Law and Order
"Confess Your Sins To Be Free"
SVU, Episode 23.21
Production number: 23021
First aired (US): 12 May 2022
First aired (CAN): 12 May 2022
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Teleplay By
Julie Martin & Christian Tyler

Story By
Denis Hamill & Warren Leight

Directed By
Norberto Barba


When the only evidence in a crime is a church confession, Carisi must find another way to prove his suspect guilty. Benson agrees to meet with an old friend seeking to make amends for past transgressions.


Carisi and Benson discuss Burton's situation and she voices how the latter seems genuinely guilty of his actions. They then towards Father Duffy protecting Regis, Carisi states Duffy will not change his mind though he did tell him that Regis confides in someone else, and that person is dead.

Tutuola and Velasco head for the cemetery, where it is revealed that Regis witnessed his father kill his mother in revenge for her affair. They conclude this is what made him the rapist that he is now and why his targets have been adulterous women. The detectives soon witness Father Regis approaching with flowers after noting how he visits his mother's grave.

Regis confides in his mother about the latest events such as how he was worried the cops were coming for him but now Father Duffy is taking the blame for the rape of Audrey because he cannot break his vows on confession. The detectives hear Regis say everyone has to pay for their sins such as her and his father stating they are both burning in Hell for eternity while he is not. He soon admits to the rapes of Audrey and other women while he believes that he is untouchable, declaring he is carrying out justice. With this compelling evidence, Tutuola and Velasco have heard enough and move in. They arrest Regis for the rapes, as Regis believes that Duffy finally reported him and stated his words would be inadmissible in court, but Tutuola reveals that Regis actually confessed to them, as they placed a recorder on his mother's grave, meaning they have heard everything he said. They then hauled the surprised Regis away.

At the church, Carisi meets with Duffy and reveals to him that Regis would be taking a plea to avoid trial. Duffy states that the church officially cut ties with Regis because of his crimes, which Carisi applauds this as he was a stain on the name priest. However, Duffy announces that he still intends to pray for his former compatriot. Carisi says Audrey is receiving help and maintains her faith while Duffy says he hopes the same goes for Carisi, as he states he is trying.


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Background Information and Notes

Previous episode:
"Did You Believe In Miracles?"
"Confess Your Sins To Be Free"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Season 23
Next episode:
"A Final Call At Forlini's Bar"
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