Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 11 Episode 16


Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 17, 2010 on NBC
out of 10
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Episode Summary

A young girl claims to have been raped in the stairwell of her apartment building. The detectives investigate the possibility that she fabricated the rape to get attention, but later find themselves desperately tracking an eyewitness who had seen the attack then disappeared because she feared being deported to her home country of Congo, and the almost certain rape and violence that await her there.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

  • Mariska Already has an Emmy How About giving Her(AND Stephanie) a Shot at an Oscar as well

    Hello Mr Wolf. My name is Frank Hogan I've watched SVU since Day 1, and it just occurred to me that, at the end of this Episode, when Alex decides to go fight injustices in The Congo that, you could develop a movie,(Theater, as opposed to TV, and offer Mariska and Stephanie the main roles, which could give BOTH Mariska and Stephanie shots at an Oscar depending on the script) though the initial basis was this SVU story "Witness" They could be playing totally different characters Lawyers and Investigative Journalist or whatever. The Story could START in USA with their investigations taking them to The Congo and the story could develop from there. Just A Suggestion which I hope you'll consider. Like Madeline 68 Below, Alex is ALSO MY favorite ADA in the History of The Show, when she goes I always keep visualzing her back until she comes back. I'm a Liv and Alex fan and I hope you'llgive SERIOUS consideration to doing a theater Movie stemming from this Episode. Thanking You, Frank Hogan In Cork In Ireland. Long Live Liv And Alexmoreless
  • Witness

    This episode started off really well (a girl claimed to be raped, but a number of factors, including a man thinking she wanted to act out a fantasy made her testimony questionable) but it took a horrible turn right after that. The lawyer charging the rapist with murder? Are you kidding me? Because she cut her hand, which later got infected, while he was raping her? That was absolute insanity, and I am glad that charge did not go through. I am also glad with the ending, that the super annoying lawyer will be leaving to pursue other ventures. No one liked her and hopefully they can bring in someone good.moreless
  • Ridiculous.

    A woman, who likes to be the center of the attention, is raped. And because of her longing for attention and less the truthful personality the detectives are skeptical. Why wouldn't they? The actress who played her wasn't the least believable. She was just arm candy. The whole plot was so far fetched and unbelievable. The discovery of the rape suspect was contrived, and the witness side plot was somewhat sad, but just unneeded. The death of the victim was also very far fetched, flesh-eating virus? Really? The episode was painful to watch. And now Alex is gone for good. So Sad. She will be missed, this show has fallen 5 pegs because of this.moreless
  • Powerful, intense, and petrifying

    Wow, what a powerful episode. It makes me wonder if Cabot is ever going to come back, with the leave of absence and all. I love how they incorporated what is happening in the Congo into this episode. I don't know about anyone else, but it opened my eyes. I feel that Cabot did the right thing by protecting her until the trial. I also liked how Cabot wanted to leave with a huge amount of dignity this time, not with a shoulder wound. This really broadened my aspect of the lives people live, and, I hope, that SVU continues making episodes like this. It's these kind of episodes that brought me to love this show in the first place.moreless
  • NOOOOOO! Alex is gone AGAIN!!!!!!

    Alex has always been my favorite ADA in the history of the show, probably even in the franchise. I am sooooo sad she left again and I hope she might come back soon. I LOVE HER! Anyways, this was a good way for her to leave. The first part of this episode was mediocre at best; more of a he-said, she-said. And then, surprise: she-said, he-said, she's dead. But part two more than redeemed part one. The episode highlighted an important issue (violence against women in the Congo) and Nardalee's story was just hearbreaking, made more poignant because it's true to life. Alex's empathy for her and the way she put herself on the line to protect Nardalee was very good.

    All in all, I enjoyed this episode, even though it was very hard to watch.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Sgt. John Munch



Det. Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

ADA Alexandra Cabot

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Alex Cabot: Miss Ula, why did you come into this country?
      Nardalee Ula: To escape the epidemic of sexual violence taking place in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The men who raped me were fighting for control of the mines that produce tin, tungsten, and tantalum, the conflict minerals you so desperately need to make your cell phones and computers!
      Roger Kressler: Objection. What does this have to do with this trial?
      Alex Cabot: He called her character into question and insinuated she was a member of a terrorist organization. He opened this door!
      Judge Andrews: Overruled.

    • Alex Cabot: Miss Ula, do you see rape everywhere?
      Nardalee Ula: The women in my village were raped. The women in the militia camp were raped. I was raped repeatedly, by so many men, I lost count. They put their guns in my sex, and one of them pulled the trigger. I was in the hospital for over a year. It left me incontinent. So, yes. I have seen rape… EVERYWHERE! (pauses) That is how I know that girl was raped.

  • NOTES (3)