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"The Good Girl"
SVU, Episode 20.20
Production number: 20020
First aired: 11 April 2019
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Written By
Lawrence Kaplow & Brianna Yellen

Directed By
Jean de Segonzac

Summary

Benson works to uncover a pregnant teenager's secret when she refuses to name the baby's father.

Plot

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Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

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References

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Quotes

Rollins: I mean, did you?
Olivia: Did I what?
Rollins: Yeah, when you were pregnant, did you let the father know before you...
Olivia: Before I what?
Rollins: You're making me say it? We were standing right here and you told me that you had an abortion.
Olivia: I... I never said that.
Rollins: So I dreamt it?
Olivia: No, Amanda, what I said was is that regret can be an awful thing to live with and so you assumed...
Rollins: Yeah, and you let me.
Olivia: I did, and I'm sorry, Amanda. It's just... it's a very complicated story and I didn't want to get into it.

Father Edwin Mayberry: This is middle school. Our biggest problems are cyberbullying and texting, not teen pregnancy.
Rollins: Well, unfortunately, that's where we are.

Garrett Howard: [about Mackenzie] How could you not fall in love with someone so beautiful and so sweet? An angel sent from heaven to bless my life, to bless me, and look at us now. Your stupid laws have ruined us. My whole life I've searched for real love, and I found it. What was I supposed to do?
Olivia: Waiting 'til she was 18 would've been a good start.

[When Mackenzie is being questioned about the father of her baby]
Mackenzie Tolliver: Why do you even care? I'm old enough to make my own decisions.
Rollins: No one is saying you're not. We're concerned though and your stepfather's concerned.
Olivia: Listen, we just want what's best for you.

Garrett Howard: I loved Mack's mom, I love Mack. I'm in this for the long haul and the last thing we need is some stranger butting in and demanding rights that he doesn't deserve. Look, this is what Mackenzie wants!
Rollins: Mackenzie's a child. She doesn't know what she wants.

Stone [to Olivia]: So the way this usually works is, first there's a crime, and then we go to court and we nail the person that did it.

Olivia: Mackenzie, I need to talk to you about something.
Mackenzie: No, I can't. Not right now.
Olivia Benson: Sweetie, it's important. I'm not sure that you're telling me the truth about Mr. Dreyfus.
Mackenzie: I am.
Olivia: Okay. Well, then, would you mind telling me exactly how it happened. All right? You said that you didn't know his name and you said that you met in Whole Foods.
Mackenzie: Well, I didn't want to get him in trouble.
Olivia: Well, that's understandable, but I think maybe there's somebody else that you don't want to get in trouble.
Mackenzie: You're clueless.
Olivia: Well, then clue me in.

Mackenzie: [about Garrett] I took good care of him.
Olivia: Honey, I know.
Mackenzie: When he looked at me, it made me feel...
Olivia: Wanted? Needed? Loved?
Mackenzie: Like I was a real woman.
Olivia: Oh, sweetheart, but, sweetheart, you're not yet. The truth of the matter is you should've been out riding bikes with your friends, gossiping with your friends, and Garrett took something from you that is that is irreplaceable.
Mackenzie: My childhood?
Olivia: Mackenzie, but what I can promise you is the way your baby is gonna look at you. It's going to make you feel more loved, more needed than you can ever imagine, but it's an awesome responsibility.
Mackenzie: I bet you're a good mom.
Olivia: I don't know. It's just trial and error.

Background Information and Notes

  • Goof: According to the episode, Mackenzie was legally allowed to marry Garrett with her biological father's consent under Missouri law as a minor no older than thirteen. However, Missouri's 2018 marriage law says a minor must be at least sixteen years of age in order to marry with parental consent, which would make the marriage between Mackenzie and Garrett illegal.


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