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CSU Stuckey's careless error causes a deranged killer to go free on a technicality. Later, more signature killings emerge, and more people connected to the case may be targeted.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
Michaela McManus ... Kim Greylek (credit only)
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Nick Stahl ... Peter Harrison
Noel Fisher ... CSU Tech Dale Stuckey
Mike Doyle ... Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran
Ronald Guttman ... Edgar Radzinsky
Lizette Carrion Lizette Carrion ... A.D.A. Kristen Torres
Carol Kane ... Gwen Munch
Kelly Bishop ... Julia Zimmer


CSU Stuckey's careless error causes a deranged killer to go free on a technicality. Later, more signature killings emerge, and more people connected to the case may be targeted.

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Release Date:

2 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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This is the last episode in which Mike Doyle (Ryan O'Halloran) appears. See more »


One of the victims is attacked with a syringe of potassium chloride (the same basic ingredients of lethal injections). However, if this is injected into a person without being properly diluted as is done in executions, it will burn through veins and skin which wasn't seen or mentioned. See more »


CSU Tech Dale Stuckey: But I did everything right.
Detective Elliot Stabler: What you did was botch an open-and-shut case. And now, that is walking out of here a free man.
CSU Tech Dale Stuckey: Look, I didn't do anything wrong.
Detective Elliot Stabler: Everything with you is "I, I. Me, me." You're selfish. I'm going to do everything I can to get you run out of CSU and sent to the Motor Pool, where the only thing you can do is screw up an oil change.
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CSU Screws up big time
25 August 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

A deranged sexual predator Nick Stahl is the prime suspect in the murder of a mother and the kidnapping of her baby. Fortunately the infant is found almost immediately, but that's far from the end of this episode.

Mike Doyle's new assistant in the Crime Scene Unit Noel Fisher has a nasty habit of getting under Christopher Meloni, but he gravitates to Mariska Hargitay almost like she was his mother. He was truly one of the most annoying characters this or any other series had, but in this episode he proves to be far more than annoying after his poor work forces Judge Judith Light to let Stahl go.

One of the best SVU episodes ever with an array of brilliant guest star performances from Fisher, Light, Stahl and Carol Kane who does a turn as Richard Belzer's ex-wife.

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