Season 5, Episode 25
The fifth season ends with a bizarre pedophilia story involving a 12-year-old student (Jake Weary), his alcoholic mother (Diana Scarwid) and his principal (Stacy Edwards). Dr. Anne Morella: Julie White. Benson: Mariska Hargitay. Stabler: Christopher Meloni.
Season 5, Episode 24
The case of a mother suspected of trying to poison her adopted child leads to a clash between Novak and an arrogant judge (Tom Skerritt). Judge Clark: Marlo Thomas. Oliver Gates: Barry Bostwick. Karen Campbell: Cynthia Gibb. Wendy Campbell: Rebecca Luker. Katie: Sloane Momsen. Pete Campbell: Sean Cullen. Rosalin Silvo: Alicia Goranson. Novak: Diane Neal.
Season 5, Episode 23
An elderly woman's strangulation leads to a case involving other murders and a home-nursing company run by a brother and sister (Anthony Rapp, Jane Krakowski). Judge Clark: Marlo Thomas. Richard Sutton: Richard Easton. Gary DeVaal: Daniel Pearce. Nikki Staines: Callie Thorne. Judge Seligman: Tom O'Rourke.
Season 5, Episode 22
A defense lawyer (John Cullum) challenges the assisted-suicide law in a case involving a hearing-impaired embryologist (Marlee Matlin). Brooks Harmon: Robert LuPone. Allison Nerrit: Annie Campbell. Maria: Toni D'Antonio. Cyndi: Liza Colon-Zayas.
Season 5, Episode 21
A professor (James McDaniel) and an ex-con (Doug E. Doug) are among the suspects in a graduate student's murder. Kyle Luhrmann: Joe Towne. Gabrielle Vega: Zoe Saldana. Dave Seaver: Michael Boatman. Sister Peg: Charlayne Woodard.
Season 5, Episode 20
In the investigation of the strangulation of a Bronx assistant district attorney, the deceased's sexual preferences provide a clue. Judge Clark: Marlo Thomas. Andy Abbott: Michael Beach. Maryellen Abbott: Bethany Butler. Chauncey Zierko: Peter Riegert. Tina Gardner: Romi Dias. Charles Horner: Stephen Payne.
Season 5, Episode 19
Two children claim that they were molested by a billionaire (Will Keenan). Judge Clark: Marlo Thomas. Nora Hodges: Cindy Williams. Chauncey Zeirko: Peter Riegert. Judge Terhune: Philip Bosco. April: Madeleine Martin. JJ: Shane Haboucha. Jeremy Ostilow: James Colby. Ann Ostilow: Jennifer Van Dyck.
Season 5, Episode 18
A sickly 6-year-old is killed and the investigation involves the child's foster parents, a case worker (Julie Hagerty) and a scam. Carolyn Maddox: CCH Pounder. Sam Dufoy: Cress Williams. Lori-Ann Dufoy: Malinda Williams. Megan Rose: Jazz Raycole. Father Lucas Hendry: Keith Randolph Smith. Judge Preston: Audrie Neenan.
Season 5, Episode 17
After a teenage girl's body is found in the trunk of a car, Benson and Stabler discover that the deceased had been harassing a classmate. Lynne Riff: Blair Brown. Roger Kressler: Ned Eisenberg. Lionel Granger: David Thornton. Brittany O'Malley: Kelli Garner. Agnes: Lindsay Hollister. Andrea: Arielle Kebbel. Paige: Kimberly McConnell. Troy: Robert Iler. Lukas: Zachary Knighton.
Season 5, Episode 16
Checking on a 7-year-old boy found eating from garbage cans leads to fratricide and a controlling mother (Diane Venora). Marlo Thomas makes her first appearance as a former judge. Denise Brockmorton: Dixie Carter. Adam: Joseph Cross. Jacob: Jesse Schwartz. Stephanie Jameau: Lauren Velez. Daniel: Kevin Thoms.
Season 5, Episode 15
After a teen's body is found, it's learned that she was pregnant and tests indicate incest. Debra Connor: Jane Seymour. Jason Connor: Tom Mason. Aidan Connor: Patrick Flueger. Susan Coyle: Helen Slater. Brian Coyle: Spencer Treat Clark.
Season 5, Episode 14
The discovery of a dismembered young black male leads detectives to a child-slavery operation. Asante Odufemi: Afemo Omilami. Kema Mabuda: Erika Alexander. Allan Shaye: Michael Emerson. Na'imah Haruna: Malika Samuel. Judge Rebecca Steinman: Susan Blommaert.
