Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Season 8 Episode 18

Responsible

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Apr 03, 2007 on NBC
6.1
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After a young girl is found dead in the apartment of a vacationing couple with no children, Stabler and Benson soon learn that there have been a number of high school students having floating parties, going from house to house and getting drunk. Unfortunately, charging any of the teens with murder proves problematic, but the detectives get a break when they learn that one of the teen's mothers had been providing the alcohol as well as sleeping with one of the students.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I think that more people need to stop bashing this episode and be aware about this problem.

    9.4
    First of all, people need to stop bashing this episode and look at the message, not the story. Since USA is running two episodes a night, I've been able to guess the endings to most episodes. This one, it was hard. I didn't see the "mom sleeping with the boy the daughter was tutoring" coming, but I did see the girl drinking coming.



    I went to high school in a town right next to two navy bases. We had plenty of access to alcohol. Six people died and one paralyzed as a direct result of underage drinking during my time in high school.



    I also know a woman form Oregon. Her senior class started with somewhere around 200 seniors. 85 graduated. Many, many, many of them died in DUI crashes. Their song was "Another One Bites the Dust".



    I know some of you don't really care about this, but I'm not 21 yet and I know that someone I know will die or kill someone before I turn 21 next year. I just hope the people I know will see this episode (however unlikely it will be) so they know the consequences of drinking.moreless
  • This episode could (and should) be aquated to an hour long advertisement.

    4.4
    I don't know what they were thinking when they decided to air this episode. This show is suppose to be about the "special victim's unit," which investigates sex crimes and child abuse cases. This was neither. In fact, this was hardly a case at all.

    I don't think I have ever seen an episode of any show that was this preachy. Yes, teen drinking is a problem, and yes, drunk driving is a serious problem, but stringing together a weak plotted episode of a television show that has nothing to do with the issue at hand is not they way to approach it. Perhaps this would have been better as a mothership episode... if they made it interesting, that is.moreless
  • Law & Order: SVU

    9.0
    This definitely wasn't my favorite episode, but I guess it had it's high points. Firstly, this was undoubtedly a filler episode. So hopefully we'll get an incredible episode soon! So basically, a girl's found dead from drinking too much then drowning on her own vomit. Benson and Stabler soon uncover that high school students are being given achohol by a mother who is also sleeping with one of the students. I've seen storylines like this time and time again, so I wasn't too impressed. But I did enjoy getting to see Kathleen help her dad out. I also enjoyed all the references to the "should be" Stabler/Benson relationship: "Do you think he's banged his partner?" Then the mother also initiates a conversation about Elliott with Olivia saying that they've surely slept together. All in all, an okay episode.moreless
  • a girl is found dead and they cant figure who killed her or how she died or something?

    8.7
    i liked it but honestly the only reason i thought it was good was because of the people trying to get olivia and elliot together lol i enjoyed that alot haha very funny and elliot finally punished his daughter kathleen for drunk driving only took him 2 years hahaha :) olivi aand elliot should get together they r really good together and i enjoyed the comment oliv a said to elliot after he spoke at the churchmoreless
  • A good episode.

    7.0
    It was a very informative episode, and after watching it I realized that under-aged drinking is that bad, and something does need to be done about this. This episode reminds me of a friend of mine, her mom would drink with her, and buy her alcohol, and all her friends thought this was cool. Just like in the episode. A mom supports her teenage daughters drinking problem, a problem that grows and ends up out of control. It is very saddening the think that such a thing happens, but it does. And this episode was an attempt to make this clear to people...especially teens, drinking isn't cool, it just damages your body. It was a very informative episode, and is worth the time of any SVU fan. Though it's not as dramatic as some episodes, it is excellent and has an underlining moral.moreless
Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni

Det. Elliot Stabler

Dann Florek

Dann Florek

Capt. Donald Cragen

Ice-T

Ice-T

Det. Fin Tutuola

Richard Belzer

Richard Belzer

Det. John Munch

Tamara Tunie

Tamara Tunie

Dr. Melinda Warner

Diane Neal

Diane Neal

A.D.A. Casey Novak

Rob Mayes

Rob Mayes

Matt Schroeffel

Guest Star

Sarah Drew

Sarah Drew

Becca Rice

Guest Star

Leven Rambin

Leven Rambin

Reagan Michels

Guest Star

Judith Light

Judith Light

Judge Elizabeth Donnelly

Recurring Role

Peter Hermann

Peter Hermann

Trevor Langan

Recurring Role

Jill Marie Lawrence

Jill Marie Lawrence

Cleo Conrad

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Goof: Lillian Rice's attorney says Becca's .06 blood alcohol level is within the legal limits. It's illegal for minors to have a blood alcohol level past .02.

