way I am. And it stops here. Now."
- – Evan
- "That's enough Wapner."
- – Elliot Stabler
- "Isn't math wonderful?"
- – Marck Hickley
Background information and notes
The featurette on the DVD of the first season indicates that this episode is based on true events. A Brooklyn SVU detective found a piano teacher who offered free lessons to underprivileged children. He videotaped himself molesting his students.
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