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"Taboo"
SVU, Episode 7.14
Production number: 07014
First aired: 17 January 2006
  th of 366 produced in SVU  
th of 366 released in SVU
  th of 1106 released in all  
Everett Drake & Ella Christiansen
Written By
Dawn DeNoon

Directed By
Arthur W. Forney


Summary Edit

A college co-ed's tale of rape and an unknown pregnancy is suspect after detectives learn that she's been linked to not one but two abandoned newborns.

Plot Edit

A girl is running after her dog, when the dog is finally caught, it has afterbirth in its mouth. The girl and some passersby couple trace the afterbirth to the trash where they hear a baby crying. A baby boy is found and taken to the hospital where Benson and Stabler are getting his stats. Evidence leads them to a college student, who claims she was never pregnant. After interrogation, she passes out as she is leaving and is taken to the hospital where Benson finds out she was indeed pregnant and had gotten an infection from leftover traces of the afterbirth in the uterus. However, she claims she never knew that she was pregnant until the day she gave birth. She confessed to Benson that she was raped, but refused to give up the name of the father. After word leaked out to the media that she tossed a baby in the trash, the SVU detectives puts in their resources to figure out the case. Cragen then reveals that she was linked to another case of a child tossed in the trash, leaving them to assume that she lied about the rape, and is instead a serial baby killer. After interviewing other people that she was connected to trying to figure out who the father was, Doctor Warner reveals that her father and the baby's father are the same person. A paternity test later reveals that her abandoned children were the result of an incestuous relationship with her father. In the end, she is acquitted of all charges by reason of mental illness/defect, and her father is permanently barred from having any contact with his son/grandson.

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

Guest cast Edit

References Edit

Quotes Edit

Doctor: His umbilical cord was clamped off with this, or he'd have bled to death.
Benson: "Gourmet Coffee."
Stabler: Well, I guess he interrupted breakfast.



"Welcome to the world there, tough guy."
Stabler holding the baby's hand

"A fruitcake with baby fever."
Tutuola about a homeless woman who believed she was pregnant

Stabler: You chose to walk six blocks with him. Right past a firehouse! A hospital where, under safe haven laws, you could've just left him anonymously!
Ella: Why are you yelling at me?
Stabler: Because you tossed him in the trash, like the garbage you are! All the choices...how is that even an option?



Cragen: Interrogation 101: Overcoming resistance through compassion.
Stabler: I can't. Not with this one.
Benson: It's Saturday.
Stabler: Holding that kid, she just...threw away.
Cragen: Kathy still has custody.
Stabler: It's my weekend and the day's half gone. I'm still here.



"This nutcase is a serial baby-killer."
Cragen

Munch: What did she say happened to the baby?
NJ Detective: She disposed of it herself.
Tutuola: For future reference, that's called Murder Two.



Taten: As I believe the defendant is not a threat to anyone but her own offspring, the court is requesting that in exchange for a lower bail amount, she does not get pregnant again before the trail.
Berger: That's unconstitutional!
Taten: I'm not ordering that she be sterilized, Mr. Berger. But if you do become pregnant again, young lady, you will be found in contempt of this court. And bail will be rescinded.
Berger: Your Honor has no right to legislate procreation.
Taten: You think you can manage to comply with that order, Ms. Christiansen?
Ella: ...I don't know.
Taten: Bail is set at $2 million. Cash or bond.



Benson: I'm sorry to be rude, Mrs. Drake. I just got a little upset when I saw your husband working on a third baby to kill. Did you tell your wife that her grandson is also her stepson?
Mrs. Drake: What?
Benson: Your husband's been cheating on you. With his own daughter.



"You're a sick man, Mr. Drake."
Benson to Drake

"Wow. Denial really does run in your family."
Benson to Mr. Drake

"So I think that I understand what you went through growing up. I could never understand my mother's inability to love me. Until after I learned the truth about myself."
Benson to Ella

Benson: I think she had to be crazy, don't you think? She did what Everett told her to do.
Novak: I don't know. But I bet she'll have the hospital convinced that she's cured in a year or so.
Benson: Then back to Daddy.



Drake: I can give him a home. And love. He belongs with his father.
Novak: But not with his grandfather. Hand the baby to Detective Benson or you will be placed under arrest.


Background information and notes Edit

  • Zeljko Ivanek plays a character named Everett Drake in this episode. His first scene is a dialog scene with Fin and John Munch. Zeljko Ivanek previously played ADA Ed Danvers in Homicide: Life on the Street, and interacted regularly with John Munch on that show. Additionally, Ed Danvers crossed over more than once into the original Law & Order series, which is where the Don Cragen character originated. In this episode of SVU, Munch apparently doesn't notice the strong resemblance Drake shares with Ed Danvers.
  • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Holly Ashcraft case.

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4

Gourmet Coffee Shop
108 West 91st Street
Friday, December 9

Einstein's Bar
581 Columbus Avenue
Friday, December 9

Manhattan Institute
Of Technology
602 Columbus Avenue
Saturday, December 10

Bellevue Hospital
Emergency Room
Saturday, December 10

5 6 7 8

Drake Residence
12829 Carter Avenue
Newark, New Jersey
Monday, December 12

Arraignment
Part 22
Monday, December 12

Trial Part 13
Wednesday, January 11

New York State
Facility for
Psychiatric Rehabilitation
Thursday, January 12


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