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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Doubt (TV Episode 2004) Poster

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Olivia Benson: What happened between you and Kathy?

Elliot Stabler: [shrugs] Uhh, the job. Makes me kind of hard to live with.

Olivia Benson: She should try working with you.

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Elliot Stabler: What's your name, sir?

Ron Polikoff: Ron Polikoff. I know Myra. Is she okay?

Elliot Stabler: She says she was raped. Know anything about that, Mr. Polikoff?

Ron Polikoff: She's going to say I did it.

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Elliot Stabler: [to Ron about Myra] You're her professor, you call the shots, but you were helpless?

Ron Polikoff: Look, my wife left me nine months ago and I was lonely and I wasn't thinking straight. And this Myra, she came at me like a Like a bird hits your windshield. You know? And I just went off the road, I crashed. Haven't you felt that way? You think you're in control, but you're not?

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Olivia Benson: So Warner says that the other DNA sample on Myra's teddy is indeed Justin Wexler's.

Casey Novak: Good, I don't think that's going to hurt us with the jury too much.

Elliot Stabler: The fact she wore sexy silk underwear to Polikoff's sure will.

Olivia Benson: That's not an invitation for rape.

Elliot Stabler: Maybe she didn't even see it as rape until he told her to leave.

Olivia Benson: Elliot...

Casey Novak: Guys, I can't prosecute this until you agree. Call me when you get on the same page.

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Olivia Benson: [to Stabler] What is your problem with Myra?

Elliot Stabler: She's neurotic. Look, she chased after a guy whose life is falling apart.

Olivia Benson: So that gives him the right to force her to have sex?

Elliot Stabler: She was the one who wanted to have sex.

Olivia Benson: Really? Did she want to be strangled, too?

Elliot Stabler: A lot of people do.

Olivia Benson: Elliot, what's wrong with you?

Elliot Stabler: What's wrong with me? Myra hasn't told a consistent story yet! She lied about when he looked at her portfolio!

Olivia Benson: Right, maybe he lied! It's her word against his!

Elliot Stabler: Yeah, but her words can put him in prison for 10 years! She hails a cab instead of calling the cops? She doesn't even mention rape until she's about to be arrested!

Olivia Benson: Elliot, rape victims are in shock. They're in denial. You know that!, you've seen it.

Elliot Stabler: I've also seen liars.

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Donald Cragen: [to Lorna Scarry about Stabler] That's enough, Counselor. In 12 years, there has never been a complaint against this man.

Lorna Scarry: Men change especially when their wives file for legal separation. My investigator checked the court documents. He also found out that your wife took the kids and moved in with her mother.

Elliot Stabler: You have no right to use my personal life to make your case.

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Olivia Benson: Elliot, stop! Hey! What's going on?

Elliot Stabler: I touched her in an inappropriate manner. Didn't you hear?

Olivia Benson: I don't believe that. Forget that. What's going on at home?

Elliot Stabler: Nothing.

Olivia Benson: Hey, would you talk to me?

Elliot Stabler: Kathy left me.

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Donald Cragen: [to Stabler about Myra's allegation of sexual harassment] Why did you get into a car alone with a female victim?

Elliot Stabler: It was 3:00 in the morning, the sector car was going to be an hour late.

Donald Cragen: Why not just drop her at her building? Why go inside?

Elliot Stabler: Captain, that girl was dead on her feet. She lives in a fifth-floor walk-up.

Donald Cragen: That it?

Elliot Stabler: No, I wanted to size her up.

Donald Cragen: You should've done that in the precinct.

Elliot Stabler: You really think that lawyer's going to file a complaint?

Donald Cragen: I think Scarry's just trying to bully us. We arrest Polikoff, this will all go away.

Elliot Stabler: I thought we decide who we arrest.

Donald Cragen: We do, and you are done with Myra Denning.

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Ron Polikoff: Look, I have lost my job, I lost my home. I've lost everything all because an unbalanced woman couldn't deal with rejection or a bad grade.

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Elliot Stabler: [about Ron Polikoff] Isn't he smart? He comes forward, he says, "I did it" and we all think he's a stand-up guy.

Donald Cragen: Maybe that's what he is.

Elliot Stabler: He just manipulated the hell out of his daughter and he's manipulating us. The first time that I saw him, he walked right up to me and he said, "She's going to say I raped her." This guy's good.

Olivia Benson: So now you don't believe him.

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Myra Denning: [to Olivia after she commits suicide] You saved my life.

Olivia Benson: And what if I'd been stuck on the Williamsburg Bridge for an hour?

Myra Denning: I don't understand.

Olivia Benson: You made sure that your tub would flood the downstairs apartment. Your neighbor works from home. You knew he'd be there.

Myra Denning: You're wrong.

Olivia Benson: You called my office. You spoke with my colleague. He told you that I was on my way. You weren't going to die.

Myra Denning: Okay, I was taking a bath and I couldn't stop crying, so I just took some pills to make the pain go away and it wasn't working, so I took some more and I felt myself going, but I just didn't care, 'cause I just wanted to die.

Olivia Benson: Why?

Myra Denning: Because I can't do this anymore. The grand jury was horrible and court's just going to be worse. They're going to make me relive every horrible detail. And Ron, all he has to do is say that I'm lying and I can't prove a thing, but I'm not lying. He raped me. He raped me.

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Casey Novak: [to Ron Polikoff] You still want to claim that you're the victim here?

Ron Polikoff: Yes.

Casey Novak: Because a woman forced you to have sex with her?

Ron Polikoff: No, because it's my picture in the paper, not hers. My daughter has had to change schools, my wife is suing for sole custody. I've lost my job. My life is a shambles and all I can do is say, "I did not rape her." I did not rape her!

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Donna Emmett: [during her closing argument] The crime of rape used to be hard to prove. Even harder to convict. The victim was on trial, not a rapist. Then the laws changed. Woman's identity was protected, her sexual history excluded and rapists were rightly brought to justice. And, now, perhaps the pendulum has swung too far. Women who have sex and later regret it are not entitled to call their partners rapists. Now, Miss Denning went to my client's apartment late at night, wore sexy clothes, drank several glasses of wine and then kissed him, but now, she says she was there to discuss her art portfolio. Now, every piece of evidence is open to interpretation, but two facts are undeniable: first, there is nothing in Ron Polikoff's past to suggest he is capable of such a violent act. Second, his life has already been ruined by this woman's unfounded, unsubstantiated and unjust accusations. Don't punish him any more for a crime he did not commit.

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Casey Novak: [during her closing argument] Believe me, rape is still hard to prosecute and it is still a nightmare for the victims. Miss Denning has had to endure three separate sexual humiliations. Her teacher, a man she admired, raped her. In the hospital, she had to strip naked. She was photographed, poked, prodded, and then scraped, so the police could gather evidence and finally, she sat here and relived every sordid, painful detail, her sex life dissected, her psychological traumas exposed, her entire motivation called into question. So ask yourselves this: why would she put herself through such hell if she wasn't telling the truth?

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