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A rape victim is brought to the hospital after a harrowing hours-long ordeal, and Benson recognizes the suspect’s M.O. from a case she solved eight years ago. The jailed rapist confessed to Benson after a tough interrogation but has been claiming his innocence ever since his conviction. The SVU squad is forced to reopen Benson’s old case to determine if they are dealing with a copycat or a case of wrongful imprisonment. As Benson’s detective work is challenged, her personal relationship with Executive ADA Haden is also placed in jeopardy when Counselor Bayard Ellis gets involved.

Episode Info

Episode number: 13x17
Airdate: Wednesday April 11th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

AU (ten) May 31, 2012


Special Guest Stars
Andre BraugherAndre Braugher
As Defense Attorney Bayard Ellis
Harry Connick, Jr.Harry Connick, Jr.
As Executive A.D.A. David Haden

Guest Stars
Ami BrabsonAmi Brabson
As Judge Karyn Blake
Elizabeth FlaxElizabeth Flax
As ER Nurse Carey Hutchins
Max BakerMax Baker
As CSU Tech "Rope Guy"
Tabitha HolbertTabitha Holbert
As Assistant D.A. Rose Callier
Alex CoelhoAlex Coelho
As Marco Evoria
Angela LinAngela Lin
As Courtney Hu
Cynthia LaforteCynthia Laforte
As Gina Logan
Daniela DiazDaniela Diaz
As Sofia Torres
David Harris (2)David Harris (2)
As Warden Davis
Guillermo DiazGuillermo Diaz
As Omar Pena
Mark ConsuelosMark Consuelos
As Mike Martinez
Samantha SouleSamantha Soule
As Ariel Baskins

Steven ZirnkiltonSteven Zirnkilton
As Opening Narration
Main Cast
Mariska HargitayMariska Hargitay
As Lieutenant 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


The episode begins, it's 2004 and Omar Pena has just broken down in tears after a grueling nine hours in the interrogation room. Benson was finally able to get Pena to confess to the brutal rape of a woman whom he tied up, gagged and poured ammonia into the eyes of for scarring. Back in present day, Pena has his day in court for another appeal in which he is representing himself. He would like his confession and conviction of the rape overturned as he tells the court he was innocent and his confession was made under extreme duress. The judge emphatically denies his request, and with the sound of the gavel, sends Pena back to prison for life. It's late at night during the annual Pan American Fleet Week celebration where Navy seaman from various countries converge in NYC for a week of R&R. ..

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Episode Notes
The opening scene was repeated from "Quarry" (S06E13 - January 25th, 2005)

[OMAR PENA] Male; Latino; Mid 30s-50s. Convict turned self educated Lawyer; ex-navy; damaged, desperate but not broken, once easily intimidated and manipulated, now turned strong willed and defiant. He’s serving 8 years of a 300 yr sentence for rape but has not wavered on claims of his innocence. Nick-named by his fellow inmates as "Matlock" for his single mindedness of focus towards his freedom. When another rape with the same M.O. happens while he’s still in jail perhaps a new ray of sunlight will shine upon the facts of his case. (GUEST STAR)

[MARCO & JAVIER] Male; Brazilian with accents; Late 20s-Late 30s; Brazilian Naval soldiers docked in NYC for Fleet week and looking to party; extroverted, seemingly innocent foreign sailors but underneath lurks a monster in Javier and his weak willed accomplice in Marco. While Javier has the sex appeal and a striking physique to conceal his demons beneath; Marco is the
sidekick weak link without the taste for crime or the stomach to conceal it. (SUPPORTING: THREE-FOUR SCENES)

[GINA LOGAN] Female; Caucasian; Early-Mid 20s. Post collegiate; cute and spunky; good girl looking for a night of naughty with a faceless sailor while out with her friends during fleet week when things go terribly wrong. Disfigured after having ammonia poured on her face, distraught and terrorized, recovering at the hospital, Gina is seriously hurt but does her best to help our Detectives ID the man who attacked her. (SUPPORTING; FOUR SCENES)

[MATT MORALES] Male; Latino; Mid 20s-Early 30s. Navy; Handsome, charismatic, nice smile with petty ex-con baggage lurking beneath. His false sense of bravado easily charms the pants off of underage girls but he’s no match for our Detectives. Lately he’s been walking the semi-straight and narrow, but his love for recreational drugs, his drive to party and his appetite for the underage make him a prime suspect. (TWO GOOD SCENES)

[COURTNEY HU] Female; Asian or East Indian or Middle Eastern; Early-Mid 20s. Attractive, playful post-collegiate party girl, flirtatious, not afraid of fun or boys, has a taste for a man in uniform, frequents dive bars with bras hanging from the ceiling. Friends with our victim Gina Logan, Courtney was the last person to see Gina the night she was attacked and is distraught that she went home with Navy boy instead of getting her friend home safely. (TWO SCENES)

[WARDEN DAVIS] Male; African American; 40s; Warden of Green Haven Prison, authoritative without being a Dick! He commands respect and respects his prisoners in return. Good bullshit detector, tough but understands convicts are humans too and treats them as such. He is familiar with Omar Pena, secretly respects his letter writing effort, but is realistic about the chances of his release. (TWO SCENES)

[ARIEL BASKINS] Female; Caucasian; Early 30s; once vibrant and full of life her rape and assault 8 years earlier has left her physically scarred and emotionally damaged, drained and tainted with sadness. She’s getting on with her life but some things you can never leave behind entirely. (ONE SCENE; 12-15 lines)

[CSU TECH JULIAN BECK] Male; Caucasian; Late 20s-40s; Specializing in all things knots; Meticulous, well versed; enthusiastic, whip smart, loves the intricate complexities of investigative tech work. Devours all the info of any give subject quickly and is an instant expert on any topic. (ONE SCENE; Possibly Recurring)

[SOFIA TORRES] Female; Latina; 16yrs going on trouble; loves to party; no longer a girl but not yet a woman; drinking too young; sexually active far too long and loves to seek out way older men. (2 Lines)

Other Episode Crew

CreatorDick Wolf
Executive ProducerWarren Leight  |  Peter Jankowski  |  Dick Wolf
Co-Executive ProducerMichael Smith (7)  |  Julie Martin (1)  |  Arthur W. Forney
Supervising ProducerMark Goffman  |  Peter Leto  |  Randy Roberts
ProducerGail Barringer  |  David DeClerque  |  Robin Veith
Co-ProducerMark Dragin  |  Jonathan Strauss
Consulting ProducerPeter Blauner
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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