Law & Order: Special Victims Unit


Series 9 - Episode 3 Impulsive



Watching the “He says/she says” opening scene where we cut between characters giving two different versions of the same story, you may recognise the school tutor who’s alleging that a 15-year-old raped her. It’s Melissa Joan Hart, best known as Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

However, there’s nothing remotely magical about the unpleasant plot that takes us down a familiar road: if someone commits a crime but has a biological reason that means they can’t help themselves, should they be punished?

A nice, neat conclusion hoves into view about ten minutes before the end, which means a typical SVU moral conundrum is about to pop up.


An accusation that a teacher coerced a 15-year-old student into having sex with her is met with the counterclaim by the now-pregnant woman that she was raped. Novak obtains a warrant preventing her from securing an abortion and subsequent DNA tests confirm the boy as the child's father. Huang's suggestion that a personality disorder drew her to the youngster is undermined by incriminating evidence that casts new light on the case. Guest starring Melissa Joan Hart (Sabrina the Teenage Witch).

Cast & Crew

Det Elliot Stabler Christopher Meloni
Capt Donald Cragen Dann Florek
Det Olivia Benson Mariska Hargitay
Dr George Huang BD Wong
ADA Casey Novak Diane Neal
Det Chester Lake Adam Beach
Sarah Trent Melissa Joan Hart
Director David Platt
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