Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 4 Episode 9

Juvenile

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 22, 2002 on NBC
8.7
out of 10
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118 votes
10

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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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  • 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
  • A really good episode and then what?

    9.2
    I saw this episode for the first time today and I thought this a really cool episode and may be one of my favorites. Then the ending came and the real killer walks away and a conspirator will get a mimumum of 25 years or life. I would have screamed "You Idiot" at Jeremy's mom he is still considered guilty for attempted burglary and conspirating to murder. I believe he was going to get a gifted deal of only five but blew it and wont get out till 25 years. Jeremy just got screwed here. In the episode "Baby Killer" they almost put a seven year old in jail and in this episode they dont put the real killer who is at least 11 defianatly something worng there. I would give it a 9.2!moreless
  • A woman is raped and murdered by a middle school student, but he is too young to be convicted so his older friend is put on trial instead, even though he didn't commit the crime.moreless

    9.5
    Two children break into an apartment to burglarize it. The women who lives there comes home and one of the boys rapes and murders her while the other one is too afraid to do anything. The oldest boy is put on trial even though the younger boy confessed.



    This episode is really good, but it was at times painful to watch. At the end of the episode I was just begging the mother to take the deal, but she was so convinced they wouldn't convict her son. It was so sad when he was convicted. It showed how unfair the justice system can be sometimes. And also how the punishment for certain crimes are way too high (especially the economical crimes!), and doesn't take into account the defendants young age. In most western countries you have to be at least 16 to be charged as an adult, but unfortunately for this boy this is USA.(how I interpreted the hidden meaning behind the episode, not an attempt at country bashing.)



    I liked Alex in this episode, she showed some emotion when it came to this case. She didn't want Jeremy to be convicted. She stated her belief that this case was mostly about a win for the DA. All in all, another great episode and personally I think it's one of the series best.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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