Season 5, Episode 13
A lawyer (Barry Bostwick) claims that his client (Reynaldo Rosales) was “biologically and genetically predisposed to hatred and violence.” Eleanor Webster: Annie Chadwick. Al-Shani Elbisi: James Rana. Jazlyn Elbisi: Lorraine Serabian. Joshua Feldman: Donnie Keshawarz.
A fraternity pledgemaster is killed and the deceased's attorney-father (Gary Cole) represents the college student (Toby Moore) who stands trial. Alicia Morley: Pell James. Nathan Angeli: Noah Fleiss. Will Caray: Elden Henson. Capt. Siper: Caren Browning.
Season 5, Episode 11
A prisoner (Stephen Lang) escapes and a deputy U.S. marshal (Craig Bierko) teams up with Benson to try to find him. Lee: Milo Ventimiglia. Sheila: Fionnula Flanagan. Carin: Nancy Allen. U.S. Marshal Depweg: Kevin Hagan. Danny: Andrew Steinmetz. Jeremy: Jack Noseworthy.
Season 5, Episode 10
A toddler who collapsed in a park had been severely shaken; under suspicion are his babysitter, his single mother and her boyfriend. Evelyn Prichard: Cynthia Ettinger. Dr. Anne Morella: Julie White. Sarah Rendell: Nicole Leach. Veronica Nash: Olga Merediz. Rebecca Balthus: Beverly D'Angelo. DA Arthur Branch: Fred Dalton Thompson.
Season 5, Episode 9
A mother and daughter (Jacqueline Bisset, Samantha Mathis) both claim to have killed a man who held the younger woman captive. Mickey Hargitay (Mariska's dad) has a cameo in the first scene. Horace Gorman: Austin Pendleton. Samuel: Joseph McKenna. Granger: David Thornton. Lauren White: Linda Powell. Judge Petrovsky: Joanna Merlin.
A psychiatrist and his son (George Segal, Jonathan Tucker) are implicated in the murder of a gay model. Emma Dishell: Daphne Zuniga. Dave Seaver: Michael Boatman. DA Arthur Branch: Fred Dalton Thompson.
Season 5, Episode 7
A rape leads to the case of a woman (Josie Bissett), her abusive husband and the rights of their unborn child. Felicity Bradshaw: Shirley Jones. Lorna Scarry: Mariette Hartley. Rebecca Balthus: Beverly D'Angelo. Craig Fulton: Ricky Aiello.
Season 5, Episode 6
A homeless schizophrenic (Leland Orser) kidnaps a 5-year-old boy in this harrowing episode in which Beverly D'Angelo begins a recurring role as public defender Rebecca Balthus.
The discovery of the bodies of a newborn and her mother leads to a doctor (Martin Donovan) coming under suspicion. Diane Neal joins the cast as ADA Casey Novak. Ron Wolcott: Jack Gilpin. Kelly Wolcott: Barbara Garrick. Molly Stratton: Jolie Peters. Judge Lois Preston: Audrie Neenan.
Season 5, Episode 4
While constructing a murder case, ADA Alexandra Cabot becomes the target of a Colombian drug cartel. Jack Hammond: Mitch Pileggi. Rafael Zapata: Jacinto Taras Riddick. Tim Donovan: Josh Hopkins. DA Arthur Branch: Fred Dalton Thompson. Sister Peg: Charlayne Woodard.
Season 5, Episode 3
After a psychiatrist (Susanna Thompson) has been raped in a crack house, she's very uncooperative with the investigation. Robert Logan: Jon Abrahams. Christina Logan: Sherri Parker Lee. Jordan: Daniel Zaitchik. Dominick: Bill Thompson.
Season 5, Episode 2
Misuse of a prescription drug is involved in the killing of two students. Barry Moredock: John Cullum. Joe Blaine: Rory Culkin. Sandra Blaine: Mare Winningham. DA Branch: Fred Dalton Thompson. Jane Wellesley: Amy Hargreaves. George Waddell: Bill Cwikowski. Dean Reynolds: Patrick Dizney.
Season 5, Episode 1
The search is on for an abducted woman who's about to give birth. Rose Granville: Shirley Knight. Melinda Granville: Kellie Martin. Daniel Lester: Gabriel Olds. Laura Bergeron: Marisa Ryan. Annika Bergeron: Karen Goberman. Sam Marlett: Clarke Thorell.