Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 7 Episode 22

Influence

3
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 16, 2006 on NBC
8.2
out of 10
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167 votes
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Episode Summary

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An unstable woman stops taking medication and mows down 10 people with her car; a former rock star wages an anti-psychiatric drug campaign.

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  • Ticked Me Off

    2.0
    This episode really ticked me off. Detective Olivia Benson and District Attorney Casey Novak showed too much sympathy for the girl who cried rape and mowed down pedestrians which killed a little girl. Then they showed their outrage when the male rock star who recomends people to not take their meds and wished they can try him. What hypocrites and sexists for showing their feminist outrage. The only one who was right was Captain Cragen who told off Casey Novak that her butt will be on the line just as well as his. Had the writers made it about a boy who went off his medications they would know the viewers will be morally outraged. It was later revealed that Casey was once engaged to a man who became a schizophenic and in the later episode Blinded Olivia Benson was outraged at Casey for showing sympathy to a man who attacked Stabler.moreless
  • Infuriating episode

    1.0
    They desperately need to fire whoever wrote this, being bipolar does not in any capacity excuse someone from ruining innocent people's lives with lies and it absolutely does not ever in any capacity excuse the slow painful death of a little girl. Watching Benson and Novak softball this girl after all of the lives she destroyed was so infuriating I couldn't make it past a little over thirty minutes in. The worst part is though that you absolutely know that if it had been a guy and not a girl who committed all of the crimes not only would they not take bipolar as an excuse Benson and Novak would be chomping at the bit to put a needle in his arm personally. The solitary reason Im giving this a one because zero isn't an option.moreless
  • Girl cries rape whose on pills.

    3.1
    I was very disappointed to say the least with this episode. Not only was I suprised that they chose this as the season finale, but it was a MAJOR snoozer. Although I eventually finished the episode (from recording it), I couldn't bare to watch anymore after about 15 minutes. I never felt excited, partially interested, anxious or all of the above. A girl cries rape. Then, the detectives find out that the girl really wasn't raped and is on medication... then it just goes down hill from there. Sometimes a feel as if the writers will just accept any story line. I don't know what they were thinking!moreless
  • Great season finale! Love the Tom Cruise reference!!

    10
    This was a really good way to end the season! I love spoof of Tom Cruise and his scientology-saves-all and Derek freaking out at the interviewer (à la Tom to Matt Laurer). But the controversy did make an interesting episode. I think Casey’s take on the case was smart. I loved when she was questioning Derek… burn after burn after burn!! I’d love to see Tom Cruise in a situation like that :P! And we learned a bit about Casey’s past, which helped her in the case. Here’s to a great season, and I hope the next is even better!moreless
  • WHAT A COMPLETE WASTE OF TIME!!! THIS IS SUCH A STUPID IDIOTIC EXCUSE FOR A SEASON FINALE. THIS EPISODE REALLY SUCKED AND THE PLOT WAS EVEN MUCH WORSE

    2.1
    I REALLY hated this episode. It is ABSOLUTELY the WORST SVU episode EVER. VERY lame script, VERY bad acting and annoying characters and VERY crappy flip images. I SERIOUSLY did not find this episode enjoyable and it should not have been the season 7 finale. Once again we sit through another CRAPPY episode about Benson playing AUNTIE to a girl with a mental illness and recieved too much screentime, however Novak played BIG SISTER too this mentally ill girl and also recieved some good screentime. Girl REALLY loses virginity because she DANGEROUSLY stopped taking her meds for bipolar because of some stupid idiotic dumb ass rock star named DEREK LORD. He was NOTHING but a LOW-LIFE WANNABE who wants become FAMOUS. GIVE ME A BREAK!!!

    I SERIOUSLY could not sit through this SO-CALLED PIECE of GARBAGE SEASON FINALE.



    DO ME A BIG FAVOR, EVERYONE: Please do not waste your time

    with this episode, watch DEMONS, DESIGN, 911, RAW, NAME, STARVED, STORM, BLAST, GONE, CLASS, VENOM or WEB instead of this RUBBISH.moreless
BD Wong

BD Wong

Dr. George Huang

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Norman Reedus

Norman Reedus

Derek Lord

Guest Star

Brittany Snow

Brittany Snow

Jamie Hoskins

Guest Star

Ron Scott

Ron Scott

Malcolm Shaw

Guest Star

William H. Burns

William H. Burns

Officer Robbins

Recurring Role

Peter Riegert

Peter Riegert

Chauncey Zeirko

Recurring Role

Stephen Gregory

Stephen Gregory

Dr. Kyle Beresford

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Goof: When Benson arrives that accident and exits her car, you can clearly see that Mariska Hargitay is very pregnant. The light blue shirt and open coat fail to conceal the actress' unscripted pregnancy.

    • Nitpick: During the course of the investigation of Jamie's claim of rape, the detectives find more and more evidence both forensic (wax on the back of the boys' shirts) and technical (the video of her willingly going into the bathroom) that support the boys' claim of consensual sex and discredits Jamie's claim of rape. Yet Casey states that she will have to continue with the case, regardless of all this exculpatory evidence because Jamie is sticking to her story. Not only is this legally untrue and likely to end in an acquittal, it actually opens up the possibility of lawsuits against the DA's office for malicious prosecution and possible legal sanctions (such as what happened with the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case DA Mike Nifong.)

    • At the end of the episode, Casey shows Olivia a picture of her and her ex-fiance, Charlie. The guy in the picture is Diane Neal's real-life husband, Marcus Fitzgerald.

    • The play the students are rehearsing at the beginning of the episode is William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. The scene taking place is between the characters Katharina and Petruchio in Scene II, when they meet for the first time.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • John Munch: When I was a kid, girls who had sex were afraid of being called sluts. Now they're auditioning for the title.

    • (Derek Lord is lecturing Casey on psychiatry.)
      Derek Lord: No offense, Ms. Novak, but you're a lawyer.
      Casey Novak: And you're a rock star. So you'll excuse me if I don't defer to your expertise on the subject.

    • Casey Novak: It's easy to judge mental illness if you've never had to deal with it yourself.

    • Olivia Benson: You're not crazy, Jamie. You have an illness, like diabetes or migraine headaches. You take medication and you get better.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • This episode also seems to be ripped from the Lizzie Grubman incident in which she too, while intoxicated, plowed down 16 pedestrians.

    • This episode appears to be ripped from the headlines of the Tom Cruise comments regarding psychiatry. The television interview reflects his June 2005 interview with Matt Lauer on The Today Show, where Cruise angrily ranted against the use of psychiatry and psychiatric medication, even criticizing Brooke Shields for taking drugs to deal with post-partum depression.

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