Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 5 Episode 22

Painless

2
Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 27, 2004 on NBC

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    • Mr. Moredock: (his closing summation) This case isn't just about Amy Solwey helping Christina Nerrit kill herself. Time and again, the highest court in the land has ruled our government can't tell us what to do with our bodies. Why should suicide be any different. Miss Novak will tell you it's your duty to uphold the law. But if you convict Amy Solwey, you're sending a message that the government can dictate how we live our lives and how we end them. Our constitutional rights to privacy and free speech are at stake. Return a verdict of not guilty. Send the message that Amy Solwey is right. We should all have the choice to live and die on our own terms.
      Novak: (her summation) No one has the right to kill another human being. So, why should Amy Solwey be allowed to help Christina Nerrit murder herself? Now, we'll never know Christina Nerrit's pain. But what we do know is that many depressed people who attempt suicide are later thankful they lived through it. But Christina Nerrit never got the chance to get treatment or be grateful she was alive, because Amy Solwey made it her mission to help Christina die. So, when you're in the jury room, you ask yourselves: If your parent, your child, your friend, or spouse was suicidal, what would you want? Your loved one to get help, or Amy Solwey telling them it's okay to give up?

    • Elliot: So Christina buys him breakfast, he rapes her for lunch.

    • Fin Tutuola: You help women get pregnant and in your spare time you help them kill themselves.

    • Dr. Amy Solwey: Why do you care if I live or die?
      John Munch: Because my father killed himself. When I was a kid ... I thought it was my fault. The night before he blew his brains out, he punished me for being a wise-ass. I told him I hated his guts. Those were the last words I ever said to him.

    • John Munch: Amy Solwey deserves to be put away, but convicting her isn't going to change a damn thing.

    • Barry Moredock: Second-degree murder? Is this the way you people retaliate?
      Judge Walter Bradley: Simmer down, Mr. Moredock. This isn't personal.
      Barry Moredock: Sure it is. District Attorney Branch hates losing to me.

    • John Munch: This website is like Suicide For Dummies.

    • Casey Novak: Dr. Solwey formed a suicide pact with Christina, which Solwey obviously backed out of because she's still alive.

  • Notes

    • Company Credits: Lynn Kressel Casting (Casting), Grant Wilfley Casting (Background Casting), Panavision (Panaflex Camera and Lenses)

    • Crew Additions and Clarifications: Bobby Mancuso (Assistant Cameraman)
      Keri L. Lederman (Assistant Property)
      Jessica Burstein (Still Photographer)
      Laura Wehrman (Set Costumer)
      Mick Rossman (Scenic Charge)
      Jerry DeTitta (Leadman)
      Tom Ford (Best Boy)

    • International Air Dates:
      Finland – Nov 11, 2009 on YLE TV2

    • At the beginning of the scene where Munch visits Amy in the hospital, he asks if she can read lips, implying that he does not know sign language. However, Belzer does use sign language, especially at the end when he says/signs, "Help me to help you."

    • Special billing was given to Marlee Matlin (Special Guest Star) in this episode.

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