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Detective Benson’s half-brother Simon Marsden turns up in New York after a five year absence, and asks for help - Child Services is threatening to take his children away from him. She asks defense attorney Bayard Ellis to represent her brother, but the seemingly simple case turns into a disaster for Ellis and his client. Meanwhile, a homeless couple finds a newborn baby abandoned near a hospital, and Detectives Fin and Rollins follow the evidence to a shocking discovery.

Episode Info

Episode number: 13x16
Airdate: Wednesday February 29th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

AU (ten) May 24, 2012

  • Currently 8.3/10
8.3/10 (4 Votes cast)


Special Guest Stars
Andre Braugher
As Defense Attorney Bayard Ellis

Guest Stars
Ami Brabson
As Judge Karyn Blake
Angela Logan
As Nancy Roland
Ann McDonough
As Terri Malone
Danielle Skraastad
As Magda Plasky
George R. Sheffey
As Leo Barber
Kevin Kane, Jr.
As Officer Greg Wilcox
Michael Weston
As Simon Marsden
Peter Van Wagner
As Judge C. Himes
Priscilla Lopez
As Judge Shira Suarez
Roy Milton Davis
As Charlie
Tabitha Holbert
As Assistant D.A. Rose Callier
Andre Ware
As Sergeant Wodley
Colin Douglas
As Ty Harrison
Emma Holzer
As Celia Barber
Glenn Kalison
As Will Fleming
Graham Anderson
As John Plasky
Jeremy Rishe
As Dr. Shea
Julie Lauren
As Jenna Fleming
Leslie Kalarchian
As Melissa Anders
Sonnie Brown
As Helena Rich
Veanne Cox
As Social Worker
Vincetta Easley
As Lucinda
Main Cast
Mariska Hargitay
As Sergeant Olivia Benson
Danny Pino
As Detective Nick Amaro
Kelli Giddish
As Detective Amanda Rollins
Richard Belzer
As Sergeant John Munch
As Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola
Dann Florek
As Captain Donald Cragen
Steven Zirnkilton
As Opening Narration (uncredited)


The scene opens with the eerie hum of an unknown machine echoing through a dark basement as we hear the faint sound of a woman crying out in pain. We see glimpses of a pregnant mother as another woman gently motivates her to keep pushing until we hear the cries of a newborn baby. A man's silhouette looks at the baby and shakes his head in disgust, "A boy, no." The mother of the baby starts panicking, "Please don't take him! Please!" Later, two bums are awoken on the church steps when they find an abandoned baby in a box crying out for help. In a New York City apartment, Simon Marsden, Benson's half-brother, and his wife Tracy and two children talk to a Child Services worker. The worker asks the young boy how he got the big bruise on his forehead. ..

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Other Episode Crew

CreatorDick Wolf
Executive ProducerDick Wolf  |  Peter Jankowski  |  Warren Leight
Co-Executive ProducerArthur W. Forney  |  Bryan Goluboff  |  Julie Martin (1)  |  Michael Smith (7)
Supervising ProducerMark Goffman  |  Peter Leto  |  Randy Roberts
ProducerGail Barringer  |  David DeClerque  |  Robin Veith
Co-ProducerMark Dragin  |  Jonathan Strauss
Consulting ProducerPeter Blauner
Associate ProducerMichael Ciliento
Production DesignerDean Taucher
EditorJames Austin Stewart
CastingJonathan Strauss  |  Lynn Kressel
MusicMike Post
Costume DesignerTina Nigro
Director of PhotographyMichael Green (5)
Story EditorDavid Matthews
Warning: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 13 episode 16 guide may contain spoilers
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