Law & Order: Special Victims Unit/Denial

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Season 3, Episode 21
Airdate May 3, 2002
Production Number E2334
Written by Judith McCreary
Directed by Steve Shill
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Denial is the twenty-first episode of the third season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the sixty-fourth episode overall.

Starring: Christopher Meloni (Detective Elliot Stabler), Mariska Hargitay (Detective Olivia Benson), Richard Belzer (Detective John Munch) (credit only), Stephanie March (A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot), Ice-T (Detective Odafin Tutuola)

and Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen)

Guest Stars: Mary Steenburgen (Grace Rinato), Martha Plimpton (Claire Rinato), Tamara Tunie (Dr. Melinda Warner), Joanna Merlin (Judge Lena Petrovsky), Tom O'Rourke (Judge Mark Seligman), J. Kyle Manzay (Malcolm)

with Estelle Parsons (Rose),

and Judith Light (Elizabeth Donnelly)

with Danny Johnson (Attorney Sean Kramer), Andrew Polk (Dr. Devere), Magaly Colimon (Doctor), William Oliver Watkins (Uniform Officer #1), Chris Meyer (Harding), Noel True (Tina), Nadia Bowers (Bella), Michael Knowles (Arthur Felton), Sam Guncler (Gary Barbour), Charles Goad (Court Clerk), Sal Petraccione (Hotel Clerk), Albert Jones (Uniform Officer #2)


Plot Overview

After Claire Rinato is sexually assaulted at a party, the detectives learn about a dark secret from Claire's past when they discover the decomposed finger of an infant in Claire's possession.


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