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"Recall"
SVU, Episode 8.03
Production number: 08005
First aired: 3 October 2006
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Stabler Recall
Written By
Jonathan Greene

Directed By
Juan J. Campanella

Summary

As the newly partnered Detectives Stabler and Beck get to know one another, they try and convict a serial rapist despite having little evidence beyond positive identification from several victims. Just as things appear to go south, however, an old acquaintance of the suspect surfaces who might help tie everything together... if the detectives can get her to break her silence.

Plot

Stabler and Beck investigate the rape of Nikki West, who later identifies her attacker as Martin Trenway, a well-known prominent attorney. The detectives have a hard time making the charges stick until another victim, Heather Stark, comes forward and names Trenway as her rapist. However, her testimony couldn't be proven reliable and lack of DNA cannot prove that Trenway ever raped Stark.

Determined to stop Trenway, Beck tracks down a woman, Lorraine Delmas, who may hold the key to help convict Trenway. It is revealed that she was raped by Trenway when he was 15, but she promised his mother she would never reveal it. Her trauma ruined her life and she lost the man she loved as a result of pulling away from him. Lorraine is reluctant to help and when George Huang comments, she cannot bring herself to talk to a man about it. Beck then talks to her (in Lorraine's native language, French) about her late husband and how she learned to move on and start living her life again. Lorraine testifies at an evidentiary hearing, but given how long ago it has been, there seems to be no other evidence. Judge Petrovsky declines to accept only her recall as evidence until Lorraine reveals that she put her clothes from the rape in a box, without washing them, and hid them since she didn't want to look at them anymore. Tests on the DNA on the clothing matches the DNA taken from Nikki proving that Trenway raped her. Trenway agrees to plead guilty to Nikki's rape and identify the rest of his rape victims in exchange for the maximum sentence.

Cast

Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast

References

Quotes

  • Nikki: Miss Delmas, how can I ever repay you?
  • Lorraine: Move on. Live your life. Don't lock yourself away like I did.

  • Cragen: [about Beck] What time did she get here?
  • Fin: She never left.
  • Munch: Some people should not be allowed to drink coffee.


Background information and notes

  • Leslie Caron won an Emmy as "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" for her work in this episode.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Law Offices of
Martin Trenway
53 Water Street
Tuesday, September 19

NYPD Property Clerk
Warehouse
Queens, New York
Thursday, September 21

Trial Part 46
Monday, September 25

4 5

Home of
Lorraine Delmas
Douglaston, New York
Thursday, September 28

Evidentiary Hearing
Part 46
Monday, October 2


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