Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 4 Episode 17

Privilege

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Feb 21, 2003 on NBC
8.7
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Detectives Benson and Stabler are called to a crime scene – a young woman dressed in a maid's uniform has apparently committed suicide. But there's lots of sexual related bruising so they question whether she was pushed and if she was raped.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Law and Order Special Victims Unit!

    7.0
    A dead body is found in a tree in an elderly woman's backyard. She is dressed as a house keeper and have signs of a recent attack. Based on where she landed Detectives Benson and Stabler determine that she fell from the balcony of the penthouse that belongs to the Lamerly's. The victim is identified as Drew Lamerly's ex girlfriend, which causes the Detectives to believe that he may have something to do with it.



    This was a decent episode. I'm not really that interested in storyline such as this when a wealthy teenager is able to get away with just about anything. It seems so fake most of the time and I find it hard to believe that the Detectives of the SVU are the only ones who are able to give them the punishment they deserve.moreless
  • Fascinating

    8.6
    *SPOILERS*



    Well no guess to who gets blamed for this!



    Actually youll be surprised, if not overwrought!



    I liked this episode - it had tension and misdirection in abundance. More so because Munch and IceT get five minutes! Ive never understood why these characters dont have their fair share of screentime?!



    As for the episode, prepare to meet a really creepy family. Forget the riches these guys have wierd currency in the millions. The plot moves along above average and the scenes are pretty dramatic, though the boy gets to be a bit grating after a while. Maybe I just found the actor a pain.



    The twist at the end though is what youd expect from a L&O-SVU episode. I love it when the lawyers get screamed at and they sh!t their pants, even if it is for a second. Something about their veil of invulnerability turn a shade of brown makes me laugh. Thats more a testement to the actors who play the roles and make them believeable.



    This is a brilliant episode, but its not far off. Id suggest this isnt one you miss, but if you do try and get it on a repeat!moreless
  • Decent start with a good finish that stumbles along the way.

    6.5
    The episode begins with discovery of a young girl who's fallen from a high-rise. Did she jump, fall, or get pushed? We don't know. Residents, wealthy, white, and influential, first insist it was a made. Given that the woman was wearing a maids' uniform, the police believe it. However, the maid they were referring to was alive and sent out of town by them to make the police believe otherwise. Next we find it's the girlfriend of the teenage boy in this powerful family. While I tend to watch even after this point, they lose me when the judge bars the prosecution from using any information they gained during his interview with a psychiatrist. That, in and of itself, is common. What bothers me is the fact that it was SVU's psychiatrist and the interview was a polygraph test the boy volunteered for. Where's the logic in that?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

Erik Von Detten

Erik Von Detten

Drew Lamerly

Guest Star

John Bolger

John Bolger

Douglas Lamerly

Guest Star

Sarah Wayne Callies

Sarah Wayne Callies

Jenny Rochester

Guest Star

Tom O'Rourke

Tom O'Rourke

Judge Mark Seligman

Recurring Role

Mariette Hartley

Mariette Hartley

Lorna Scarry

Recurring Role

Jordan Gelber

Jordan Gelber

Layton

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • Nitpick: In the episode "Justice", the suspect's brother-in-law misstates his tag number, saying "BQY-2064" when he should have said "BQY-2604." In this episode, the same tag number (BQY-2604) is used for the Lamerly's vehicle.

    • Nitpick: During the trial, Drew's lawyer stated that the lie detector interview couldn't be used because of privilege. However, there was a third person in the room with him and Dr. Huang. The presence of a third party shatters the Doctor-patient privilege and would be admissible in court.

    • Goof: When Munch is reviewing the security tape from the Lamerly's penthouse, he notices a jump in time on the clock. The second hand moves from the 8 to the 10 and Benson replies "10 seconds are missing". However, since it moved from the 8 to the 10, it was really 10 minutes.

    • Goof: Drew called Candace his mother once when she is actually his grandmother.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Olivia Benson: Hi. Can we help you?
      Drew Lamerly: Uh, my name is Drew Lamerly. Suzie called me. I think I should make a statement.
      Olivia Benson: About what?
      Drew Lamerly: Carmen Trancoso. It's my fault she's dead.

    • Elliot Stabler: You call beating the crap out of her intense? Huh? You little prick. You did this to her.
      Drew Lamerly: Yes, I did do this, but she wanted me to.
      Olivia Benson: No! No woman wants this!
      Drew Lamerly: Carmen did! This was her thing!
      Olivia Benson: So you beat and rape her because it was 'her thing'?

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