    • Nitpick: Stabler should not have been able to burn Kathleen's license so easily, as the license is plastic.

  • QUOTES (17)

    • Casey Novak: (In Novak's office) So your daughter's not an alcoholic?
      Lillian Rice: Absolutely not. I live with her, I would know.
      Casey Novak: What planet are you on?! She's in rehab!
      Lillian Rice: Those places say everyone's an addict. I love chocolate, maybe I should check in.
      Casey Novak: Well, that's a great idea, you might get some insight into your own problems.
      Trevor Langan: That's it. Let's go.
      Casey Novak: (as Langan and Lillian leave) Like why you have sex with teenage boys? Or why you're so desperate to be liked, you buy kids' friendship with alcohol? It's pathetic!

    • Jordan Owens: So I gotta be a rat?!
      Elliot Stabler: Yeah. That, or go to jail.
      Jordan Owens: (sighs) All right, Lillian bought the booze the night Melanie died, satisfied?
      Elliot Stabler: Yeah.
      Jordan Owens: You suck!

    • Judge Liz Donnelly: And if you are truely repentant, you will have stayed sober the entire time.
      Jordan Owens: We will Your Honor.
      Judge Liz Donnelly: I know. I've ordered daily urine tests for all of you.

    • (Benson and Stabler find Lillian and Jordan in bed together.)
      Olivia Benson: Get dressed. You're coming downtown, both of you.
      Jordan Owens: Why? We didn't do anything wrong.
      Elliot Stabler: Looks pretty wrong to me.

    • (Talking to the dog walker.)
      Eve: Ever since my business took off I've had to outsource some of my clients.
      Olivia Benson: Like, to India?
      Eve: Local high school students.

    • Becca Rice: No one liked me until my mom started passing out wine coolers. Then everybody wanted to be my friend.

    • Luke Young: You can't do this, I want my parents!
      John Munch: Yeah, and I want the troops home, the Kyoto Protocol signed, and a Tijuana oil job from Miss February.

    • Elliot Stabler: What about the semen on the comforter?
      Melinda Warner: It's old. Probably the homeowners'. They should change their sheets more often.

    • Casey Novak: Does the date October 26, 2005 mean anything to you?
      Elliot Stabler: The Chicago White Sox won the World Series. First time since 1917.

    • Lillian Rice: Why are you so bitter? Did someone leave you? Or maybe you had a chance, once. He wanted to marry you, and you thought you wanted something more.
      Olivia Benson: And your something more is a teenage boy?

    • Lillian Rice: When was the last time a man your age asked you out?
      Olivia Benson: Oh, we're not talking about me. I'm not the one that's sleeping with a teenager.
      Lillian Rice: It's been a while since you've had a date, hasn't it? That partner of yours is cute. But I bet he likes 'em younger.

    • John Munch: You could start a bonfire with all the alcohol this one drank. What's your poison, honey?
      Reagan Michels: Shut up, you dirty old man.
      John Munch: Who you callin' old?

    • Elliot Stabler: There's no statute of limitations on being a bad parent.

    • Becca Rice: Mom found reasons for us to drink. New boyfriend, no boyfriend, new job, no job ...

    • Casey Novak: (about Lillian) She uses the school as a sexual hunting ground.

    • Olivia Benson: So do you sleep with all of your daughter's friends, or just Jordan?
      Lillian Rice: Go to hell.
      Olivia Benson: Just calling 'em like I see 'em. I got an eyeful today. So did Becca.

    • Judge Elizabeth Donnelly: Up my butt? Haul their asses in.

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