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A Misunderstanding 

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A high school rape accusation turns into a complicated "he said, she said" without a conclusive or satisfactory resolution of what--if anything--has taken place.

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Mariska Hargitay

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Céline C. Robinson
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Peter Scanavino ... Dominick Carisi Jr.
Raúl Esparza ... Rafael Barba
Andy Karl ... Mike Dodds
Elizabeth Marvel ... Rita Calhoun
Delaney Williams ... John Buchanan
Charlotte Ray Rosenberg ... Abby Stewart (as Charlie Ray)
Sean Grandillo ... Chris Roberts
Pamela Gray ... Laura Stewart (as Pamela J. Gray)
Jonathan Walker ... Mr. Stewart
Olivia Birkelund Olivia Birkelund ... Ellen Roberts
John Hickok ... Dennis Roberts
Aida Turturro ... Judge Felicia Catano
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Rita Calhoun goes to Oliva and says she's representing a teenage girl who says that a guy she went on a date with assaulted her. Oliva tells them to investigate and it's a veritable he said, she said. Eventually they think they have enough to charge the boy and they do. But it's circumstantial. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Rita Calhoun reappears in season 17, the first time being in the season premiere when she represented Karl Rudnick. See more »

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While cross-examining Benson about Abby's delay in reporting the alleged rape, Buchanan the defense attorney calls Abby an assailant instead of a victim. See more »

Quotes

Dominick Carisi, Jr.: [about the Cherry Pickers Club' list] Oh, counselor, you're not gonna use this list though, are you?
Rafael Barba: It goes to motive.
Dominick Carisi, Jr.: Yeah, but it also outs a lot of teenagers. I mean, the guys, whatever. Who cares about them?
Olivia Benson: But these girls, they don't want this list going public.
Mike Dodds: Come on, like they haven't posted darkroom selfies on their Facebook pages already? We're dealing with hormone-flooded teenagers. I know things are grey here, but this is 50 shades of it.
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References Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) See more »

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Flimsy and grandstanding plot line; two key characters rendered uncharacteristically unsympathetic.
16 June 2017 | by siobhan-11157See all my reviews

This is one the very very few episodes where I rooted for the defence lawyer. Based on the portrayal of the date rape scene, the decision to prosecute was bizarre.

Benson's aside to Barba at the end where she states that California has introduced an 'affirmative consent' law betrays the motive behind this episode - 'preaching' about spreading such a law. That may all be fine, but clearly the outcome in court lacked plausibility and this is one of the few (maybe only) where the Barba and Benson characters get on the viewers' nerves by ramroading a pathetic case.


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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2016 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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