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Paranoia 

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The DA's office tries to prosecute a co-ed for brutally murdering her roommate, but the only evidence is a vague confession. However, Dr. Olivet suggests that she may have suffered from paranoia due to her tragic family history.

Director:

Fred Gerber

Writers:

Dick Wolf (created by), Michael S. Chernuchin
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jerry Orbach ... Lennie Briscoe
Benjamin Bratt ... Rey Curtis
S. Epatha Merkerson ... Anita Van Buren
Sam Waterston ... Jack McCoy
Jill Hennessy ... Claire Kincaid
Steven Hill ... Adam Schiff
Sandy Duncan ... Michelle 'Shelly' Kates
Ralph Williams Ralph Williams ... Dean Kirkwood
Carolyn McCormick ... Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Sharon Martin Sharon Martin ... Megan Maslin
Glenn Fitzgerald ... Merril Grupp
Laura Esterman Laura Esterman ... Professor Florence Cooley
Rochelle Oliver ... Judge Grace Larkin
Peter Sarsgaard ... Josh Strand
Peter Pamela Rose ... Trish
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Storyline

Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of a 20 year-old college coed, Allison Reich, who is found stabbed to death in her room. She was stabbed 27 times but was not raped. She was well liked by everyone in the dorm but she may have had a cyber-stalker. Meril Grupp's stories on the Internet are gruesome and when they find Allison's panties in his room, they are sure they have their man. When they catch Allison's roommate Megan Maslin in a lie, they decide to re-question her and arrive in time to prevent her suicide, having taken an overdose of pills. In her semi-conscious state, she admits to the murder. When McCoy learns of an earlier conviction, he knows he is dealing with a very disturbed person. Written by garykmcd

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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1995 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Two of Rey Curtis's daughters are named Olivia and Serena. Four years later Dick Wolf created Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) which stars Detective Olivia Benson, who had a mother named Serena. See more »

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D.A. Adam Schiff: Are you kidding? Shelly' Kates could convince a jury that Jeffrey Dahmer had an eating disorder.
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A bit too generic...
5 June 2011 | by knucklebreatherSee all my reviews

In "Paranoia" we learn that a likable coed has been violently knifed to death in her crowded room with, miraculously, no one noticing. Suspicious quickly falls on a nerdy classmate who wrote violent internet sex stories, possibly inspired by his infatuation with the victim. The detectives even talk to his literature professor, a vapid left-wing parody who thinks internet pornography is great.

This episode also sees the curious resumption of Curtis-the-rookie drama as he fumbles parts of the investigation and has conflicts with Lennie, after a few episodes of being an ideal, seasoned partner.

Eventually, surprise, the initial suspect is ruled out and maybe one of her roommates did it (we're now 6-for-6 in Caucasian bad guys/girls for the season, for those keeping score). The only redeeming element of this episode is the interesting mental illness aspect of the legal plot. Is she crazy? How do you properly prosecute someone who might be nuts? It's an alright story, but the episode as a whole falls a bit flat.


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