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"Influence"
SVU, Episode 7.22
Production number: 07020
First aired: 16 May 2006
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Derek Lord
Written By
Ian Biederman

Directed By
Norberto Barba


After a bipolar teen crashes her car in a suicide attempt, a rock star campaigns for her right to refuse medication.

Plot Edit

After teenager Jamie Hoskins accuses two of her classmates of rape, it is later proved that it was consensual. After the truth is found out, Jamie attempts suicide as she mows down 9 pedestrians with her car. The detectives discover that Jamie is bipolar and off her medication.

Jamie is charged with murder and then later released on her own recognizance after she agrees to stay on her medication. Soon after, rock star Derek Lord (who is known for his negative views on psychology) becomes involved in Jamie's case and Jamie stops taking her meds.

As Jamie insists on listening to Derek Lord's advice not to take medication or take a deal, Novak has no choice but to take her case to trial. During the trial, Jamie stops taking her medication and is forced back on them. When Benson visits her, she is upset but somewhat more open to reason, finally accepting that her parents are the ones that care about her rather than Derek and she reveals what caused him to be sympathetic to her and her to believe in him: he was committed to a psychiatric institution as a child and had electro-convulsive therapy which destroyed a chunk his memories.

Novak brings this up at trial along with the fact that it seemed to have helped him as he stopped trying to kill himself and is now a very successful man. Jamie is found guilty of vehicular manslaughter, but Novak promises to ask to have her sentenced as a juvenile which would result in her being committed to a residential psychiatric facility.

Novak later reveals the source of her strong convictions during the case to Benson: she was once engaged to a man who was eventually diagnosed with schizophrenia and she couldn't handle it, broke off the engagement and last she heard he was homeless, leaving her with guilt that she didn't help him.

Summary Edit

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Cast Edit

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References Edit

Bipolar Disorder, Anti-Depressants

Quotes Edit

Casey Novak: Did you attempt suicide again after you left the hospital?
Derek Lord: No.
Casey Novak: And you're a famous rockstar with millions of dollars.  Isn't it possible that psyciatic theraphy didn't just improve your life but may in fact have saved it.


Derek Lord: And no offense, Ms. Novak, but you're a lawyer.
Casey Novak: And you're a rock star. So you'll understand if I don't defer to your expertise on the subject.


Background information and notes Edit

  • Derek Lord's rants on psychiatry are based on actor Tom Cruise's rants on Brooke Shields seeking treatment for her postpartum depression.

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3

Lanchester Preparatory
318 East 82nd Street
Monday, March 13

Technical Assistance
Response Unit
Tuesday, March 14

Arraignment
Part 22
Friday, March 17

4 5 6

Trial Part 53
Tuesday, April 11

Trial Part 53
Tuesday, April 11

Trial Part 53
Thursday, April 13


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