Monday, May 20, 2013
Bonus Family: Olivia Benson
There were two other rapes with victims working in dining halls, the last one in 1969 with Jane Willet who didn't identify her attacker because she was a wild child back in the day and felt no one would believe her.
Joe suffered from depression and was given medication in 1969. Joe married Sharon Marsden and they had a son, Simon on March 24, 1973. Joe did tell Sharon that he had a daughter but they kept it from Simon who always wanted a sister. Simon later discovered Joe's article clippings on Olivia and saved them after Joe's death because they didn't make any sense. Joe had his problems but he was always good to Simon. However while the medication for Joe's depression did help, he started to drink heavily and eventually got into a car accident after picking Simon up from school. Sharon divorced Joe and refused to let him see Simon, changing her and Simon's last name to her maiden name of Marsden. Joe committed suicide in 1996 in his office with Holcion and alcohol in his system- a deadly combination.
When Olivia was 16, she fell in love with an older man who was one of Serena's students. He was a senior at the age of 21 and proposed to Olivia, who accepted because she wanted to get away from her mother. When Serena found out, she told Olivia that if she didn't stop seeing him, she would have him kicked out of college. Olivia had enough and attempted to leave but Serena dropped her bottle of vodka that broke and picked up a jagged-edge piece and came at Olivia screaming "I'll never let anyone else have you!" Olivia kicked her mother hard and kicked again. Serena went flying across the room into a wall, sliding down to the floor- Olivia never hurt her before. Olivia ran out because she was so afraid and met Simone Bryce, who was at the time a law student and helped Olivia survive.
Serena and Olivia managed to repair their relationship. In 1999, Olivia started to work in Special Victims Unit and researched her mother's rape case to find her father but reached a dead end until 2006. Serena was not happy about Olivia being in SVU and wished she would consider getting out of it. Serena may have understood as a rape victim (to a woman who killed her rapist after recognizing him) but it didn't mean she condoned it. If Serena had killed her rapist, would Olivia been better off with her in jail? Olivia hated her father for what he did to Serena but she felt that if he hadn't, Olivia wouldn't have been here.
One day, Don told Olivia that Serena had an accident and didn't make it. Serena fell down the subway steps on 110th and Broadway. Serena never took the subway but it's entrance was outside near the Velvet Room where Serena got drunk. Don gave Olivia time off but it wasn't very long- she needed to work. It took Olivia years to accept the fact that Serena was an alcoholic and when she did, she had to accept all the consequences.
After discovering who her father was, Olivia briefly doubted that there was a possibility that Serena lied about being raped as she had lied to her about so many things. But after doing further digging, Joe really did raped Serena.
*In season 2, Serena supposedly died in September of 2000 but in season 11, her grave had the date of death on December 10, 2000
Simon had a record- 2 counts of joyriding and shoplifting of woman's clothes and was being accused for stalking 3 women by the time Olivia discovered him. Simon was living with his then-girlfriend Lucy and her young son from a previous relationship while working as a pharmacist in Riverpark, New Jersey. The police were keeping a close eye on Simon under their Captain Julia Millfield's command. Olivia tried to connect through Lucy, offering to talk but Lucy told Simon who went to confront her. He researched Olivia, discovering that she was a Detective but while they talked he realized that Olivia looked familiar to him. He later visited Olivia at her apartment as he now knew why she looked familiar to him: his father had saved article clippings of Olivia. Olivia told Simon that Joe was her father as he had raped her mother. Simon had a hard time believing his father was a rapist but instantly accepted Olivia as his sister. Later that night, Simon was accused of rape and Olivia was torn if he was guilty or not. Elliot discovered a connection between Julia and Simon from his yearbook that he gave to Olivia by finding a Carrie Millfield. Simon and Carrie liked each other and went together at a school dance. Afterwards, they were in the car kissing until she suddenly pulled away. At first he thought she was just playing around and pulled her back in, ripping her dress in the process but Carrie started to cry. He apologized and drove her home. The next day, Carrie and Julia's dad came over and told Simon that he assaulted her and if he ever saw Simon near Carrie again, he was going to call the police. Carrie flunked out of school and became an alcoholic, going in and out of pysch hospitals ever since. Julia hadn't seen Simon in 16 years and he wasn't aware that she was a cop and involved in the recent case against him. When Riverpark Police went to arrest Simon for the recent rape, he jumped bail. FBI agent Dean Porter got involved in the Simon Marsden case, he discovered that Olivia helped Simon and wired him money while he was on the run (Dean and Olivia worked together before while he was her informant during her undercover case in Oregon in eco-terrorism). Rather than arresting Olivia, Dean let her go with a promise that she would contact him if Simon contacted her. She gave him her word and did as promised. But Simon ran away and allegedly attempted to run Olivia over with his car but it later turned out to be Julia who was trying to frame Simon. Dean and Olivia questioned Simon's mother Sharon (who had Alzheimer's) who recognized Olivia but didn't know that she was Joe's daughter. They discovered that Simon had a house in Florida that Joe left him in his will; Dean went to the state of Florida while Olivia researched Joe for closure. It turned out that Simon was in Florida, New York where Julia found him. Julia was going to shoot Simon but while he wrestled the gun away, it went off and hit Julia in the gut. Dean, Elliot and Olivia made it. Olivia figured that Carrie was molested by their father and had a flashback while on a date with Simon; Carrie had just committed suicide 3 days before. It turned out that Julia framed Simon with the recent rape case by planting his hairs on the victim's underwear and told her to identify Simon so he wouldn't rape anyone else. Dean later took Simon with him for help unraveling the mess that Julia had made. Olivia then got into trouble with Internal Affairs for wiring Simon money while he was a fugitive. She was suspended.
Olivia became Sergeant and is the current boss of Special Victims after Don retired
Bad Blood (voice)
A Single Life
Or Just Look Like One
Stocks and Bondage
Russian Love Poem
Amaro's One Eighty