Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 22

Painless

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 27, 2004 on NBC
8.8
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After finding a woman handcuffed to her bed with a bag over her head, the detectives believe it was a homicide. Later on the detectives find out the woman had been planning her suicide for quite a while. Due to an event in Munch's past, he becomes personally involved in finding out if a terminally ill embryologist facilitated the suicide of the victim. They find out that the victim had been encouraged by the embryologist through the use of a website.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Suicidal? Judgemental? Think again....

    10
    This is an intense episode that presents several different points of view on an incredibly controversial topic; suicide.



    We have characters who are suicidal and want to end their life, we have a character that considers suicide as an option every day but hangs on to help others who feel helpless. Munch himself has his own thoughts on suicide, the impact it has on those left behind, as well as the thoughts of a person taking their own life and what they think they are really leaving behind.



    It's an interesting episode and although it ends on a pro-life note (not abortion related) I think it still opens up a few different lines of thought on the issue. It's a hard topic. I'm not saying suicide is a good option, but I do appreciate that each individual has their own problems and may not have the skills to deal with them that can lead to an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness, helplessness and with no change or action that could lead to a positive impact in sight. These people come from all walks of life and I don't think those of us lucky enough to be dealing with our lives have any right to judge those that are struggling. Helping would be more productive and more likely to lead to happily ever after.moreless
  • A rare look in Det.Munch\'s life that I almost cried over. The episode alone is enough to make me buy the DVD set. Don\'t watch this ep w/o a box of tissues. Bravo to the directors and producers for giving Belz an episode and a good one at that!. -Rebeccamoreless

    10
    A rare look in Det.Munch\'s life that I almost cried over. The episode alone is enough to make me buy the DVD set. Don\'t watch this ep w/o a box of tissues. Bravo to the directors and producers for giving Belz an episode and a good one at that!. -Rebecca
  • Not your average episode

    9.1
    I think that this episode was beautiful in it's entirety. Marlee Matlee playing Amy Solway was just a dynamite performance. It really raises some very interesting and contervsial questions about suicide and one's right to take their own life with the help of another. While I did think Munch's speech about his father killing himself was very strong and added to the drama I thought his segway into it was a bit forced. You do see a bit of turmoil in him throughout the episode. Convict her, don't convict her, don't let her die. It definately revealed a side of him that you don't often see.

    I would suggest this episode to anybody new to the series, and urge them to check out the other episodes with Amy Solway as well. Munch and Solway have this kind of connection that is very dramatic on screen.moreless
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    9.0
    Two maids find Christina Nerrit handcuffed to the headboard of her bed with a plastic bag over her head. At first it looks as if it is a rape, in which the perp made her shower before he left her for dead. The Detectives of the Special Victims Unit find that it was a failed attempt at suicide after Christina uses insulin to kill herself while still in the hospital. They find that she was a regular at a web site called "Catching the Train" which offered support and ideas on how to successfully commit suicide. They are able to trace the web site to its owner, a women named Amy Solwey. She created the site as a means of therapy for herself, because she lives with pain every day due to Allport's Syndrome. When she is offered the chance at a kidney transplant, she turns it down because she would rather die than go to prison. Detective Munch manages to convince her otherwise, when he confides that his father committed suicide when he was younger.



    This is a great episode. I never would have thought that a site like "Catching the Train" could have existed. I can see where it would have been therapeutic for Amy, but at the same time I can also see where people would be able to get information that could harm themselves.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 Tutuola

Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin

Dr. Amy Solwey

Guest Star

Karen Young

Karen Young

Christina Nerrit

Guest Star

Heather Tom

Heather Tom

Solwey's Assistant

Guest Star

John Cullum

John Cullum

Barry Moredock

Recurring Role

Caren Browning

Caren Browning

Captain Judith Siper

Recurring Role

Peter Hermann

Peter Hermann

Trevor Langan

Recurring Role

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