Law & Order: Special Victims Unit - Season 2
The second episode of the season “Honor”, was based on a script that Jonathan Greene had written previously. In it, the squad is exposed to misogynistic “honor killings” used to punish women for adultery. As one reviewer puts it, “Airing one full year before the 9/11 terror attacks, this episode examines Taliban rules and plays differently today than it did when NBC first aired it." In the episode “Taken”, Olivia Benson’s mother dies after falling down a flight of stairs. The character’s backstory, as established in the first episode, is that she was raped by a stranger, causing her to become pregnant with Olivia. The writers briefly considered changing this. Deleted scenes that accompany “Taken” on the DVD show a funeral for Serena Benson, during which it is revealed that she had consensual sex to conceive Olivia. Many episodes in later seasons reaffirm the fact that Benson is the product of a rape, meaning that the deleted scenes for “Taken” are not canon.
Actor: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T
Director: Dick Wolf
Country: United States
Duration: 60 min