A woman (Virginia Kull)'s screams attract the attention of Detectives Stabler and Tutuola who think that she has been raped. Her partner (Afton Williamson) suspects that the rapist is one of the students from the inner city school where she teaches. However, the teacher accuses someone else (Vondie Curtis-Hall) who happens to be the cousin of Los Angeles DDA Joe Dekker (Terrence Howard). ADA Casey Novak (Diane Neal) returns to challenge Dekker in court. The detectives discover a history of racism involving the victim's family and the suspect's family. When Novak convinces both sides to tell the truth, they learn that the intruder entered the victim's home intending to commit rape before turning back out of guilt. His plan was to get revenge for his mother (Irma P. Hall) who was raped by the teacher's grandfather (Robert Hogan).