Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 3, Episode 8

Inheritance (16 Nov. 2001)

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The detectives search for a rapist targeting Asian women. The case becomes particularly significant for Benson when the rapist's defense is that he inherited the "violence gene" from his father, also a rapist.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Darrell Guan
Margo Nelson
Johnny Chen
Billy Chang ...
Detective Matt Tsu
Fernando López ...
Susan Guan
Michael Tatum


The team is searching for someone who is targeting Asian women. They learn that he is African American but speaks Chinese well. they discover that he was the product of a rape wherein the victim was Asian and the perp is AFrican American. After he is caught his defense is that he was mistreated because he was a reminder to his mother of what happened to her and he was not really accepted in her community. Which strikes a nerve for Olivia who's also the product of a rape. Written by

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George Huang: You don't hurt people, Olivia. You help them. You're proof that we do have a choice.
Olivia Benson: Or... Or maybe I'm just lucky.
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Nature or nurture or lack thereof
23 April 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The violation of women takes center stage in this SVU episode as the squad investigates a series of rapes involving Asian women. This case gets real personal for both B.D. Wong and for Mariska Hargitay.

The investigation leads to the apprehension of Marcus Chong who is a mixed racial person and the child of a rapist. His mother raised him as Mariska's mother raised her, also fathered by a rapist.

Chong lived a horrible childhood as you can imagine. Not easy to love someone brought into the world the way he was. In fact his defense attorney is going to argue he was genetically programmed to be a rapist.

Nature or nurture or lack thereof. A problem for the jury to deal with and something Olivia Benson is thinking about deeply. Her informal therapy session with Dr. Huang is the highlight of this very good SVU episode.

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