Thursday, February 25, 2016
Law & Order SVU “Star-Struck Victims” Recap & Review
“Star-Struck Victims” was one of those situations when video documentation actually hurt a case. When a vlogger intent on partying with celebrities is raped, her frequent misstatements and her own vlog documenting her exploits (except the one that mattered) is used against her. It appears to the jury that her behavior is intended to get more traffic to her site and more hits on her videos, making her accusations of rape far from credible and likely contributing to the not guilty verdict.
Adding fuel to the fire is a major misstep by Rollins, who goes rogue and, going undercover without approval, tries to get the accused rapists on video. Had she bothered to check with Dodds or Benson first as is procedure, she would have learned that the suspects have already lawyered up, and her video is not only inadmissible but could possibly mean a lawsuit against the NYPD. Despite having a nanny to take care of baby Jesse, Rollins shouldn’t be running an unsanctioned undercover operation by herself where she could find herself in grave danger. Benson had every right to chastise Rollins for her behavior; the only thing that was missing was any mention of an official reprimand, which Rollins deserves. Benson is also right to mistrust Rollins, not for leaking the video (as Benson now realize Rollins didn’t do) but for going undercover without approval. I think Benson was too easy on Rollins.
There was a discussion between Dodds and Rollins where Rollins mentioned Kristi’s ego and wild streak, and Dodds referred to is as Kristi’s crazy streak. Rollins thought Dodds felt it was because Rollins has a blind spot for her sister, but I think that it’s Rollins herself who is a bit on the wild and crazy side. She still seems too quick to take risks. Dodds wasn’t forceful enough with her when he suggested she clock out and go home. Her response “Why don’t you stop telling me what to do – Sergeant?” borders on insubordination. If it were me, I would have reminded Rollins I was her Sergeant and her going home was an order. She likely would have ended up in the bar anyway, but at least Dodds would have further established himself as her Sergeant. (Sometimes I think that both Benson and Dodds run a very loose ship.) Rollins also took liberties with Dodds’ comment that if they didn’t catch these two in the act they were going to walk. Clearly he didn’t mean that Rollins should go do it herself, and Rollins was foolish to think that, despite her trying to blame Dodds for her actions, that Benson would not know the truth.
Repeat offender Craig Bierko – who appeared in the SVU episode “Escape” from season 5 – was one of two creepy perps who tag team their victims. Even though his character in this episode is a TV star, he and his buddy aren’t very bright, going right back to assaulting women despite being barely out of legal trouble. The fact that Rollins threw herself at D’Amico didn’t set off any warning bells, either. D'Amico thought he was untouchable.
I found Barba’s behavior to be mildly funny in this episode. I enjoyed his comment that “sarcasm is the weapon of the weak” which is especially amusing coming from someone who has mastered the art of sarcasm. Extra points to Raúl Esparza for that look on his face when Buchanan ruined his chance at trapping the defendant(s) and getting Rollins’ video admitted. Carisi sounds hopeful that he passed the bar exam and is very thankful to Barba for his support. Meanwhile, Barba is acting like he has a target on his back. Barba has experienced some high profile failures and it's understandable that he acts like the end is near.
Fin was missing in action again with no explanation.
When Deputy Chief Dodds decides they won’t be pursuing the case, Benson asks him what does he propose she say to Kristi. Benson has been working at SVU long enough that she shouldn’t have to ask this question.
Benson also tells Kristi that the case will stay open, then right afterwards, tells the detectives the case is closed. The detectives were being told not to work it, so it seemed the case is closed. Was Kristi being misled?
Here is the recap:
Mariska Hargitay - Lieutenant Olivia Benson
Ice-T - Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuola
Kelli Giddish - Detective Amanda Rollins
Raúl Esparza - ADA Rafael Barba
Peter Scanavino - Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi, Jr.
