"Melancholy Pursuit"
SVU, Episode 17.08
Production number: 17008
First aired: 11 November 2015
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Teleplay By
Warren Leight & Julie Martin

Story By
Brianna Yellen & Samantha Corbin-Miller

Directed By
Michael Pressman

SVU's search for a missing teen leads to a DNA-matching hunt with surprising results.


The hunt for a missing teenage girl takes an emotional toll on Sgt. Dodds, and DNA evidence becomes a crucial lead in finding the girl's abductor.


SVU investigates the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl named Lily. At first, Dodds believes that Lily simply ran away from home, but when they track her debit card, Lily's body is discovered.

When the DNA on Lily is tested, the detectives learn that Lily's murderer was likely a relative. SVU interviews a man named Brendan (a relative whose DNA is in the system) and they ask him for a list of male family members, but they learn that Brendan is adopted and his birth father, Ray Marino, died five years ago.

Carisi and Dodds interrogate Ray's two sons from a previous relationship, but their DNA doesn't match despite the fact that the killer is related to them. After exhuming Ray's body and his DNA is tested, the detectives learn that Ray has another son named Gary, who works as a delivery driver.

In the end, it's revealed that Gary is responsible for murdering Lily but he confessed to it being an accident and has shown great guilt. Once the case is solved, Dodds can't help but feel guilt over what happened.


Main Cast

Recurring Cast

Guest Cast


Episode references


Olivia (to Dodds): Go home, talk to somebody you love and don’t make this job your whole life.
Olivia: We got the guy, Dodds. In cases like this, that's as good as it ever gets.

Background information and notes

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Episode scene cards

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Tau Omega Fraternity House
39 Stuyvesant Street
Tuesday, October 6

2347 12th Avenue
Tuesday, October 6

791 West 135th Street
Wednesday, October 7

4 5 6

Lobster Box Restaurant
34 City Island Avenue
City Island, New York
Wednesday, October 7

Holy Trinity Cemetery
City Island, New York
Friday, October 9

15 Eastchester Street
City Island, New York
Saturday, October 10

7 8 9

Adrien & Beau Boutique
422 West 14th Street
Saturday, October 10

NYPD Checkpoint
City Island Avenue
and Bridge Street
City Island, New York
Sunday, October 11

Hudson Beverages
Distribution Center
842 Washington Street
Monday, October 12

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