SVU, Episode 10.21
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First aired: 19 May 2009
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ADA Cabot Liberties
Written By
Dawn DeNoon

Directed By
Juan J. Campanella


When Pamela Galliano seeks to have a restraining order reinstated against her ex-boyfriend, Tyler Brunsen, the assigned judge has something else on his mind. In order for some peace of mind, Judge Koehler asks Detective Elliot Stabler to question a convicted serial killer about the whereabouts of his son’s body, which adds a new twist to the case.

Ultimately, it's revealed Tyler and the judge's son are the same person: Tyler had been kidnapped as a child by someone else, and the serial killer had been misleading him. Judge Koehler's impetus for asking for Stabler's help was after Koehler suspected the truth as a result of Tyler yelling a phrase in court that Koehler had taught his son as a child. Koehler and his son reunite at the end of the episode when Koehler helps Tyler remember him.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



Owen Walters: Ughhh...Feels like someone put my balls in a wood chipper.
Elliot Stabler: Mm-hmm.
Owen Walters: What happened?
Elliot Stabler: That defenseless girl you targeted? Not so defenseless.

Tyler Brunsen: Look at this! Pants ruined.
Elliot Stabler: Calm down.
Tyler Brunsen: Loot at this: bite marks! Huh? I should be in the hospital getting checked for rabies!
Olivia Benson: I seriously doubt you gave the dog rabies.

Joshua Koehler: I'm ready to make my ruling. Given the totality of the circumstances, the court believes that it is unlikely that the defendant will return to the court of his own volition. I am therefore revoking bail and ordering him remanded.
Tyler Brunsen: What?
Joshua Koehler: Jimmy, take him into custody.
Tyler Brunsen: You can't do this I-I-I have rights!
Alex Cabot: He can have a toothbrush.
Heshy Horowitz: It's okay, Tyler, I can appeal...
Tyler Brunsen: You corrupt peace of garbage!
Joshua Koehler: Son, during the period of your incarceration, I sincerely urge you to do some soul searching. Consider how your conduct will appear to the jury
Tyler Brunsen: Consider yours. A tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.

Elliot Stabler: I've dealt with my fair share of kiddie diddlers. You a member of NAMBLA?
Roy Lee Dotson: I'm no homo. I like boys and girls. They're pretty much the same at that age. No grass on the field.

Warner: Roy told this girl's parents where he buried her years ago, just not where he stored her first.
Munch: So Roy played Elliot like a Gameboy. When did you tell judge this?
Warner: Saturday.
Tutuola: Why didn't you tell us?
Warner: Aside from a tour bus massacre that kept me pretty busy, I was a little uncomfortable with what the judge asked me to do.

Background information and notes

  • This is the last episode featuring ADA Cabot for this season.

Episode scene cards

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Residence of
Pam Galliano
420 Sullivan Street
Thursday, April 30

Residence of
Tyler Brunson
413 Sullivan Street
Thursday, April 30

Tribeca Emergency
Animal Hospital
66 Warren Street
Friday, May 1

Chambers of
Judge Joshua Koehler
Monday, May 4

5 6 7 8

Supreme Court
Huntley Hearing
Part 23
Friday, May 8

Recreation Center
388 Rivington Street
Friday, May 15

Supreme Court
Trial Part 23
Monday, May 18

Office of the
Medical Examiner
Monday, May 18

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