Kelli Giddish gave an exceptional, impassioned performance which brought Rollins inner struggle to life, and this is probably her best and most realistic performance on SVU. It’s a shame that the story itself was anticlimactic as it was made obvious in previous episodes that Patton was her problem in Atlanta. I hoped that Patton was only the tip of the iceberg and we’d get a “meatier” story with a wider reach. I saw a glimmer of something more when Sam Reynolds began to get creepy with Rollins when he confronted her while she was out for a walk, but no. He’s just another member of the Atlanta scummy entitled boys club who thinks he deserves a piece of the action.
I have issues with Rollins’ behavior, past and present. Rollins never reported that Patton raped her when it first happened. I can understand her actions in part. Rollins felt that as she first consented to have sex with Patton to get her sister off the hook that no one would believe her accusation of rape. But it worries me that Rollins would have consented in the first place and I wonder what that says about Rollins’ overall integrity. Yes, it is difficult when one's attacker is someone who is in a position of power, and, at first, Detective Reese Traymor seems to be taking the same approach as Rollins did 5 years prior. As Reese’s rape accusation against Patton unfolds, Rollins lies, or at least avoids, telling Benson and Dodds what she knows about Patton. She knew Patton was a predator. Rollins was only looking out for herself, likely worried about how it would reflect on her if her own story came out. I find her omission of the truth to Benson/Dodds disappointing, yet there seemed to be no professional repercussions to Rollins for her initial lack of cooperation with this case. All she gets from Benson is a referral to her therapist and some time off. Based on the sum of Rollins’ past and present performance issues and behaviors, I would have zero trust in her and probably would have initiated some kind of official disciplinary action, at least to document that she seek help for her trauma. Most importantly, Rollins refused to testify but expected Detective Reese Traymor to do what she didn’t have the nerve to do 5 years ago. Reese did shame Rollins when, on the stand, she testifies what Patton did to her was a crime and she realized if she did not testify it could happen to someone else and she did not want that on my conscience. Later, Reese rightfully calls Rollins on her reluctance to testify about her own attack. The bottom line is that Rollins’ actions – and inaction – allowed a predator to continue, leading up to Reese’s rape. Even though Rollins’ rape does shed light on understanding some of her behavior, it doesn’t excuse it. I am not sure if I like Rollins, much less forgive her at this point. In her defense, she has been through a lot and needs therapy. Let’s just say for now that I remain disappointed in her and hope therapy can bring about positive results.
I don’t understand why Barba couldn't cool his jets and wait to call Rollins as a rebuttal witness to counter Patton’s testimony stating he would not harm a woman. Yes, the judge did rule out Rollins as an initial prosecution witness, but Patton’s statement should open the door to allow Barba to call her to rebut. I do understand why the judge blocked Barba’s questioning of Patton on this specific issue at the time and likely Barba was simply looking to rattle Patton by bringing it up. I suppose the point is moot, as Barba went at him full throttle and Patton conveniently became ill on the stand and Barba cut a deal at a later time. (Loved Patton’s “Spanish dandy” insult. by the way.)
I really disliked Hamlin’s faux southern accent, y’all.
This was a compelling episode which answered some question about Rollins, but it made me wonder more about what kind of detective – or person – she really is. There is still a lot more of Amanda Rollins “pre-rape” of which we know nothing about. I think there is more to her inner struggle than meets the eye.
Here is the recap:
Mariska Hargitay – Sergeant Olivia Benson
Ice-T – Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola
Kelli Giddish - Detective Amanda Rollins
Danny Pino - Detective Nick Amaro
Raúl Esparza - ADA Rafael Barba
Peter Scanavino - Detective Dominick Carisi, Jr.
