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Reasonable Doubt 

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A famous television producer is accused by his ex-wife of molesting their daughter, but is she just trying to get revenge for leaving her for her younger sister?


Alex Chapple


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Danny Pino ... Nick Amaro
Kelli Giddish ... Amanda Rollins
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola (as Ice T)
Raúl Esparza ... Rafael Barba
Bradley Whitford ... Frank Maddox
Samantha Mathis ... Catherine Summers
Celia Keenan-Bolger ... Mavis Summers
Emma Bell ... Rose Summers
Aida Turturro ... Judge Felicia Catano
Godfrey ... Adam Church
Clare Foley ... Chelsea Summers-Maddox
Kate Shindle ... Julianne
Julyana Soelistyo Julyana Soelistyo ... Dohna
Keidrich Sellati ... Daniel Summers-Maddox


Benson and Murphy question renowned television producer Frank Maddox when he's accused of molesting his 8 year-old daughter Chelsea. Maddox's estranged wife, actress Catherine Summers, wants justice for her daughter but refuses to cooperate, leading the cops to suspect the accusation was a ploy to win the public's favor. With Catherine's young sister Rose engaged to Maddox and accusations flying back and forth in the media, Benson strives to help a child by discovering the truth. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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Release Date:

7 May 2014 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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16:9 HD
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This is the second guest appearance of Samantha Mathis in the series. She previously appeared in season five's "Control." See more »


Olivia Benson: [to Mavis about Frank] How old were you when he and Catherine got married?
Mavis Summers: Twelve.
Olivia Benson: Twelve. A lot of girls that age dream of becoming actresses. Your sister was becoming a star.
Mavis Summers: I never liked attention.
Olivia Benson: Like the attention he gave Rose or Chelsea? Mavis, did Frank notice you when you were that age?
Mavis Summers: It wouldn't matter if he did. He's Frank Maddox. He gets away with everything.
Olivia Benson: And he doesn't have to. I know that you love Chelsea and I know that you want to protect her, and you can In court on the ...
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Genius and immorality
16 May 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This SVU story has Bradley Whitford playing a role based on Roman Polanski with a bit of Woody Allen thrown in. I'm not sure both of them might not have grounds for a lawsuit other than Allen admitted his transgressions and Polanski can't set foot in the USA.

Whitford is an arrogant egotistical director with a touch of both genius and immorality. He's made Samantha Mathis a star, but he's got a taste for the young and nubile and now he's in the middle of a messy divorce from Mathis where her youngest sister Emma Bell is at the third end of the triangle.

Now there's an accusation of child molestation in which he's charged with molesting his own daughter Clare Foley. Given the publicity hubbub it's something that SVU has to investigate and the District Attorney can't ignore.

Whitford's a slime bag no doubt about it, but a child molester with his own daughter? These people are in show business where notoriety is often mistaken for publicity, the definitions sometimes run together. The middle sister Celia Keenan-Bolger ratchets it up several notches getting her licks in.

Justice and morality take a beating in this SVU episode.

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