Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 2 Episode 8


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Dec 15, 2000 on NBC
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The case of a seventeen-year-old rape victim during the opening festivities of a luxury hotel takes a strange turn when her immediate family tries to keep the scandal quiet by preparing a lawsuit. Detectives soon realise that the girl isn't the innocent she pretends to be. Cragen tells Benson that her mother died outside the Velvet Room, and Benson bounces back quicker than anyone thought she would.moreless

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  • Scandal at the Hotel

    A seventeen year-old chick claims she'd been raped by a con during the opening at a luxury hotel. They arrest the rapist, who's an ex-con. He later claims he had consensual sex with her. And to make matters confusing, his girlfriend tells Munch he's innocent .And, the victims family threatens to sue to keep the scandal quiet. the Meanwhile, Benson takes some time off after her mother has died. But, she shortly goes back to work to talk to the victim, and discovers that she and her family orchestrated the incident for money.

    They arrested that bitch and her family of drifters for conspiracy, and other things, including the ringleader who lied and used the ex-con for her own intent. She makes a deal, but is re-arrested again after the she was messing with was beaten, raped, and murdered in prison after making a false claim.

    This is one of the episodes Munch gets more screen time. The one where Benson's mother had died and returning to work immediately to solve the case was a strong point. You got to deal with it and move on. That's strong. The actress who played the accuser did a good job being a lying bitch.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    A 17 year old girl is raped at the grand opening of a new family friendly hotel. The search for those responsible for the assault begins with the hotel staff. After receiving the tapes from the security cameras, the Detectives of the Special Victims Unit notice a strange interaction with the man accused of the rape, and one of the hotel employees. By researching the histories of the victim and her family, along with those of the suspects, they begin to put the pieces of the puzzle together. The victim, Shavon, who claimed to be 17 is really 23. And with the help of her brother, his couson (who worked at the hotel) and sister-in-law, was pulling a scam on the hotel in order to receive hush money. We also catch a glimpse into the private life of Detective Benson when we learn that her mother has passed away. This was a good episode. It kept you guessing as to who was actually to blame for the crime, as well as their motive.moreless
  • The good guys are really the bad guys, and the bad guy the good.

    This just goes to show that there are all kinds of bad people in this world. Those that will rape, murder, and do things of a really horrific nature. And then there are those who will con, lie, and do anything to save their own skin or make a buck. I think, and I would say that if you could ask the detective in this episode that they would agee, that the latter are the harder to spot and catch if they know what they are doing. This family that scams the SVU are good, especially the girl. I was fooled, too. But there did seem to be something just a little to easy about it all and Ransey, the man the family set up to take the fall, seemed unusually innocent. In the end you feel almost sure that he will be brought to justice but things don't always turn out that way.moreless
  • A rape case gone bad

    Watching this ep, you see this girl stumble out of an elevator, badly beaten, and crying rape. The detectives arrest someone, who claims the sex was consensual, but he's already been convicted of statutory rape in the past. Of course we think it's open-and-shut, and people are thinking that this guy's a bastard, more so when he denies it. Then we see that the victim's family files a lawsuit and then we find out that the SVU arrested the wrong guy. Plain and simple, the detectives had him tried and convicted immediately, then we find out the truth and they come off like a bunch of scumbags because they didn't want to believe otherwise. It is right then and there that we feel sorry for the guy, who's been killed in prison. He may have been a convicted sex offender, but he didn't deserve that.

    This ep was very well written and well plotted out.moreless
  • I did not see that coming!

    In this episode a girl stumbles out of an elevator claiming she had been rapped. Immediately, Olivia comes to her aid and makes a connection with her like she does with every victim. All the detectives are disgusted by the level of brutality involved in the rape and set out to nail the man that did it. The rapist turns out to be a man already charged with sexual assault who vehemently denies raping the girl. Over and over again he claims it was consenual and demands to be released. To me, it was so obvious it was him, I was yelling at the T.V. what a jerk I thought he was. That is until the family files a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the hotel where the "rape" took place. Some more digging and the detectives realize just how wrong they were. At this point I then apologized to the accused rapist. In a side storyline, Olivia's mother dies and Olivia is forced to carry on as usual though visibly upset. Excellent episode filled with twists and turns. Don't miss it!moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen



Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

ADA Alexandra Cabot

Jenna Lamia

Jenna Lamia

Siobhan Miller

Guest Star

Derek Cecil

Derek Cecil

Russell Ramsay

Guest Star

Tim Hopper

Tim Hopper

Kyle Kivlahan

Guest Star

Harvey Atkin

Harvey Atkin

Judge Ridenour

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Nitpick: While the arrest of the suspect at the end is meant to be satisfying, in reality trying to make a manslaughter charge against him or her for the death of Ramsay in prison wouldn't work in real life. In order to be criminally responsible for manslaughter, he or she would have to have placed him in a situation where one would reasonably assume that his life would be in danger. Since people go to prison all the time and most (including the suspect and his or her family) leave it alive, it would be a reasonable assumption that Ramsay would survive his term in prison (as he had when he was in prison before).

    • Benson's mother dies off-screen.

    • Cragen went undercover as Mr. Mayfield in order to trap the Millers.

    • Munch has a brother who is a mortician.

    • This episode takes place at the same time as the episode "Wrong is Right," between Monday, September 11, and Wednesday, September 20. It is also out of sync with the timing of the episode "Asunder."

  • QUOTES (12)

    • (In the room adjacent to the crime scene.)
      Fin Tutuola: Okay, Miss Miller's got Siobhan at the pool and Beau let him in though here. (opens door and it's a broom closet)
      John Munch (points at other door): Or here.

    • (The same CSU agent checks both hotel rooms.)
      CSU Officer: Did you get the wrong room or is your rapist going door to door now?

    • Hotel Manager: What you're inferring is preposterous.
      John Munch: Implying -- you did infer what he implied. And on the bright side, you did infer correctly.

    • John Munch: What you got there, Spanky?
      Winston: Hotel security tapes and a state-of-the-art fully digitized deck on which to view them. Happy?
      John Munch: Assuming there are no 18-minute gaps, ecstatic.

    • John Munch: We need tape rolled on everything you've got around room 328 from the time of the incident. Elevators, stairwells.
      Winston: You know we just opened.
      John Munch: Yeah, the 'grand opening' banner out front was our first clue.

    • (Questioning the desk clerk at the hotel.)
      Fin Tutuola: 'Terry' as in Terrence, 'Wilde' as in Oscar?
      Terry Wilde: (confused) Huh?

    • John Munch: Explain to me how shmoes like us spend every night at home alone watching the History Channel while a scum like Ramsay has this nice girl's complete devotion? She's so convinced.
      Don Cragen: Well, if there is any karma, Ramsay won't be doing much sitting down in Rikers.

    • Olivia Benson: (to Siobhan) You're good. But I've been taken by better.

    • (Watching as the police interview Russell Ramsay.)
      Alex Cabot: Please, please take the stand.
      Don Cragen: You think you can make a case?
      Alex Cabot: (showing picture of the victim to Cragen) If I can get this girl in front of a jury before her wounds heal, my opening statement would be 'prosecution rests'.

    • Russell Ramsay: Uh, what did I do?
      John Munch: Aside from defying the laws of rhythm?

    • Russell Ramsay: What's the problem?
      Elliot Stabler: That nobody's exterminated you yet.

    • John Munch: There should be a special level of Hell for this pus-sucking, gangrenous, malignancy of a mental amoeba!
      Don Cragen: Somebody steal your parking space again?
      John Munch: Ramsay just sent in his first victim to defend him against his second.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Deleted scenes from this episode include the revelation that Olivia's mother had never been raped and had known all along who her father was, as well as a meeting between Olivia and her father. The reason why these scenes were deleted is unknown, but there have been references since this episode to the rape of Olivia's mother.


    • John Munch: Assuming there are no 18-minute gaps, ecstatic.

      Munch is referring to the Watergate Scandal and the infamous Nixon tapes.

    • This episode may have been based rumors floating around in the mid 90's of a girl who was raped and beaten at Disney World. According to the rumors, soon afterwards, it was quickly discovered that her own family did the rape and beating as a way of extorting money from the family-friendly vacation spot.

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