Law & Order: SVU: Dependent

Friday 5 November, 10:00pm on Five

The crime drama series following the NYPD’s elite sex crimes investigation squad continues. This week, Stabler must once again justify his forceful methods after a suspect in a complex murder case dies in custody. Upon taking his son Tommy home to his estranged wife’s house, mob lawyer Sidney Truex (Carey Elwes, ‘Liar Liar’, ‘Saw’), is hit over the back of the head and knocked unconscious. Tommy raises the alarm after failing to rouse his mother from her bed. When Benson and Stabler arrive on the scene, they discover that Sidney’s wife has been raped and bludgeoned to death with a candlestick. When Benson interviews Tommy, the lad is clearly still traumatised. “Monsters hurt my daddy,” he tells her. The detectives discover that Sidney’s teenage daughter, Charlotte, is still missing, and surmise that the crime was motivated by the lawyer’s shady connections with the mafia. When they locate Charlotte at her boyfriend Ryan’s flat, she supports this theory. “Half the city hates my dad because of the cases he tries,” she tells them. However, when Sidney regains consciousness and is questioned by police, he has a different tale to tell. “When I opened my eyes, I saw my daughter running down the hallway. It was Charlotte – she killed her mother,” he tells them. Charlotte rebuffs these claims. “He’s a lawyer – he lies for a living,” she tells the detectives. The girl has an alibi, backed up by several friends, that she was at a drugs party for most of the evening. However, when questioned, the teens at the party reveal that an inebriated Charlotte and Ryan left the party before the murders took place. Evidence in the family home suggests that it has been ransacked for pharmaceutical drugs, and Charlotte’s trainers are found covered in blood.

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