Law & Order: Special Victims Unit/Authority

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Season 9, Episode 17
Airdate April 29, 2008
Written by Neal Baer &
Amanda Green
Directed by David Platt
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Authority is the seventeenth episode of the ninth season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the two hundredth episode overall.

Starring: Christopher Meloni (Detective Elliot Stabler), Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Richard Belzer (Sergeant John Munch), Diane Neal (A.D.A. Casey Novak), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola), Adam Beach (Detective Chester Lake), B.D. Wong (Dr. George Huang), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner)

and Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen)

Special Guest Star: Robin Williams (Merritt Rook)

Guest Stars: Didi Conn (Nurse), Joel de la Fuente (TARU Tech Ruben Morales), Mike Doyle (Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran), Monica Raymund (Trini Martinez), Ka-Ling Cheung (Dr. Cheng), Joanna Merlin (Judge Lena Petrovsky), Audrie Neenan (Judge Lois Preston), Joe Scarborough (Self)

and Scott Adsit (Dwight Lomax)

with Special Guest Appearance by: Mo Rocca (Protest Leader)

Matthew Stadelmann (Joel), Ramsey Faragallah (Dr. Sandip), Guy A. Fortt (Uni Fagan), Angelique Cinelu (Marcie), Linda Thompson Williams (Female Customer), Mike Edwards (ESU Lieutenant), Gail Thomas (Jury Forewoman), Tzahi Moskovitz (Juror #6), Ian Blackman (Tourist Dad), Joe Melendes (Court Clerk)


Plot Overview

After a fast food restaurant manager is told over the telephone to sexually assault a teenage employee, the investigation leads SVU to an engineer named Merritt Rook, who concocted the plan to convince people to oppose authority.


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The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments