Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 4 Episode 9

Juvenile

3
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 22, 2002 on NBC
8.7
out of 10
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120 votes
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A cancer patient who was growing marijuana in her apartment is found raped and murdered, sending the detectives on a hunt for two junior-high students, each blaming the other. The prosecution team is faced with the dilemma of trying the older boy as an adult, despite evidence that he was not mentally capable of being able to carry out the crimes.moreless

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  • Hypocrisy

    7.0
    In an earlier Law and Order episode Killerz an older girl murders a young boy and gets away with it but in Juvenile an older boy who is with the younger boy who kills a woman gets life in jail. Talk about hypocrisy. The writers are sending a message that only males deserve jail while a girl commits murder gets away with it.
  • An actual case I remember.

    6.5
    Detectives are investigating of a rape and murder of a cancer patient who was growing marijuana in her apartment. Their investigation leads them to two junior-high school students who blame each other for the crime. In the end the boy is found guilty while the other one gets away with it.



    This episode is okay. I didn't like the fact that big boy is going to jail and his so-called friend gets away with it. Maybe the kid's rich. And I remember this was ripped from the headlines back in 2001 when a woman was raped and murdered while growing weed.moreless
  • How much time he'll get?

    5.5
    I can't believe the jury convicted him, they're are real murderers and rapists out there and they wasted time on Jeremy Brice a 14 year old boy who just wanted to be Zachary's friend, did nothing. They are the twelve dumbest people I've ever met! I mean I know he broke in, he knew what he was doing was wrong, and he could've left at anytime: but what do you think he will get? I mean the jury found him guilty, but there's still sentencing. I think he'll get 15 years at the most.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    8.0
    When NYPD Narcotics officers go in for a drug bust and find that the suspect in question is murdered on the floor of her apartment, they had the case over to the Detectives of the Special Victims Unit. At first it looks like someone may have killed her in order to get to the goods in her apartment. But after M.E. Warner evaluates the forensic evidence, several clues point to the fact that the suspect is a lot younger than they originally thought.



    This was a good episode. It is amazing what kids can be convinced to do. Zachary Conner was able to convince his friend Jeremy to go along with him as he robbed the victim's house. Jeremy did it because he wanted to be Zach's friend, and would do anything to keep things that way.moreless
  • One of the most depressing episodes I seen.

    7.7
    Before you accuse me of saying this is a bad episode, it's not. It was very good and I liked the idea, but it's just too sad for me to ever watch again. The main idea of the story is that a 10 year old boy tricks a mentally challenged 14 year old boy into coming with him to rape and kill a woman. The 10 year old boy gets away with the crime due to the some law and 14 year is sentanced to 25 to life even though he didn't kill or rape the girl, just watched.



    It's very sad to see this ending and that's why I ranked it so low. There is no justice in this episode.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 'Fin' Tutuola

Illeana Douglas

Illeana Douglas

Public Defender Gina Bernardo

Guest Star

Becky Ann Baker

Becky Ann Baker

Mrs. Brice

Guest Star

Shane E. Lyons

Shane E. Lyons

Jeremy Brice

Guest Star

Judith Light

Judith Light

SVU Bureau Chief Elizabeth Donnelly

Recurring Role

Harvey Atkin

Harvey Atkin

Judge Alan Ridenour

Recurring Role

Jordan Gelber

Jordan Gelber

CSU Technician Layton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Marc Lesinski: I don't know, but, there's no way Jeremy killed her.
      Olivia Benson: How do you know that?
      Marc Lesinski: He's just not that cool.

    • (Discussing the drug club.)
      John Munch: There's probably a schedule. Members take turns tending the crop.
      Don Cragen: Why the hell do you know so much about it?
      Fin Tutuola: Twenty-five years on the job and he's still a damn hippie.

    • (Gina Bernardo comes up limping with a cane.)
      Liz Donnelly: Get attacked by one of your repeat offenders again?
      Gina Bernardo: No, actually one of your esteemed colleagues knocked me off a curb, and there's a lawsuit pending.

    • (Debating Ms. Bernardo.)
      Liz Donnelly: And I can produce scientific evidence that proves my cat is trying to kill me in my sleep.

    • Liz Donnelly: You're adamantly opposed to prosecuting this case.
      Alex Cabot: Yes. I think it's wrong.
      Liz Donnelly: All right. Then I'll do it. You're second chair.

    • Alex Cabot: You're going to put a twelve-year-old on the stand?
      Liz Donnelly: I'm not. You are. The jury already thinks I make little kids cry.

    • John Munch: Do you have any idea why cannabis is illegal in this country? Because William Randolph Hearst's paper mills were threatened by the hemp industry.
      Fin Tutuola: And that's got nothing to do with the fact that it's a drug.
      John Munch: Well, what do you call alcohol and tobacco?
      Fin Tutola: Legal.

    • (Huang is profiling the suspect everyone has just learned is a teenager.)
      Dr. George Huang: We're looking for a boy who has a history of fights at school. Uh, minor vandalism... risk-taking behavior...
      Elliot Stabler: Sounds like every teenaged boy on the planet.

    • Liz Donnelly: (Questioning an expert witness.) Now, your research claims teenagers are impulsive and irrational. Here's what I don't understand. Why isn't every single teenager a rapist or a murderer?

    • Liz: I'm not too happy about destroying a child on the stand.
      Alex Cabot: You had to do your job.
      Liz: Careful, Alex, you're beginning to sound like me.

  • NOTES (0)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • (Upon being called to the crime scene by narcotics officers).
      Fin Tutuola: So you're trying to tell me that Laura Ashley, here, is some kinda king pin?

      Laura Ashley was a well known designer of fashion and home furnishings, particularly feminine designs made with colorful fabrics.

    • John Munch: Do you have any idea why cannabis is illegal in this country? Because William Randolph Hearst's paper mills were threatened by the hemp industry.

      William Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper magnate and Democratic Congressman who suddenly became a conservative politician in the 1930s.

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