The Season 18 episode, which harkens again from the times of our beloved ADA Barba (Raúl Esparza), has been making the rounds as soon as once more, so hold studying for a full debrief on Declan Trask, and every thing you might want to find out about “Spellbound.”
What occurred to Declan Trask?
The day after Abby (Kristen Hager) goes to the loft condo of famend non secular healer Declan Trask, she’s within the SVU places of work together with her boyfriend Steven (Sam Edgerly) telling Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Amanda Rollins (Kelli Giddish) that she’s been raped.
As she recounts the occasions of the evening earlier than, she explains that she went to Declan’s loft for an costly night of self-discovery together with many different New Yorkers, throughout which attendees have been supplied with Ayahuasca. Abby did not take any, feeling nervous to take action and says she went to the adjoining yoga room to attempt to meditate and heart herself.
Whereas she was in there, she says, Declan got here in and gave her water — after which level she began feeling extremely woozy and heavy, and not had management of her physique. Declan then raped her, she says. Abby will get a tox display screen carried out along with her rape package, and it comes again unfavorable, which means that Declan did not drug her, because the cops had initially thought.
It seems that what he did was hypnotize her, a tactic to coerce and rape girls, we study, that Declan makes use of typically. Drawback is, the one different one that’s ever come ahead in opposition to Declan, who occurs to be tremendous highly effective and related in New York, is one Rachel Sykes (Whitney Bashor), who has died by the point Abby’s trial begins.
The second drawback is Barba’s terrified that the jury is not going to purchase a hypnosis protection, particularly as a result of Declan recorded your complete encounter, throughout which Abby may be heard agreeing to intercourse.
On the 11th hour, nonetheless, Barba and Benson work out a approach to save the day. It seems that Declan has been beforehand arrested as soon as earlier than, and that the arresting officer is keen to testify within the case and utterly undo any credibility that his protection workforce has constructed.
In the end, the plan works and Declan is discovered responsible of rape.
And whereas that is primarily excellent news, it isn’t all optimistic for Abby, who was made to learn an intimate e mail about her relationship issues with Steven in court docket by Declan’s lawyer. Within the e mail, she mainly says that she’s feeling in a rut in her relationship and needs to discover and be free, which the protection is attempting to construe as proof that Abby wished intercourse with Declan within the first place.
Fully past himself after having supported his girlfriend because the rape occurred, Steven leaves the courtroom inconsolable. On the finish of the episode, Abby says she nonetheless hasn’t heard from him within the three days since. To consolation her, Olivia presents Abby a few of her sage relationship recommendation.