SVU, Episode 18.01
Production number: 18001
First aired: 21 September 2016
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Written By
Rick Eid & Julie Martin

Directed By
Alik Sakharov

A young boy is found alone at Central Park and the search for his parents leads the detectives to a possible planned mass-casualty event in the city.


A young boy is found wandering alone in Central Park and the search for his parents leads to startling evidence of a planned mass-casualty event in the city. As the SVU works with the joint-terrorism task force to find the suspects and the motive, Lt. Benson must also convince Barba to address allegations of rape and torture the boy's mother discloses.




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Rafael Barba (to Olivia): You're playing into their defense. The more you investigate this, the more you legitimize her story.
Olivia Benson: Okay, you telling me to ignore it?
Barba: Just be careful. This case is too big, it's too important, given what's been happening lately: San Bernadino, Orlando.
Olivia: I know.
Barba: Dallas, France. People are fed up.
Olivia: I understand that, but...
Barba: Ana needs to go down, hard. No matter how heartbreaking or tragic her story might be. Right or wrong, that's just how it is.
Olivia: Well, you may be right. But no matter "how it is", I would still like to speak with Ana.
Chief Dodds (to Olivia): Are you a cop or a defense lawyer?
Olivia: I did what I thought was right.
Chief Dodds: You are aware that our goal is to win this case?
Olivia: I am. What did you want me to do? Perjure myself?
Chief Dodds: I just got done talking to the chief, the D.A., and the mayor. They're livid. Already looking for a head to serve up on a shiny, silver platter. They stuck their necks out with the feds just to get this case. Losing is not an option. So please, pretend you're on our side, not theirs.
Olivia: Rape is rape. We don't get to invent our victims or our perps. We hear the evidence and we investigate.
Olivia (to Barba): Look, I know you wanted more, but we have a strong case.
Barba: I'm not certain the D.A. would support moving forward with this right now, given the political climate.
Olivia: Yes, I know that some monster just shot up a gay club in Orlando and another one killed five police officers in Dallas. It's horrific. We're under siege. Nobody knows what's gonna happen next, but Ana deserves justice for what happened to her.
Barba: Liv...
Olivia: All she has left is her kid. She just wants him to be safe. I'm going to arrest that son of a bitch.
Ed Tucker (to Olivia): Long week, huh?
Olivia: Yeah. Yeah. The funny thing is... I've never been happier.
Tucker: Then why are you crying?
Olivia: Because I'm scared that it won't last.
Tucker: That's not true. Not if I can help it. Come on, let's take a walk. It's a beautiful day.

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Apartment of
Rahima Babic
25-72 18th Street
Astoria, Queens
Wednesday, July 27

Parthenon Diner
29-23 30th Street
Astoria, Queens
Wednesday, July 27

Apartment of
Luka Terzik
34-39 35th Street
Astoria, Queens
Wednesday, July 27

4 5 6

Manhattan Equity Insurance
268 West 45th Street
Thursday, July 28

Chambers of
Judge Stephen Kerry
New York Supreme Court
Thursday, July 28

Correctional Center
Thursday, July 28

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Arraignment Court
Part 11
Thursday, July 28

Motions Court
Part 11
Monday, August 1

Supreme Court
Part 28
Monday, August 1

Correctional Center
Monday, August 1

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