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Law & Order character
Dr. Rebecca Hendrix
First appearance Weak
Last appearance Philadelphia
Portrayed by Mary Stuart Masterson

Dr. Rebecca Hendrix is a fictional character on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit portrayed by Mary Stuart Masterson.[1]

Appearances and biographyEdit

The character of Rebecca Hendrix appeared in three episodes in Season 6 (Weak, Contagious and Identity), in lieu of George Huang, who was on special assignment with the FBI in Washington, D.C. Mary Stuart Masterson was filling in for B.D. Wong while he appeared on the play Pacific Overtures.[2] She then appeared on the Season 7 episode Ripped and finally on the Season 8 episode Philadelphia.

Dr. Rebecca Hendrix is a former police officer who became a psychiatrist and worked at the Bellevue hospital. She's helped the SVU team in several cases by interviewing victims of sexual assault.

Hendrix and Olivia Benson were in the police academy together, but the former left to pursue a career in psychiatry. In the episode Weak, when Stabler asked Benson to talk to Hendrix about cutting them some slack on their case, saying they were friends and Hendrix was a cop, Benson was quick to correct him saying "She's a former cop", that they went to the Academy together but that two years later Hendrix decided "her time was better spent shrinking heads". Olivia also said she doubted the psychiatrist knew "what they're up against".

Benson and Hendrix disagreed several times during Weak. At one point Olivia said their schizophrenic victim, Miranda, who was missing, should have been kept in the hospital. Hendrix argued that they couldn't force her, that she was allowed to check herself out unless a court compelled her to stay. Olivia said that's the problem with the mental health profession - that they medicate people long enough so they can be cut loose and that then nobody monitors them. "They go off their meds and the next thing you know they either become the victim of a crime or they commit one. Either way, we have to clean up your mess." Hendrix then asked Olivia if her solution was "locking them up", to which Olivia replied, "If it keeps them safe, yes". Hendrix then said that she left the job because she got sick of locking them up, that she'd rather treat the criminals and help the victims. Olivia finally asked her if she thought Miranda was being helped now on the streets.

Throughout Weak Stabler sided with Hendrix several times instead of backing his partner's play, which clearly bothered Olivia, and later on, when he asked his partner what her problem was with Rebecca, once again stating she was a cop, Olivia said Rebecca "didn't think that being a cop was good enough, so she quit". Stabler responded by accusing Benson of having an inferiority complex, to which she replied, "You know, I get that you're on the rebound and all but if you could keep it out of work that'd be great".

On Identity Hendrix once again helped the SVU squad on the case of a couple of teenage twins, Logan and Lindsay, who were involved in a crime. They were born in Bellevue, so Rebecca pulled their medical files and told Casey she might wanna subpoena them, stating that even though she couldn't say the twins were at risk, "there are several red flags". Casey insisted she needed to know specifics or she'd be going on a fishing expedition, so Hendrix agreed to tell her what was "not in them". She said she had never come across anything like this, that entire chunks had been redacted. Casey then asked her to order the complete files, but Rebecca said she couldn't do that because their therapist pulled her off their case as soon as they were admitted, and that she'd already overstepped her bounds by reviewing the medical records. Casey then said that if there was a case she'd have tainted it, but Hendrix said she had to find out why they were seeing that particular therapist, who's a sex therapist.

Later, Hendrix ended up telling Lindsay what the records said, that she was actually born a boy, and the twins' psychiatrist, Dr. Blair, said he'd report her conduct to the medical review board. He threatened her saying "You're finished". Hendrix's last scene in the episode showed her in her office, packing her things. She told Elliot and Olivia it seemed she'd "lost her privileges" at the hospital, and that that'd give her time to prepare her for the hearing over her license. When Elliot told her she did the right thing, she then told him, "for a cop".

Dr. Hendrix's next appearance was in the Season 7 episode Ripped, that saw Stabler working on a case involving the son of a cop named Breslin, who used to be his partner. During a scene in the courtroom's bathroom, where Breslin was beating up his son, Elliot broke them up, but ended up losing control and beating Breslin pretty bad. He then went to see Hendrix in what appeared to be her home, and talked to her about it and they dug pretty deep into his past.

Hendrix's last appearance to date was in the Season 8 episode Philadelphia, where Captain Cragen, worried Elliot and Olivia might be too close, submitted them to a psychological evaluation, which was conducted by Hendrix. She interviewed the partners separately and then told Cragen "Detectives Benson and Stabler have a degree of mutual reliance, an emotional dependence, that compromises their effectiveness as police officers". "They're too close". When Cragen asked her if she recommended he split them up she replied, "If you want to lose your two best detectives".

ReceptionEdit

The role was a major one for the actress. As Mike Barry writes, "Masterson is perhaps best known for playing Dr. Rebecca Hendrix between 2004 and 2007 on NBC's Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "MARY STUART MASTERSON REPRISES ROLE AS DR. REBECCA HENDRIX ON 'SVU'," The Futon Critic (10.10.05).
  2. [1]
  3. Mike Barry, "Films Are the Stars," Anton News (July 11, 2008).


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