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Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 2

Manic

3
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 2003 on NBC
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Episode Fan Reviews (6)

8.6
out of 10
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119 votes
  • The SVU quickly discover who carried out a school shooting but then have to determine who is ultimately responsible. Unfortunately, in this episode they are less an Special Victims Unit and more PC Police.

    5.0
    This is a very weak episode of SVU and in fact seems like a script retooled from another show. A lot of things don't make sense, like why is Detective Stabler the first responder to a school shooting and why is SVU involved in the case at all. In this case a pharmaceutical corp is mailing out sample packs of a new version of an anti-depressant to patients who took the old version. A mother with an unruly son decides to give the drug to him and he has a psychotic break and kills a couple of classmates. In typical Hollywood fashion the show blames the incident on "corporate greed" because the pharm company sent out the samples unsolicited. The mother who, completely on her own, decided to give the drug to her kid is painted as a victim.
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