Andy Karl – Sgt. Mike Dodds
Peter Gallagher – Deputy Chief William Dodds
James Madio - Noel Panko
Craig Bierko - Bobby D’Amico
Vivien Cardone - Kristi Cryer
Delaney Williams - Counselor John Buchanan
Ami Brabson – Judge Karyn Blake
Nadia Gan - Sheila Lin
Madeline Lodge – Tara Browne
Rachel Deacon – Jen Burrows
Ngozi Anyanwu – Officer Perlina Edozi
Alexander Blaise - Louis-Alexandre Berthier
Timo Schnellinger – Director
Jeanine Ramirez – News Anchor
Rachel Alana Handler - Jury Foreperson
Lauren Noble – Carmen
On her phone, vlogger Kristi Cryer documents her experience in the Bellevue ER as she claims she has been raped. She complains about her experience in the ER. The SANE nurse (stands for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) tells her she can’t record in the exam room. But she turns the phone back on after the rape kit is done, and she props the phone up when she hears the detectives have arrived. Rollins and Carisi enter the room and begin the standard questioning. When Kristi begins to describe her attacker, she explains she has his picture on her phone. When she picks up the phone, Carisi asks if she is recording this. She explains she is a vlogger and her followers want to know everything that happens to her. She points the phone camera at Rollins and Carisi, and asks them what they said their names were. They look stunned..
At SVU, Deputy Chief Dodds is in Benson’s office. He has a copy of the New York Ledger with Hank Abraham’s photo on the cover with the headline “So Long Hank.” Dodds says if you ask anyone at One PP, Hank was a political appointee and was never one of them and no one is losing any sleep over him. Benson counters that THEY all did; she doesn’t think she has known anyone so compartmentalized. Dodds comments it is the lies they tell themselves to get them through the day. He says his son has learned a lot under her, and Benson explains that he works hard and is a good cop. Dodds comments then she agrees it is time he took on a more high profile role. She says Sgt. Dodds mentioned the Joint Terrorism position, and DC Dodds states that all he is asking is when the time comes for Benson to give him her best recommendation. Benson stands up and says he doesn’t need to ask.
They walk out of her office and the detectives are standing around Rollins’ desk watching a video on her computer, DC Dodds asks his son how is his first day back so far, and Sgt. Dodds says he is right in the thick of it. DC Dodds recognizes the man on the video as Bobby D’Amico, and Rollins replies “The TV actor, yeah.” Benson said the girl in the video was assaulted at his club last night. DC Dodds asks that she recorded it at Bobby D’s Hideaway, and Sgt. Dodds says it was at the beginning of the evening, explaining she is a vlogger. DC Dodds asks if she accused her date, and Rollins explains no, she accused the bar manager Noel Panko. Rollins states that their vic says he followed her into the bathroom and raped and sodomized her. DC Dodds comments he will put in a call to Bobby to see what he knows about this. Carisi questions DC Dodds that he knows Bobby D’Amico, and he replies that he is a friend of the department. Sgt. Dodds translates that be bought the brass a lot of Nobu dinners when he was researching his part for Jack Burns. Carisi says that was the morally conflicted DA turned bad-boy rouge cop. DC Dodds laughs and says Bobby is good people, and anytime there is a benefit for the widows and orphans he is on that podium. Benson says that is good to know but for the meantime, why don’t they hold off on calling him. DC Dodds tells her to keep in mind people look at a celeb and see an easy payday. DC Dodds walk off. Carisi comments “That was subtle” and Rollins tells Sgt. Dodds that Bobby was a friend of his father’s and asks if he was his too. Dodds replies that he knows him, but he’s not a fan. Benson states that Kristi was at the bar with a friend, and Rollins says yes. Benson asks if the friend disclosed to her, and Rollins replies no, it was the girlfriend’s birthday and Kristi didn’t want to ruin her night. Benson states it is the morning after, and to find out what the friend saw.
At Furry Rascals at 3915 Broadway on Saturday, February 20, Rollins and Carisi speak with Sheila who says she stayed at Bobby D’s until after 3 and put Kristi in a cab. She did go out for a smoke, once after 2. Kristi did not seem different and they were both very drunk. Carisi asks if there was anyone making eyes at her or getting grabby, and Sheila says there was no one creepy; they were mostly at the bar. She suggests the manager, Noel, might be able to help them. She said he was attentive and when you go to a bar with Kristi you never pay for drinks, and even Bobby D’Amico was flirting. Kristi danced with him and made out a little.
Later, on the set of the show “Napoleon in America,” Dodds speaks with Bobby who is clearly proud of his show. Dodds explains the possible trouble at his club and he asks about Noel. Bobby says they have been friends and Noel has been at the bar since it has been opened. When Bobby asks for details and when Dodds seems reluctant to explain, Bobby reminds him he played a cop for 10 seasons and not to dance around. Dodds shows him Kristi’s picture and Bobby confirms she was at the bar and it was her friend’s birthday. He seems very open about it, saying Kristi is a freak, they danced and made out and made love in the bathroom for three minutes and it was consensual. Noel came in looking for him and Kristi took care of him too. She is a big fan and this was definitely not her first tag team. He thinks if she is complaining now, it is a shakedown.
