SVU, Episode 10.15
Production number: 100
First aired: 10 March 2009
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Written By
Jonathan Greene

Directed By
David Platt

Plot[edit | edit source]

After being convicted of four counts of sexual abuse, Dr. Gilbert Keppler sues the Special Victims Unit, claiming they should have stopped him after the first incident was reported. Ed Tucker of IAB puts the unit through intense scrutiny, but clears them after they revealed that the first victim had previously cried wolf and accused an innocent man of molestation just the year before, ruining his life, while the third and fourth victims didn't even know anything was wrong. Taking more time allowed them to both catch Keppler in the act and find DNA evidence linking him to the victims, assuring a conviction. However, Keppler turns up dead not long after while the detectives are investigating a hospital that may have covered up his crimes. Meanwhile, former ADA Alexandra Cabot resurfaces. The killer turns out to be an intellectually disabled young man named Jeff Lynwood who was molested by the doctor, lost his temper, and killed him when the doctor lied to him.

Even though Huang isn't sure he's fit to stand trial, Cabot puts him on the stand, although he clearly isn't fit to be there. Alex realizes she did the wrong thing and talks to Huang, who has figured out what caused Jeff's disabilities: he has a nervous habit of chewing on things. As a child, he once chewed on an entire box of toys which gave him lead poisoning, leading to serious brain damage and then a seizure. The brain damage was responsible for his temper, and thus his killing of the doctor - meaning it was not Jeff's fault.

The pediatrician also completely ignored possible lead poisoning which, if treated when it happened when he was five would very likely not have led to the same extent of brain damage that it did. This meant that the doctor victimized Jeffery twice over. This revelation gets his father to finally accept his son as he is, rather than the one he wants. Cabot, as part of a plan, takes them back to trial and calls to the stand the owner of the company who made Jeff's toys. She reveals evidence that he has illegally put lead-based paint into his toys and has Benson and Stabler arrest him for reckless endangerment.

With that done, Cabot gives Jeffery a plea bargain where he's found not guilty by reason of mental defect and sentenced to a mental health facility where he can finally get the help he needs. She reveals to Jeffery's parents that his case will be reviewed in a month and he could get out then depending on his progress and she has made a deal with the toy company owner where he will pay for Jeff's every need for the rest of his life so he wouldn't go to prison, giving Jeff the chance to live on his own and have his own life. Cabot's actions cause Benson to comment that she really is back.

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Quotes[edit | edit source]

Cragen: Tucker actually apologized but he wants us to keep IAB in the loop.
Fin: That's the problem with rodents: just when you think you got rid of them they come back.

Stabler: How do you know when a lawyer's lying?
Benson: Uh, his lips are moving?

Munch: I hear Dr. Keppler came down with a case of justice prevails.
Fin: More like someone saved the state a couple million bucks and a prison cell.

Rowan: I'll have your ass for this.
Alex: I already have yours, and it's on the record.

Stabler: Your telling me our perp's prints are burnt into that shell casing because he eats too much salt?

Cragen: (about Jeff) Are you at all concerned that he's slow?
Alex: That's the defense's problem.

Dr. Huang: (about Jeff) He's an 8-year old in a man's body.

Background information and notes[edit | edit source]

  • This marks the first time Cabot came back to SVU since season 6's Ghost.
  • This episode marks the last appearance of Kim Greylek.
  • The episode is dedicated to Dennis Radesky, a crew member for the show.
  • This is the last episode in which the word retarded is used to describe a character with a mental disability. Future episodes use the term mental disability, mentally disabled or intellectual disability, most likely due to the word retarded becoming more politically incorrect and offensive to people with mental as well as physical disabilities as time went on.

Episode scene cards[edit | edit source]

1 2 3 4

Denslow Medical Center
31 East 76th Street
Tuesday, February 10

Residence of
Dr. Gilbert Keppler
632 East 67th Street
Tuesday, February 10

McTeague Residence
474 West 23rd Street
Tuesday, February 10

Lynwood Residence
984 Fifth Avenue
Wednesday, February 11

5 6 7 8

Arraignment Court
Part 46
Thursday, February 12

Supreme Court
Trial Part 67
Thursday, February 26

Office of
Dr. George Huang
Thursday, February 26

Supreme Court
Trial Part 67
Monday, March 2

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