Peter Gallagher - Deputy Chief William Dodds
Harry Hamlin – Deputy Chief Charles Patton
Dreama Walker - Reese Taymor
Delaney Williams - Counselor John Buchanan
Jenna Stern - Judge Elana Barth
Myk Watford - Captain Sam Reynolds
Becky Ann Baker – Vivian Dodds
Yvonna Kopacz-Wright – Dr. Darby Wilder
Mike Massino – ConElectric Worker #1
Brian Michael – ConElectric Worker #2
Atlanta’s Deputy Chief Patton is giving a speech, saying it is a brave new world, and criminals are bound less and less by geographical jurisdiction, and law enforcement must follow suit. He adds they all need to share information quickly and efficiently. He cites as an example the recent Pattern Seventeen rape case in New York. He says that for the APD, the most gratifying part of closing out that case was their collaboration with their esteemed and charming (looking towards Benson, who is sitting on the panel on stage) colleagues on the NYPD. He explains that one of Benson’s detectives, who was formerly one of his own (Rollins, sitting in the audience, gets squirmy), recalled cold cases in Atlanta that matched the profile they had established. He states that given the similarities in the MO, they felt certain that the DNA on file in the Atlanta precinct proved this was the work of one man, DNA they were unable to obtain from the New York crime scene.
After the speech, Benson, Rollins, and Fin are at the reception that followed, and so is Patton. Fin grips that Patton sat on the rape kits for 6 years, SVU catches the guy, and questions Patton taking the victory lap. Rollins tells Fin to accept the things he cannot change. Fin adds not to ask him to go out to dinner with Patton, Patton walks over to the detectives, accompanied by a young blonde woman. Patton complements Benson on their beautiful city, and Benson replies “Even when it isn’t.” Patton says that is true, then says speaking of beautiful, tells Rollins it is nice to see her. He said it broke his heart to let this one go, and that they all have a winner with her. Fin states dryly that they know that. Patton then introduces the blonde woman, Detective Reese Taymor, saying this is her first conference. Benson welcomes her to New York. Reese says it is just like the song, adding that she loved Benson’s presentation. Rollins glares at Patton as Reese tells Patton they should look into some of the program’s Benson mentioned. Patton responds by saying “Anything you want, darlin’. As he strokes Reese’s arm, and Rollins continues to give him the evil eye, Patton says there are so many friends here and excuses him from the SVU team, saying he will catch them later. Reese says it is “nice to meet y’all.” As Patton and Reese walk off, Fin lets out a sigh and Rollins states with sarcasm that in Atlanta, they are so polite. Amaro walks up to the group and says that Sam Reynolds, Rollins’ old captain, wants them to join the APD at Moran’s. Benson and Fin make excuses and bow out. Rollins says she is not good at hanging out with the good ol’ boys and adds she has to walk Frannie. Patton and Reynolds watch as she leaves.
Later, Rollins is at a bar drinking, and asks the bartender for another drink, saying “hit me.”
The next day at SVU, Amaro and Fin speak about the Atlanta detectives and Fin laughs that Rollins stuck Amaro with them. Amaro asks what is Rollins’ deal with these guys, and Fin suggests he ask Rollins, who is entering the squad room. Fin moves to answer his phone and Rollins, wearing sunglasses, races in and asks Amaro if Benson is already in. He says yes; he told Benson she was running late. Fin gets off the phone and gives them bad news: there was a hotel rape last night and the victim is the young detective from Atlanta.
At Bellevue Hospital on Saturday, January 3, Benson and Rollins speak with the doctor who said Reese Traymor was found by the maid in the hotel bathroom with a serious head wound. Security called 911. Reese disclosed to the ER nurse so they ran a kit. There were no drugs in her system but her alcohol level was 0.12, and Rollins notes Reese is still intoxicated this morning. There were bite marks and bruising on her thighs and hips. Rollins asks if she said who her assailant was, and the doctor says that is outside her purview.
Benson and Rollins then speak with Detective Reese Taymor who says she had too much to drink at dinner and she got up in the middle of the night to get a glass of water and thinks she fell and hit her head on the sink. When Rollins asks her about the assault, Reese says she doesn’t know what she means. Benson, confused, tells Reese that the ER nurse said she disclosed. Reese shakes her head and says she was in an emotional place. Rollins pulls out her phone and then says she is sorry, Fin needs her, so Benson excuses her from the room. After Rollins leaves, Reese says she feels so stupid bringing them in here, and Benson asks her to start at the beginning. Reese says they had drinks, he escorted her to her door, using a false pretense to get in.
