Elliott thinks a possible rape victim is lying to enhance her divorce settlement. But Olivia thinks it's a sign of her husband's escalating violence, and believes that Stabler's judgment is clouded because of his divorce.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
Miles Sennet
Tessa Sennet
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Ms. Jenner
Phillip Anderson


Benson and Stabler are called in to investigate an alleged rape of a woman by her soon-to-be ex-husband, against whom she has previously received a restraining order. But when their teenage daughter is caught in the crossfire, the woman recants, leaving Benson and Stabler struggling to separate their feelings about the case from their personal lives. As the case wears on, the conflict escalates, but will the detectives be able to make it through together? Written by svu.watcher.99

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Eriq La Salle directed this episode which reunited him with his former ER (1994) co-star, Michael Michele. See more »


Detective Olivia Benson: Valerie Sennet was raped. End of story.
Detective Elliot Stabler: You seem awfully convinced of that.
Detective Olivia Benson: And I think your current situation is coloring your judgment.
Detective Elliot Stabler: My current situation?
Detective Olivia Benson: You don't normally empathize with the suspect.
Detective Elliot Stabler: It's not empathy. It's outrage. The guy never touched his wife.
Detective Olivia Benson: Until last night, Elliot. You saw the bruises.
Detective Elliot Stabler: That doesn't prove rape.
Detective Olivia Benson: Is that your gut talking?
Detective Elliot Stabler: Miles Sennet never abuses his wife or his daughter, but he gets punished for it anyway? Now, how is that right?
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When Loves Goes Bad
17 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In this episode of SVU Benson and Stabler part ways on who they should be investigating in a domestic and custodial dispute. At issue is the custody of young Tiffany Evans between her estranged parents Blair Underwood a hip hop artist and Michael Michele. Both look enough like Sean Combs and Mariah Carey so that SVU had to put a disclaimer at the beginning of the story.

In this seriously escalating battle of the sexes, Christopher Meloni and Mariska Hargitay come down on the side of their respective genders. Who is at fault in the end? Let us say that when love turns sour people really can get wacky.

Two outstanding performances by Underwood and Michele as the couple for which there will be no happy ever after ending.

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