Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 6 Episode 23

Goliath

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 24, 2005 on NBC
8.4
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After the wife of a police officer claims her husband raped her, Benson and Stabler arrest the man and come close to believing his version of events when he attacks his captain. When another officer murders his wife and attempts to kill himself that same night, the whole force gets involved and soon realises that the two men both recently returned home from Afghanistan, where they were given the drug Quinium, an anti-malarial. With the reluctant help of reporter Sherm Hempell and a base doctor with an attack of conscience, Novak takes on the U.S. army. Stabler has trouble with the case because of his history in the marines.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • In a case of rape and homicide, where does the Army come in? When they're dispensing the drugs that warp soldiers' minds! Casey Novak takes on the U.S. Army in a revealing episode.moreless

    9.0
    The finale to season six, Goliath is an odd episode filled with the normal SVU topics of sexual abuse and murder, as well as an unexpected twist. It turns out that the murders/rapes committed by two U.S. soldiers was influenced by a drug given to them by the U.S. Army to cure malaria. This case hits close for Detective Stabler, a Desert Storm veteran. In a emotional scene, he confronts Casey about life away from home; this may influence Casey to work more diligently. It may also be that her father, another man to serve his country, is the driving force behind her determination to prosecute those who dispensed the drug, even when they were aware of the sometimes fatal side effects.



    It is also good to see some police-media interaction, which is usually not shown in most episodes. Rarely are the media ever an aid to the detectives, but in this case, they are essential. An all-around good episode.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    7.0
    When a string of domestic abuse situations involving NYPD officers are reported to the Special Victims Unit, Detectives Benson and Stabler piece the information together to see if there is a common thread. They find one when they determine that both NYPD officers served in the US Army and were both giving an anti malaria drug with had severe side effects.



    This was a decent episode. The fact that the Detectives had to fight against the government got a little boring, because everyone knows that you really cannot take on the government. But I have to say that one of my favorite lines from ADA Casey Novak was in this episode, when she admits that she sent a subpoena to Donald Rumsfeld.moreless
  • Shows Casey\'s true colours

    8.5
    This episode covers the side-effects of an anti-malerial drug known as Quinium. Lots of government conspiracy and more so an \'Order\' show. Dissappointing not to see more of Munch government conspiracy being his forte and all but Novak does a superb job. Personally bewing an Alex fan this is the first time Casey proved her dedication and passion for her job. Her tears in front of the Grand Jury and information about her father show that behind the faade she feels and cares about things other than winning. An excellent episode and shows a true insight into the way situations have a tendancy to screw you over no matter how hard you try.moreless
  • I heart Casey Novak!!! Awesome episode!

    10
    OMG, words cannot express how much I absolutely adored this episode!!! It was so amazing! At first I was so perplexed, how could these two suicides be related? But then we learned about the Quinium drug. It was so creepy to see that guy, well both of the guys, and their suicides. I loved how Casey got so involved and went to see that doctor. And then she supenaed (ugh, I can't spell) all the stuff from the army and they sent her like 500 boxes. She has some pluck, getting the whole grand jury, and watching her panic when the guy up there changed his whole story... Diane Neal was amazing. But that guy... ugh, he was so annoying, though I guess the army is more to blame... What a great episode!!! I loved it! If only for Munch's evil twin theory, haha!moreless
  • Casey was more involved!! I like it!!

    10
    This was a really good season finale. I like how Casey was really involved. They should do more episodes like that. She didn't give up. This episode was well written. Great example of a good season finale. Keep up the good work!!! I think it was well written because the plot was nerve wracking and exciting. You didn't know how many more soldiers would show signs of have taking that grug Quinium. I still think they should do more episodes where Diane Neal is really involved with the case because I think she ROXX!moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

John Dossett

John Dossett

Dr. P. Trainer

Guest Star

Jon Bernthal

Jon Bernthal

Sherm Hempell

Guest Star

Julian Gamble

Julian Gamble

Koehler

Guest Star

Fred Dalton Thompson

Fred Dalton Thompson

DA Arthur Branch

Recurring Role

Joel de la Fuente

Joel de la Fuente

TARU Tech Ruben Morales

Recurring Role

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: While approaching the fish market, Munch mentions to Tutuola that he worked in the market as a kid and made good money there. John Munch grew up in Baltimore as was explained in Homicide: Life on the Streets, not New York City. The episode "Kaddish" explored his past growing up in Baltimore when a girl he had a crush on in high school was murdered.

