"Learning Curve"
SVU, Episode 13.21
Production number: 13019
First aired: 9 May 2012
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Teleplay By
Robin Veith

Story By
Warren Leight & Julie Martin

Directed By
Jonathan Herron

A string of hate crimes strikes close to home for Detective Tutuola, and the SVU Squad suspects a cover up when a private school teacher is similarly attacked.


As Detective Tutuola's son Ken prepares to tell his father that he is getting married, his fiancé is brutally assaulted by a street gang. The fiancé proves to be the latest in a string of recent hate crimes against gay men, and before the SVU squad can arrest a suspect, a school teacher, is similarly brutalized even though he does not fit the pattern. As the detectives search for a connection, they learn that he was dismissed from an elite private school for having an inappropriate relationship with a student. In trying to make their case, they quickly realize both that the facts fail to add up and that another teacher may hold the clues to what had really happened.


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Olivia Benson: She's lying.
Alexandra Cabot: Every time her lips move.

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Mercy Hospital
365 West 32nd Street
Friday, March 16

Home of
Marisol Pavel
1755 Montgomery Avenue
Bronx, New York
Friday, March 16

Office of
Headmaster George Overby
Millicent Fawcett School
136 East 78th Street
Monday, March 19

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Gabardelli Produce
749 Hunts Point Avenue
Bronx, New York
Tuesday, March 20

Office of
Eleanor Hastings
Linden Forrest Academy
Riverdale, New York
Monday, March 26

Brooklyn General Hospital
458 Clarkson Avenue
Monday, March 26

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