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A young boy is found dead on a park carousel after being dropped off by his uncle Joe Gilbert. When Detectives Benson and Stabler learn that the boy was beaten to death they suspect that it could be the result of a bully at school. The investigation leads to an unsettling gambling ring. Detectives suspect that Gilbert’s acquaintance, Joe Roberts is beating his wife Sandra and the case takes a horrifying turn.

Episode Info

Episode number: 12x11
Airdate: Wednesday January 05th, 2011
Special Airtime: 09:00 pm

Alternate Airdates:

BR (Universal) Feb 08, 2011
NL (Net 5) Nov 18, 2011

  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (12 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Drea de Matteo
As Sandra Roberts
Olympia Dukakis
As Debby Marsh

Guest Stars
Audrie J. Neenan
As Judge Lois Preston
Austin Lysy
As Russell Hunter
Isabel Gillies
As Kathy Stabler
James Chen
As CSU Technician Sung
Lori Prince
As Mrs. Gilbert (Ethan's Mother)
Melissa Sagemiller
As Assistant D.A. Gillian Hardwicke
Peter McRobbie
As Judge Walter Bradley
Robert John Burke
As IAB Lieutenant Ed Tucker
Adam Senn
As Hank Roberts
Al Calderon
As Nicky Roberts
James Carpinello
As Joe Gilbert
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
B.D. Wong
As Dr. George Huang
Tamara Tunie
As Dr. Melinda Warner, M.E.
Dann Florek
As Captain Donald Cragen
Steven Zirnkilton
As Opening Narration (uncredited)


A young child was found on a carousel, he is declared dead on the scene. The coroner comes to the scene and determines that he had been dead for an hour. There are no hits on the Missing Persons list, but surveillance camera spotted him getting out of the cab two hours prior to their arrival, meaning he was alive for an hour after the cab dropped him off. When the detectives go to the place of work of the taxi driver, his boss shows that he is not where he should be, but instead is in the woods. His name is Joe Gilbert. The boy, whose name is Ethan, is the nephew of Joe. Medical examination says his lung was punctured, which broke his rib. For all they could determine, this was accidental, therefore it is inconclusive. On the day he was found, he complained of a stomach ache. The mother says that there was a kid at school who had been bullying him, and that he may have gone too far. It comes out later that Uncle Joe was teaching the boy how to fight...

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorDick Wolf
Executive ProducerTed Kotcheff  |  Neal Baer  |  Peter Jankowski  |  Dick Wolf
Co-Executive ProducerDawn DeNoon  |  Peter Leto  |  Arthur W. Forney  |  Jonathan Greene  |  Daniel Truly
Supervising ProducerRandy Roberts
ProducerDavid DeClerque  |  Gail Barringer
Co-ProducerSpeed Weed
Consulting ProducerJudith McCreary
Production DesignerJeff Crye
EditorKaren I. Stern
CastingLynn Kressel
MusicMike Post
Director of PhotographyTom Weston (2)
Warning: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 12 episode 11 guide may contain spoilers
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