SVU, Episode 7.20
Production number: 07021
First aired: 2 May 2006
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Detective Lucius Blaine
Written By
Patrick Harbinson

Directed By
Juan J. Campanella


Stabler receives an expected break from Benson when he's paired with a rule-bending detective named Lucius Blaine. The two work on a case involving a 16-year-old girl who was violently attacked by a pair of siblings.


A teenager named Jessica DeLay is found badly beaten, sodomized and with three of her fingers amputated, detectives suspect a store clerk named Hamzid Latif whose store was raided by the Manhattan Health Department, which Jessica works for, he says Jessica harassed him because he refused to sell her cigarettes. At the hospital, Jessica tells detectives that her assailants had kidnapped, sexually assaulted, brutally beat, and mutilated her. She also states that there was more than one suspect. Blaine and Stabler find their suspects Kenny Bixton and his younger sister Mia at Coretta Scott King High School and take the siblings in for questioning. Kenny doesn't say anything other than asking for a soda while Mia asks to see her mother, Blaine intimidates Mia into confessing, resulting in a war of words and a brawl between himself and Stabler, which is quickly broken up. The two are called into Cragen's office 


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Blaine: In Queens, we treat a victim like a victim.
Stabler: Then go back to Queens.

What, did Cheney shoot somebody else?

–Cragen on the phone

Blaine: No wonder your partner dumped you.
Stabler: What'd you just say to me?
Blaine: You screwed her, now you're trying to screw me.

Cragen: You know why I put Blane with you?
Stabler: Because you started drinking again?
Cragen: So you know what you're like to work with.
Stabler: What does that mean? I don't lie to kids.
Cragen: He bends the rules. You do too.
Stabler: Not with kids.
Cragen: Do you want me to list every time you've crossed the line? You're a good cop. But God knows how Olivia put up with you for so long.
Stabler: Oh. Well, Olivia's a saint.

Blaine: Sorry about your shirt.
Stabler: Sorry about your face...Look, we don't got any other choice. Let's just work this case. Alright?

Blaine: Why would you let your little brother and sister fight your fight? What kind of man are you? Why are they in jail when the people who attacked you should be, huh?
Rudi: Because I got so damn fat, I let children beat me.

People can't help being black or gay, but being fat, well, that's their fault, right?

–Stabler to Jessica

Background information and notes

  • Anthony Anderson played Detective Lucius Blaine in this episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Anderson would later play Detective Kevin Bernard on Law & Order.
  • Natalie Cole's final acting credit before she died on December 31, 2015 at age 65.
  • Rooney Mara's sister Kate previously appeared in the season two episode Pixies.

Episode scene cards

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Health Department
Office of Rufus Brownell
Tuesday, March 28

Office of the
Medical Examiner
Tuesday, March 28

Mercy General Hospital
Jessica Delay's Room
Wednesday, March 29

Coretta Scott King
High School
354 East 120th Street
Wednesday, March 29

5 6 7 8

Apartment of
Rudi Bixton
242 East 123rd Street
Wednesday, March 29

Apartment of
Rudi Bixton
242 East 123rd Street
Friday, March 31

Trial Part 38
Wednesday, April 26

Trial Part 38
Thursday, April 27

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