“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” Season 16 Episode 3 “Producer’s Backend” aired on Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on NBC. In this episode, while investigating the case of a troubled former teen star, the team started to investigate her A-list Hollywood producer, who may have victimized her in the past. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode opened with Nick Amaro (Danny Pino), who was still a traffic cop, and his partner breaking up a fight due to a car accident. It turned out that the one who had caused the accident was former teen Tensely Evans (Stevie Jones), who then tried to flee the scene, before Nick caught up to her. She told him that she was sober, but it was clear that she was drunk. While Nick put handcuffs on her, she tried to advance on him, which he rebuffed, and arrested her.
At her trial at the arraignment court, it was discovered that Tensley had left her court-mandated rehabilitation facility and that it was the fourth time she had appeared at court. She then accused Nick of wanting to rape her, which was untrue.
At the Special Victims Unit department, Nick handed his statement over to his former partner, Sergeant Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), while Detective Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) and Detective Dominick “Sonny” Carisi (Peter Scanavino) interviewed Tensley in front of her lawyer, Marvin (Ron Rifkin), and her mother Donna. Olivia reassured him that they knew that he was telling the truth, as his dashboard camera had captured the entire thing and told him that it wouldn’t be long before he would be able to rejoin their unit.
Inside the office, Marvin told Amanda and Carisi that Tensley merely misinterpreted his actions. After Tensley’s mother left with Carisi to get her a power bar, Amanda was able to talk to her without her mother dictating everything. She then revealed that she did not want to go back to the rehabilitation facility as the Psychology Director of the facility forced her to have sexual relations with him.
Amanda and Carisi went to the facility in order to interview Jim Durant, the Psychology Director of the facility, even though he was a well-respected doctor. He told them that during his therapy sessions with Tensley, she had acted provocatively towards him, which showed him that she had been sexualized at a very early age. However, he only saw this as a core issue of hers and behaved professionally with her. He told them that he also notified her mother right away when they discovered that she had run away, as she was having a hard time coping there. However, upon asking more questions, Durant revealed that she had one encounter with her roommate’s son; but aside from that, nothing else had happened and that they were free to check the security camera footage of the facility.
Meanwhile, Olivia went to the Internal Affairs Bureau in order to get Nick Amaro out of a court hearing and back on her team, as he had done nothing wrong with regards to how he handled Tensley. When Nick visited Olivia and her baby, Noah, she revealed to him that he was back in Special Victims Unit and that he and Carisi would be interviewing the boy, who was only 15 years old, regarding what Tensley had done to him. Since Tensley was 24 years old and the boy was 15 and underage, she could be put on trial for that.
After interviewing the boy, they discovered that only the father of the boy felt like his son had been victimized, but the son did not think so, as he was a fan of Tensley’s.
Olivia and Amanda then paid a visit to Tensley and her mother and arrested her for what she had done. However, Tensley felt that she had done nothing wrong and that she was just being nice to him.
At court, Tensley’s party was able to stall the trial for a little while by having the court order a psychology evaluation. Olivia and Assistant District Attorney Rafael Barba (Raul Esparza) were then informed that Tensley did understand the charges being put against her. However, she pulled Olivia aside and advised her to dig deeper into Tensley’s past, as she knew that to become a victimizer, she also have had to be a victim.
At the precinct, Amanda and Olivia spoke to Tensley in the presence of her lawyer only. They then discovered that when she was around 13 years old, during the start of her career, under the advice of her mother, she had gone to a producer’s, Adam Brubeck, casting party. That night, after having some drinks and taking some drugs, he told her to have sexual relations with him in order for to get good roles. After a while, she was being passed around to his friends, and she got bigger and better roles. Her mother then put her on the pill at the age of 13.
Barba wanted to indict Tensley as a victimizer, while the Special Victims Unit decided to investigate Brubeck. They were in luck as he was in town and had a casting pool party, which Carisi, Nick and Amanda crashed. There, they discovered that even if most of the girls were underaged and wearing bikinis, there were no drinks or drugs present. However, all Adam admitted to was that Tensley was present that night, but their interview was cut short when his lawyer, Dennis, called him as one of his scriptwriters needed him and blamed Tensley’s acting out on her mother.
As they dug deeper into Brubeck’s past, they discovered that other teen stars who had starred in his movies, such as Bella Macy, Jordanna Russo and Brody Clark became complete messes after starring in his films. However, no one had filed a lawsuit, except for one case in Los Angeles where he was accused of the murder of child actress Amber Forbes, who had drowned in his pool during one of his parties. It was ruled as an accident, but the medical examiner had found drugs and alcohol in her system.
Amanda and Olivia then visited Tensley to ask her about Amber’s death, but she refused to answer and locked herself in the bathroom. Olivia, who went after her so that she could speak to her alone, knocked the door to find that Tensley had slit her wrists.
After a few days, Olivia visited Tensley at the rehabilitation center she was recovering at and discovered that during that night, Brubeck had instructed both girls to take turns in doing him while he held their heads underwater. She had gone first, as she was used to doing that. Since she had choked, she left Amber alone with Brubeck. Because of that, she felt like it was her fault that Amber had died.
After Nick and Carisi questioned about what had happened that night, they learned that he had not said anything because he was secretly gay. On that particular night, he was with Dennis, who was also secretly gay. After Barba and Olivia confronted Dennis with Brubeck’s confession, he decided to cooperate and gave them DVDs of all the audition tapes of girls that Brubeck had made. After the team viewed it, they discovered that each girl was instructed to pose and do things in order to make Brubeck happy. They also had a hard time looking for a way to convict him, as Brubeck was careful enough to have those auditions in states where the legal age was 16.
However, they were able to catch a break in their case, as there was one DVD entitled “Winnipeg Nights” that was different, as the tape seemed like it was more like foreplay. They then discovered that he did not make a movie entitled “Winnipeg Nights” and that the “audition” had taken place in Canada, there had been no pre-production documents, and the script that he had sent was bogus. Amanda and Nick had paid Maude Peterson, the girl in the video, a visit where she told them that Brubeck had made her have sexual relations with him the weekend he has there. Thanks to this, they were able to arrest him on the charge of Sexual Tourism, as the only reason he went to Canada was to have sexual relations with Maude.
Afterwards, the entire team watched as Tensley made a guest appearance on a talk show, where she revealed that she had turned over a new leaf. However, Olivia suddenly asked Nick to “hold down the fort” for her, as she had to go to the hospital as Noah had been admitted to the Emergency Room.
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