Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 12, Episode 6

Branded (20 Oct. 2010)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
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A woman sexually assaults and brands two men. But after she is caught, she claims that it is revenge for an assault on her by the targets from when she was a teenager.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Munch (credit only)
Dr. Melinda Warner (credit only)
Camille Walters
Victor Ramos
Anne James ...


When a man is attacked sexually and branded he claims that he doesn't know why it happened. When another man is attacked who also claims that he doesn't know why it happened and also claims not to know the other man. So they follow them and eventually they meet with another man who claims that their relationship is a confidential matter. Benson and Stabler wait for the perp and they discover it's a woman who appears to be catatonic. Eventually they learn that she and the three men "met" nearly 15 years ago and something happened. But it isn't long when the A.D.A. decides to prosecute her and Benson thinks it's wrong. Written by

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The line "I'm nobody who are you/Are you nobody too?" is from the poem "I'm Nobody! Who are you?" by Emily Dickinson. See more »


When Fin is recording the first two victims with Alexander, the setting on his phone is clearly switched to the still pictures option, not the video option. See more »


Detective Elliot Stabler: You were sexually assaulted. There's nothing to be embarrassed about.
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Olivia for the defense
2 August 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The SVU squad gets called in when two men are both branded and sexually assaulted and a third friend looks good to be the next victim. Benson and Stabler set up to catch the perpetrator in the act and it turns out to be Bess Rous who has history with them. They deny it of course, but it's some history, she was gang raped by them while they were her counselors at summer camp.

Which gains her sympathy from Olivia as Rous became pregnant as a juvenile and gave up her baby for adoption. Of course the squad led by Olivia wants new ADA Melissa Sagemiller to prosecute the three men, but the statute of limitations has run out and she was caught in the act of assaulting one of them.

Mariska Hargitay goes to work for the defense here and let's say justice is served in this episode. Kudos go to Bess Rous for her performance as a victim with long pent up emotions.

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