    • Casey Novak's father served in Vietnam as 'a door gunner on a Huey [UH-1 helicopter]'.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • (Casey enters the squad room with a newspaper.)
      Casey Novak: Take a look at this.
      Don Cragen: Yeah, we've seen it.
      Casey Novak: So has Arthur Branch, meaning I'll be a special kind of pain in your ass until this is sufficiently explained.

    • Casey Novak: Do you believe Quinium to be a safe drug?
      Dr. P. Trainer: Ms. Novak, what we have not discussed is the fact that malaria is a highly deadly disease. It kills over two million people worldwide every year. Every twelve seconds a child dies from malaria.
      (Casey shakes head sadly.)
      Casey Novak: That's very sad Dr. Trainer. You didn't even attempt to answer my question.

    • Casey Novak: We had a shot at changing things, making them listen, making them stop. I don't understand why you didn't come to me, I could have helped you. And when the truth came out, they never could have touched you.
      Dr. P. Trainer: Ms. Novak, you are very young, and that is not the way the world works.

    • Elliot Stabler: What the hell's all this?
      (Looking at the columns of boxes in Casey's office.)
      Casey Novak: U.S. army's version of 'bury me in paper', their response to my subpoenas.

    • Olivia Benson: Are you sleeping with him?
      Officer Kristin Vaill: Let me be very clear, Detective Benson. I'd be more inclined to have an affair with you.
      Olivia Benson: Got it.

    • Arthur Branch: Conference room, NOW!
      Elliot Stabler: What's that about?
      Casey Novak: Oh, probably just another of the subpoenas I sent out.
      Elliot Stabler: For what?
      Casey Novak: Donald Rumsfeld.

    • Dr. P. Trainer: Of the four drugs that work, three have to be taken daily. Quiniam is once a week. Easier to make sure soldiers take it.
      Casey Novak: When they're not killing themselves.

    • Tommy Callahan: I've been having these dreams.
      Dr. George Huang: About what?
      Tommy Callahan: Weird stuff. Peoples' faces turning into monsters' faces. Spiders coming out of my hands.

    • (Officers Myers has shot his wife and has a gun to his head)
      Officer Myers: IT'S NOT ME!

    • Fin Tutuola: Callahan's either a great guy or an unpredictable bastard, depending on who you talk to.
      Olivia Benson: That's helpful.
      Fin Tutuola: It's better than Munch's "evil twin" theory.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Quinium is not a real drug (likely it is the writers' version of Quinine). There is, however, an anti-malarial drug called Lariam that has been linked to psychosis, suicidal feelings and other dangerous side effects.

  • ALLUSIONS (4)

    • Sherm Hempell: Mulder, Scully.

      It is a reference to the federal agents from The X-Files, a sci-fi show that ran on FOX from 1993 to 2002.

    • Sherm Hempell: See how far the rabbit hole goes, as they say.
      An obvious Alice in Wonderland reference that is often used to describe strange events.

    • Sherman Hempell: Quinium is the new Agent Orange.
      Agent Orange was a defoliant that was widely used in Vietnam to thin out the jungle so the VC would have fewer hiding places. It contains dioxin and has been linked to cancer, birth defects and other health problems.

    • Casey Novak: Did you ever take a drug called Quinium?
      Officer Myers: Yeah. Manic Mondays.
      "Manic Monday" was a popular song by The Bangles from the 1980s.

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