Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 13, Episode 8

Educated Guess (16 Nov. 2011)

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Benson and Rollins investigate whether a psychiatric patient was raped in her hospital ward, which ultimately leads to a possible predator close to her home.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Captain Donald Cragen (credit only)
George Zane
Diane Eskas
Dr. Meg Whitmere
Captain Charles Lee
Darren Bickford
Jay Delaney
Bella Zane
Gia Eskas


A man in custody at a mental hospital claims to have witnessed a rape in a break room. Despite the witness' shaky credibility the SVU begins an investigation, but the alleged victim, Gia Eskas, denies being assaulted. Detectives Benson and Rollins struggle to piece together what really happened to this young woman, especially when her aunt and mother say Gia has been repeatedly institutionalized, and has cried rape in the past. Written by NBC Publicity

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Natasha Lyonne and Carrie Preston have both been nominated for a Guest Actress Emmy. Preston was nominated and won for her character of Elsbeth Tascioni on The Good Wife (2009) and Lyonne was nominated for her character of Nicky Nichols on Orange is the New Black (2013). See more »


George produces a letter from Gia which is placed in an evidence bag. When Rollins shows it to Gia later it is no longer bagged. However, the copy that Rollins produces is clearly a photocopy of the original letter. See more »


Detective Amanda Rollins: If Gia was raped, it's going to be hard as hell to make anyone to believe her.
Detective Olivia Benson: And that makes her the perfect target.
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References Cagney & Lacey (1981) See more »

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Stuck with it
28 September 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This show begins with young David Gelles running out naked on his driveway high on something. Ice T and Kelli Giddish bust him of course and he goes to the psych ward until he gets off whatever he's on. Then the normal course of the criminal justice system will commence.

But things proceed anything but normal when during his incarceration Gelles sees a rape in progress while he's trying to flee the hospital. The judge orders SVU to investigate and they don't even know who the victim is.

That never stopped this squad before and they do come up with the victim who denies everything. Natasha Lyonne has a history of mental illness so proving anything won't be easy. We have a ward full psychiatric patients and a few family members for suspects.

Lyonne does well in a role that shows her as a victim of long term abuse. For her this episode is worth seeing.

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