‘Law & Order:SVU’ Recap: ‘Devil’s Dissections’

By Kitin Miranda | 2 years ago
‘Law & Order:SVU’ Recap: ‘Devil’s Dissections’
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“Law & Order:SVU” Season 17 Episode 1 “Devil’s Dissections” aired last Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 9:00 PM on NBC. In this episode, Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) becomes personally invested in a case, after they turn to Dr. Greg Yates (Dallas Roberts) for help after discovering a body whose cause of death seemed similar to how he killed his victims before his incarceration. However, as the investigation progressed, Yates makes a surprising accusation, which they were reluctant to believe, as he had accused on of their own. Read on to learn more about the first part of season seventeen’s premiere episode.

The episode began with the Manhattan Special Victims Unit team discovering a body of a woman at Pelham Beach, whose cause of death seemed similar to the modus operandi used by the now incarcerated Dr. Greg Yates (Dallas Roberts).

Later, their medical examiner, Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Carl Rudnick (Jeffrey Mays) added to suspicions as he discovered traces of green nail polish under the victim’s fingernails, which was also Yates’ modus operandi.


However, Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish), without Sergeant Olivia Benson’s (Mariska Hargitay) permission, went to Green Haven to ask Yates about it as she believed that he couldn’t have done it, which Yates affirmed, as he believed that it was done by a copycat, and told her that he would contact her again if he had any leads for her.

After discovering what she had done, Olivia made Rollins stay at the squad room, while she and Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr. (Peter Scanavino) went to the house of the deceased woman, only to discover that the woman living there was the victim’s twin sister, Brooke Groves (Cody Lindquist), who confirmed her sister’s identity. Later, they discovered that Rachel Groves, who had been into drugs, had left a halfway home earlier that year with someone who looked like her mother, which was impossible as their mother had been dead for a decade.

Yates then called Rollins, and told her that their case reminded him of a house call that he had done at a town house in Brooklyn, where he had stitched up an embarrassed attending physician, and where he had seen a clump of female red hair.

Upon tearing the wall of the townhouse apart, they discovered the remains of a decade old mummy, who was later identified by Yates and his fiancée, Susie Frain (Mary Bacon), as Lena Grunwald, the Swiss fiancée of Dr. Carl Rudnick, a good friend of theirs, who had disappeared in 2002.  This information was given in exchange for allowing Susie and Yates to have a conjugal visit with each other.

As the evidence began to stack up against Rudnick, Olivia called in Dr. Melanie Warner (Tamara Tunie) to redo the autopsies, which led her to immediately pinpoint several glaring mistakes in the timeline in the reports and in the reports themselves that a medical examiner would never have made a mistake on. She also noted that the victims were cut up while they were still alive, just as Yates had guessed.


Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba (Raul Esparza) then had Olivia call Rudnick to his office for questioning while Carisi and Detective Fin Tutuola (Ice T) searched his house.

Inside, they found pictures of the autopsies Rudnick had just performed, and a closet full of women’s clothes and wigs, which made them realize that he had posed as his dead fiancée and as Rachel Groves’ mother, in order to confuse the timeline for Lena’s whereabouts, and to lure Rachel out of the halfway home.

He was then arrested, but managed to escape incarceration for the meantime as he was able to post bail.

The next morning, Rollins informed them that facial recognition had just confirmed that Rudnick had dressed up as Lena and as Rachel’s mother, which made it even more urgent for Susie to find the picture that Lena supposedly had sent her from Switzerland, her home land.

They then became alarmed after Carisi couldn’t seem to get in touch with Susie. After talking to Yates, they decided to check Susie’s house, and their worst fears were confirmed when the discovered that the house had been trashed, that dried blood was everywhere, and that Susie couldn’t be found.

They were then alerted by the local police, who informed them that a cut up body had just washed up ashore. Later, they confirmed that it was Susie.

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Kitin Miranda enjoys writing, learning new things, telling stories, and doing theater. When she is not busy with her many projects, she can be found reading a good book, writing poetry or fiction, updating her blog, discovering new food places around her neighborhood, or watching American or Asian TV shows.