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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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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Olivia talks about a web site she has seen that gives teenager girls advice on how to become "anorectic". An anorectic is a drug that suppresses appetite. Olivia presumably meant to say "anorexic", referring to the eating disorder. See more »


Doctor Amy Solway: [through a translator] I help people who don't want to suffer anymore.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: The truth is you don't know who they are, do you? They're just names on a computer screen.
Doctor Amy Solway: Stop! They're in pain, I know what pain is! I live with it every day. You don't! How can you judge me? How can you judge them?
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Featured in The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards (2004) See more »

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A Difficult subject
24 February 2017 | by mloesselSee all my reviews

Assisted suicide is a very difficult topic to deal with no easy answer or resolve. Our culture does not support anyone taking their life and has little tolerance when someone assists someone to do the same.Marlee Matlin and Richard Belzer do superb work in their respective roles. The story movies at a good pace keeping your attention to the very end.

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