Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 3 Episode 1

Repression

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 28, 2001 on NBC
8.5
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114 votes
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After therapy uncovers repressed memories of abuse and fearing her seven-year-old sister is currently being molested, an eighteen-year-old girl brings charges of rape against her father who winds up murdered when those charges are dismissed.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Dysfuncional Father?

    7.5
    A young girl comes in claiming she was raped by her father. Her family turns their back on their father about the abuse he did, and attempted to do it on the victim's sister. Without evidence, charges against him are dropped, but only to end up dead hours later. Now his family members, even his in-laws are suspected. The tainted evidence all goes back to that therapist the girl was seeing bringing up all these lies. In the end the shrink's career is over.



    It was a good episode. I like it when they changed the opening in the third season. The one I always remember. I was a little boring though.moreless
  • Awesome Season Premiere!!! My actual first episode of SVU. Now that is what SVU absolutely is all about

    10
    This was such an awesome opener for Season 3, which is my first all-time favorite season of thsi show. I seriously do not know why people hated this episode and thought it was a horrible season premiere. I mean, Come on!!! Amy Irving who was married to an awesome director named Steven Speilberg, guest stars in this episode and I really think she did a very good job in the role of the mother of three daughters. I did feel very sorry for Lily, the 7 year old who was molested by her own father. That is just seriously wron and childish to molest and rape a 7 year old sweet little girl. I also felt sorry for Megan and Jody who were brainwashed by that very annoying Therapist named Dr. Warden, who also brainwashed and manipulated their minds filled with foolishiness, infidelity, grief, betryal, bitterness, and especially those ridiculous lies that she has treated them with. What I also liked about this episode is when Cragen calls Stabler at the local bar that he had a night out with Benson, Munch and Tutuola and found out that the charges against the rape were dismissed where the Grandfather got revenge and killed his son-in-law because the charges were dismissed where he also felt no remorse or conscience for his son-in-law's untimely death after what he did to his daughters. The story line was very interesting. I know this episode should aired on Friday, September 21, 2001, but since that tragedy in new York on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, It instead aired on Friday, September 28, 2001. But it was still a great episode to open Season 3.moreless
  • A man is killed after the rape charges against him were dismissed.

    6.0
    I have to admit that this was not a very good season opener. I was expecting SVU to come in its 3rd year with a bang, but I figured that in light of the 9/11 tragedy, a somewhat subdued episode is more appropriate.



    It\'s sad what happened to that family, being torn apart by a manipulative shrink who thinks she\'s actually doing them some good. I feel for the father and the suffering he went through as the people he loved turned their back on him. I guess it wasn\'t really clearly said if the father was innocent or not, but the real perp here would be the psychiatrist. It sucks that the people you\'re supposed to trust are those who take advantage of you. You can never know who the predators are these days.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.5
    When Megan Ramsey walks into the Special Victim Unit to report that her father had raped her, Benson and Stabler begin to question whether or not he is doing the same to her two sisters. When they all admit to being abused, their father is arrested and put on trial. But when the Detectives find out that Megan's psychologist may have been feeding her false memories of the abuse, they try to close the case. But when Megan and her sisters take justice into their own hands, their family is changed forever.



    This was a very interesting episode. I have never heard of psychologist who would feed their patients false memories. It makes you wonder about why people think that they can get away with things like that. It was sad to see what happened as a result of the false memories. A family was ripped apart forever.moreless
  • Awesome Season Premiere for the Third Year!!! Now that is what SVU is all about!!!!

