SVU, Episode 7.05
Production number: 07005
First aired: 18 October 2005
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Fin Strain
Written By
Robert Nathan

Directed By
Constantine Makris


Two gay men are murdered, and happen to be infected with AIDS. Benson and Tutuola investigate the gay circuit parties to find suspects.


The discovery of the bodies of two young gay men who were both meth addicts as well as victims of a new strain of AIDS that can kill its victims in less than a year leads to an investigation. Tutuola learns that his son, Ken, is gay, and has difficulty accepting it, even though he and Benson end up going to Ken for help with infiltrating an anti-meth group.  

The group's leader, Gabriel, soon becomes their top suspect when the squad realizes that the two men died because they passed the disease on. The two man had been having indiscriminate sex while high on meth, and spreading the killer disease to others who would do the same. Gabriel believed that since the two wouldn't stop themselves that killing them was the only way to control the spread.  

In the end , to the shock of Tutuola Robin's father gives a testimony asking him to be lenient on Gabriel, as while he does not approve of the man killing his son he knows that he did it with the intention of of saving lives from the killer strain. Gabriel gets the minimum for murder which is 15 years. Tutuola is seen at the end calling a number on a phone, presumably his son's. 


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Early bird catches the perp.


Hey lonely tonight?...Twelve o'clock, there's a skinny kid, black shirt, blue jeans, hustling a guy in a gray sweater. He could be MKS.

–Benson to Cragen undercover

Background information and notes

  • Goof: At the first murder scene, the CSI officers are shown photographing the storefront with flash photography. Since it is dark outside, the resulting photographs will consist of a reflection of the light from the flash rather than the crime scene inside the store display.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3 4

Green Ballroom Club
382 West 13th Street
Monday, September 26

Loft of Lydon Grant
169 Duane Street
Monday, September 26

Narcotics Task Force
Tuesday, September 27

New York City
Health Department
Computer Center
Wednesday, September 28

5 6 7 8

Rainbow Army
40 West 16th Street
Thursday, September 29

Technical Assistance
Response Unit
One Police Plaza
Thursday, September 29

Trial Part 46
Tuesday, October 11

Sentencing Hearing
Part 46
Thursday, October 13

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