"Reasonable Doubt"
SVU, Episode 15.22
Production number: 15022
First aired: 7 May 2014
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Written By
Kevin Fox & Robert Brooks Cohen

Directed By
Alex Chapple

A child is caught in the middle of a famous couple's nasty divorce.


Benson and Murphy question renowned television producer Frank Maddox when he's accused of molesting his 8-year-old daughter Chelsea. Maddox's estranged wife, actress Catherine Summers, wants justice for her daughter but refuses to cooperate, leading the cops to suspect the accusation was a ploy to win the public's favor. With Catherine's young sister Rose engaged to Maddox, and accusations flying back and forth in the media, Benson strives to help a child by discovering the truth.


Episode summary


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Recurring Cast

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Lester Cohen: [about Frank Maddox] We are here as a courtesy, alright? He is late for a story meeting.
Declan Murphy: Oh, absolutely, we understand the importance of the world of fictional characters.

Rollins: By the way: Frank is afraid of spiders.
Declan Murphy: Someone afraid of needles, if they are a heroin addict, they'll find a vein.

Mavis Summers: That's Frank's M.O. He always gets what he wants because everything is for sale.
Olivia: Always? What do you mean, "always"?
Mavis Summers: It doesn't matter. He's got talent, connections, success. People bend the rules when it comes to Frank. They always have. [to Catherine] You never should have put Chelsea through this.
Catherine Summers: So this is my fault? What about what I've been through?
Mavis Summers: You married him. He made you a star. You actually believe that people -can think that you didn't know what kind of man he is?

Olivia: [about Frank Maddox] If he is a pedophile, at least he's out of their lives.
Amaro: And if he's telling the truth, Chelsea gets to grow up with a full-blown narcissist who convinced her to lie.
Olivia Benson: Either way God help that child.

Background information and Notes

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Summers-Maddox Farmhouse
51 Indian Hill Road
Pound Ridge, New York
Monday, April 14

Apartment Of
Catherine Summers
404 Riverside Drive
Monday, April 14

Set Of
New York Hustle
Cinemagic Riverfront Studios
Tuesday, April 15

4 5 6

Supreme Court
Part 13
Friday, April 18

Apartment Of
Catherine Summers
404 Riverside Drive
Friday, April 18

Supreme Court
Part 13
Tuesday, April 22

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"Post-Mortem Blues"
"Reasonable Doubt"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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