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"Responsible"
SVU, Episode 8.18
Production number: 08014
First aired: 3 April 2007
  th of 295 produced in SVU  
th of 295 released in SVU
  th of 1021 released in all  
Novak Responsible
Written By
Allison Intrieri

Directed By
Yelena Lanskaya & David Platt

Plot Edit

When teenager Melanie Tamkin is found dead in the apartment of a vacationing couple, Benson & Stabler are led into the world of underage drinking and high school binge parties. The case takes a twist when one of the teenager's mothers is responsible for providing the alcohol for her daughter's parties and also responsible for sleeping with her daughter's classmate.

Cast Edit

Main cast Edit

Recurring cast Edit

Guest cast Edit

References Edit

Melanie Tamkin; Princeton University; Aspen, Colorado; Hanover Day School; Stonecroft Recovery Center; Tiffany Winston; Michigan; Courier Wines; Camp Fingerlake; Cherry Hall Academy, FaceUnion.com

Quotes Edit

Kathleen: Relax, dad. I don't even like beer.
Stabler: If you did, would you tell me?
Kathleen: No.


Stabler: Guess I'll just have to look at your diary.
Kathleen: Nobody keeps diaries anymore.



Matthew: [on video, intoxicated] That old witch! Where's her broom?
Reagan: Up her butt!
Judge Donnelly: [turns video off] Up my butt? Haul their asses in here.



(Becca Rice has invited Benson and Stabler into her house, and finds Jordan Owens having sex with her mother)

Becca: What are you doing?! She's my mom!
Jordan: She's hot!



Jordan: We're not doing anything wrong.
Stabler: Sure looks wrong to me.



"Your partner's cute. Bet he likes 'em younger."
Lillian Rice


Munch: What's your poison, honey?
Reagan: Go to hell, you dirty old man.
Munch: Who're you calling old?



Stabler: With your record, Judge Donnelly's going a lot harder on you than the other kids.
Jordan: So I gotta be a rat?
Stabler: That, or go to jail.


(Lillian is drinking wine and Detective Stabler enters her home. She walks up very close to him.)

Lillian: Hello, Detective. Would you like a drink?

Stabler: I'm working.

Background information and notes Edit

  • Lillian Rice's attorney says Becca having a .06 blood alcohol level is within the legal limits. It's illegal for minors to have a blood alcohol level past .02.
  • This episode marks the first time that a narrated flashback has ever been used on the show.
  • The airdate for this episode has changed numerous times. Originally slated to air in January or February, the episode was pushed to March 20, and then to March 27, but then rescheduled again.

Episode scene cards Edit

1 2 3 4

Rice Residence
278 East 85th Street
Tuesday, January 9

Arraignment
Part 29
Wednesday, January 10

New York State
Courthouse
Conference Room
Thursday, January 11

Arraignment
Part 29
Thursday, January 11

5 6 7

Stoneycroft
Recovery Center
173 West 74th Street
Saturday, January 13

Trial Part 29
Monday, March 5

Trial Part 29
Tuesday, March 6


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"Sin"
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