Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 15 Episode 7

Dissonant Voices

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The star of a singing reality-competition program is accused by a four-year-old student from his day job of molesting her. Rollins believes he should be handled delicately so his media and professional lives are not disrupted. Benson's investigation reveals the need to pursue him publicly and forget any potential damage to his careers. As more victims come forward, though, the man refuses to admit his crimes, and the team must devise a new strategy.

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The message of this episode is - children never lie about being molested, unless the accused is black.
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No, the message of this episode is that Children never lie about being molested unless someone older puts them up to that. That is also well accepted in the mental health community, as well. Young children lack the wherewithal to concoct allegations of sexual abuse on their own.
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I'm don't usually watch Law and Order very often but this one was pretty intense... i felt so bad for jackie... i wish they would've gone further with the show and made the boys testify against their sisters.
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This is the first ever episode of SVU that I wanted to turn off within 60 seconds of it beginning. Everyone watching this cheesy singing competition just bugged me. Rollins singing along was almost too much to bear. I'm glad that the episode got better soon after but its not one of my favorites. It bothers me that I figured out the "twist" too soon. I like to be surprised. It was also a little annoying that this wasn't the first time that accusations are made against someone and then all of a sudden there are an abundance of victims that come forward.

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I agree with most of what you say but anyone who has watched the L&O franchise for any length of time knows that they are EXTREMELY reluctant to show a black actually guilty of a crime. I predicted the result as soon as the first accusation was made.
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I think the episode's plot was good but it felt to me too much like Contagious (SVU Episode 6.05) with the accusations and that other parents gossip leading other kids to make "accusations"
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It reminded me a little of season 13's Lost Traveler, when the teenage girls killed a Romani boy and spread lies about a boy in the neighborhood to accuse him.
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We saw some tension in the squad room as Benson and Amaro went after the accused while Rollins and Tutuola pleaded for perspective. Usually it's Amaro that stands alone on the side of the right, but this time it was Rollins. If Amanda had pushed more could a man's career have been saved? Where was the captain? He might have been able to control things more. A standout performance by another Broadway superstar, Billy Porter.
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The whole time I was watching this I kept thinking "Where is the captain?" Some cases might be low profile cases. But this was so high profile, it didn't make sense that Cragen wasn't there.
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Crime