Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 4, Episode 21

Fallacy (18 Apr. 2003)

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At a party, a young woman is assaulted in the bathroom, and her assailant ends up dead. The girl leaves the ambulance before SVU can talk to her. Is this a case of self-defence, or something far more complex?


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Cheryl Avery
Eddie Cappilla
Trial Psychiatrist
Caren Browning ...


At a party, a young woman is assaulted in the bathroom, and her assailant ends up dead. The girl leaves the ambulance before SVU can talk to her. Is this a case of self-defence, or something far more complex?

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[Having an argument with the defense attorney]
Morty Berger: I told Cheryl about your deal. But she wants to go to trial.
ADA Alexandra Cabot: She does or you do?
Morty Berger: Do you know why I became a lawyer, Alex?
ADA Alexandra Cabot: Uh, to see your face on TV?
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Transgender issues!!!!
28 January 2007 | by (Oman) – See all my reviews

I am a very big fan of this show and this is one of the most unusual episodes i have ever seen. I personally haven't encountered any person with a gender identity crisis but going by this episode i guess most people in an advanced and open minded country like the USA haven't either. I am not ashamed to say this but i sympathized with the character of Cheryl Avery 100% in-spite of what or who she is. Portrayed very delicately and beautifully by actress Katherine Moennig (oscar winner Gywneth Paltrow's cousin)i understood first hand what issues (mostly problems)people like Cheryl Avery goes through in their lives. Its sad enough that she is who she is because of hormonal imbalances in her body(unfortunately beyond her control) but society seems to have a huge problem accepting the fact that she is at peace with her problem and just cant let her be. People are virulently xenophobic and paranoid to even have an open mind about things they don't know and understand like the situation with Cheryl Avery. Its the truth. I am afraid i cant reveal much about Cheryl's problem without giving away a lot of the story (spoilers) so i must continue referring to her problem by being vague about it. I will certainly be kind and understanding to the Cheryl's i meet in life. This episode has done that to me. And it has a lot to do with the fact that i have fallen in love with Katherine Moennig. She was just incredible.Bravo! SVU. Hope for more episodes like this one.I became an even bigger fan of SVU because of this episode. Keep up the good work!!!

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