The trail leads to a women's clinic where Dets. Fin and Lake find the common link between their victims. After further investigation, a game of cat and mouse develops with the doctor's son, Henry (guest star Penn) that takes a drastic twist.
Executive Producer Neal Bear said, "We're thrilled to have film stars Adam Beach ("Flags of Our Fathers," "Windtalkers") and Kal Penn ("Van Wilder" and "Harold and Kumar Go to the White Castle") as guest stars on the episode 'Outsider.' They bring amazing energy and some funny moments to SVU--and the sparks really fly between Adam, an SVU detective from Brooklyn, and Ice-T, who are brought together on a case of rapes spreading across New York City."
The Chester Lake character referred only a couple of times to his Indian background. One, he said his people were the ones who built New York's skyscrapers. That's a reference to the Mohawk and other Iroquois ironworkers of the early 20th century. Perhaps Lake is supposed to be a descendent of Handsome Lake, the Seneca religious leader. Or maybe someone fondly remembered Alberta's Chester Lake and thought it would make a good name.
Two, when a suspect fled, Lake said, "He's on the wind." That may not be an Indian phrase, but it sure sounds like one.
All in all, it was a decent episode of Law & Order: SVU, nothing special. Beach's character didn't inject more energy than the typical guest star, and his conflict with Fin Tutuola (Ice-T) seemed contrived. But still, it was nice seeing a Native actor playing an unconventional role.