“Law & Order: SVU” Season 16 Episode 21 “Perverted Justice” aired on Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. In this episode, the Special Victims Unit, with the help of their former captain, Captain Donald Cragen (Dann Florek) reopened a seventeen-year-old case after Bayard Ellis (Andre Braugher) approached Sergeant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) after the victim of a rape came to him to recant her statement that her father had raped her as a child. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode opened with Michelle Thompson (Samira Wiley) attending a service. Sergeant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), Detective Nick Amaro (Danny Pino), Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish), and Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi (Peter Scanavino) attended Noah Porter’s dedication ceremony. Afterwards, Michelle approached her pastor, Reverend Curtis Scott (Leslie Odom Jr.) and asked to get in touch with Bayard Ellis (Andre Braugher). He worked as a lawyer for Project Innocence as she wanted to recant the statement she had given the police years ago, which caused her father to be jailed.
Ellis then reached out to Olivia and asked her to reopen the case, especially as it seemed like it had been mishandled by the lead detective at that time, Detective Ted McCormack (Nick Sandow), who had been in Captain Donald Cragen’s (Dann Florek) district years ago. Carisi, however, was over the moon as he greatly looked up to Ellis.
After Olivia and Nick met up with Cragen, he advised them not to talk to Assistant District Attorney Kenneth O’Dwyer (Robert Sean Leonard), the lead prosecutor for the case, yet as he wasn’t going to help their case. Olivia and Amanda then met with Michelle and the Special Victims Unit, where she told them what happened that night. She told them that she had been six years old, and that her father had gotten mad at her drug addict mother, Audrey Thompson (Kia Joy Goodwin) for leaving them alone. Michelle had burned her hand on the stove while trying to cook hotdogs for herself and for her little brother. Her parents had fought and when her mother discovered that Michelle’s hand had gotten burnt, she started asking strange questions, and forced Michelle to tell the cops and the lawyers that her father, Derek Thompson (Glenn Plummer) had raped her. It was even if he didn’t, so that she wouldn’t be asked anything anymore.
However, when Carisi and Nick tried to talk to Audrey, she just brushed them away and stuck to her original story. They then visited Derek at Green Haven Correctional where he told them that he had continued writing letters to Michelle and her brother as their mother was never there for them.
Back at the precinct, Carisi got to meet Ellis, and Cragen produced a letter that Michelle’s first grade teacher had sent to O’Dwyre and McCormack. Michelle had run to her crying, and told her that her mother had forced her to lie.
After confronting O’Dwyre, who led them to Derek’s inept lawyer at that time, Cassie Miur (Julie Halson), they filed a motion to dismiss the charges based on the fact that the letter had never been submitted to court. However, due to a last minute change in judges, their motion was denied.
Meanwhile, after interviewing McCormack himself, they discovered that he had kept in touch with Audrey, even after the trial. After doing some digging, Amanda discovered that McCormack’s ex-wife had filed for divorce against him as he had been having an affair with Audrey. They then later discovered that the couple had gone on a romantic weekend to Key West while Derek was pending trial. Audrey had been arrested for disorderly intoxication that weekend. This gave them enough to convince a judge to have a retrial, which they proceeded to, as Derek refused to take a deal and to plead guilty for something he didn’t do.
At the trial, they presented the fact that Audrey hadn’t disclosed her and McCormack’s relationship in front of the jury. She discovered that she had waited until McCormack came to her in the morning before reporting anything, and she had come up with the idea to accuse her husband by herself.
Derek then testified, and then Michelle took the stand. However, O’Dwyre bullied her to the point that she got confused and ended up saying that she didn’t remember her father doing anything. Outside, Olivia went to a confused Michelle. She told her that she didn’t remember if anything did happen or not. The jury then declared him not guilty. Ellis then tanked Olivia, who looked doubtful about whether they did the right thing or not. Michelle looked at her and let a tear fall as she was being hugged by her father.
And that was all for the recap of “Law & Order: SVU” Season 16 Episode 21 “Perverted Justice”. For more news, recaps and updates “Law & Order: SVU” and other television shows, keep on following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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