SVU, Episode 11.21
Production number: 11021
First aired: 28 April 2010
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ADA Jo Marlowe Torch
Written By
Mick Betancourt & Amanda Green

Directed By
Peter Leto


When two sisters are killed in a fire, Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler are confused about why they are called to investigate. They soon discover that Stabler's old partner, ADA Jo Marlowe, has been put on the case (despite the absence of a sex crime) because the two victims were so young, and that she has enlisted the duo to help. However, as the investigation continues, Benson and Stabler find that the case might be more suited to their department than anyone originally assumed, and Stabler's interrogation tactics threaten to get the detectives into trouble.

Originally, it is believed that the father murdered the kids by accident when setting an arson fire, but after he attempts suicide in front of Marlowe, she begins to believe his innocence and turns to a fire investigator, Dr. Iggy Drexel, to prove it. Drexel is able to come up with another theory: that it was an accidental electrical fire. However, he has no way to prove it and McCoy presses for Marlowe to continue the trial. In order to prove the man's innocence, Marlowe and Drexel set a condemned house on fire in a similar manner to what they believe happened. When it burns exactly like the fire that killed the girls, Marlowe drops the charges at the trial after showing everyone the evidence.


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Mercy General Hospital
365 West 32nd Street
Tuesday, April 13

Apartment of
Marcy Sullivan
274 East 2nd Street
Tuesday, April 13

1794 Lexington Avenue
Tuesday, April 13

Sullivan Residence
108 East 112th Street
Tuesday, April 13

5 6 7

Arraignment Court
Part 34
Wednesday, April 14

Rikers Island
Attorney Conference Room
Wednesday, April 14

Laboratory of
Dr. Iggy Drexel
231 Cape Road
Ellenville, New York
Thursday, April 15

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