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|Production number: 07020|
First aired: 16 May 2006
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After a bipolar teen crashes her car in a suicide attempt, a rock star campaigns for her right to refuse medication.
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.
Main cast Edit
- Christopher Meloni as Detective Elliot Stabler
- Mariska Hargitay as Detective Olivia Benson
- Richard Belzer as Detective John Munch
- Diane Neal as A.D.A. Casey Novak
- Ice-T as Detective Odafin Tutuola
- B.D. Wong as Dr. George Huang
- Tamara Tunie as Dr. Melinda Warner
- Dann Florek as Captain Donald Cragen
Recurring cast Edit
- Peter Riegert as Attorney Chauncey Zeirko
- Stephen Gregory as Dr. Kyle Beresford
- Jill Marie Lawrence as Attorney Cleo Conrad
- Tom O'Rourke as Judge Mark Seligman
- Audrie J. Neenan as Judge Lois Preston
- Caren Browning as CSU Captain Judith Siper
- William H. Burns as Officer Robbins
Guest cast Edit
- Brittany Snow as Jamie Hoskins
- Jeff McCarthy as Mr. Hoskins
- Marsha Dietlein as Mrs. Hoskins
- James Murtaugh as Dr. Porterman
- Norman Reedus as Derek Lord
- Ron Scott as Malcolm Shaw
- Chris Lindsay-Abaire as Barbara Collins
- Teddy Cañez as Mr. Ramirez
- John Sutherland as Danny Morrison
- Brandon Gill as Cameron Shaw
- Stella Maeve as Leslie Sweeney
- Zachary Booth as Trevor Olsen
- Jackie Judd as Herself
- Bus Howard as Janitor
- Brianna Shea Russo as Girl
- Jeremy Chu as Boy #1
- Brandon Kelley as Boy #2
- Keisha Alfred as Reporter #1
- Devyn Rush as Katherine
- Thomas Hoyt Godfrey as Foreperson
- 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
Trial Part 53
Trial Part 53
Trial Part 53
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