Law and Order
SVU, Episode 19.18
Production number: 19018
First aired: 11 April 2018
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Written By
Lawrence Kaplow & Céline C. Robinson

Directed By
Fred Berner


The SVU must break through military red tape when a soldier is suspected of sexual assault.


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Rollins: I've been here, what, seven years? I still don't get it.
Carisi: World's oldest profession, my friend.
Rollins: I understand why there are hookers, Carisi. I just don't get why we give a damn. They... they know the risks.
Carisi: Maybe they don't have a choice.
Rollins: Everybody's got a choice. Besides, there are plenty of women out there who need our help, and more importantly, want it.

Benson: [to Sandy] I am so sorry. I apologize for Detective Rollins' attitude.
Sandy "Sky" Ksenivch: Yeah, she's a real bitch with a capital "C".

Sandy "Sky" Ksenivch: [to Rollins] You know, every morning, I get up, look myself in the mirror. You know what I see? Not a damn thing. I'm invisible. Nothing, but after you people started with me, when I looked in the mirror, I began to see a piece of someone looking back at me. You know, it felt good. But now, after being humiliated like that in court, that little piece of pride, or self-worth, or whatever it is you gave me is gone, and it's never coming back.

Jim Preston: I'd like to help you put Staff Sergeant in prison, but if I do, I'll be putting myself in a prison of my own making.
Benson: Kind of like the one you're in now? You're worried how your fellow soldiers will see you?
Jim Preston: I'm so far beyond that. The least of my worries is having people laughing at me behind my back, craning to get a look at me in the shower. But once I'm outed to officials, there's no going back in and by the stroke of a tweet sent from Air Force One, I could lose my job, my career. Everything I've ever worked for.
Benson: I know that things feel uncertain, but do you get any comfort knowing that that tweet did not become a law?
Jim Preston: Today maybe. What about tomorrow? I don't know what's gonna happen. Do you?
Benson: No, I don't.
Jim Preston: Look at me! I'm a soldier, Lieutenant. A damn good soldier. I couldn't stand being stuck behind a desk. I love what I do. This job is who I am.

Jim Preston: [to the defense attorney in court] I am the real me. My gender identity isn't relevant to what I do. Just as whatever's in your pants isn't relevant to what you do.

Rollins: [to Sandy] I've counseled hundreds of women, but when it happens to you, you wonder what do they have that I don't?
Sandy "Sky" Ksenivch: From my experience, guys don't come to girls like me because their ladies are lacking something. They come because they are, and the sad thing is, they're never gonna find it.


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Mercy Hospital
365 West 32nd Street
Thursday, March 22

Abington Hotel
590 West 29th Street
Friday, March 23

Bowery Road
132 4th Avenue
Saturday, March 24

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Fort Sterling
Brooklyn, New York
Sunday, March 25

Square Diner
33 Leonard Street
Sunday, March 25

Supreme Court
Part 33
Monday, April 2

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Supreme Court
Part 33
Wednesday, April 4

Supreme Court
Part 33
Wednesday, April 4

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