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SVU, Episode 11.04
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First aired: 14 October 2009
  th of 366 produced in SVU  
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Exec. ADA Paxton Hammered
Written By
Dawn DeNoon

Directed By
Peter Leto

Plot Edit

After a night of heavy drinking, Dalton Rindell wakes up to a bloody apartment, a terrible cut on his head and a dead woman in his bed. Unable to recall the night before, Dalton immediately calls the police. Detectives Benson and Stabler suspect the crime is the result of a deadly love triangle; however Dalton does not recognize the victim. After questioning Dalton and the victim’s family and friends, Benson and Stabler are provided with leads in several different directions. Unsure which lead to follow, the two detectives decide to return to the bar where the night began in order to piece together the gruesome truth.

Summary Edit

Episode summary

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

Guest cast Edit

References Edit

Audrey Hale; R-T Development; Clarissa Hale; Operation Save & Deliver; Westside Women's Health Clinic; West Falls Lounge; Serena Benson

Quotes Edit

Dalton: She's drunk.
Paxton: Wha...Excuse me?
Dalton: She's drunk!
Paxton: Excuse me Dalton, did you say something to me?
Dalton: Trust me, I would know.
Kressler: Your Honor, this is outrageous.
Paxton: Oh, what's your problem, you tiny little man? Hey, Dalton...
Judge Moredock: Miss Paxton!
Paxton: Huh?
Judge Moredock: Have you been drinking?
Paxton: No. N-n-n-n-n-no not at all. I was just up all night preparing--
Dalton: What, drinks?
Paxton: No, I was going over Detective Benson’s testimony with her. Ask her.
Judge Moredock: Bailiff, get Detective Benson over here. And have her bring a Breathalyzer.

(Benson has been asked to give Paxton a Breathalyzer test in front of a whole courtroom)

Paxton: Olivia... please don't do this to me...
Benson: You did this to yourself. Now blow.

Captain Cragen: (to Benson and Stabler) Now what part of taking a killer-rapist on a field trip sounded like a good idea?
Munch: Dalton wasn't technically under arrest...
Captain Cragen: Zip it, John. They are perfectly capable of making their own half-assed excuses.

  • Stabler: That woman was a walking clusterf-
  • (he halts as he sees Paxton walk in)
  • Paxton: That's probably how I would've put it. Except I wouldn't have censored myself.

Background information and notes Edit

  • This will mark the last appearance of Christine Lahti as ADA Sonya Paxton until Turmoil.
  • This marks the first time onscreen that Olivia visits her mother's grave after learning her mother's death back in Taken and understand the cause of her death in Intoxicated.
  • The case has some elements ripped from the headlines of the abortion doctor, Dr. George Tiller, murdered in his church.
  • ADA Sonya Paxton's fender-bender excuse is based on Vegas Defense lawyer, Joe Caramagno showing up late to court. The Judge declared a mistrial after a breathalyzer test was administered. His story starts out as a fender-bender, but keeps getting more improbable as he explains.

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4

Mercy General Hospital
365 West 32nd Street
Thursday, July 30

R-T Developers
1494 Sixth Avenue
Thursday, July 30

Residence of
Linda Peters
129 West 23rd Street
Thursday, July 30

154 East 57th Street
Friday, July 31

5 6 7 8

Supreme Court
Frye Hearing
Part 67
Monday, August 10

Supreme Court
Trial Part 67
Wednesday, September 2

Supreme Court
Trial Part 67
Thursday, September 3

Supreme Court
60 Centre Street
Thursday, September 3

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