Back at SVU, Benson comments to the detectives it was one happy consensual three-way in the bathroom. Dodds says Bobby wasn't shy about it. Rollins thinks Bobby is covering for his childhood buddy Noel. Carisi thinks she is leaving out a big part of her story, adding Bobby is not a dummy and would not put himself in the bathroom with her if he wasn’t there. When Rollins doesn’t seem to by this, Carisi goes on to say Kristi’s own friend said she was dancing after she claims to have been assaulted. Benson tells him to hold on, saying they know her affect afterwards doesn’t mean anything, and even if she did have consensual sex with Bobby – Carisi reminds Benson that Kristi left that out – Noel still could have assaulted her. Benson states she and Dodds will talk to him and Carisi and Rollins should bring Kristi in and find out what else she isn’t telling them.
At Bobby D’s Hideaway on 184 East 33rd Street on Saturday, February 20, Benson and Dodds speak with Noel. He suggest that with three people in a small tile bathroom that wild things can happen to wild things. He says Kristi was into it and Bobby is catnip to the ladies. Benson asks how much will the girls do for him, and Noel says he gets his share of the runoffs. He admits he went looking for Bobby and when he saw he was busy that Kristi invited him to stay. When Benson asks what she said exactly, Noel waffles and says maybe Bobby said it. Bobby tells his fans to go down and they say how low. Dodds and Benson bring up the security cameras and Noel is very cooperative to get them all the footage. He says Kristi was there till last call, twerking the entire night.
Back at SVU, Rollins and Carisi show the footage to Kristi who admits she went into the bathroom with Bobby but didn’t tell them so they wouldn’t think she was a slut. Rollins reminds her to be honest and Kristi says she is sorry. She admits to consensual sex with Bobby but that Noel came in like he knew they were there but she wasn’t really okay with that. Benson, Barba, and DC Dodds are observing from her office, Kristi said Bobby asked if Noel could join them and she said no. Then Bobby said to look at those puppy eyes, she hurt his feelings. Barba comments to DC Dodds that comment was too cheesy to make up. DC Dodds says how do they know that, he is not sure this girl has a grip on reality at all. Benson quiets them and we hear Kristi explain she was pretty drunk and doesn’t remember everything but she heard the door open and Bobby was gone. She was rinsing her face and Noel pushed her onto the sink and raped her from behind. She sees the looks on their faces and worries they don’t believe her. Rollins explains they need to make sure the timeline is clear. The video shows Bobby left the bathroom first, and Carisi adds the problem is 10 minutes later Kristi is on the dance floor with her friend, acting like nothing happened. She sees the video and explains she told them it was Sheila’s birthday and she did not want to bum her out. With a quivering voice, she says Noel raped her, she swears to god. There is a knocking sound and Carisi and Rollins get up to leave, Rollins asking Kristi to give them a minute.
Carisi and Rollins walk into Benson’s office, and Rollins tells Benson, DC Dodds, Barba and Sgt. Dodds that she knows this looks bad. DC Dodds says Kristi is a train wreck. Benson says Kristi is not the most credible victim but she definitely thinks something happened to her. Barba states dryly “Probably a lot of things. It’s a they said, she said.” He adds she changed her story and went on dancing after the alleged assault. Rollins states emphatically that none of that means she wasn’t raped. Benson counters to Rollins that nobody is saying that, be Rollins says the Chief is, actually. DC Dodds asks Barba if the jury sees an attention-seeking vlogger pull a TV star into the bathroom and then sees her partying 10 minutes after she was supposedly raped, how would that play? Barba states not well. Rollins argues they have taken on tougher cases, but Barba counters they have to pick their battles. Carisi adds that Kristi’s story is compromised. Sgt. Dodds tells them to hold up; what if they find a pattern? Barba explains it is up to the Lieutenant. But DC Dodds states, “Actually, it is up to me.” Benson looks annoyed. DC Dodds says there is a difference between proactivity and harassment. Benson asks him what does he proposed she say to this girl? DC Dodds states to tell her we are sorry but the DA won’t move forward – and get her a ride home. Benson looks stunned, as do the other detectives, and DC Dodds leaves her office.
