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A Park Avenue socialite's body is found in NYC'S Central Park, and the investigation leads SVU to the father figure of a homeless "street family."


Helen Shaver


Dick Wolf (created by), Paul Grellong

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch (credit only)
Diane Neal ... Casey Novak
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
Adam Beach ... Chester Lake
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong) (credit only)
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Mae Whitman ... Cassidy Cornell / Helen Braidwell
Tarek Bishara ... Cole Roderick (as Thom Bishops)
Patricia Charbonneau ... Paige Beddles (as Patricia Charboneau)
Madeline Taylor ... Josie
Kathleen Garrett ... Mrs. Braidwell
Bill Winkler ... Mr. Braidwell


A Park Avenue socialite's body is found in NYC'S Central Park, and the investigation leads SVU to the father figure of a homeless "street family."

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Release Date:

1 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Streetwise See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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The episode Streetwise brings guest star Patricia Charbonneau and episode director Helen Shaver back working together. They both starred in the 1985 critically acclaimed film Desert Hearts. See more »


At the start a sniper is seen placing his scope to his eye. This is wrong because to see through the scope you need to place you eye slightly behind the scope as recoil will push the rifle back into your eye. See more »


Cassidy Cornell: I went to the shelter to look for Josie. I didn't think Cole was gonna go there.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Where would he take her?
Cassidy Cornell: I don't know.
Detective Olivia Benson: Why should we believe you?
Cassidy Cornell: I wouldn't lie. My being here is putting all of my other kids at risk.
Detective Elliot Stabler: But they're not your kids.
Cassidy Cornell: I take care of them when they're sick, I listen to their problems, I tuck them in at night. I do all the things that a good mother would do, okay?
Detective Olivia Benson: A good mother doesn't let her kids rob and kill.
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Street Urchins get organized
15 November 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This particular episode has the SVU squad dealing with a Dickensian like family of street urchins who are under the sway of a charismatic, but psychotic Fagin played by Thom Bishops. Fagin only organized his gang to pick pockets and cut purses. Bishops deals in murder and the murder of a débutante brings the SVU squad in.

Bishops has a female Nancy played by Mae Whitman as a second in command, but he's as psychotic with her as he is with the world in general. Come to think of it this Fagin is actually more like Bill Sikes.

Eventually Bishops is arrested and Diane Neal is prosecuting him with Whitman as the key witness. But that's far from the end of this story. Whitman is not all she seems and I'll leave it at that.

Oliver Twist never ran with a crew like this.

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