    10
    This was such an awesome opener for Season 3, which is my first all-time favorite season of thsi show. I seriously do not know why people hated this episode and thought it was a horrible season premiere. I mean, Come on!!! Amy Irving who was married to an awesome director named Steven Speilberg, guest stars in this episode and I really think she did a very good job in the role of the mother of three daughters. I did feel very sorry for Lily, the 7 year old who was molested by her own father. That is just seriously wron and childish to molest and rape a 7 year old sweet little girl. I also felt sorry for Megan and Jody who were brainwashed by that very annoying Therapist named Dr. Warden, who also brainwashed and manipulated their minds filled with foolishiness, infidelity, grief, betryal, bitterness, and especially those ridiculous lies that she has treated them with. What I also liked about this episode is when Cragen calls Stabler at the local bar that he had a night out with Benson, Munch and Tutuola and found out that the charges against the rape were dismissed where the Grandfather got revenge and killed his son-in-law because the charges were dismissed where he also felt no remorse or conscience for his son-in-law's untimely death after what he did to his daughters. The story line was very interesting. I know this episode should aired on Friday, September 21, 2001, but since that tragedy in new York on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, It instead aired on Friday, September 28, 2001. But it was still a great episode to open Season 3.moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Fin Tutuola

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot

Amy Irving

Amy Irving

Rebecca Ramsey

Guest Star

Brian Kerwin

Brian Kerwin

Evan Ramsey

Guest Star

Shirley Knight

Shirley Knight

Dr. Warton

Guest Star

Joanna Merlin

Joanna Merlin

Judge Lena Petrovsky

Recurring Role

Tom O'Rourke

Tom O'Rourke

Judge Mark Seligman

Recurring Role

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Nitpick: In this episode the psychologist of the girl who accused her father of raping/molesting her and her sisters is prosecuted for "giving" false memories to the children while they were under the influence of sodium amytal. Dr. Huang strongly criticizes the use of the substance in therapy. In the episode entitled "Dependent", however, Dr. Huang uses the same substance to help a teenaged girl dredge up memories from the night that she killed her parents because she didn't remember what had happened due to the many drugs she'd been taking.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • (Stabler, Benson, and Cabot enter Dr. Wharton's office.)
      Alex Cabot: Dr. Wharton.
      Dr. Wharton: I'm in the middle of something. If you'd like to make an appointment?
      Alex Cabot: (hands her notices) Not today.
      Dr. Wharton: What is this?
      Alex Cabot: A subpoena for the medical records pertaining to the treatment of Megan, Jodi, and Lily Ramsey.
      Dr. Wharton: (walks up to the detectives, who extract said records from her file cabinet) Those records are confidential!
      Olivia Benson: We'll take extra special care of them.
      Alex Cabot: You'll also find a warrant for your arrest.
      Dr. Wharton: On what charge?!
      Elliot Stabler: Reckless endangerment in the death of Evan Ramsey.
      Dr. Wharton: That's outrageous! Megan is a very sick woman.
      Olivia Benson: That you made even sicker with your sodium amytal sessions.
      Dr. Wharton: Oh, you're hardly qualified to pass judgment.
      Elliot Stabler: Maybe not, but Megan's new therapist is, and he's willing to testify that your sessions amounted to malpractice.
      Dr. Wharton: Based on what?
      Olivia Benson: Megan recanted her accusations. He said that you manipulated her memory.
      Dr. Wharton: The family is in denial. They're just looking for a scapegoat.
      Elliot Stabler: They're looking for justice.
      Alex Cabot: The Ramseys filed suit this morning. And the state board has suspended your license, pending a full investigation.
      Olivia Benson: All around, I'd say this is a day that you'll never forget.

    • Olivia Benson: And if she is telling the truth, that means he got away with it all over again.
      Elliot Stabler: Not quite, that was the Captain. Evan Ramsey was murdered.

    • (Regarding the side effects of sodium amytal.)
      Dr. George Huang: It's called False Memory Syndrome. I think of it as the power of suggestion run amok.

    • Charles Southerland: If you're asking me if I'm glad he's dead, the answer is yes. If you're asking me if I killed him, the answer is no, although I would like to buy the fellow who did it a drink.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Cheryl Pierson case. Newfield High School junior Sean Pica was arrested for the shooting death of the father of his homeroom classmate Cheryl Pierson, which occurred on February 5, 1986. Ms. Pierson alleged that her father was physically abusing her, and Mr. Pica agreed to help by killing her father in return for $400. At the trial it was revealed that Cheryl had also suffered sexual abuse. This resulted in only four month in prison for her. Sean, however, spent 16 of his eight to 24 years in prison before being released on parole in 2002.

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