The episode starts with Myra, a graduate school student, claims she was raped. She tell the officers that she was raped by a man named Ron, one of her professors. When Ron is brought in for questioning, he tells Detective Stabler and Benson that the sex was consensual. When asked about all the bruises and marks all over Myra's body, Ron said she asked him to do that. Ron says he did not want to do it, and when he refused Myra would drag her nails across his back and arms until she drew blood. At that point he want it to be done, so he choked her and man handled her as she wanted.
When Doubt got towards the end of the episode, they were in court. Both side pleading there case. The lawyers going back in froth pointing there fingers at both party's. Then came the verdict. The jury foreman was asked to read what the jury decision is. The foreman reads "We find the defendant..." The show ends and the credits role.
The whole idea behind this was to make the viewers come up with there own opinion of what the verdict should be. After the episode aired, NBC put up a poll for viewers to vote on what they thought the verdict would have been. 60% of viewers voted for the side of the professor and a not guilty verdict. 20% said that the student was raped and the professor was guilty. Leaving 20% unsure not knowing who they wanted to side with.
This is a great episode even though it drove me crazy not knowing what the verdict was. When they showed the foreman getting ready to read it, I was at the edge of my seat fully focused on the TV. Lets just say there was a little bit of yelling and hair pulling when the credits hit. I could not believe that they would do that to there viewers. It drove me crazy, and its just a TV show. In my opinion the verdict should have been ........