Law & Order: Special Victims Unit/Strain

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Season 7, Episode 5
Airdate October 18, 2005
Production Number 07005
Written by Robert Nathan
Directed by Constantine Makris
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Strain is the fifth episode of the seventh season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and the one hundred forty-fourth episode overall.

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

and Dann Florek (Captain Donald Cragen)

Guest Stars: Brian Bloom (Gabriel Thomason), Ernest Waddell (Ken Randall), Paula Garces (CSU Tech Millie Vizcarrondo), Mike Doyle (CSU Detective Ryan O'Halloran), Joanna Merlin (Judge Lena Petrovsky), Adam Kulbersh (Ben Suarato), Betsy Aidem (Dr. Sloane), Danny Rutigliano (Health Official)

with CCH Pounder (Attorney Carolyn Maddox)

and Bill Smitrovich (Liam Weller)

with James O'Toole (Henry Fanello), Jason Manuel Olazabal (Sascha Hart), Albert Insinnia (Lt. Pizzelli), Brendan Griffin (Jason Haig), Justin Schaefers (Donny), Amber McDonald (Candace), Philip LeStrange (Harry the Super), Steven Goldsmith (Man Entering Club), Vince Capone (Stunt Victim), Mike Mortaruolo (Gang Member #1), Shane Geraghty (Gang Member #2), Barry Newell (Rainbow Warrior #1), Stephen Graybill (Rainbow Warrior #2), William DeMeritt (Rainbow Warrior #3), Brandon T. Snider (Rainbow Warrior #4)


Plot Overview


Arc Advancement



  • Tutuola: It is revealed in this episode that Fin's son is gay and also a computer science major.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments