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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


Mental-health issues are explored during a case that starts off as a possible rape involving students at a preparatory high school where sexual experimentation is the norm.

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 medication.

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.

Cast Edit

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References Edit

Quotes Edit

Derek Lord: Psychiatry is a corrupt instrument of social control. 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.


Derek Lord: They strap you down to a special table that flips over. So that you don't choke on your own vomit. Then they inject you with a muscle relaxant. Then they tape electrodes to your forehead and then turn up the juice. When your toes starts twitching, that means you're having a major convulsion, which is what they want. It's what they call "healing".
Casey Novak: Why did they do this procedure?
Derek Lord: Because...they said I was psychotic depressive.
Casey Novak: And, in fact, didn't you attempt suicide three weeks prior to your parents committing you?
Derek Lord: It was a mistake.
Casey Novak: You took enough pills to cause permanent brain damage.
Derek Lord: And the cure for that was for them to pass huge amounts of electric current through my brain. ECT fried my memory. Huge chunks of my childhood gone! It was painful, dehumanizing torture. I'll never know how much damage they did to me.
Casey Novak: That sounds like a terrible ordeal. But tell me, after you got out of the hospital, did you ever attempt suicide again?
Derek Lord: No.
Casey Novak: And now you're a rich, successful musician with millions of fans. Isn't it possible that psychiatric didn't ruin your life...it saved it?


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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