"Vanity's Bonfire"
SVU, Episode 14.07
Production number: 14008
First aired: 14 November 2012
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Teleplay By
Gwendolyn M. Parker

Story By
Gwendolyn M. Parker & Warren Leight

Directed By
Michael Slovis

A baby kidnapped from a playground leads to a twisted case of lies, betrayal, and infidelity.


The abduction of a baby from a city playground quickly turns into a custody dispute when the kidnapper swears she is the child’s biological mother. She also claims the father is a high-powered legal expert, sending Detectives Benson and Amaro on an investigation that forever changes the lives of two unsuspecting families.


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Rollins: The dad videotaped Tessa getting sunscreen put on. I mean, is that what parents do now? Just record everything?
Amaro: Well, you don't want to miss a moment.
Rollins: If my mother took me to Walmart for the Easter photo and to the mall for the one with Santa, by the time my sister came around? No one even bothered with that.
Olivia: By the look in her eye, Dia may have a connection to this baby.
Amaro: Well, what I saw in her eye was a whole lot of crazy.
Olivia: Gillian, If Hannah confronted Dia, a jury will understand her emotional state.
Gillian Webster: Would they? A jury would understand a 15-year-old being invited over there for an apology, and instead being shown a home-made sex video, so she could understand how truly beautiful their lovemaking was?
Olivia: But if that's how this went down---
Gillian Webster: No, no, it didn't. People always talk about the joy. They say, "How sad it will be that you'll miss her: her first kiss, her wedding.." What parents really want is to protect their child. I'm... I'm begging you, let me protect my child. It's the last thing that I'll be able to do for her. Please?

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Loft of
Dia Nobile
245 Vandam Street
Sunday, October 7

Law Offices of
Feeney, Braxton and Goldstein
Patchogue, Long Island
Monday, October 8

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John Adams Law School
12 Washington Place
Tuesday, October 9

Chez Dumal
136 Duane Street
Wednesday, October 10

Superior Court
Part 10
Monday, October 15

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