|←||SVU, Episode 12.01||→|
|Production number: 12001|
First aired: 22 September 2010
| Written By|
Arthur W. Forney
A girl named Mackenzie has reportedly been abducted after being left alone for a minute. The detectives arrive and all evidence points to Mackenzie being lured by an online predator. It is revealed that Mackenzie is being homeschooled and under heavy surveillance
The detectives and Mackenzie's parents rush only to find Mackenzie with a man. Both are taken into custody. To everyone's surprise, Mackenzie does not comply, she claims she is adopted and there really is no abduction. She wanted to run away with her other family from another foster home.
After clearing the man, Benson discovers a secret note indicating that Mackenzie is being abused by her foster parents. Benson investigates and makes a shocking discovery, it is revealed that the foster parents had a daughter that went missing and abducted years ago. And all this time the distressed parents were using Mackenzie as a replacement for their lost daughter, Ella.
The parents accuse a photographer of kidnapping Ella, a quick investigation by the detectives revealed that a red hair girl was on the scene the day Ella was abducted, confirming one part of the parent's tall story. Facial recognition reveals the identity of the red head. The red hair girl confesses and says her drunk and abusive father abducted Ella.
Arriving on the father's farm/property the detectives immediately arrest the father. Benson discovers a mute and shocked Ella on the scene.
Ella is reunited with her real parents. And Mackenzie and Benson exchange signs of relief.
- Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler
- Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson
- Richard Belzer as Sergeant John Munch
- Ice-T as Detective Odafin Tutuola
- B.D. Wong as Dr. George Huang (credit only)
- Tamara Tunie as Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
- Dann Florek as Captain Donald Cragen
- Bailee Madison as Mackenzie Burton
- Christiane Seidel as Darla Pennington
- Tasha Lawrence as Marie Povolko
- Will Kempe as Mickey Schaeffer
- Karen Pittman as FBI Agent Wilcox
- Peter Strauss as Kevin Burton
- Joan Cusack as Pam Burton
- Adam Greer as Dr. Zaydok
- Conan McCarty as Trooper Dunphy
- Stephen Payne as Dale Pennington
- Rik Alan Walter as Sheriff Renshaw
- Amanda Dillard as Ella Burton
- John Di Benedetto as Maintenance Man
- Trent Kendall as MTA Official
- Amir Darvish as Muslim Man
- Barbara Miluski as Ticket Seller
- Marcus I. Morton as Wesley
- David Grazioli as Commuter (uncredited)
- Moe Hindi as Businessman (uncredited)
- Cragen: Hold up. Liv, I'm gonna have to pull you.
- Benson: Why?
- Cragen: You're gonna have to finish interviewing Mackenzie. Her mom is demanding a penis-free environment.
Background information and notes
Episode scene cards
Grand Central Terminal
Schaeffer Portrait Studio
Happy Fun Time
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit