|←||SVU, Episode 6.08||→|
|Production number: E5209|
First aired: 23 November 2004
| Written By|
Marjorie David & Paul Kolsby
A graduate school student claims that she was raped by her professor. The professor, in turn, claims the sex was consensual until she wanted him to get rough with her, at which point he just wanted it to be finished. Lines are drawn within SVU with Benson believing the student and Stabler believing the professor, who is in the process of divorce and has limited custody of his daughter. The reason for this is revealed when Elliot admits that his wife left him due to his devotion to his job. As the episode progresses, both the student and the professor's actions cause their respective supporters to begin doubting them: the student setting up a suicide attempt to gain further sympathy from Olivia and the professor's seeming pressure on his daughter to give a statement to the police that casts doubt on his accuser. Both Olivia and Elliot later admit that they jumped the gun on the case.
- Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler
- Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson
- Richard Belzer as Detective John Munch (credit only)
- Diane Neal as A.D.A. Casey Novak
- Ice-T as Detective Odafin Tutuola (credit only)
- B.D. Wong as Dr. George Huang (credit only)
- Dann Florek as Captain Donald Cragen
- Viola Davis as Defense Attorney Donna Emmett
- Patricia Kalember as Judge Karen Taten
- Mariette Hartley as Defense Attorney Lorna Scarry
- Tamara Tunie as M.E. Melinda Warner
- Judith Light as Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly
- Triney Sandoval as T.A.R.U. Technician Echevarria
- Billy Campbell as Ron Polikoff
- Shannyn Sossamon as Myra Denning
- Maureen Flannigan as Louise
- Wynter Kullman as Jenny West
- Jeffrey Carlson as Justin Wexler
- Carolyn Miller as Sophie Polikoff
- Aalok Mehta as Cabbie
- Tina Johnson as Darcy
- Lou Sones as Ned
- Jerry D. O'Donnell as Uniform Officer #1
- Kaleo Griffth as Uniform Officer #2
- Rosie Berrido as Detective
- Jamie C. Ward as Jury Foreman
- Benson: What's going on?
- Stabler: Kathy left me.
Background information and notes
- NBC used a poll to determine an ending in another L&O episode: the Criminal Intent episode Great Barrier.
- The "Doubt" episode is unique in that it ended abrubtly right after the jury foreman read "We find the defendant..." as it cuts to the credits, leaving the verdict unknown, making the viewers to come to their own conclusions. When it aired, NBC conducted an online poll so viewers could determine the verdict. Most of them (60%) sided with the professor, 20% sided with the student, and the rest wanting more information.
Episode scene cards
Trial Part 13
Trial Part 13
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