Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 2 Episode 6

Noncompliance

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Nov 24, 2000 on NBC
8.5
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106 votes
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Episode Summary

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The question of patients' rights surfaces when a schizophrenic man refusing to take his medication is a suspect in the stabbing death of psychiatric doctoral student.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Interesting theme, average execution.

    8.0
    This show has a tendency to look at violent crime from original angles. Although it is called 'Special Victims Unit' it spends a lot of time looking at the psychology of the perpetrators of crime. In this episode there is the matter of people with mental disorders. Can they be held responsible for their actions if they refuse to take their medicine? Why would they do so? As a mystery story it works well because of the plot twists. The only danger is that the framework of the show becomes predictable: the first few suspects are not guilty, creative thinking is necessary in the courtroom, etcetera. The surprise ending really annoyed me, because the previous episode had a practically similar one.moreless
  • An episode targeting the rights of a patient to refuse medication.

    10
    This episode had a major impact on me considering the fact that I am going to become a psychiatrist when i complete my studies. It renewed the ever-present question in my mind; should mentally-ill patients really be allowed to right to refuse medication? I saw one of the probable effect of putting a patint on medication after years without it. this effect was quite tragic and as much as i hope and pray i know that someday i may be faced with the same dilema. I highly recommend this episodde to anyone who works with the mentally ill or are simply around them alot. It will help to broaden your veiw on the subjectmoreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    7.5
    A corner store employee, Maggie, is found murdered, along with another unidentified victim. While questioning Maggie's family, they find that she was a psychology student who voluntered at a mental heatlh clinic twice a week. She had problems with a patient there in the past, and Detectives Benson and Stabler put him on their list of possible suspects. When they learn that he has been on his medication and obeying the restraining order that was placed on him. They then find that a scizophrenic named Mark Nash might be behind the murders because he was not keeping up with taking his antipsychotic medication. But they realize that the unidentified victim was really the perp in the case, Nash had walked in on him attacking Maggie.



    This was a decent episode. It starts out and you honestly think that just because their are mentally ill suspects that they are the ones that commited the crime. When you look deeper into the case, you realize how wrong you were.moreless
  • Opinions and emotions clash in this outstanding episode.

    10
    The right to refuse medication is brought into question when the detectives investigate the rape and murder of a victim, and the attempted murder of another. Olivia is avid that patients should be forced to take medication for the protection of the public, while Elliot and Munch take a less strict approach to the issue. As the story unravels, the detectives realize they have been looking in all the wrong places the whole time, and it becomes necessary for the sole witness to take his medicine so to be able to give a lucid and accurate statement. The actor playing the sick man, played him to perfection and had me in tears with his brilliant performance. This episode also had some great interaction between Elliot and Olivia, along with Munch's usual dry wit. Two thumbs way up!moreless
Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Mariska Hargitay

Mariska Hargitay

Det. Olivia Benson

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Odafin Tutuola

Stephanie March

Stephanie March

A.D.A. Alexandra Cabot

Kevin Breznahan

Kevin Breznahan

Mark Nash

Guest Star

Kathleen Chalfant

Kathleen Chalfant

Mrs. Nash

Guest Star

William Youmans

William Youmans

Ben Moreland

Guest Star

Tom O'Rourke

Tom O'Rourke

Judge Mark Seligman

Recurring Role

Welly Yang

Welly Yang

Georgie

Recurring Role

J.K. Simmons

J.K. Simmons

Dr. Emil Skoda

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • When the female victim, Mrs. Sandomir,  is found by the construction worker, her pink panties are only around her right ankle. When Stabler examines her at the crime scene, though, the panties are only on her left ankle.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Olivia: When I said I'd have dinner with you I thought we might be sitting.
      Elliot: You can sit in the car.
      Olivia: You're a classy guy, you know that?

    • Dr. Emil Skoda: Do you refuse medication because you prefer the world you live in to reality?
      Mark Nash: I'd be crazy if I didn't.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • When the character of Nash first appears, he rambles on and on about a pawnbroker and how many kopecks he swiped from her room. He even believes he is Raskolnikov, and declares himself as such. This is a reference to Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. Raskolnikov, the main character, kills the very pawnbroker Nash alludes to in the episode.

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