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SVU, Episode 6.18
Production number: E5220
First aired: 8 March 2005
  th of 366 produced in SVU  
th of 366 released in SVU
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Sebastian Ballentine
Written By
Dawn DeNoon

Directed By
Aaron Lipstadt

Plot Edit

After 18-year-old Kaley Sellers is kidnapped and raped, psychic Sebastian Ballentine comes forward claiming to have information about the kidnapping. Stabler refuses to believe that Ballentine is a real psychic and is convinced that the hints he is dropping about the case indicate he is somehow involved. After Kaley's body is found in a spot that Ballentine specifically described, Stabler suspects him being the kidnapper, although he was at the police station when she was killed. Benson and Stabler discover that Kaley planned to sell her virginity on the internet in exchange for college tuition funding.

After Sister Peg is kidnapped and Kaley's clothes are left on her bed, Benson starts to believe that when Ballentine met Sister Peg at the police station, she revealed she was a nun, signaling Balletine that she, like Kaley, is a virgin. Stabler and Tutuola break into Ballentine's apartment, but are unable to find her, while Ballentine and his wife Carlene are arrested. Casey manages to get a search warrant for their van and apartment covering Stabler's and Tutuola's break-in. During the search, they learn that the apartment is rented under the name Henry Palaver.

Canadian police send them information revealing that Palaver is a virgin rapist and is possibly Ballentine's partner, until they see Palaver's picture: Palaver and Ballentine are the same person and AFIS doesn't match with Canadian fingerprints, thus, there was no connection between Ballentine and Kaley's abduction found earlier. Benson gets Carlene to confess and she reveals that there were many other victims, mostly hitchhikers in Canada. She also confesses to the murder of Kaley in order to protect her husband.

Palaver, witnessing this, confesses to Stabler and reveals that his wife wasn't a virgin when he married her in prison, so he raped virgins to feed on his sexual compulsion. Benson questions Carlene about Sister Peg's location, believing that she was the kidnapper under Palaver's orders. Carlene gives them the location of a shipping container where Sister Peg is injured but still alive. Peg reveals that Carlene used her baby son Henry, Jr. as bait to come up behind her and subdue her.

Stabler discovers that an eight and a half month pregnant woman was butchered via caesarean section, realizing that she is the child's biological mother, and her murder was around the time the Palavers fled Canada. Carlene confesses to the murder, and to having an affair while Henry was in prison. Carlene also reveals she never had sex with Henry, possibly because he found out about the affair. Carlene hoped that if she brought a baby into the family, he would stop raping women, which was unsuccessful.

Henry, Jr. is eventually returned to his biological father while the Palavers are awaiting to be charged for their crimes. After Henry nearly strangles Carlene to death, he taunts Stabler using the voice he used to leave a sexually graphic message on Kaley's mother's answering machine, reciting the same words. Stabler reveals that while Canada wants Henry extradited, Stabler is going to try to prevent that. Palaver believes him, but apparently shows no fear over what's going to happen to him.

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

Guest cast Edit

Quotes Edit

Stabler: He went to Psychic University?
Fin: Yeah and transfered from Clown College.

Casey Novak: I fixed this, so you fix the door.
Don Cragen: What door?

Carlene Ballentine: The poor things are completely cut off from society.
Olivia Benson: Yes, that's the point of putting them behind bars.

Suspect: I deserve an apology, in writing!
John Munch: You'll be receiving one in the mail in six to eight weeks.

Casey Novak: Luckily I know a judge with a drinking problem.

Elliot Stabler: What is it with this virgin compulsion? Afraid you're not gonna measure up to other men?
Sebastian Ballentine: Oh, no, no, I'm more than adequate in bed. But the expression on a girl's face her first time is ... incomparable.
Elliot Stabler: These girls weren't having sex, they were being raped.

Sebastian Ballentine: (to Olivia) There's a problem with your husband.
Olivia Benson: (trying to trick him) Really? What is it?
Sebastian Ballentine: You don't have one.

Sebastian Ballentine: Here's my card, my name's Sebastian Ballentine.
Elliot Stabler: THE Sebastian Ballentine?
Sebastian Ballentine: You've heard of me?
Elliot Stabler: No.

Background information and notes Edit

  • When Sebastian's wife says the line to Stabler about wanting to be "a real nuclear family", she mispronounces the word "nuclear" as "nucular".
  • The voice of the crank call at the beginning of the episode is none other than Jackie Earle Haley, known most notably for his roles in Little Children, Watchmen, and A Nightmare On Elm Street.

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4 5

Law Offices of
Henshall & Langan
392 Park Avenue
Saturday, February 26

Technical Assistance
Response Unit
One Police Plaza
Saturday, February 26

Loft of
Michael Winnick
443 Broome Street
Saturday, February 26

Apartment of
Harlan Beaumont
163 West 84th Street
Sunday, February 27

Saint Anne's
Homeless Shelter
330 Tenth Avenue
Sunday, February 27

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