A blue minivan goes careening down the busy New York streets, managing to elude police and only stopping when it rams into a parked vehicle. The driver's door opens, and it's a little kid. "What's your problem?" he asks the cops, who are pointing their guns at him. Come on! Take him out!
The new ADA, Kim Greylek, doesn't exactly get the red carpet rolled out for her, because the SVU detectives prefer their judicial colleagues to play fast and loose with evidence disclosure rules, I suppose. Looks like Fin's transfer request hasn't come to anything yet, either. Anyway, they get the report on the 7-year-old joy rider, Christopher Ryan, who said he had to escape his foster parents because they were abusing him.
After a doctor says there was no bruising found on Christopher's body, foster parents Gwen and Noah Sibery are chagrined to find out they're still under suspicion. Noah Sibery (Luke Perry, wisely declining to take part in the somehow-even-worse-than-the-original 90210) is a former neo-punk singer turned ecological luxury clothing merchant? I guess? Christopher has been a real handful ever since they took him in, and while Noah is a fountain of serenity and forgiveness, Gwen wants to give the little Tasmanian devil back -- she's stuck at home with the kid while Noah gets to continue the wining-and-dining-clients lifestyle. Christopher eventually cops to making up the abuse, done mostly out of hatred for their stupid "vegetable-tarian" food, but says he did it because he's not allowed to talk about the "other thing," which is Gwen taking him to a hotel where Christopher takes his clothes off to have his picture taken.
It's not kiddie porn, but legal (if poorly monitored) drug testing at a crappy hotel (cheap lease) where a desperate Gwen was taking Christopher for ADHD drugs. Fin's grouchy to get paired up with Elliott, who takes no notice because he's busy making calls about his stolen, maxed-out credit card. Rat bastard! Elliott does get shirty with the new ADA because she likes to tag along while the detectives do the leg work.