Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 6 Episode 8

Doubt

3
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 23, 2004 on NBC
8.3
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When a college student claims rape and her professor claims it was consensual sex, Stabler and Benson find themselves in the middle of a he said, she said battle, trying to decide whether to believe the alleged victim, or the alleged perpetrator who claimed she liked it rough. Benson sides with Myra, the victim, whereas Stabler finds himself wondering if Polikoff is telling the truth about being innocent, especially after Myra falsely accuses Stabler of touching her inappropriately. After giving more thought to the situation, Benson and Stabler each wonder if the other is right. Stabler has bigger problems on his hands, though, as Myra's attorney reveals that Kathy has moved out and taken the children.moreless

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  • SHE SET HIM UP SO DECENT. SHE'S A GENIUS BUT CRAZY

    10
    She made him rough sex her and she bit him like self defense for insurance if he didnt give her a good grade on her school work she would cry rape. They were so dumb not to include this in the case.. Once he gave her a bad grade she got upset and used that leverage against him. Plus the fact she showed up in sexy lingerie and he didnt even invite her ass over. He just called her to tell her we need to talk about your work. That was a signal to her that her work was going to get graded bad. Its so simple when you think about itmoreless
  • There were two possible outcomes

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    When the original episode aired, the audience had to vote on the verdict. 60% voted not guilty and 20% guilty, the other 20% were undecided. And to "quite obvious" it's quite obvious you have no clue what, beyond a reasonable doubt is.
  • Im Confused !

    8.5
    Did The Jury Say Polikoff Is : Guilty Or Not Guilty ?
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    To the person below me...



    She didn't appear drunk either. So if we assume it wasnt a plot hole in the writing, then I guess saying she was drunk was an overexaggeration, and your whole argument falls apart.
  • Quite Obvious...

    7.0
    He's guilty.



    It's quite obvious that he was guilty IF you paid attention. Now could this be a plot hole in the writing? Possibly, but that distinction cannot really be made if we're supposed to be the jury.



    Numerous times it stated that she had numerous drinks and that she had been drunk. Professor there looked pretty sober when he came to talk to Stabler. If she's drunk, she can't consent to sex REGARDLESS if she wore "sexy" clothing or kissed him first. She is not in a state of mind to consent and being that he was sober (never said otherwise) he took advantage of her inebriated state. He raped her.



    Another reviewer also mentioned the fact that good ol' professor there could not have known that she would claim rape unless he raped her or she told him that she would say something. That was, as far as we know, never told to the detectives and, why would you hide that piece of information?



    Regardless of how you feel, this was a great episode to show just how hard it is to prove rape in a he said-she said case.moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Billy Campbell

Billy Campbell

Ron Polikoff

Guest Star

Shannyn Sossamon

Shannyn Sossamon

Myra Dempsey

Guest Star

Wynter Kullman

Wynter Kullman

Jenny West

Guest Star

Viola Davis

Viola Davis

Donna Emmett

Recurring Role

Mariette Hartley

Mariette Hartley

Lorna Scarry

Recurring Role

Judith Light

Judith Light

Elizabeth Donnelly

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Nitpick: When the alleged victim falsely accuses Stabler of sexual misconduct as a way to force the police to prosecute her teacher, this actually harms her case. Even if the police and DA agreed to this sort of blackmail, Stabler would be required to report this false claim to the defendant's lawyer due to its value of showing the victim's pattern of reporting false claims to the police. If the case went to trial, it would create even more reasonable doubt that the victim was forced into sex.

    • Goof: The email shown is in an Apple Mail compose window. Namely, it's an email being written, not an email that has been received. It can be seen by the three blank bars across the top of the window which are To:, CC:, Subject:.

    • Goof: When Benson and Stabler first interview the victim's roommate, she is painting a sculpture blue. However, the paint changes between shots.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Olivia Benson: Elliot, what happened between you and Kathy?
      Elliot Stabler: Well ... the job made me kind of hard to live with.
      Olivia Benson: She should try working with you.

  • NOTES (2)

    • International Air Dates
      Finland – Feb 10, 2010 on YLE TV2

    • The episode left the decision on whether or not it was rape up to the viewers by allowing them to vote online at NBC.com. Although the votes fluctuated from time to time, generally speaking 1/5 believed it was rape, 3/5 believed it was consensual, and 1/5 felt more information was needed. Law & Order: Criminal Intent used the same method for the episode "Great Barrier," allowing viewers to choose the fate of the female antagonist.

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