The SVU team is put on the case of a woman who has been in a coma for 14 months and is found to be 7 weeks pregnant. After going though many suspects, they focus on the patient's doctor. ... See full summary »


Donna Deitch


Dick Wolf (created by), Dawn DeNoon | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Detective Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Stephanie March ... Alexandra Cabot
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Bruce Davison ... Dr. Graham Mandell
Henry Woronicz ... Mr. Rawley
Steve Key Steve Key ... Wesley Dilbert
Rainn Wilson ... Janitor
Lisa Pelikan ... Dr. Garrison
Peter Hermann ... Trevor Langan
Ian Kahn ... David Anderson
Jill Marie Lawrence ... Cleo Conrad


The SVU team is put on the case of a woman who has been in a coma for 14 months and is found to be 7 weeks pregnant. After going though many suspects, they focus on the patient's doctor. They discover that he is impregnating comatose female patients with a rich donor's sperm in order to get embryonic stem cells that are biologically compatible. The problem for the ADA is that laws are not on her side in prosecuting such crimes. Written by Tawny

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Release Date:

15 November 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Waste See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode reunites Mariska Hargitay and Lisa Pelikan. They haven't worked together since the cult horror film Ghoulies (1985). See more »


While discussing the baby's paternity it is mentioned that the baby's blood type is Type AB and the mother's blood type is Type A. Wong concludes that the father's blood type must be Type B. This isn't necessarily true as the father's blood type could be either Type B or Type AB. See more »


Fin Tutuola: What was that?
[Munch pulls out some chopsticks out of the trash]
John Munch: Good Police work, here's your DNA.
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Downright Ghoulish
2 March 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The rape of two comatose female patients brings the SVU squad to a facility for those people, a facility run by Dr. Bruce Davison. The usual thought would be that some necrophiliac was finding a new way of getting his jollies. In fact they find one played by Steven Key, but he doesn't turn out to be the doer.

Davison has gotten big bucks from billionaire Philip Bosco to do research into stem cells, banned recently in New York at that time. The issues are still controversial. Bosco suffers from Parkinson's Disease and having had a grandmother who had that, plus we've such celebrity victims as Michael J. Fox and Katharine Hepburn deal with it as well.

There's no question that what Bosco wants to do is something downright ghoulish. And he might get away with it.

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