Afterwards, Benson delivers the news to Kristi. Kristi is upset, saying she was raped and doesn’t she believe her? Benson says yes she does but the question is, can they prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. Kristi says she never should have said anything at the hospital, but Benson says her rape kit stays on file and her case stays open and they can provide her with medical treatment and counseling. Kristi says she was so stupid and was so excited to have a big star interested in her. Benson says she didn’t deserve what happened to her and none of this was her fault. Kristi comments “If you say so.” Benson sighs.
Later, Dodds concludes a phone call with his father, then tells the others that Bobby D’Amico owes them one. Benson says “great” with sarcasm and confirms it looks like the case is closed. But Rollins tells them to hold up; she knows Kristi is a hot mess but does the Chief really think she cried rape for attention? Carisi reminds her that Kristi is a 24/7 vlogger. Rollins says that is the thing; she has been going through her posts a year’s worth and she has partied with a lot of celebs and posts all the pics and Kristi wants everybody to think she is having fun. Benson says not anymore; Kristi’s latest vlog just went viral. The see the video of Kristi talking about her gang rape and saying that Benson believe she was raped and it wasn’t her fault but no one would be arrested or charged. She says she may be a special victim but to SVU, not as special as Bobby D’Amico.
In DC Dodd’s office with Benson and Sgt. Dodds, Bobby whines about Kristi. DC Dodds says she blindsided all of them, adding as of yesterday, the DA elected to not proceed. Bobby is upset she is now accusing him and that they saw the video. Sgt. Dodds comments no one is questioning whether is started consensually. Bobby asks that they are not going to take that nut job seriously; that vlog pissed on them as much as on him. Benson admits that it did and they are talking to Kristi right now.
Back at SVU, Kristi brags to Rollins and Carisi about her followers who want to know what those two did. Carisi says it would have been better if she told SVU and not her followers that she was also raped by Bobby. She thinks it is obvious they are looking out for him and asked if they read the comments on her vlog. Rollins says they get that, she is worried about accusing a celebrity but this is her last chance to tell them exactly what happened. Kristi says that she was giving Bobby oral when Noel came and when Noel asked to join them, she said she wasn’t into that. Baby said she was going to hurt his feelings. She told Bobby she wanted to go back upstairs but he got mad, saying she couldn’t leave him like that and she had to finish what she started, He pushed her head down until he was done. Noel was watching and then Bobby left and she went to the sink. Noel pushed her from behind and raped her.
Meanwhile, back in DC Dodds’ office, they continue to discuss what happened and Bobby thinks whatever Noel did, she wanted him to do. Benson wonders how he can be sure, asking what did she say exactly when Noel walked in, and Bobby replies he doesn’t know, her head was in her lap. Benson says, “Excuse me???” and DC Dodds says they should all take a step back and tells Bobby he should have this conversation with his lawyer present. Bobby says that is a good idea, saying they need him back on set anyway and if Dodds needs him he knows where to find him. Benson, looking appalled, stands up, and when Bobby leaves, she asks DC Dodds why would he have Bobby lawyer up when he is making voluntary statements? DC Dodds says Kristi is making public statements and he could be as much of a victim as she. Sgt. Dodds asks for some clarify on how they are supposed to respond here, and DC Dodds said they already agreed not to press charges, but Benson counters that was before Kristi named another rapist. DC Dodds suggests Rollins and Carisi take a revised statement and the reassure the public they are investigating. He says they should be real here, the sooner this goes away, the better.
Back at SVU, Kristi tells Carisi and Rollins she is not taking down her vlog, but Carisi asks if she can at least put her phone down. She says no, her followers are being very supportive. She shows them a comment with another rape accusation. Rollins reads the comment from someone who says she was attacked by Bobby and Noel last fall.
Later, at 539 Edgecombe Avenue on Sunday, February 21, Rollins and Carisi speak with Tara Brown about her comments. She explains her assault last year which sounds identical to Kristi’s. She did not go to the police as she was drunk and didn’t think anyone would believe her. She saw Kristi’s vlog and wanted her to know she wasn’t crazy. Rollins says what Kristi needs is for her to go to the SA and tell her story. Tara does not want to testify in court and doesn’t want to lose her job, her employer would not understand.
