Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 7


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 04, 2003 on NBC

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  • A pregnant woman is assaulted in a bar, and SVU detectives must sort through the lies to find the real perpetrator.

    I love episodes like this one, where the audience spends the entire show wondering who is lying and who the bad guy really is. A woman is found lying on the floor with a head injury in her bar. She claims that someone tried to rape her. She first implicates a young man with a grudge against her, then changes her story and claims her husband did it. When she decides to have an abortion, her husband drags her into court to try to fight it.

    She subsequently decides to keep her baby, and Olivia recommends counseling. The counselor advises the woman, Jennifer, that she must stop drinking or she could cause serious damage to the baby. Jennifer swears that she will, but then her husband, Craig, takes her to court again to have her locked up so she can't drink while she's pregnant.

    Olivia finds herself overly involved in the case, attending counseling with Jennifer and trying to intervene to keep Craig away from her. He threatens to call witnesses, and when Elliot and Olivia check them out, they discover that Jennifer had another child with fetal alcohol syndrome when she was much younger. Olivia and Elliot had to tell the court, so Jennifer is ordered to appear at rehab.

    Olivia goes to talk to Jennifer and finds her drunk, so she arrests her for contempt of court. It is fascinating to see the interaction between Olivia and Jennifer. Olivia is highly trained to be able to tell when someone is lying, but she is completely duped by Jennifer. Jennifer is found not guilty of contempt of court at trial, but she is ordered to present herself for rehab the following morning. Olivia finds her parked outside the house of her previous child, and Jennifer makes a turnaround. The episode is very exciting because the whole time you get the sense that Jennifer is lying or withholding the truth, and Olivia just goes along for the ride. But finally, in the end, she manages to get through to Jennifer and make her understand the damage she is doing to her child.