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Competence 

The SVU receives a complaint from an elderly woman that her daughter Katie, who has Downs Syndrome, has been raped and is now pregnant. She is reluctant to provide the identity of the ... See full summary »

Director:

Jud Taylor

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Robert F. Campbell (teleplay by) | 4 more credits »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Stephanie March ... Alexandra Cabot
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Lois Smith ... Rebecca Tolliver
Andrea F. Friedman ... Katie Tolliver (as Andrea Fay Friedman)
James Badge Dale ... Danny Jordan (as Badge Dale)
C.J. Wilson ... Scott Lucas
Matt DeCaro ... Mr. Cheney
Peter Hermann ... Trevor Langan
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Judith Light ... Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly
Harvey Atkin ... Judge Alan Ridenour
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Storyline

The SVU receives a complaint from an elderly woman that her daughter Katie, who has Downs Syndrome, has been raped and is now pregnant. She is reluctant to provide the identity of the father and it is apparently questionable whether or not she even knew what she was doing. This brings up all manner of questions of competency, about who the father might be and whether or not she had consensual sex or was raped. Was it the bus driver? Her employer? Her boyfriend? The administrator at the care facility? Even further, is Katie fit to be a mother and raise a child? Written by J. Roberts <armchairoscars@hotmail.com>

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Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »
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Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

In the episode, the now-outdated term "mental retardation" is used twice, once by Scott Lucas and once by Detective Munch. The episode aired seven years before Rosa's Law, which has replaced terms such as "mental retardation" and its derivatives from educational and medical-based use with person-first terms, "intellectually disabled" and "individuals with special needs ". See more »

Goofs

After Eliot puts the handcuffs on the bus driver and leads him over to the car, you can see that the bus driver isn't wearing the cuffs, he's just holding them in his hands. See more »

Quotes

Roger Kressler: Katie, how do you change a baby's diaper?
Katie Tolliver: I didn't learn that yet.
Roger Kressler: Do you know how to feed a baby?
Katie Tolliver: No, but I can.
Roger Kressler: What do you do when a baby has a fever?
Katie Tolliver: I don't know.
Roger Kressler: You don't really know how to be a mommy, do you?
Katie Tolliver: I can learn. Danny will help me.
Roger Kressler: But you can't do it by yourself, can you?
[Katie starts crying]
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References The Honeymooners (1955) See more »

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