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Housekeepers discover a woman, Christina Nerrit, hand-cuffed to a bed, with a plastic bag over her head, near death. Detectives investigate the crime, believing it to be a rape/attempted ... See full summary »


Juan José Campanella (as Juan J. Campanella)


Dick Wolf (created by), Jonathan Greene


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Detective Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Diane Neal ... Casey Novak
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Marlee Matlin ... Dr. Amy Solwey
Karen Young ... Christina Nerrit
John Cullum ... Barry Moredock
Robert LuPone ... Brooks Harmon
Heather Tom ... Dr. Solwey's Assistant
Annie Campbell ... Allison Nerrit
Stephanie Feyne Stephanie Feyne ... Court Interpreter
Peter Appel ... Marvin Friedman


Housekeepers discover a woman, Christina Nerrit, hand-cuffed to a bed, with a plastic bag over her head, near death. Detectives investigate the crime, believing it to be a rape/attempted murder, but evidence soon lead them to a more bizarre scenario involving the terminally ill, and a suicide-support website. When Christina dies mysteriously while recovering in the hospital, and it is determined that she died from a self-inflicted overdose of insulin that had to have been brought to her from outside the hospital, it changes the focus of the investigation again. The right to ends ones own life, and the culpability of someone assisting a suicide, becomes a hot topic when trying to decide who gets punished for what. Amy Solway, a terminally ill doctor, and owner of the Suicide Train website, is found to be the person who brought Christina the insulin, and is charged in her death, leaving it up to a jury to decide her fate. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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27 April 2004 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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Peter Hermann met Mariska Hargitay on the set of "Painless," and they married in August 2004. See more »


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Dr. George Huang: [about Amy Solway] The irony is that her website gives her a reason to live.
Det. John Munch: Playing God with people's lives? She's like Kevorkian.
Odafin 'Fin' Tutuola: Come on, Munch. All the stuff you whine about, don't tell me you haven't once thought about hanging it up.
Det. John Munch: I believe life's worth living.
Elliot Stabler: Amen.
Olivia Benson: I don't know. If I had something like Huntington's Disease and all I had to look forward to was a long, horrible death, I can't say I wouldn't think about suicide.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: [to Olivia] Moredock will try to stack the jury with people ...
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Featured in The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004) See more »

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Assisted Suicide
13 October 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Marlee Matlin guest stars in this SVU episode where she plays a doctor who has a website to assist potential suicides. Sometime this woman makes house calls which gets the SVU squad involved.

Richard Belzer takes center stage in this episode, we learn here that Detective Munch's own father took his life which might account for some of the issues that Belzer has. The squad comes to the aid of a woman who was trying to take her own life as they determined. When she's successful a second time the investigation leads to Matlin who has a terminal illness involving kidney failure which has a side symptom of deafness.

Matlin's performance overwhelms the story plot which does have a few holes in it. Here she is a successful doctor overcoming her handicaps even her short term life span which might be prolonged with a kidney transplant, but instead she helps people die. It really doesn't compute all that well.

Still for both Matlin and Belzer you might check this episode out.

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