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When the remains of a young woman are found buried in an apartment courtyard with a collar and leash, Detectives Benson and Stabler determine that the dead woman is Ava Parulis, a Romanian immigrant who was brought to the United States for an arranged marriage. They discover from Ava's estranged twin, Irina, that the dead woman had left her abusive husband, and made a habit of taking advantage of the riches of wealthy suitors. But when it becomes apparent that Ava may be impersonating Irina, the twins' relationships with the matchmaker who brought them to the United States, as well as with a Romanian diplomat, and the former abusive husband, may lead to the truth behind the identity crisis and the motive for murder.

Remade for Закон и порядок: отдел оперативных расследований

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x19
Production Number: E1427
Airdate: Friday April 27th, 2001

Director: David Platt
Writer: Martin Weiss (1)

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Guest Stars
Guy Ale
As Tavia
Joseph Vincent Gay
As Reynolds
Lance Reddick
As Dr. Taylor
Matt Servitto
As Dr. Brad Stanton
Michelle Pawk
As Valentina Valescu
Mili Avital
As Irina Burton / Ava Paroulis
Peter Van Wagner
As Al Shipley
Andrea Burns
As Teacher
Carol Schneider
As Mrs. Sawyer
Elza Zagreda
As Slavic Woman
Ezra Barnes
As Jack Greenwalt
Gary Basaraba
As George Burton
Iren Bordan
As Theresa
Jerome Le Page
As Paul Amos
Jillian Stacom
As Julia Burton
Jon Krupp
As Walt
Lili Bordan
As Oksana Parulis
Manu Narayan
As Henry
Marcia Haufrecht
As Mrs. Varella
Melissa Bowen
As Pamela Stanton
Michael Berresse
As Matt Sloane
Michael Creo
As Worker #1
Neal Ben-Ari
As Dr. Lowenstein
Samuel Maupin
As Mr. Sawyer
Steve Harper
As Andrew Heaton
Victor Steinbach
As Razvan Toscu
Yuka Takara
As Mahlin Amos
Main Cast
Christopher Meloni
As Detective Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay
As Sergeant Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer
As Sergeant John Munch
As Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola
Stephanie March
As Assistant D.A. Alexandra Cabot
Dann Florek
As Captain Donald Cragen
Steven Zirnkilton
As Opening Narration (uncredited)
Episode Notes
Remade as the Закон и порядок: отдел оперативных расследований (Russian Version) episode "Подмена (Substitution)" (S01E08 - April 3rd, 2007)

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDick Wolf
Executive ProducerTed Kotcheff  |  Neal Baer  |  Dick Wolf
Co-Executive ProducerJudith McCreary  |  Arthur W. Forney  |  Martin Weiss (1)  |  Peter Jankowski
ProducerDavid DeClerque  |  Joe Lazarov  |  Jeff Eckerle
Co-ProducerLynn Goldman
EditorRisa Blewitt  |  Scott Boyd
CastingLynn Kressel  |  Julie Tucker
MusicMike Post
Story EditorRobert F. Campbell  |  Jonathan Greene
Executive Story EditorLisa Marie Petersen  |  Dawn DeNoon
Warning: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 2 episode 19 guide may contain spoilers
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