Meanwhile, Rollins races down the hall, clearly in distress over the situation. Reese tells Benson that when she told him she needed to sleep, it became something else. She adds she can’t believe she is saying these words out loud. Benson asks if she struggled or said no, and understands Reese has some bruising. Reese is silent. Benson tells Reese this is not going to go away, and Reese replies yeah, it will. Benson goes on to say they will pull the security footage and find out who went in and out of that hotel room. Reese explains it was her boss. Benson asks, “Captain Reynolds?” and Reese laughs, saying no, it was his boss, Deputy Chief Patton. She says she is not pressing any charges and she won’t testify - she can’t. Benson looks stunned. Rollins, still in the hallway, tries to compose herself.
Later. Deputy Chief Dodds is in Benson’s office, along with Fin, discussing this whole situation. Fin explains Patton was staying in an adjoining suite at the hotel and security footage shows them entering her room from the hallway at 1AM. Benson adds a male voice orders room service 10 minutes later and security footage caught Patton leaving his room at 6AM. Fin states housekeeping found Reese at 8AM unconscious on the bathroom floor and she said she slipped at fell. Reese admitted to allowing him in and Benson reminds Dodds that Patton is Reese’s superior officer and it is pretty tough to say no. Dodds thinks it is not inconsistent with drunk sex, and Benson counters “or rape.” Dodds asks that Rollins worked for this guy.
Meanwhile, Rollins is sitting at her desk in the squad room and Amaro eyes her and then he says she knows Patton and asks if he is good for this. Rollins is silent and Amaro goes on to ask if Reese seems credible. Rollins, without looking at Amaro, says she wasn’t there for Reese’s disclosure. Fin enters the squad room and tells Rollins that Dodds wants her inside. As she walks to the office, Amaro looks on with a look of concern.
In Benson’s office, with Fin, Benson, and Dodds, Rollins explains that Deputy Chief Patton was her superior officer for 6 years; he’s smart and political. Dodds asks if personally there were any rumors of harassment or skirt chasing. Rollins says he has been married 20 years, and Fin comments he did not see his wife at the convention. Benson tells Rollins that Reese would not disclose until she left the room, asking Rollins if she heard any whispers about a relationship. Rollins replies as far as she knows, they just work together. Dodds questions “In adjoining rooms?” and Rollins states she is not privy to his personal life. Dodds counters that they are all grownups here and they know there is a difference between infidelity and assault; he’s asking if Patton is capable of something like this. She shakes her head and says you can never tell who’s capable of what. Benson thanks her and Rollins and Fin leave the room. After they leave, Benson tells Dodds that Rollins is in a awkward position here, and is sure Rollins still feels loyal to Patton. Dodds comments as should they, he is a fellow officer. Benson counters so is Detective Taymor; Patton outranks her but… Dodds cuts her off and states they haven’t heard Patton’s side yet. Benson says okay, asking would Dodds like to watch the interview? Dodds replies no, he will take it.
Later, Dodds brings Patton into the SVU interrogation room while Benson and the detectives observe from her office. Patton admits an involvement with Reese and that they had sex and they had a few drinks. Dodds brings up that Reese said it was not consensual, and wonders why she accused him like that. Patton continues to try to minimize the whole thing and when Patton suggests he talk to Reese, Dodds says that is against protocol. Patton thinks this is a set up giving him the “fellow officer courtesy bullcrap” and, looking to the observation window, points to it and says he thinks Rollins put them all up to this. He says he would like to be the gentleman here but “that one” has an axe to grind and there are reasons why she left Atlanta. He says she got around and tells Dodds to ask him about the time Rollins threw herself at him to save her sister. Rollins looks on with a blank stare. Patton says she offered him things that made his eyes water and she never let go of that one. Patton gets up and thanks Dodds for the hospitality but he is the Deputy Chief of the Atlanta PD and he has some business to attend to back home. As Patton reaches for the door, Dodds tells him as far as leaving town, he thinks the New York press might catch wind of that and they will make mincemeat out of him, his career, his marriage and, with fake concerns, says he would hate to see that happen. Patton says they both know the next time they have a conversation, his attorney will be present. He puts his hand on Dodds’ shoulder and tells him to have a nice day as he leaves the room. Benson, watching this, sighs in disgust and says, “Son of a bitch.” Amaro comments no one will buy what Patton says, but Rollins disagrees, stating that back home, pretty much everyone does. She walks out of the room and grabs her coat to leave. Fin calls out to her but she walks off, telling him to let he be; she needs to get out of here.
