Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 1 Episode 10


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Jan 07, 2000 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Benson does her best to help a rape victim who is able to describe her attack in perfect detail, yet unable to properly identify her attacker when push comes to shove. When the detectives revisit the case a few months later, they find the woman even less willing to talk about what happened, as she claims she has moved on. Things turn sticky when Benson and Cassidy spend the night together, because Benson just wanted one great night, but Cassidy is left wanting more.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Tough Emotion

    It's a surprise that Benson slept with her colleague when she's called in for a rape incident. We didn't see them in chemistry in earlier episodes. Benson meets rape victim, Harper Anderson who claims the suspect used a weapon with the line, "Is this how you like it?". But, there's no clear evidence

    after one suspect is ruled out. A few months later, Benson hears about a similar incident from a detective from another precinct saying the guy attacked her with a mask. Then, the squad finds a married man, who happens to be wearing the victim's ring. Benson tries to bring in Harper, but discover she's moved on with her life and refuses to do so. But, Benson talks her out of it and decides to face the suspects. Then, Harper is unable to pick out the guy and breaks down when she sees her stolen ring.

    That was emotional. The emotions the victim has to go through is good. It didn't make sense with the sexual tension with Benson and Cassidy. There was a little backstory that they got smashed and had sex. But, Benson made her mistakes. Cassidy wants commitment. That was emotion right there. I even saw that guy from 'White Collar' playing her boyfriend.moreless
  • this was a good ep

    in this ep of the show law and order svu oliva is called to the scene of rape and she goes to find the rape victium in the hospital and thing is she goes and has a examin and then goes to the station to give the statement of what happen and so she goes to be with her boyfrind but things dont work out and so 6 months later she leaves him and another rape happens to diffrent girl after the case went cold and so they need her to identfi but thing is she cant and so the guy gets away .moreless
  • When a woman is raped and Olivia is on the case.

    When Harper Anderson (played incredibly well by Tracy Pollan) is raped, Olivia is the first detective to come to her aid and help her out, mostly emotionally. Even though she is able to recount nearly every detail of what happened, she ends up freezing up and is unable to pick him out of the line-up. Six months go by and Olivia and Elliot learn from Harper's boyfriend that she has moved, quit her job and has broken up with him. Another woman, around Harper's age then comes forward and tells the detectives she has been raped; and the details are practically identical to what happened to Harper. When Olivia and Elliot finally find Harper, they ask her to try and remember the man's voice (since her eyes were covered) but she refuses and the perp is not captured. This was actually the first part of a two part episode; the second part aired in season two.

    This was a great episode. I loved how Olivia believed that Harper truly was raped, even though some of the evidence suggest that she made it up. And of course there is the beginning of the episode when we find Olivia and Brian in bed together. The fact that this was basically a "to be continued" episode made it even better. I won't give away what happens in that episode here. All in all, great writing, acting and great episode!moreless
  • This is a different type of episode. This is an extended investigation on a rape case.

    The usual S V U is a crime is investigated (usually a dead body is involved.) It would would also have interaction between the detectives and sometimes Stabler's family would appear.

    This was a single story line episode. It starts with a the reporting of the rape, then the taking of the victim's statement and the investigation of rape. Even when the trail goes cold, the storyline strictly stays with rape case. And since the case ends in limbo so does episode.

    This was a very special episode that decided to defy the series and to an extent the genre norms to create a compelling episode.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    Closure has to be one of my all time favorite episodes of Law and Order Special Victims Unit. When Harper Anderson is raped in her own apartment, Detectives Benson and Stabler set out to find the man who commited the crime. After six months of trying to piece together evidence, they think that they have finally found the perp. But when Harper is unable to positively identify their main suspect, he walks. It is nice to see an episode that reminds you that not every case can be solved. At the end of this episode the victim (Harper) doesn't walk away feeling as if the case was closed. Her attacker is still at large. It shows the real side of the Special Victims Unit, the fact that the good guys don't always win.moreless
Roger Bart

Roger Bart

Benjy Dowe

Guest Star

Tracy Pollan

Tracy Pollan

Harper Anderson

Guest Star

Neil Maffin

Neil Maffin

Kenneth Clearly

Guest Star

Michelle Hurd

Michelle Hurd

Det. Monique Jeffries

Recurring Role

Angie Harmon

Angie Harmon

A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael

Recurring Role

Dean Winters

Dean Winters

Det. Brian Cassidy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (11)

    • (Benson and Cassidy are in bed together, Benson's beeper goes off, she kisses him)
      Olivia Benson: Gotta go. (Gets out of bed)
      Brian Cassidy: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Where are you going? Hey, hey, hey, that was incredible.
      Olivia Benson: (buttoning her shirt; leaving) Don't get used to it.

    • Harper Anderson: Who are you to tell me I'm not fine?!
      Olivia Benson: Because closure is a myth!

    • Olivia Benson: Jane, you did the one thing that you're supposed to do when someone threatens you, you survive.

    • Olivia Benson: I'll still have my job.
      Brian Cassidy: Yeah, whoever you marry --
      Olivia Benson: If I get married.
      Brian Cassidy: Whatever, you will. As long as you have this job, your marriage will be an affair.

    • (Cleary's lawyer refuses to allow him to answer any questions.)
      Elliot Stabler: What questions can your client answer?
      Cleary's Attorney: Anything that's a matter of public record. I want to know what my client is being charged with.
      John Munch: (to Stabler) You don't have to answer that.

    • Elliot Stabler: How long you been sleeping with Cassidy?
      Olivia Benson: Uh, I'm not.
      Elliot Stabler: Your stomach just dropped two floors, Olivia. The unconscious don't lie.
      Olivia Benson: I'm not lying ... not much.
      Elliot Stabler: Mm-hmm.
      Olivia Benson: Is it that obvious?
      Elliot Stabler: I'm your partner for better or worse. Look everybody knows too much about everybody else in this office anyway.
      Olivia Benson: I broke a rule, Elliot. A personal one. And now he wants to see me again.
      Elliot Stabler: Can you blame him?

    • Olivia Benson: (to Harper Anderson) The truth is everybody changes every day. And some things are more devastating than others. But we never are the same. And there are two ways to deal with these changes -- you either accept them or you fight them like hell all the way.

    • Sam Lardner: Don't I need a lawyer?
      Elliot Stabler: For being a peeping tom? No. Just a good shrink.

    • Elliot Stabler: You left her?
      Uniform Officer: She asked me to. I figured she'd been through enough.
      Elliot Stabler: I don't care if she pushes you away. You don't leave a rape victim alone.

    • (Benson and Cassidy found themselves in bed together after a few drinks.)
      Brian Cassidy: This is about the doubting... the questioning you... and Harper. That was just the job, nothing personal.
      Olivia Benson: Neither was last night.

    • Olivia Benson: He smells expensive.
      Don Cragen: Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, I ask you to smell the defendant.

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