Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Decline and Fall

Series 18 - Episode 9 Decline and Fall



I’ve decided to measure the crimes on SVU using my own bespoke yuck-o-meter. The more horrendous the set-up, the more yucks it gets. This one nudges the arrow into the high end thanks to the revelation that a young bartender may have been raped by two members of the same powerful New York family: a young man and his septuagenarian grandfather.

I say “may” because, as it turns out, the woman has quaaludes in her system, drugs that produce feelings of euphoria and also memory loss. And when the OAP CEO then uses insanity as a defence, Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the team find they have a tougher than expected job when it comes to proving guilt.


A woman is drugged and raped while working behind the bar at a party for a billionaire businessman.