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An engineer, Merritt Rook, proves to be a dangerous man after posing as a police officer on the telephone, tricking people into committing crimes. Rook cleverly gets himself freed from jail, throwing publicity his way and gaining followers with his anti-authority message.

Episode Info

Episode number: 9x17
Production Number: 9017
Airdate: Tuesday April 29th, 2008

Alternate Airdates:

AU (ten) Jun 12, 2008
NL (Net 5) May 29, 2009

  • Currently 8.7/10
8.7/10 (3 Votes cast)


Special Guest Stars
Robin Williams
As Merritt Rook

Guest Stars
Audrie J. Neenan
As Judge Lois Preston
Didi Conn
As Nurse
Joanna Merlin
As Judge Lena Petrovsky
Joel de la Fuente
As TARU Tech Ruben Morales
Mike Doyle
As Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran
Joe Scarborough
As Himself
Ka-Ling Cheung
As Dr. Cheng
Mo Rocca
As Protest Leader
Monica Raymund
As Trini Martinez
Scott Adsit
As Dwight Lomax
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
Adam Beach
As Detective Chester Lake
Diane Neal
As Assistant D.A. Casey Novak
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)
Other Episode Crew

CreatorDick Wolf
Executive ProducerTed Kotcheff  |  Neal Baer  |  Dick Wolf  |  Peter Jankowski
Co-Executive ProducerArthur W. Forney  |  Amanda Green  |  Dawn DeNoon  |  Jonathan Greene
Supervising ProducerMark Goffman  |  Peter Leto  |  Randy Roberts
ProducerJosh Singer  |  David Platt  |  Gail Barringer  |  David DeClerque
Co-ProducerSheyna Kathleen Smith  |  Paul Grellong
Consulting ProducerJudith McCreary
Production DesignerDean Taucher
EditorKaren I. Stern
CastingJonathan Strauss  |  Lynn Kressel
Unit Production ManagerGail Barringer
MusicMike Post
Director of PhotographyGeorge Pattison
Warning: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit season 9 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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