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Jason, what have you done? Do you realize what this will do to me? What have you been saying about me? You lied through your teeth, didn't you? You always lie. You're a filthy, lying bastard!
~ Grace trying to cover up sexually abusing her son.

Grace Mayberry is the secondary antagonist of the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode "Pique". She is a wealthy socialite who has sexually abused her son Jason since he was a child, turning into a rapist and murderer.

She was portrayed by the late Margot Kidder.

Biography

Grace is an influential socialite, a member of the wealthy Mayberry family, and the mother of Jason Mayberry. Grace's husband, Jason's father, died when Jason was five, leaving Grace to raise him alone. Grace began molesting Jason when he was a child and forcing him to have sex with her once he reached puberty. Her abuse continued until Jason was well into adulthood, and warped his mind, turning him into a misogynist who takes sadistic pleasure in stabbing women with hat pins and is prone to stalking women. Grace does not care for her son nearly as much as the Mayberry name and her own social standing, and throws money at whatever trouble he gets into to make it go away.

"Pique"

When Jason becomes the main suspect in the rape and murder of his boss, Veronica Tandy, Special Victims Unit detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler question her about his whereabouts. She claims not to know where he is, and implicitly threatens the detectives with legal action. Benson responds by threatening to charge her with obstruction of justice, forcing her to reluctantly give them Jason's address.

While Stabler interrogates Jason, who did indeed murder Veronica, Benson searches Jason's apartment and finds Grace's clothes in his closet. Suspecting that Grace abused Jason, Benson confronts her at her home, asking her why he has his mother's clothes. Grace lies and says that she occasionally sleeps over at his apartment when she is in the city, but Benson points out that there is no need to do that since she lives relatively nearby. Benson then asks Grace point-blank what she did to her son; Grace angrily demands that Benson leave, Benson tells Stabler about the abuse; Stabler then confronts Jason, who breaks down and admits that Grace did indeed abuse him.

Jason is charged with raping and murdering Veronica, and given a high bail. Grace pays it, but berates Jason for ruining her social standing, and calls him "a filthy, lying bastard" to cover up her crimes, Meanwhile, Assistant District Attorney Alexandra Cabot gets a warrant to search Grace's home, hoping to find the knife Jason used to kill Veronica; she also hopes to charge Grace in connection with the murder, reasoning that Grace's sexual abuse of her son turned him into the violent predator who committed the crime.

When Cabot, Benson, and Stabler arrive at Grace's house, however, they find a gruesome scene - Jason, naked and covered in blood, lying in bed next to Grace's naked, mutilated corpse, It is revealed that, after bailing Jason out of jail, Grace had taken Jason back to her house and had sex with him, the final straw that provoked him to stab her to death.

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