“Law & Order: SVU” has had a lot of hard-to-watch episodes over its 23 years, but one in particular from season 15 threw fans for a loop and hasn’t stopped. That would be “Dissonant Voices,” which guest-starred Broadway veteran Billy Porter as Jackie Walker, TV personality and Pre-K music teacher.
The episode was full of dark twists and turns, and following Jackie Walker’s case as he was accused of molesting his students. The stories didn’t match up, but Benson, Amaro, and attorney Pippa Cox were convinced of his guilt. Rollins and later Fin seemed to be the only ones who had doubts.
“Law & Order: SVU” fans recently gathered on Reddit to discuss the episode and their reactions. “Anyone else hate this episode?” the original post asked. “This is so messed up what they did to him.”
In the episode, it is later revealed that the sisters of the young boys accusing Walker were coaching them the entire time. They accused him of molesting them and others because Walker dropped them from his music program. They were furious, and wanted to get back at him. But the squad couldn’t see past the potential child rapist aspect. They were blind to the maliciousness of teenage girls.
“I had the feeling that Liv’s recent trauma with Lewis blinded her to how the girls were obviously lying and telling the same story verbatim,” one fan commented. This episode comes after the William Lewis arc, where Benson was kidnapped and tortured. “I felt like it was waayy obvious to the audience but for some reason not to Liv?” Rollins even makes a note of what Benson is going through, and how that could cloud her judgement.
‘Law & Order: SVU’: Fans Weigh in On Troubling Episode
In the end of the episode, the squad reveals to Walker that they got it wrong, and that they would clear his name. One fan held the team accountable, writing, “That was some of the worst case work the squad ever did. They ruined that guy’s life becaus[e] they were so determined for him to be guilty.”
Jackie Walker leaves the precinct disgraced. He tells them his life is over, and that he’ll never teach again. To top it all off, the two girls who set him up only got one year probation; they refused to testify against each other, and their brothers were too young to testify.
“Dissonant Voices” is definitely a hard “Law & Order: SVU” to watch. Two teenage girls completely ruined a man’s career, with the help of the NYPD, all because they were angry with him. That just goes to show how vindictive people can be when they don’t get their way.