Later, Fin catches up with her at a bar where she is drinking alone. She does not want to talk about this but Fin says he is not leaving, asking her to tell him what went on with her and Patton. She says she was Patton’s shiny blonde protégé; she was smart and a good girl, just his type. It wasn’t like that at first, and then her sister got arrested for check fraud, wire fraud, and possession. Patton called her into his office – it was late and nobody was around – and he said he could make it go away. Fin starts to comment bus she cuts him off and says it was her sister. Fin asks if Patton forced her, and, squirming, she says he did not put a gun to her head. Fin asks if Reese is telling the truth, and Rollins says yeah. Fin tells her she has to tell Barba, but Rollins replies no, she won’t say she was raped because she wasn’t. Fin continues to press that she has to tell so they know Patton is a predator, but Rollins explains Patton fights dirty. Fin asks what about Reese, and Rollins replies she will get over it, she might have been sleeping with him anyhow; she’ll go back to Atlanta and she will pretend like nothing ever happened. Fin retorts’ “Just like you did.” Rollins comments that you pretend long enough, after a while it’s like nothing did happen. She tells him to just let it go. Fin looks less than happy about it.
Sometime after, in Barba’s office with Benson and Dodds, Rollins explains she put herself in a bad position and Patton took advantage of it. Dodds asks if she is saying Patton raped her, and she states she is saying – off the record – based on her personal experience, she believes Reese is telling the truth, Dodds asks Barba now what, and Benson answers and says they arrest him. She adds they have a rape kit with bruising and a split lip, a rape nurse as an outcry witness and Benson herself. Barba reminds her Reese says she will not testify and Dodds adds he can’t arrest a deputy chief without a complainant - they can’t move. Rollins continues to look on in blank silence. Benson says she will talk to Reese again, and Rollins pipes up and says now it is her turn.
Later, Rollins reaches Reese in her hotel room, who is packing her suitcase. Reese thinks Rollins is there to shut her up but Rollins says that is not why she is here. She urges Reese to cooperate with SVU and testify but Reese is skeptical of Rollins desire for justice for her and worries that everyone at home will know what happened to her, her humiliation, and know what she’s been through and call her a slut…”just like you.” Reese says she is nothing like Rollins, saying she worked hard to get where she is. Rollins says she knows that and knows that is why this is so hard, thinking that Reese feels if she does her job well and works twice as hard as the men she will be seen as a good detective but Chief Patton is king and the way he figures it, he’s entitled. Reese says she knew his reputation and to not be the last person in the office and watch for his accidental touches. Had made his jokes and told him she was flattered but she was not having an affair. She gets upset when she thinks that is what he is saying and asks if Captain Reynolds is backing him up. Rollins replies guys are gonna talk whether they sleep with them or not, and does she think that Sam Reynolds wanted everybody to know that she turned him down? She asks Reese if she thinks she is Patton’s first good girl? Reese realizes everything they said about Rollins and why she left was not true. Rollins confirms no.
Afterwards, Patton is holding court with his colleagues at a restaurant and Amaro, Fin, and Dodds arrive. Dodds encourages them to take this outside but Patton refuses. Amaro says they have a warrant for his arrest for rape 1. Sam gets upset but Patton tells him it is alright, and give Sam his gun. He puts his hands out to be cuffed and Dodds says they are not going to cuff him, they are going to quietly walk out of there, then he will be processed an arraigned. Patton tells Sam that lawyer they met – the big guy – and he winks.
