"Educated Guess"
SVU, Episode 13.08
Production number: 13008
First aired: 16 November 2011
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Written By
Judith McCreary

Directed By
Arthur W. Forney

When an emotionally disturbed man claims he witnessed a rape, the SVU must discover what is real and what is imaginary when the alleged victim turns out to be a patient in a psychiatric hospital.


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.


While trying to catch a groper in Central Park, Rollins and Fin stumble upon a naked man streaking through the park in a drug-induced haze, beset by hallucinations of a woman who was supposedly enticing him to follow. He is taken to La Guardia Psychiatric Hospital, where, after being assessed for any drugs he may have taken and then left alone due to trouble on the ward, he witnesses a female patient being raped.

The SVU detectives are asked to investigate his claims and their interviews lead them to a frequent patient named Gia, but Gia denies that she was attacked even though her rape kit indicates a history of sodomy.

Olivia and Rollins talk to Gia's mother who claims that Gia has been making false rape accusations since she was 14 years old. Eventually, the detectives are able to get Gia to admit that her uncle has been raping her for 10 years. Once the detectives verify that Gia's uncle George disguised himself as a doctor to get access to Gia, he is arrested.

Uncle George claims that his relationship with Gia is consensual and they didn't have sex until she was 17 years old. Upon searching his house, Olivia and Rollins find nude pictures of Gia when she was 14 years old, which is enough evidence to convict him on rape. A shocked Diane believes her sister knew and covered for George, as Bella runs out crying.

Rollins and Benson visit Gia and tell her of the events. Gia notes while her uncle will be convicted but her road to recovery is still bumpy.


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Amaro (to Olivia): You think I want to talk to him? I want to tear his head off.
Olivia: My old partner, he, uh... There were a few times he came pretty close.

Gia: In the real world, he's sane and I'm not.

Gia: Some girls travel or go to college to get away. Me, I vacation at La Guardia Psychiatric Hospital.

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Psychiatric Hospital
Ward 6
32 East 122nd Street
Tuesday, November 8

Zane/Eskas Duplex
22-74 37th Street
Queens, New York
Wednesday, November 9

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