Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Series 12 - 9. Gray

Radio Times
Review by:
Jane Rackham

Benson and Stabler investigate an alleged rape at Hudson University, but with no forensic evidence (the incident took place months earlier) and no witnesses, it’s a truly grey area.

Actually it’s more like 50 shades of grey as the detectives stumble about without any clear idea which student is telling the truth and what the university’s disciplinary committee is covering up. “Do you expect us to believe this limp cock-and-bull story?” says ADA Sonya Paxton (Christine Lahti), newly returned from alcohol rehabilitation, but displaying a satisfying sharpness of wit.

Up against her in court is the wonderful CCH Pounder as Carolyn Maddox.

About this programme

9/24. As Stabler is waiting to address a Take Back the Night rally at Hudson University, Bethany Jennings accuses fellow student Chuck Mills of raping her and the detective arrests him. ADA Sonya Paxton tells the team that since there is no clear evidence nor any witnesses, it is impossible to establish whether consent was given and Chuck must be released. However, he is soon accused of another crime. Starring Christopher Meloni.

Cast and crew


Det Elliot Stabler
Christopher Meloni
Det Olivia Benson
Mariska Hargitay
Det Odafin `Fin' Tutuola
Dr George Huang
BD Wong
Capt Donald Cragen
Dann Florek
Executive ADA Sonya Paxton
Christine Lahti
Carla Vincent
Gwynneth Bensen
Chuck Mills
Charlie Barnett
Kathleen Stabler
Allison Siko
Felicia Zorn
Elena Hurst
Judge Sylvia Quinn
Kate Nelligan
Bethany Jennings
Anna Greenfield


Helen Shaver
Executive Producer
Carol Mendelsohn
Executive Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer
Executive Producer
Anthony E Zuiker
Executive Producer
Ann Donahue