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Detective Lake is accused of killing a police officer, and SVU soon discovers that he has been investigating a 10-year-old cold rape case without anyone's knowledge.


David Platt


Dick Wolf (created by), Judy McCreary (as Judith McCreary)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
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
Deirdre Lovejoy ... Penelope Fielding
Victoria Cartagena ... Cecelia Cruz
Jack Gwaltney ... Tom Crane
Brian Tarantina ... Bill Jensen
Anthony Ruiz ... Hector Hernandez
Mike Doyle ... Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran


Detective Lake is accused of killing a police officer, and SVU soon discovers that he has been investigating a 10-year-old cold rape case without anyone's knowledge.

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This is the last episode in which Diane Neal (as Assistant District Attorney Casey Novak) and Adam Beach (as Detective Chester Lake) appear. Neal, however, would return to the series in the Season 12 episode Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Reparations (2011), and would have a recurring role throughout Season 13. See more »


Casey Novak: [to Stabler] You think you could manage to read Detective Lake his rights?
Elliot Stabler: I miss something?
Casey Novak: I specifically told you not to question him. He's under the 48-hour rule and shielded from interrogation.
Elliot Stabler: Don't worry. He didn't say anything.
Casey Novak: Yeah, and lucky for you. Because if he talked, it would've been inadmissible and under immunity.
Elliot Stabler: Okay, so how are we supposed to put this down when most crimes are solved within the first 48?
Casey Novak: You know what? That's not my problem. So you either follow orders or just stay...
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A Piece of Constructive Criticsim to a Fine Series from a Loyal Fan.
31 December 2008 | by redryan64See all my reviews

LET us start out by saying that we personally love Mr. Dick Wolf's creation of LAW & ORDER Wolf Pictures/Universal/NBC TV Network, 1990-????) And its offspring L & O: SPECIAL VICTIMS UNIT (1999-????) and L & O: CRIMINAL INTENT (2000-????). LAW & ORDER (the original) was one of the fine Cop Shows on the old tube (along with HOMICIDE:LIFE ON THE STREET that kept me in the game mentally when I was laid up from my job on the good old Chicago P,D. back in 1994-95.

WE really wish that we could say that it was due to some exciting, heroic shoot-out with the bad guys or some such dramatic reason; but, alas, it would be a lie, plain and simple! The malady in my own case was a very harsh dose of the old Rheumatoid Arthritis; which, believe you me, is one nasty illness that you wouldn't want to wish on your own worst enemy!

HOWEVER enough of this sh*t already! Let's get back to our next review on this our very next little morsel of the night in this SPECIAL VICS Episode of "COLD".

WE find that one must not judge on of these L & O Groups entries until you've seen the whole story. This particular installment involves a bad shooting by a Cop, which is a cover up for his own illegal criminal activity. Caught in the middle are some illegal aliens, Detective Lake (Adam Beach) and some other non regular cop character.

WITH plenty of twists and many a use of generous helping of irony, this is indeed one very fine entry into the series. But we have two general remarks about this episode in particular and for all of the LAW & ORDER'S FAMILY of Good Cop Shows.

FIRST of all, there are too many stories that revolve around POLICE MISCONDUCT. Believe me, we know that these things happen and there are always guys on the Job who just don't belong there. We know that things happen, but not to the extent that this fiction would seem to indicate.

SECONDLY, and this is just a given. There is entirely too much of a tilt toward the Left Politically speaking. We realize that it would be impossible not to insert some of one's own personal feelings into a story; but c'mon gang! There are entirely too many stories that, e.g., make abortion clinic picketers the bad guy, ridicule people who are supposed to be proponents of 2nd Amendment Rights (That Means the Right to Bear Arms, Schultz!) and the show ignores one of the most perplexing problems that Police have to deal with.

THAT being that NO MATTER WHAT POLICE DEPARTMENT WE ARE talking about anywhere, POLITICAL CRONYISM is the most detrimental element to good police work and to fair promotion of deserving people to run and manage an efficiently smooth running Police Department for all citizens.

JUSY you wait until I write MY BOOK! That'll be one that will make at least one great film or TV Series!


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Release Date:

13 May 2008 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



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16:9 HD
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