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Detective Benson is placed in the position of facing her kidnapper, William Lewis, as he has his day in court and decides to represent himself.


Michael Slovis


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Raúl Esparza ... Rafael Barba
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Pablo Schreiber ... William Lewis
Renée Elise Goldsberry ... Martha Marron
John Rothman ... Judge Edward Kofax
Jolly Abraham ... Dr. Patel
Dean Winters ... Brian Cassidy
Bill Irwin ... Dr. Peter Lindstrom
Barbara Jimenez ... Viva Nunez
Sarah Street Sarah Street ... Dr. Janice Cole
Sarah Storm ... Bronwyn Freed (as Sarah Bisman)


The Beast' returns when Detective Benson (Hargitay) is forced to face Lewis (Schreiber) in the courtroom, and the stress of reliving the attack causes setbacks in her recovery. With Lewis trying every trick in the book to continue his legal winning streak, Benson is forced to reveal some of the secrets she's kept about the ordeal. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

8 January 2014 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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William Lewis: [to the judge] I offered a plea that would have guaranteed a lengthy prison term and spared the victim the pain of a trial. My so-called attorney has failed to get the D.A.'s office to agree to accept my capitulation. I have serious reservations about her competence. I would like to request a change of attorney.
Judge Edward Kofax: Counselor?
Martha Marron: I'm just hearing this now, your Honor.
Rafael Barba: Are you? This is an oft-used delaying tactic of Mr. Lewis' in several trials.
William Lewis: I'm not requesting any additional time.
Judge Edward Kofax: Realistically, it ...
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Completely Enthralling!!
9 January 2014 | by zactacSee all my reviews

I am not one to do reviews of single episodes but this one deserves the time. Was the conclusion (?) to the William Lewis storyline everything it was promised to be? That's the question and my answer is a resounding yes.

In this episode Olivia is forced to see her attacker again, this time for his trial. Throughout the trial she must gather up the courage to face William Lewis in order to put him away for the rest of his life. However, she must do all of this while holding onto her sanity which seems to be the last thing Lewis wants to take from her before he says goodbye.

This is SVU at its finest. We get ourselves some intense courtroom drama, that has been missing for quite some time now, with a personal touch. Watching one of the best cops on TV go through her toughest battle yet. Now while it can be hard to believe that the system can be messed up to the extent that allowed Lewis to walk on several trials, I can see it happening. Justice is such a hard thing to be consistent in our judicial system. Especially when the law needs catching up to do so. However, that only made this episode even better.

But what really sold the episode were the performances of Pablo Schreiber and Mariska Hargitay. Schreiber sold the pure evil and depravity of Lewis. Throughout the entire episode he could easily make your skin crawl. I was blown away by how he so easily got into character to fool the jury, innocent victim in the situation, and then could turn back into a predator who would rip Olivia apart if he had the chance. Schreiber was amazing. However, it was Hargitay who really delivered. She gave what was probably her best performance as Olivia. A woman who is not used to being vulnerable was completely exposed in this episode. Her fears of Lewis walking, the court learning of her deception, and even the fears of seeing him in court. These things kept pushing Olivia over the edge so much she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown. But Hargitay's strength and determination really showed through Olivia. She was a woman who was not letting him take the last bit of strength she had. It was inspiring. Honestly if these two actors are not awarded some kind of acting nominations at the next Primetime Emmy Awards then there is some serious problem.

In the end, we have ourselves an absolutely enthralling episode. With fantastic writing, intense courtroom drama, and two fantastic performances (probably Hargitay's best yet) that are both Emmy worthy. This was one of the best episodes of Law and Order SVU yet and I can't wait to see what happens next.

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