“Law & Order: SVU” Recap: Granting Immunity
“Law & Order: SVU” Season 16 Episode 19 “Granting Immunity” aired on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at 9:00 PM. In this episode, while the Special Victims Unit tried to contain the situation after explicit pictures from a party during lunch time went viral, they quickly discovered that the children from that same school had a bigger problem on their hands after more than a dozen children, including Noah Porter, came down with the measles. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode began with Sergeant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) taking her foster son, Noah Porter, to the clinic for his measles vaccination, where he also met young Aiden Dole, the younger brother of Tribeca Academy student Gabriel Dole.
Meanwhile, during their lunch break, Gabriel and several other teenagers went to . drugs, and had a “rainbow party”. There, several explicit pictures were taken, which when seen by the school’s principal as it had quickly gone viral. Because of this, they called in the Special Victims Unit in order to make sure that nothing had gone wrong. However, they ended up asking for the cellphones, devices, emails and blogs of all of the students of Tribeca Academy so that none of the pictures would end up on child pornography sites. However, they weren’t able to collect several students’ phones, such as Gabriel Dole’s, as his mother, Trudy Malko (Missi Pyle), a lifestyle blogger, told them that Gabriel was sick.
Olivia was then interrupted by a call from Noah’s doctor, who informed her that Noah had the measles, and that he might have been exposed to another patient the other day. Olivia then deduced that he might have gotten it from Gabriel’s younger brother, as Gabriel was sick. While working from home, Olivia reminded Detective Nick Amaro (Danny Pino) to make sure that his son, Gil (Jaden Matthew Rodriguez) had gotten his vaccination. Later on, Nick learned that his mother wanted to move with Gil to San Diego, where it would be safer, which would mean that both his children would be in California.
Finally, they were able to trace the pictures on the sites to Larry Heller, the son of lawyer Arlene Heller (Susie Essman), who agreed to let them confiscate Larry’s phone on the condition that he cooperates with them to get the names of those who run the sites he sent the pictures to, and that he doesn’t get placed on the registry or serve time. She then told them to look into the fact that around nine children from Tribeca had come down with the measles, including Savannah. She then told them that some of the children hadn’t fulfilled New York’s laws which required all children to be vaccinated.
Later that night, when Nick and Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola (Ice T) went to give an update to Olivia, they ended up helping her rush Noah to the doctor as he began to turn blue. After he was stabilized, Olivia was informed that Noah had the measles. Later on, several other complications caused the boy to contract pneumonia.
After taking a look at the school records, Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr. (Peter Scanavino) realized that all of the sick students had gone to Dr. Eric Setrakian (David Margulies) who had falsified the records, and had been referred to by Trudy, who didn’t believe in vaccinations and believed that it was a parent’s right to choose whether or not their child should receive vaccinations.
Because of this, Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba (Raul Esparza) charged her with several counts of reckless endangerment, which proceeded to a trial. There, Olivia took the stand, and on her way out, she snapped back at Trudy who began to apologize to her, as Noah’s fever had risen, which was cause for alarm.
When she took the stand, she claimed that vaccinations caused bad side effects like autism, but Barba wondered if she had gone over the line because she had ended up endangering her child and other children because of her zeal to live naturally, and to protect her child no matter what.
While waiting for the jury’s decision, Nick told Amanda that his mother wanted to move his son to San Diego, which he didn’t want to happen as he wanted to still be present in his children’s lives.
Afterwards, the jury found Trudy guilty of one count of reckless endangerment, and was charged with three months in prison and nine months probation. Olivia then informed them that Noah was doing alright, and that he was finally out of the woods.
And that was all for the recap of “Law & Order: SVU” Season 16 Episode 19 “Granting Immunity”. For more news, recaps and updates “Law & Order: SVU” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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