"Send In The Clowns"
SVU, Episode 19.17
Production number: 19017
First aired: 21 March 2018
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Written By
Julie Martin & Brianna Yellen

Directed By
Alex Chapple


The Special Victims Unit scour New York City to find a masked man that kidnapped a girl on a school trip. Also, Fin and Stone both get visits from family members.




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Background Information and Notes

  • Benjamin Stone's daughter Pamela, who was first mentioned in the Law & Order season three episode "Skin Deep", makes her first appearance.
  • Many elements of the case were taken from three real-life cases: the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba (the disappearance of a teenage girl during a school trip, a braggart prime suspect, the victim being declared legally dead in absentia), the kidnapping of Elizabeth Thomas in Tennessee (the kidnapping of a teenage girl by her schoolteacher, who manipulated her into pursuing a romantic relationship with him), and the kidnapping of Hannah Anderson in California (suspicions that the kidnapper was the victim's actual biological father, which have since been disproved). One scene in which Chris Sadler nearly attacked James Turner was also inspired by the attempted assault of Larry Nassar by Randall Margraves, the father of some of Nassar's victims; Sadler's dialogue is even nearly identical to Margraves'.

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