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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Season 13 Episodes

23 Episodes 2011 - 2012

The 13th season features major cast changes, namely, the additions of two new detectives to the squad: Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) a father and husband whose wife is deployed in Iraq; and Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish), a transplant from Atlanta who has a gambling addiction. Early in the season, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) struggles to accept the fact that her longtime partner has left the force, but things look up for her when she begins dating executive ADA David Haden (Harry Connick Jr.). She also befriends defense attorney Bayard Ellis (Andre Braugher). Other guest stars this season include Kyle MacLachlan as a politician and Dan Lauria as a coach.

Episode 1

Scorched Earth

Wed, Sep 21, 2011 60 mins

In the 13th-season opener, a hotel maid accuses an Italian diplomat of rape, but then doubt arises about her believability. Meanwhile, Atlanta detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) joins the squad as Benson tries to cope with the aftermath of a chaotic shooting in the precinct.

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Episode 2

Personal Fouls

Wed, Sep 28, 2011 60 mins

An ex-basketball player accuses his old coach (Dan Lauria) of sexually abusing him as a child. Det. Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) transfers to the squad and helps with the case, which involves interviewing former players, one of whom is now famous. Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh have cameos.

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Episode 3

Blood Brothers

Wed, Oct 5, 2011 60 mins

A 13-year-old girl won't reveal who got her pregnant, leading police to suspect she was raped. The suspects include the son of a noteworthy political couple (Kyle MacLachlan and Paige Turco), as well as the son of their housekeeper.

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Episode 4

Double Strands

Wed, Oct 12, 2011 60 mins

A family man (T.R. Knight) is suspected of being a serial rapist in a string of assaults stretching across several states. Mounting evidence points to his guilt, but detectives research his past and begin to believe his pleas of innocence.

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Episode 5

Missing Pieces

Wed, Oct 19, 2011 60 mins

Detectives search for a missing baby on Halloween after a young mother from Buffalo tells them her car was stolen while her baby was still in it.

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Episode 6

True Believers

Wed, Nov 2, 2011 60 mins

A music student (Sofia Vassilieva) is sexually assaulted in her apartment, and a suspect is quickly brought into custody. However, the defendant's big-league attorney (Andre Braugher) manages to complicate a presumably simple case.

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Episode 7

Russian Brides

Wed, Nov 9, 2011 60 mins

A mail-order Russian bride is found murdered, and her fiancé (Timothy Busfield) reveals that she had been kidnapped for ransom. During the investigation, Cragen goes undercover as a man seeking a bride, and detectives find a link to the Russian mob.

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Episode 8

Educated Guess

Wed, Nov 16, 2011 60 mins

A patient in a mental hospital claims to have witnessed a sexual assault. However, the supposed victim (Natasha Lyonne) is a fellow patient who has a history of making rape allegations, but she denies being assaulted this time.

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Episode 9

Lost Traveler

Wed, Nov 30, 2011 60 mins

The investigation into the disappearance of a Romany boy proves difficult because of his community's distrust of outsiders, such as police. When detectives center in on a neighbor as the prime suspect, it causes much distress within the close-knit group.

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Episode 10

Spiraling Down

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 60 mins

A legendary pro quarterback (Treat Williams) is arrested in a prostitution sting involving a 14-year-old hooker, and his defense attorney (Andre Braugher) argues that his client's blows to the head on the football field affected his mental capacity. Jerry Rice and Warren Sapp make cameo appearances.

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Episode 11

Theatre Tricks

Wed, Jan 11, 2012 60 mins

An actress's sexual assault is mistaken for a performance by a theater audience, and the investigation is complicated by the fact that the rapist and all the audience members were wearing masks.

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Episode 12

Official Story

Wed, Jan 18, 2012 60 mins

A private military contractor CEO is sexually assaulted following a run-in with protesters, and as the case is investigated, links are made to a conspiracy in Iraq.

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Episode 13

Father's Shadow

Wed, Feb 8, 2012 60 mins

A reality-TV producer is accused of raping an actress, and his arrest leads to a hostage situation. Meanwhile, Benson's bond with ADA Haden intensifies.

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Episode 14

Home Invasions

Wed, Feb 15, 2012 60 mins

A family is shot in their home, and the initial motive explored by detectives doesn't pan out. As the investigation progresses, Rollins jeopardizes her job by sharing a shocking secret.

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Episode 15

Hunting Ground

Wed, Feb 22, 2012 60 mins

Police search for an underage prostitute who's disappeared and realize she fits a pattern of missing prostitutes who placed ads on the same Web site. The case adds conflict to Benson and Haden's new romance as their personal and professional lives blur.

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Episode 16

Child's Welfare

Wed, Feb 29, 2012 60 mins

Benson asks Bayard Ellis to defend her estranged half brother in a child-custody case, but unexpected complications arise. Elsewhere, an abandoned newborn is discovered by a homeless couple.

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Episode 17

Justice Denied

Wed, Apr 11, 2012 60 mins

A closed rape case of Benson's is reopened because of its similarities to a new case, and the possibility of wrongful imprisonment surfaces. As Benson's work is questioned, tension develops between her, ADA Haden and Bayard Ellis.

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Episode 18

Valentine's Day

Wed, Apr 18, 2012 60 mins

A man witnesses his wife's rape and kidnapping while video-chatting with her on his way home from a business trip. The abductors seek a ransom, and the case grows more complex as detectives probe deeper.

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Episode 19

Street Revenge

Wed, Apr 25, 2012 60 mins

A reporter and a vigilante group criticize the police for not finding a rapist on the loose in West SoHo, and the detectives keep hitting dead ends until one of the vigilante members is assaulted. Meanwhile, Amaro thinks his wife is having an affair, which causes him to lose focus at work.

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Episode 20

Learning Curve

Wed, May 9, 2012 60 mins

Detectives investigate a string of hate crimes against gay men, and the victims include the new fiancé of Fin's son. A private-school teacher is then similarly brutalized, and the evidence in his case points to a possible cover-up.

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Episode 21

Father Dearest

Wed, May 2, 2012 60 mins

Detectives search for a missing teenage girl who vanished while looking for her biological father, an anonymous sperm donor. A puzzling prime suspect who's targeted several young women soon emerges.

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Episode 22

Strange Beauty

Wed, May 16, 2012 60 mins

Police dive into an underground world of self-mutilation and ritual amputation while searching for a missing woman. When a cleanly severed leg is found, the detectives look for links between their current investigation and a possibly similar cold case.

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Episode 23

Rhodium Nights

Wed, May 23, 2012 60 mins

In the 13th-season finale, an underage escort is murdered at an upper-crust bachelor party, and the detectives are cautioned to be discreet because of the names on the guest list. The investigation soon uncovers a feud between two escort companies.

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