In the evening, as Rollins is walking her dog Frannie, she speaks to Amaro on the phone and says she knows Patton is out on his own recognizance. She adds she knows he (Amaro) is there if she needs him but she wants a quiet night. As she tends to the dog, a car pulls up and Sam gets out. She asks if they have a GPS signal on her ass, but he says he is a police officer. She says he had APD track her cell, and he replies he is just trying to look after her, calling her darlin’. He wants her to think about what she is doing and they know she got to Reese. Rollins says she took her statement, and Sam counters that she elicited a story and Reese was looking for payback, just like Rollins. He continues to move closer to her as he says he is not going to pass any judgment, accusing Rollins of sleeping with the Chief and it backfired and that is on her. Rollins says Patton is a liar, but Sam counters he is a man he knows and trusts and he knows how ambition Rollins and Reese are, but to take his advice and let sleeping dogs lie. Rollins firmly tells Sam to get the hell of her street. He walks closer to her and says all these years she has been giving him the good girl act but she was just keeping herself wide-eyed and wet for the big boss, asking that there was no piece for her old friend Sam? Rollins knees him in the groin and Frannie lets out a bark. Sam drops to his knees in pain. He calls her a bitch and says he will report her. As Rollins walks off, she tells him to do that and make sure he tells his wife she said hello. She tells Frannie “good girl” as she storms across the street, leaving Sam on the sidewalk in pain.
The next day, Rollins is out for a run and Barba, also out for a run, catches up with her. She keeps running and he tries to get her to stop, asking don’t make him hurt himself. She stops and asks that he is stalking her now? He says she wasn’t returning his calls, and she explains she is not testifying. When Barba comments not to make him subpoena her, she says she is not talking about her and Patton, adding prior acts are inadmissible and nothing really happened. He says if he does not call her, the defense will and they will claim she is out for revenge and they have to get in front of this. She says they are not going to call her up to the stand, then says she has to go, Benson hates it when she is late. She runs off.
Later, in a restaurant, Barba and Dodds meet with Patton and Counselor Buchanan who wants to talk about a graceful exit strategy. Dodds and Patton get snippy with each other and Buchanan suggests they talk lawyer to lawyer. Barba says they are not dismissing and Buchanan thinks this is disorderly conduct with disciplinary action handled by APD. Barba counters rape is a felony and they will accept sex abuse 3 minimum. Patton thinks they may want to think about the next time a New York detective gets in trouble in Atlanta. Dodds says what Patton out to think about is how quickly the shine goes off his shield once he goes on the registry. Patton scoff and says he doesn’t know about Dodds or his little “Spanish dandy” – gesturing to Barba – but he is as straight as an axe and that girl got what she wanted, just like Rollins did. Dodds says with sarcasm that this was fruitful and he gets up to leave. Buchanan offers assault 3 with a bloody lip, no time and no registry. But Patton says that won’t work for him, and Barba adds “me neither” and then says “Nos veremos en los tribunales, mi amigo” [translation: See you in court, my friend], leaving Patton perplexed.
In Supreme Court Part 21 on Tuesday, January 6, Benson testifies that Reese’s injuries are consistent with forcible rape and the details of her outcry. Reese’s initial lack of cooperation is not uncommon when the rapist is known to them and they fear professional or personal repercussions. Patton shakes his head, and sitting behind him in the gallery is his wife Vivian. Buchanan has no questions for Benson. As she steps down, Patton gives a long look back to his wife.
Meanwhile, Fin and Amaro are in the courtroom hall as Rollins arrives. She asks how is it looking, and Fin informs her Patton is smug and he hates this guy. Amaro says Patton is working the jury with long looks to his wife. Rollins is surprised Vivian is there and Vivian calls out to Rollins from right behind her. Rollins asks Fin and Amaro for a minute. Rollins comments to Vivian that it has been 5 years. Vivian asks how is her mother, with her sister's situation and with Rollins up here, commenting it must be hard on her all by her lonesome. Rollins says with veiled sarcasm “how sweet of you to ask, with all the drama you got going on.” Vivian puts on a super fake smile and says she is blessed, everyone at home knows what a good man Charlie is and he has a world of support. She see him coming out of the courtroom and excuses herself.
