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The detectives search for a rapist targeting Asian women. The case becomes particularly significant for Benson when the rapist's defense is that he inherited the "violence gene" from his father, also a rapist.


Dick Wolf (created by), Kathy Ebel (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Detective Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Stephanie March ... Alexandra Cabot
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Marcus Chong ... Darrell Guan
Diane Baker ... Margo Nelson
Lance Reddick ... Dr. Taylor
Harvey Atkin ... Judge Alan Ridenour
Nelson Lee ... Johnny Chen
Billy Chang Billy Chang ... Detective Matt Tsu
Fernando López Fernando López ... Lab Tech
Wai Ching Ho ... Susan Guan
Sharrieff Pugh ... Michael Tatum


The team is searching for someone who is targeting Asian women. They learn that he is African American but speaks Chinese well. they discover that he was the product of a rape wherein the victim was Asian and the perp is AFrican American. After he is caught his defense is that he was mistreated because he was a reminder to his mother of what happened to her and he was not really accepted in her community. Which strikes a nerve for Olivia who's also the product of a rape. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

16 November 2001 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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1.78 : 1
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Diane Baker as Margo Nelson spells "guilt" "g-i-l-t." (To Stephanie March in front of the elevator.) See more »


George Huang: I know that if my sister had dated a black man, our parents would've... strongly objected.
Olivia Benson: So he sets himself up to be rejected not only as a man but as a non-Asian. It's like he's looking for a reason to get angry.
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Nature or nurture or lack thereof
23 April 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The violation of women takes center stage in this SVU episode as the squad investigates a series of rapes involving Asian women. This case gets real personal for both B.D. Wong and for Mariska Hargitay.

The investigation leads to the apprehension of Marcus Chong who is a mixed racial person and the child of a rapist. His mother raised him as Mariska's mother raised her, also fathered by a rapist.

Chong lived a horrible childhood as you can imagine. Not easy to love someone brought into the world the way he was. In fact his defense attorney is going to argue he was genetically programmed to be a rapist.

Nature or nurture or lack thereof. A problem for the jury to deal with and something Olivia Benson is thinking about deeply. Her informal therapy session with Dr. Huang is the highlight of this very good SVU episode.

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