Back at SVU, Benson, Carisi, Rollins and Dodds discuss Tara with Barba, adding that Tara is a PA on Bobby’s Netflix series. Benson comments that basically Tara took a payoff. Barba states this was six months ago and there was no disclosure. Rollins counters Tara’s story is consistent with Kristi’s, down to details that weren’t on the vlog. Dodds thinks these guys do this every weekend, targeting the cutest girl in the bar and getting her drunk and gets her to do Noel too. Carisi thinks 9 times out of 10 the girl goes along with it but if one doesn’t, these guys don’t take no for an answer. Barba reacts, saying he is not saying these guys aren’t despicable but he is saying he still can’t prosecute. Benson tells him to hang on, asking the others if any other girls have spoken up. Rollins says no, now that Kristi had to shut down her comment section now that love turned to hate. Barba asks if there have been any calls to the precinct, and Benson insists it is early still and they all know how difficult it is for victims to come forward, Barba replies until they do, they don’t have a case. Benson rolls her eyes.
Later, Rollins is working at her desk and Dodds walks by, saying he is calling it a night and asking doesn’t she have a baby at home? Rollins replies she has a great nanny but thanks for asking. He says sorry, saying he has a lot of respect but it must be tough for a working mother. She comments what is tough is two asshats getting away with rape. She is looking at a photo of Bobby and Noel drinking with the girls on the “Town Cryer” site. Dodds explains when there is no case there is no case; the victim compromised herself. Rollins insists they saw her coming, they were drunk and they played to her ego and her wild streak. Dodds asks if she means her crazy streak, and that Rollins does know that Kristi is unstable. Rollins, irritated, stand up and says she gets that, thinking that Dodds thinks she has a blind spot because of her sister. Dodds says no not at all. Rollins says Dodds knows that these guys are guilty, including his dad’s friend Bobby. Dodds asks if Rollins thinks he is a daddy’s boy, and Rollins says she doesn’t. He adds that Bobby is no friend of his but until these tow get caught in the act, they are going to keep getting away with it. Rollins sarcastically comments that she guesses Dodds is just fine with that. He suggests that she clock out and go home. She asks “why don’t you stop telling me what to do – Sergeant.” She storms back to her desk and sits down.
But later, Rollins is at Bobby’s bar and she is drinking and coming on to Bobby. Soon, they are getting hot and heavy in the bathroom and when things are going too far, she says she forgot to tell him she has a boyfriend at home. But Bobby keeps on going and a knock on the door is heard and Noel enters. They double team her and Rollins says no, she wants to go back upstairs. When Noel gets into the picture, she says no but Bobby mentions Noël’s puppy eyes. When Noel doesn’t stop, Rollins knees him in the groin and then pins Bobby to the wall. She tells him if he makes one move she will snap his arm. Noel screams in pain and Bobby says he is sorry if she misunderstood, but Rollins counters she didn’t misunderstand anything. She grabs her stuff and leaves the bathroom. As she walks away, Bobby chases after her and she tells him to stay away from her. He says he is sorry about his friend. As Rollins turns to leave, she runs into a surprised Dodds. She asked what is he doing here, and he said he had a feeling she wasn’t going home. Bobby says to Dodds it is good to see him and asks if he and Rollins know each other. Rollins says no but Dodds says yeah, they work together. Rollins admits she is a cop and says she was going to wait until tomorrow but, pulling out her badge, saying Bobby is under arrest for attempted rape.
Outside the bar as Bobby is being taken to the police car, an officer asks Dodds if he wants her to take Bobby down to the station, and Dodds says no. He pulls an upset Rollins aside who tells him to butt out, this is her collar. He explains she can’t arrest him. When she asks if it is because her father said so, he explains it’s because she went undercover without authorization. Counselor Buchanan arrives as Dodds says it is an open investigation and the suspect had already lawyered up. Rollins looks stunned and asks when did that happen? Buchanan says when his dad told him to this morning. Rollins looks at Dodds and calls him a son of a bitch. Buchanan asks if she set a honey trap for his client, asking if this is what new mothers are wearing lately? Rollins tells him to save it, but he goes on to say that, given the unseemly tactics, unless they take the cuffs off his client, the NYPD is facing a major lawsuit. Dodds orders Bobby to be let out of the car. Rollins asks him, “Seriously?” and she scoffs and walks away. Dodds tells Buchanan that they are no off the hook; he will take this up with Barba tomorrow.