Later, Reese testifies that she viewed Patton as a mentor and socialized with him in group functions with other detectives. She explained what happened that night. Patton said his cell phone demagnetized his key card and he did not want to go down to the front desk so he asked to enter through her room. He then suggested room service and she said food sounded good but her ordered champagne. She did not want to be rude so she had one glass. He kissed her and she pulled away, reminding him he was a married man and she thought it would be best if they called it a night. She says his exact words in reply were “Don’t you know by now that I don’t take no for an answer.” He shoved her onto the bed and pinned her wrists above her head and he bit her lip too. She said no don’t do this, and he slapped her hard. He unzipped, shoved his knee between her legs and forced himself inside her. Then he finished and he went into his room, and told her to clean herself up for the conference tomorrow. She did not call 911 or hotel security, she was embarrassed and ashamed. She finished the champagne and passed out, and a few hours later she fell in the bathroom. In the hospital, she told the nurse she had been raped and she told Benson. She told Benson at first she did not want to cooperate as she was afraid her career would be over and that no one would believe her. But she is here now; what Patton did to her was a crime and she realized if she did not testify it could happen to someone else and she did not want that on my conscience. Rollins, sitting in the gallery, looks down.
Under cross examination, Buchanan implies that Reese let loose because she was away from home and argues that she never fought back because she left no marks on Patton. She says she froze. He also brings up that she called no one about the attack and reminds her she had finished all the champagne and on top of all the drinks she had at dinner she was so drunk that she took a nasty fall and was found passed out on the bathroom floor. Buchanan says they had to call an ambulance for her and for an ambitious detective that had to be embarrassing for her. Barba objects, saying Buchanan is harassing her. Judge Barth agrees. Buchanan says she is a sex crimes detective and what would she make of a victim who let her boss into her room and then didn’t report a rape until the next day and then recanted. Reese says she would try to understand the pressure on her. Buchanan suggests there would be more to the story than she is telling you – or less. Reese says she would investigate but in her case…Buchanan cuts her off and says he will mark that as a yes, adding this may be what Patton did that night. Barba leaps from his chair and objects, and Buchanan withdraws the comment. Benson shakes her head and Rollins looks on in frustration.
Afterwards, Rollins encounters Reese in the lades rest room and Reese is angry with her that Rollins convinced her to testify but she doesn’t see Rollins taking the stand. Reese walks out, leaving Rollins to stare at herself in the mirror.
At a later time, Rollins is in the courtroom on the stand, going through her testimony with Barba in a practice run. She says her sister was facing felony charges and Patton called her into his office so they could fix the problem. She inferred that if she had sex with him, her sister would not be prosecuted. She stops and asks Barba if this is necessary as she has testified before, and he explains she hasn’t about her own assault. If the judge allows this, she needs to be ready. They go back to her testimony, and she explains at first she did consent to sex with Patton. They met at a hotel and she laid down on the bed and he was drunk and he was grabbing at her and pulling off her clothes. She asked him to slow down and he got rough with her. He bit her and slapped her and banged her head against the headboard and she was bleeding. She tried to get up but he said “Amanda, you know I don’t take no for an answer.” He then pinned her wrists above her head and told her she wasn’t going anywhere and no one would believe her anyway. She gave up; he raped her.
In Supreme Court Part 21 on Wednesday, January 7, Barba and Buchanan argue having Rollins as a witness. Buchanan cites she has been in t he courtroom during the trial and there has been no Molineaux hearing. Barba says prior bad acts are admissible when they speak to pattern. The judge rules it would be more prejudicial than probative and she will not allow Rollins to testify. Barba has nothing else so he rests and the judge tells Buchanan he can resume after lunch.
In the hallway, Rollins gripes that after all that the judge won’t let her testify. Barba, there with Benson, explains it was a long shot. Barba bets Patton will take the stand, saying it’s a he said/she said Patton's got to say something and he will get him.
