"Imprisoned Lives"
SVU, Episode 15.02
Production number: 15002
First aired: 25 September 2013
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Written By
Julie Martin & Warren Leight

Directed By
Michael Slovis

An abandoned child leads the SVU to a dangerous kidnapper and more victims.


A young boy is abandoned in Times Square and leads the detectives to the house where his family lives. Inside, they find a locked basement where more victims await rescue, and work to solve decades-old cold cases.


Episode summary


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast


Episode references


Cragen (to Olivia): It was too soon for you to come back to SVU.

Olivia (to Cragen): If you can't trust me, then I'm done.

Olivia: You know what I've seen is that people who have gone through unfair, horrific experiences is that they have this will. And when they get support; a chance, they can not only survive, they can thrive.

Background information and notes

  • The episode is based on the Ariel Castro kidnappings case.
  • Coincidentally, this episode shares many similarities to the 2015 film Room, which also focused on the story of a women held captive and her child.
  • Rick Lyon, best known as original cast member and puppet builder behind the award-winning musical Avenue Q, makes an appearance as the man in the Times Square Mo-Mo costume.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3 4

Times Square
46th Street and Broadway
Tuesday, July 30

Pulaski Bridge
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Tuesday, July 30

Home of
Scott and Faith Greyland
Poconos, Pennsylvania
Wednesday, July 31

St. Horatio's
Parochial School
1121 Lorimer Street
Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Friday, August 2

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"Surrender Benson"
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