Back at SVU, Benson, along with Barba, Carisi, and Dodds, watch the video from Rollin’s camera. Barba asks Rollins if she used herself as bait. Rollins said yes, saying Dodds said if they didn’t catch these two in the act they were going to walk. Benson asks that this was Dodds’ idea, raising her voice and saying that she has to hear from his father the Deputy Chief that two members of her squad went completely rogue on her. Dodds says this is pretty damning video, but Barba seethes that this it is more prejudicial than probative and they already invoked their right to counsel. Carisi jumps in and adds that technically cops are not allowed to talk to them without their lawyer, and asks what if when cops are illegally taking to them, they commit a crime? Barba quips that is a fun question for a bar exam, and points to Rollins and Dodds and says any judge would throw this out. DC Dodds enters and asks if they are talking about Rollins’ antics last night, saying Bobby called him to tell him that she came on to him. Rollins insists they tried to rape her, and Benson says it does look bad. She plays the video, saying it is the same MO ask Kristi. Sgt. Dodds adds it is the same MO ask the other victim too, to which his father says is the one that won’t testify. Rollins states that Kristi will testify, but DC Dodds asks if she is sure she want to walk into court with an on-line ranter as their only witness? Benson insists she can talk to her again and see if she is up for it. Barba suggests they both will. DC Dodds orders them to make sure she doesn’t record it.
Later, in Barba’s office at 1 Hogan Place on Monday, February 22, Barba takes precautions to make sure Kristi can’t record anything. Barba explains he is reconsidering the case and Benson says she is on her side. She says Barba isn’t, but he asks can she blame him but now they need to find out what kind of witness do they need to be. She says she always tells the truth but he laughs, asking “seriously?” Barba explains they want to give her a taste of what a trial would be like, and Benson explains Kristi’s damaging behaviors. Barba explains the defense will attack her misstatements and her lifestyle and her penchant for publicity. She says she didn’t get raped so she can put it on line, saying what they did was the worst thing that ever happened to her. She wants to look them in the eye when the jury hears what they did to her.
Benson and Carisi walk to the courthouse and Benson mentions that Barba set ground rules for cameras. Barba is also getting heat from One PP for bringing the case. Carisi mentions that Rollins and Dodd got her message but Benson explains that Dodds was covering for Rollins, she did this on her own. She adds that she (Benson) is not stupid. She states that Rollins hasn’t said anything about this to her, and Carisi says Rollins is really upset, she told him. Benson asks is she? She asks if Carisi knows why Rollins did that, answering her own question, saying the Rollins figured Carisi would tell her. She tells Carisi to do her a favor and tell Rollins she doesn’t like triangles. Carisi nods.
In Supreme Court part 22 on Wednesday, February 24, Dodds testifies about the club surveillance and that Kristi’s drinks were free, Under cross, Counselor Buchanan brings up all the problems SVU had in the investigation and Kristi’s lies, changing stories, and what they got from her vlog. Dodds says it is not unusual for rape victims to omit details or for their stories to change. Buchanan asks “Twice?” When Buchanan says he can’t wait to hear what story she tells on the stand, Barba objects, telling the judge to remind Buchanan that sarcasm is the weapon of the weak. The judge admonishes Barba and Buchanan and she sustains the objection.
Later, Kristi testifies about her attack and the reasons for her changing story. Under cross, Buchanan shows various content from her web site which looks damning. Buchanan thinks the content is motive for her inconsistencies and makes her out to making the allegation to increase views on her vlog. He brings up that she gets paid by a click. Buchanan continues to pressure her and Barba object to the badgering and the judge agrees. Buchanan shows Kristi’s video of her dancing and drinking after the attack from the security footage. She claims she did not want to upset her friend. Buchanan asks if she was thinking she just had another fun story for her vlog. Barba objects and Buchanan withdraws the question. Buchanan uses the videos to show all the places where Kristi said she was having fun and that she only time she claims she didn’t have fun was that 10 minutes in the bathroom where conveniently she stopped recording. She also told three different stories, and that telling stories is her art form. Kristi cries. In the gallery, Benson turns around and looks at Rollins who is sitting behind her.
