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A young music student is raped at gunpoint in her own apartment, but with her help, the SVU squad makes a quick arrest. Bureau Chief Mike Cutter takes over the case when he finds that opposing counsel is high-profile defense attorney Bayard Ellis. As Ellis works to undermine their police work and damage the victim's credibility, the detectives take the stand to prove they have more than just a he-said, she-said case.

Episode Info
Episode number: 13x6
Airdate: Wednesday November 02nd, 2011

Director: Courtney Hunt
Writer: Robin Veith

Alternate Airdates:


Special Guest Stars
Andre BraugherAndre Braugher
As Defense Attorney Bayard Ellis
Linus RoacheLinus Roache
As Bureau Chief Michael Cutter

Guest Stars
Aisha de HaasAisha de Haas
As Mrs. Wedmore
Carmen Ruby FloydCarmen Ruby Floyd
As Nurse
Etienne NavarreEtienne Navarre
As Clerk
Jermel HowardJermel Howard
As Deron
Kevin GeerKevin Geer
As Mr. Walsh
Michael MastroMichael Mastro
As Judge D. Serani
Rebecca LukerRebecca Luker
As Mrs. Walsh
Sofia VassilievaSofia Vassilieva
As Sarah Walsh
Steve RosenSteve Rosen
As Public Defender Guthrie
Tabitha HolbertTabitha Holbert
As Assistant D.A. Rose Callier
Tamara TunieTamara Tunie
As Dr. Melinda Warner, M.E.
Tim RansomTim Ransom
As Bartender
Cedric SandersCedric Sanders
As Michael Wedmore
Deirdre ODeirdre O'Connell
As Judge N. Owens
Kendell HindsKendell Hinds
As Antawn
Sherman HowardSherman Howard
As Jury Foreperson

Steven ZirnkiltonSteven Zirnkilton
As Opening Narration
Main Cast
Mariska HargitayMariska Hargitay
As Sergeant Olivia Benson
Danny PinoDanny Pino
As Detective Nick Amaro
Kelli GiddishKelli Giddish
As Detective Amanda Rollins
Richard BelzerRichard Belzer
As Sergeant John Munch
As Detective Odafin "Fin" Tutuola
Dann FlorekDann Florek
As Captain Donald Cragen
Episode Notes
Law and Order : SVU - Season 13 - Casting Call

LAW & ORDER: SVU (13) "True Believers" Episodic UNIVERSAL NETWORK TV
One Hour Drama/NBC

[SARAH GODWIN] Female; Caucasian; 18-23. Rape Victim; Gifted Piano major on scholarship; hip bohemian self reliant with a backbone; quietly brave, carefree & trusting as only her generation can be, intelligent, friendly, and ultimately traumatized after being raped. Shes the shining star from her middle class suburban family until her victimization snuffs out her light. (EMMY CALIBER GUEST STAR)

[MICHAEL WEDMORE] Male; African American; Mid-Late 20s. Our suspect; Lower class from the projects; handsome, charming, hustling pot dealer; seemingly innocuous, but quietly volatile. Underneath his smooth exterior he speaks softly but carries a menacing stick. Calm and collected he strikes at gunpoint with a sneer and a courteous smile. A good liar, he knows how to cover his tracks and spin his crimes. (GUEST STAR)

[PAUL STRASSNER] Male; Caucasian; Early-Mid 30s. Sarahs boyfriend; Academic, Classical musician and Collegiate piano instructor; Handsome, good guy, modest and compassionate. (SUPPORTING; FOUR-SCENES)

[HENRY GODWIN] Male; Caucasian; Late 40s-Early 50s. Sarahs dad, middle class, suburban, stern but proud & loving father of his gifted musician daughter. Although he drives her hard hes always been proud of his baby. When his idealistic vision of his daughter is shattered, his tough exterior cracks revealing a wave of tears. (SUPPORTING: 6 SCENES with 7-10 lines)

[ANN GODWIN] Female; Caucasian; Late 40s; Sarahs very involved and present mom, middle class, suburban, warm doting and loving. Devastated to find out her daughter has been victimized (SUPPORTING: 5 SCENES with 5-7 lines)

[JUDGE OWENS] Female; Any Ethnicity; 40s-50s. Tough, stern, judicious, confident, owns her courtroom. Does not get drawn in by smooth defense attorneys and their slippery ways. Hears everyone out equally before making her decisions, but usually she favors law enforcement. (4 Scenes, 5 Lines, POSSIBLY RECURRING)

[JENNIFER] Female; Any Ethnicity; Mid 20s-Mid 30s. Rape Crisis Counselor in heels, book studied but with very little hands on experience with actual victims, tactless, intrusive, less then endearing and more than upsetting; she inserts herself between Detectives and victims when she has not been summoned. (ONE SCENE; 10 lines)

[NURSE] Female; Any Ethnicity; 30s-40s. Plain, working class; compassionate but professional, helpful, serious about her work, knows she has a job to do and does it, even when its dealing with fragile rape victims. (ONE SCENE; 5-7 Lines. POSSIBLEY RECURRING)

[PUBLIC DEFENDER GUTHRIE] Male; Caucasian; Late 20s-Late 30s. Bumbling public defense attorney. Disheveled, in over his head, disorganized, clumsy, over worked, not the sharpest lawyer in NYC. Stumbles his way through arraignment, bordering on malpractice. (ONE SCENE; 5 lines)

[MICHAELS MOTHER] Female; African American; Mid to Late 40s. Working class Humbly respectable, church going mother of Michael. Poor, but is always presentable. Sweet but worried for her son and his predicament. (3 Scenes with 2 Lines)

[GIRLFRIEND] Female; African American; 20s; From the projects, Michaels girlfriend, lots of attitude, know it all, not afraid to make her presence known in the courtroom. (3 Scenes with 2 Lines)

[BLACK MAN 1 & 2] Male; African American; Mid-Late 20s. Street hoodlums, trouble making too cool for school; (1 line each)

[BARTENDER] Male; Any Ethnicity; 30s-40s; Hamilton Heights bartender at Sarahs local dive bar. Knows all his customers and they know him. (2 Lines)

[CLERK] Female; African American or Hispanic; 20s-40s. Grocery Store Clerk in Harlem, working Class, hard working, tired, making ends meet (1 Line)

[FOREMAN] Male: Any Ethnicity; Late 30s to Early 50s. Serious, unassuming, confident Jury Foreman who reads the verdict. (1 Line)

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDick Wolf
Executive ProducerTed Kotcheff  |  Warren Leight  |  Peter Jankowski  |  Dick Wolf
Co-Executive ProducerJulie Martin (1)  |  Bryan Goluboff  |  Arthur W. Forney
Supervising ProducerMark Goffman  |  Peter Leto  |  Randy Roberts
ProducerGail Barringer  |  David DeClerque  |  Robin Veith
Co-ProducerMark Dragin  |  Jonathan Strauss
Consulting ProducerJudith McCreary
Associate ProducerMichael Ciliento
Production DesignerDean Taucher
EditorLeon Ortiz-Gil
CastingJonathan Strauss  |  Lynn Kressel
MusicMike Post
Costume DesignerTina Nigro
Director of PhotographyMichael Green (5)
Story EditorDavid Matthews
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