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"Funny Valentine"
SVU, Episode 14.16
Production number: 14016
First aired: 27 February 2013
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th of 366 released in SVU
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Written By
Gwendolyn M. Parker

Directed By
Jean de Segonzac

When a rising star is beaten by her high-profile boyfriend, the SVU detectives work every angle to bring justice against a manipulative and shameless abuser.

SummaryEdit

A promising singer is brutally attacked by her boyfriend, a popular hip hop star. A.D.A. Barba works to build a case, but the victim refuses to aid the prosecution and, despite Detective Benson's best efforts, continues to put herself in danger. The case quickly spirals into a media circus, perpetrated by both the defendant and his uncompromising attorney.

 PlotEdit

Singer Micha Green is recording a song with hip-hop star Caleb Bryant in a recording studio. Later on, Micha notices Caleb flirting with another girl and playfully taunts him about it. Caleb doesn't take it well and ends up assaulting her.

Micha is later seen in a hospital with a badly bruised face. When Olivia asks who hurt her, Micha states it was her boyfriend, Caleb. When Nick speaks to Micha's manager, Brass (who discovered Micha when she was only 9 years old), he claims he didn't see Micha being assaulted by Caleb.

Micha tells Olivia how Caleb assaulted her & that the backup girls and the engineer were in the room when the assault happened. When Fin, Nick and Rollins talk to the other people who were in the room when Micha was attacked, they are reluctant to testify in court.

When Olivia and ADA Barba talk to Micha at her home, she is reluctant to testify in court, but after Olivia points out that Caleb isn't sorry about what he did, Micha agrees to testify, but later changes her mind because she's worried that it would jeopardize her career.

Despite Olivia explaining to Micha that guys like Caleb are likely to do this again, Micha makes up her mind about not testifying in court. Later on, the media reports that Micha has withdrawn her complaint so that she & Caleb can repair their relationship in private.

Olivia doesn't want Caleb to get away with this and tries convincing Barba to pursue the case without Micha's cooperation. Barba tries to talk Caleb into admitting what he has done and apologizing in public.

He later informs the SVU squad that Caleb will be given a five-year suspended sentence and community service which Olivia isn't happy with, but Barba informs her that it's the best he can do without witness testimony.

Caleb apologizes on TV to Micha, but the SVU squad isn't buying it. Later on, they notice a picture of him in Micha's hotel room even though there is a restraining order against him.

Olivia & Nick arrive to Micha's hotel room where Caleb is arrested for violating the restraining order. Micha says that she allowed Caleb to be there, but Olivia tells it's not up to her. As Caleb is taken away, Micha apologizes and tells him she loves him.

In court, the judge gives Caleb a 30 day suspended sentence and warns him about obeying the restraining order. As Caleb leaves the courthouse, he starts taunting Olivia & Nick. Nick finds an excuse to frisk Caleb, finds weed on him and Caleb is arrested.

Munch reprimands Nick for his actions and while Nick believes that Caleb will hurt Micha again, Munch explains that their actions are only going to encourage her to stay with Caleb.

Fin talks with Brass and tries convincing him to talk some sense into Micha. At Micha's music launch party, Caleb violates the restraining order again by showing up to the party. Brass calls Fin right away and Caleb sees him talking on the phone.

When Olivia, Nick and Fin arrive to the party, they see cops at the scene, saying they got a call about shots being fired. As they enter inside, several people are wounded, Micha is lying on the ground unconscious and Brass dead.

When Nick and Olivia question Micha at the hospital, she claims she didn't see anything. When Caleb is questioned, he claims that he was home watching television.

Olivia and Barba talk to Micha again, reminding her that Brass started her music career & trying to make her realize what she meant to him and how it would be a huge mistake to let his murderer walk.

Micha is able to admit that Caleb physically abused her and stating that at the party, he pulled a gun and shot Brass in the chest. Micha agrees to testify in court against Caleb, but she changes her statement and says that Caleb wasn't at the party after all.

Barba discovers that Caleb called Micha's hotel room the night before, convincing her to change her mind & that the couple is in Bermuda. Olivia says that all that they can do is wait for the inevitable.

While on a yacht in Bermuda, Micha and Caleb are making out when Caleb checks a text message from his phone. When Micha asks who it is, Caleb goes off on her and proceeds to assault her.

Back in New York, the SVU squad hears on television that Micha is dead and Caleb has been arrested & taken for questioning.

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Background information and NotesEdit

  • After seeing video of Caleb's arrest on the internet, Munch jokes that Caleb and Micha should go on a double date with Chris Brown and Rihanna, the real-life musical couple whose tumultuous relationship inspired the episode.

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3

Rise Up Health Food
402 West 23rd Street
Sunday, February 17

The Hudson Square Hotel
247 Spring Street
Sunday, February 17

Arraignment Court
Part 7
Sunday, February 17

4 5 6

Arraignment Court
Part 7
Tuesday, February 19

Rhythm & Brass Studios
309 West 34th Street
Wednesday, February 20

Grand Jury
Part 31
Friday, February 22


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