A sassy old broad yammers on at an indulgent cop about a talking car, making sure to assure him she's not a "senile old bitch." Yeah, swearing old people are always hilarious. If she's not senile, then it might occur to her that the voice coming from the trunk might belong to a person, and not the car itself. And since the detective is apparently already looking for a kidnap victim, a little urgency might serve him well. He pieces it together eventually and surprises a nearby hotdog vendor by not ordering his usual (sauerkraut, heavy mustard) but by asking about the car that had been parked there. It being the only car a New York hotdog vendor has probably seen for weeks, he knows it was taken to an impound lot.
A crazy old lady and hotdog vendor's hearsay is enough for the SVU crew to go popping trunks and smashing windows of every car in the towing company's lot. I bet they were a little disappointed when the EMS guys showed up with the infrared camera and spoil their vandalicious fun. They find the girl, Sabrina, alive but barely breathing.
Sabrina was hit with a rock and raped. "She's only 11," laments the doctor. "Don't ask why, it'll only drive you crazy," says Olivia, who's always great at distancing herself from her cases. Chester shows up to tell the detectives the car was a rental, rented to Saul Picard (played by Arye Gross! How's it going?) from Louisiana, whom the detectives interview at his apartment, where he signed a month-long lease. He lives in Louisiana, in a place off Lake Pontchartrain, but visits New York every few months on business. "As you can see, I'm much too eccentric of an SVU character to be in one scene and then cleared," he says, but the detectives totally miss that. He says he returned the rental car, and has the receipt to prove it. His alibi is that he was working -- he's an artist. Picard's art is of elephants, and is pretty clearly illustrations for children's books. Elliot wonders if he knows Sabrina, but Picard doubts it. He talks some stuff about losing a home in Katrina, and how New Orleans "not the same there now." Elliot briefly attempts the "I'll drop a hint that I might be racist too and see if you speak a little more freely" play by saying "I wouldn't blame you for trying to get away," but gets nowhere. He suspiciously asks to see the detectives' badges again. They say they're going to check with the car rental place and clear everything up.
Sure enough, his story checks out -- he returned the car, but the guy he returned it to left it parked with the guys in it and it was stolen. Olivia has checked out the coffee shop, and they tell him Saul's been in and out a couple dozen times in the last couple of days.