Back in Supreme Court Part 21 on Wednesday, January 7, Patton is on the stand and he says the real victim is his wife, and he apologized to his wife and the APD for his foolishness. He denies raping Reese. He says their brief affair was consensual and he would never harm a woman, Under Barba’s cross examination, Barba brings up the fact that Patton said he would never harm a woman and asks if that would include any other young, blond subordinates he mentored. Buchanan objects and the judge sustains it. Patton asks if he is talking about Amanda Rollins, and he says he didn’t rape her or that other girl or any of them. Buchanan stands up as Patton says that is what they say when they don’t get what they want. Buchanan says “your honor” and the judge instructs the jury to disregard the question and the answer and it will be stricken from the record. Barba continues to press Patton on the details of that night and Patton begins to clutch his left arm and seems to be getting fuzzy. He appears to be getting ill and calls Barba a son of a bitch and begins to cough and after gagging for what seems like an eternity, they finally get help for Patton, Buchanan thinks Patton is giving a heart attack.
Back at SVU, Benson finishes a phone call as she motions Rollins into her office. Benson explains that Patton didn’t have a heart attack, it was an anxiety attack. Benson does not know if the trial will continue and asks Rollins to close the door. Benson says what Patton did to her she has been pushing down for years and if she doesn’t deal with this now, it will keep her trapped or stuck more than it already has. She says Rollins has an opportunity here. Rollins says she’s gone through it, and you are only as sick as your secrets. She’s going to meetings. Benson reminds her that is for gambling and she knows she doesn’t like to feel sorry for herself but asks if she can go back to that detective she was 5 years ago and feel compassion for her? Rollins says she walked into it and put herself in that position. Benson tells Rollins she has to stop blaming herself and she can move past this. Rollins says she is okay. Benson says she knows Rollins thinks therapy is paying someone to talk about your problems – Rollins says she shouldn’t have said that to her – and Benson reaches into her desk drawer and says to make it up to her. She hands her a business card for her therapist and says she wants her to see him. Rollins shakes her said, saying she is not seeing HER therapist. Benson stresses it is just for a referral and he has time later today and she is going to tell him Rollins is going to call. She motions for Rollins to take the card and says it is important. Rollins replies, “Okay, Sergeant.” She walks out of the office.
Later, in Dr. Lindstrom’s office waiting area, Rollins gets impatient and then decides to leave without seeing him. She walks out into the street and as a man working on the street calls her sugar and asks for a smile, she continues to walk past him without acknowledgement, as he says it can’t be that bad. She begins to cry as he walks down the street.
At a later time, Buchanan and Patton are in Barba’s office trying to negotiate a deal. In the interest of getting Patton home for further tests, they will plead guilty to sexual abuse in the third degree and he will go on the registry, adding probation and community service, no jail time. He will resign his position as Deputy Chief first, and Barba knows they are protecting his pension, Buchanan says that is for his wife’s and family’s sake. Barba adds Patton can’t seek further employment in law enforcement, and Patton nods in silence. Barba insists that Patton allocate to the sexual assault, in open court. Patton nods again.
In Supreme Court Part 21 in Thursday, January 8, Patton pleads guilty to sexual abuse in the third degree, and he is making this plea voluntarily and no one coerced him. He admits to the fact that he engaged in sex with Reese and she did not consent. The judge accept his plea, and asks if there is anything he wants to say before she imposes sentence. He looks over to Rollins who is sitting in the gallery with Amaro, Fin, Dodds, and Reese, and then Patton says no.
Afterwards, Rollins leaves the courthouse with Fin and Amaro, who comments on the sentence of no jail time. Fin adds at least Patton is on the registry. Rollins adds it is over. Amaro comments that Benson said Rollins may be taking some tome off after all, and she says it is probably not a bad idea. Fin tells her not to take too much. Amaro says he will pull the car around, but she tells them to go ahead, she will get some fresh air. They walk off. Rollins turns and walks away as we fade to black.
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