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Recap / Law And Order Special Victims Unit S 2 E 16 Runaway

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Written By David J Burke and Nick Kendrick

Directed By Richard Dobbs

The search for a police officer's runaway daughter (Kelly Karbacz), which leads the detectives through an underground rave culture that caters to wayward teens, is seen through the eyes of the squad room personnel and their interviews with the Internal Affairs division. SVU employs the help of informant Tito Frank (Sean Nelson) and Monique Jeffries who returns in her final appearance to help her former colleagues find the missing girl.

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  • I Did What I Had to Do: The motivation behind several characters—heroism on the part of Tito, desperation to find his daughter for Frank Foster, roughing up Lance Kanick to find Jill for Fin & Munch.
  • It's All About Me: Frank Foster admits to having had this attitude in regards to his daughter Jill's drug problem, thinking more about how her addiction would reflect on his career as a Narcotics sergeant than about his daughter's well-being.
  • Missing Episode: The episode is clearly one that was filmed prior to Michelle Hurd's departure from the show but wasn't aired for some reason. The flashback nature of the episode, Cragen's explanation of how Jeffries got there, Jeffries being on her old desk (despite that being Fin's desk at this point in the show, explained conveniently by Fin being undercover and not being on that desk regularly) worked well to weave it into the continuity.
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  • Ms. Fanservice: Jeffries and Benson wearing crop tops while undercover in the rave.
  • Obligatory Earpiece Touch: Par on course with the show (and other cop shows), Jeffries touches her ear despite trying to look like she belongs in the rave just so the audience would know she and the SVU detectives are wearing ear pieces.
  • Spy Cam: The civilian helping out SVU uses a hidden camera hidden on the bandana he wears all the time. That's how he got the video of the missing girl that sets the entire plot of the episode in motion.
  • The Bus Came Back: After resigning from SVU, Detective Monique Jeffries returns to help her former squad solve their case. Her actress, Michelle Hurd, even appears in the opening theme. Afterwards, she's never seen again in the show.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: After the cold open, the episode begins with Captain Cragen being questioned by Internal Affairs about what happened, Cragen recounts what just happened in the cold open, explains to IAB (and the audience) how Jeffries returned to SVU for this episode, and then we proceed to the events leading up to the IAB investigation.
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  • You Know I'm Black, Right?: Munch is livid when Fin (while undercover) refers to Munch as "my Jew" in front of Ted Bolger (though he hid it well, only showing mild irritation in front of Bolger and bids a dejected "Shalom" before leaving). After leaving Bolger's office, Munch berates Fin and asks him how would he feel if Munch called him "My boy". Fin is just fine with it as long as it yields results.
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