Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 7 Episode 2

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 27, 2005 on NBC
9.0
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Benson saves April Troost from committing suicide, but feels responsible when Troost dies during the trial of the man she accuses of raping her and getting her pregnant. It isn't long before detectives learn that Barclay Pallister wasn't the only man April picked up in a bar who has no recollection of sleeping with her, and the squad realizes that Troost was no victim. Their search takes them from prospective parents looking to adopt her child to the men she drugged and accosted to the sperm center she used to work at, which ends up at the center of the case.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Things aren't as they seem.

    9.0
    This was a great episode full of twists which started when Benson talked April from committing suicide because she was raped and April said because she was pregnant she never jumped but things aren't as they seem when April is actually a con with an IQ of 170 who has been assaulting the men not the other way around As the episode went on we learn how bad April actually is and the fact that she has been one step ahead of everyone the whole episode allows her to get away with everything It was quite a complicated episode but a good one.moreless
  • Great episode, but very confusing!

    9.0
    When I first watched this episode, I must admit that I was really confused at first. I thought April died in the car crash, only to have Olivia discover that she's alive...then who died??!! And the acting as usual, was top notch. I just wish Olivia wasn't always the one who felt guilty about trying to help someone, only to have the "victim" turn out to be the bad guy (girl). There were many twists and turns which I thought were great. We're lead to believe that this renowned doctor is a rapist only to find out that the girl he supposedly raped is in a way, the rapist! It was actually kind of fun to see the other side win for once. It rarely happens on the show, but when it does it truly makes for a great episode.moreless
  • This was an amazing episode. The blonde is SO hot and it was so cool to see the bad guys win!!! or bad girls that is.

    10
    I really liked the writing of this episode and the blonde named Estelle Warren should be in more shows and movies. She is stunning to look at!! Her lips and eyes are awesome!!



    Linda Carter had a part in it too. The two of them were brilliant masterminds!! Now I need more words to take up the space. Wow I cannot believe it has to be 100 words long. I will just have to keep typing until I can reach 100. Wow it is taking a long time to get there. I think I am almost there. I thought I was there whew now I am there.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.5
    Detective Olivia Benson is called to a scene after April Troost cries rape during an attempted suicide. When April gives up the name of her attacker, the Detectives of the Special Victims Unit convince her to press charges. However, the charges increase to homicide when April is found dead. But after investigating further, they find that this whole situation may have been a set up.



    This was a good episode. You are convinced that April really is a victim the whole time but then you realize that she is the puppet master pulling the strings on the entire situation. You can tell that this really affected Olivia because she believed April and was taken for a fool.moreless
  • This episode was just too strange.

    8.5
    This is a great example of the fact that people are thinking up the weirdest sex crimes. As Fin puts it, "Damn, who thinks this stuff up??" I suppose the twist when April is found alive and guilty, and shows no remorse, is the worst part. Poor Olivia, she was tricked from the start. No wonder the whole team is pissed, but when the issue becomes the baby, the search is on. Novak does some work with trying to disclose the information of the wherabouts of the baby, and ends up having to let Troost go. However, the baby is found.moreless
BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

ADA Casey Novak

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Julian Sands

Julian Sands

Barclay Pallister

Guest Star

Estella Warren

Estella Warren

April Troost

Guest Star

Peter Riegert

Peter Riegert

Pallister's Attorney

Guest Star

Tom O'Rourke

Tom O'Rourke

Judge Mark Seligman

Recurring Role

Caren Browning

Caren Browning

Captain Judith Siper

Recurring Role

Mike Doyle

Mike Doyle

Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Nitpick: Since all plea bargains are subject to the discretion of the court and not the ADA, it's unlikely that April Troost could just walk off because Novak said that she could, especially considering she was still under arrest.

    • Nitpick: No one in Pallister's laboratory is wearing eye protection, which could get him in serious trouble with OSHA should they ever find out about it.

    • Nitpick: They were able to charge McManus with stealing sperm, but in "Waste" and "Birthright", they were unable to charge doctors with stealing women's eggs because "body parts have no monetary value." If that holds true for eggs, then it should also hold true for sperm.

  • QUOTES (16)

    • April Troost: You were my friend. You promised to protect me.
      Olivia Benson: When you were a rape victim, not a rapist.

    • Barclay Pallister: I didn't touch her!
      Olivia Benson: Immaculate conception's not gonna hold up in court, so why don't you try again?

    • Barclay Pallister: She left me after you charged me with rape.
      Elliot Stabler: Well, if the screw fits.

    • Don Cragen: Liv, you gotta stop beating yourself up. The baby matters more. Now she'll be loved.

    • Don Cragen: Let it go.
      Olivia Benson: I can't. They scammed every one of us and they just walked.

    • Olivia Benson: Novak let you off, didn't she?
      April Troost: Yeah.
      Olivia Benson: I'm glad.
      April Troost: Why?
      Olivia Benson: Because you don't deserve to be a mother and I'm gonna make sure you never see that child again.
      April Troost: Good. Maybe the kid might have a chance.

    • Dr. George Huang: Why should you get a break?
      April Troost: I'm too beautiful for prison.

    • Elliot Stabler: (after finding out April Troost was free to leave) Uh, maybe you missed the part where she tried to jump off a twenty-story building.

    • Elliot Stabler: He's making designer babies.

    • Olivia Benson: (about April) She's a cold-hearted bitch.

    • April Troost: You have a sick imagination.
      Olivia Benson: On my best day I couldn't make this stuff up.

    • John Munch: (after the squad has realized that April's been drugging men into unconsciousness, zapping them to make them ejaculate, and stealing their sperm) I thought I heard of every sex crime.
      Fin Tutuola: Damn, who thinks this stuff up?

    • Don Cragen: (About electro-ejaculation.) This is legal?
      John Munch: New York State Law has no clear guidance on how to obtain sperm from a man who's incapacitated or dead.

    • Barclay Pallister: She put something in my drink?
      Elliot Stabler: Rohypnol.
      Barclay Pallister: I told you I didn't rape her.
      Elliot Stabler: I know.
      Barclay Pallister: But if she slipped me a roofie ... how did I get it up?

    • (Arguing over the charges against April Troost and the missing newborn.)
      Casey Novak: No hospitals in the tri-state area even have a record she delivered one.
      Olivia Benson: Casey, trust me -- she did and then she sold it or she drowned it or who knows? But that evil bitch did something terrible with that baby.

    • Elliot Stabler: So, what do a victim and a rapist talk about over a plate full of pasta?

  • NOTES (5)

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

    • When Stabler refers to April's father as Dr. Mengele, he is referring to Josef Mengele, the Holocaust scientist also known as the Angel of Death who decided who lived and who died based on their appearances and perceived physical imperfections, and routinely performed brutal experiments on his victims. He was part of Adolf Hitler's plan to breed a master race.

    • Stabler: You're nothing but a Nazi trying to engineer a master race.

      Stabler is comparing McManus to Adolf Hitler, the leader of Germany's National Socialist party back in the 1930s and 1940s. Hitler wanted to create a 'master race' of people with certain colorings and physical characteristics, and his efforts to eliminate those he considered undesirable resulted in the Holocaust, the most large-scale of all historic mass murders. The term Nazi originated as an insult that was directed to the party, and is now used as a term for the political party itself as well as those who still believe in Hitler's ideology of the master race.

    • Maitre d': And from his black American Express card, very rich.

      The American Express Centurion™ card is the highest level charge card that a consumer can get from American Express. Currently, the card carries an annual fee of $2500 and is available strictly by invitation only.

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