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A prison inmate is found dead shortly after his arrival in his cell, and SVU investigate because the death was caused by sodomy. Bensen and Tutuola uncover a lot more as they investigate this attack.


Constantine Makris


Dick Wolf (created by), Judy McCreary

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler (credit only)
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch (credit only)
Stephanie March ... Alexandra Cabot
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong) (credit only)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
William Mapother ... Luke Edmunds
Terry Serpico ... Les Cooper
Robert Stanton ... P.B.A. Representative
Agustin Rodriguez Agustin Rodriguez ... Hector Ramirez
Peter Hermann ... Trevor Langan
Jason Catalano Jason Catalano ... Officer Randall Grant
Gene Canfield ... John Royce
Bruce Kirkpatrick Bruce Kirkpatrick ... Desk Sergeant


After a prison inmate is found dead shortly after his arrival in his cell, an SVU investigation begins because his death was caused by sodomy... but it occurred before he arrived in prison. Bensen and Tutuola uncover more than merely a single case of brutality. They discover a further conspiracy. Written by spinbuddy

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Release Date:

24 January 2003 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Plot is similar to real life incident that occurred in 1997 which Abner Louima was brutally attacked and sodomized by NYPD officer Justin Volpe while in the police station. Volpe plead guilty and is scheduled for release in 2025. See more »


The corrections officer that Fin and Olivia talk to in Rikers is wearing a white shirt. White shirts are reserved for senior officers that carry the rank of Lieutenant, or higher. The officer's badge indicates that he is a regular duty officer, which puts him one step in rank below a Sergeant. See more »


Olivia Benson: [to Luke Edmunds] He betrayed you.
Luke Edmunds: You wouldn't testify against your partner.
Olivia Benson: Don't throw that blue wall crap at me. If he did what Cooper did, you bet your ass I would.
Luke Edmunds: It's not so easy. Partner's like blood. You think that he feels the same way about you?
Olivia Benson: He used you. He used your dead brother. He doesn't give a damn about you. When are you going to have the balls to face that?
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Empowerment and entitlement
18 January 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In my former job with NYS Crime Victims Board I got to see all kinds of police from truly heroic and dedicated to people who think that shield gives them a sense of empowerment and entitlement. Sad to say that this SVU episode has some basis in the real life Abner Louima case where a prisoner at a precinct was sodomized with a nightstick.

At the Tombs a prisoner immediately upon being transferred there goes straight to the infirmary feeling sick and later dies in his cell. When Tamara Tunie the medical examiner sees the body she says he was forcibly sodomized and that makes it an SVU case. The timeline of the injuries sustained trace it back to when the victim was in police custody at the precinct.

The one who takes the fall for it is William Mapother who in real life is a relative of Tom Cruise and sure looks like it. But the real bad guy is Terry Serpico. He's the textbook definition of empowerment and entitlement among cops without the societal responsibility. The blue wall of silence protected him for years and Mariska Hargitay and Ice-T, have a tough scaling of said wall.

Trust me, Serpico (and that's ironical for an actor with that name to portray a corrupt cop) is doing far more than getting his jollies with a prisoner or three. Watch the episode to find out.

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