Original Air Date: Feb 13, 2013
Caitlin – Senior Staff Writer
There’s a statute of limitations on sexual offences, so cold cases don’t often come up in the SVU. When they do, though, the show makes sure there’s enough drama involved to make them worth being brought up again after all these years.
We see two familiar faces in the first couple minutes of this episode. First, Munch, whose absence for long stretches of time is actually acknowledged, and then our old friend Dana Lewis of the FBI, there to take in a suspect just released from prison in Miami.
Brian Traymor is a suspect is a string of cold case rape and murders, and is now paralyzed from the waist down. They speak to a roommate of one of the victims, and she finds Traymor familiar. He, on the other hand, denies knowing anything about the old crimes. The parents of another victim, Kira, seem to back him up, saying they know their daughter couldn’t have been killed by a stranger. But soon enough, Traymor admits to all his actions- except raping and killing Kira.
As Dana points out, Kira’s case is remarkably similar to those of all of Traymor’s other victims. Amanda and Munch go in search of old evidence, only to find that it was already taken away by another detective. Traymor continues to deny he ever met Kira, so Dana decides to take a shot at him herself. She tries to sympathize with him over his disability. She says she’s making progress and comes out to find Kira’s one-time fiancé, Noah, who apparently knows her quite well.
Dana tells Noah that she actually got Traymor to admit to killing Kira. Still, Noah doesn’t recognize their suspect, either. He also tells Nick that he and Dana used to date, and that there’s a possibility some details of her work might have slipped out. Nick begins to suspect Traymor’s last confession might have been coerced. A meeting with one of the original investigators heightens this idea. Sure enough, Traymor says he can’t remember anything about Kira, and takes the confession back.
Olivia at first denies that Dana could have done anything wrong, but once she starts grabbing at theories as to why Traymor recanted, the two become confrontational. That original investigator doesn’t think Noah had anything to do with Kira’s murder, but he does say Dana was “all over” the case, even though she said she dropped it over personal bias. Liv determines that Dana and Noah were probably close than either of them let on, and Dana all but dares are to question her on the fact.
It turns out that the detectives don’t actually suspect Noah for attacking Kira- they suspect Dana. She calmly denies any possibility, at least until Nick comes in with the new knowledge that Noah got her pregnant, and asked her to have an abortion. When Kira got pregnant, though, he proposed to her. Dana admits to killing Kira in a fit of rage, and then to staging the scene to look like Traymor’s other crimes. When Cragen comes in to arrest her, she says she understands and lets herself be taken away without a fight.
It seems unlikely, given how limited and spread out Dana’s appearances have been, that this was something the writers always had planned for her character. Either way, though, she had built up a friendly relationship with all the SVU detectives she’d met, and this has to come as something of a blow. It does make some sense- nobody is all they seem on a show like this. But still, we’re never going to see Dana in the same light again, if we even see at all. With the time she’s going to spend in prison, it could go either way.
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