The next day, Benson, walking up the courthouse step with Barba, comments that yesterday was brutal. Barba said Kristi wanted her day in court, she looked them in the eye and then got destroyed. Benson asks that he is going to bring Kristi back for re-direct, but Barba thinks the jury has seen enough of her. Benson comments that the good news is it’s a he said/she said so they both have to take the stand and tells their sleazily side of the story. Barba says to know them is to loathe them. He was up all night prepping; he tricks them into opening the door and he will get them to use Rollins’ video to impeach them. He adds they don’t know yet but this is their last dance.
In Supreme Court part 22 on Thursday February 23, Barba gets the surprise of his life when Buchanan states he will not be calling Bobby or Noel. He said the prosecution failed to make their case and their reasonable doubts about the alleged victim’s testimony, the defense is not calling any witnesses as all. Barba is flabbergasted. Buchanan will leave it in the jury’s hands. Everyone is stunned.
Afterward in the courthouse hall, Carisi approaches Barba who comments he has 15 minutes before he has to face a firing squad. Carisi asks that the honchos are coming down on him, and Barba says “Oh, they’re past that.” Carisi says Kristi is a horrible victim but she is not lying, they saw what those guys tried to do to Rollins. Barba says they are going to get away with that too. Carisi says it was worth the fight. He says he took the bar last week and thinks he did okay. He tells Barba he has been hard on him but if he does pass, a lot of it is from all the time he spent with him. Carisi says he admires his…and Barba finishes “Suicidal streak?” Carisi nods. Benson approaches and tells them the jury is in. Carisi is surprised, saying they just sat down. Barba doubts they even sat.
In Supreme Court part 22 on Thursday, February 25 the jury finds both men not guilty. Kristi looks dejected. Barba sits down. Kristi comments to Rollins that she is a national joke and no one will believe her ever. She tries to run off but Rollins tells her she knows exactly what those guys did to her. But Kristi counters that nobody else will. Rollins looks back to Benson before she leaves the courtroom, and Benson shakes her head.
Later, in the SVU squad room. Rollins, Carisi, and Dodds are watching Rollins’ video which somehow has made it to the New York news. The reporter explains the judge would not allow this video to be shown during the court case and they acquired the video exclusively. Benson approaches and turns off the video, and Carisi comments that, talk about Waterloo, there goes Bobby’s Netflix series. Dodds says after this, Bobby is toast. Benson calls Rollins into her office.
As she enters Benson’s office, Rollins swears to god that she did not leak that video. Benson asks if she is supposed to believe her now? Benson scolds Rollins that she went undercover without informing her and this is another example of Rollins asking for forgiveness instead of permission. Rollins insists she is not asking for forgiveness because she didn’t do anything. Benson tells her to please stop. Rollins says that the defense, the judge and Barba all had access to that video and literally dozens of people could have turned it over. Benson says they know the defense didn’t do it, and, raising her voice, tells Rollins she hopes she is not seriously suggesting it was Barba. Rollins replies she just knows it wasn’t herself. Benson, sounding frustrated, says she thought things would change after she had Jesse, she thought Rollins would think before she acted. Benson shouts that she was hoping to get past her trust issues with her and now this. Rollins swears on her baby girl that she did not do this. Benson counters that Rollins knows there is going to be an investigation, and they will go through Rollins’ cell phone, her computer. Rollins replies that’s fine. Benson asks is it, not to mention Buchanan is going to bring on a lawsuit. Rollins asks “Really? You think D’Amico is gonna wanna sue over a video that shows him trying to rape her?” Dodds enters Benson’s office and asks if he is interrupting. Rollins says yeah and Benson firmly says no, that she and Rollins are done. Rollins leaves Benson’s office and Dodds closes the door. Benson sits down and, still heated, says Rollins just stood there and lied to her face. Benson also says she doesn’t know what to tell his father because Rollins swears that she didn’t leak the video. Dodds says he believes her. Benson asks why, Dodds takes a breath and says because he knows who did. Benson looks at him with realization and he tells her don’t worry, it can’t be traced. Benson looks unsettled and asks what is he telling her? Dodds replies he does not want to put her between him and his father so she might want to stop asking questions. Benson sits back with an interested expression . She says okay. Dodds says Bobby D’Amico got what he deserved, and he turns and walks to her office door. He adds “I told you I never liked the guy.” He opens the door and leaves. Benson looks stunned and stares toward the door as we fade to black.
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