Law & Order

Season 5 Episode 19

Cruel and Unusual

Aired Monday 10:00 PM Apr 19, 1995 on NBC

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  • This episode was really hard to watch, but really f good.

    I have a younger brother with autism and since I know so much about it, this episode was very hard for me to watch. It's amazing how far we've come in terms of knowledge about and treatment of autism in fifteen years. Back then, it was all about eliminating the symptoms of autism. Now, it's more important to modify the actual behavior to teach autistic children how to function in society.

    The "therapies" used on the children are nothing short of torture and what really made me angry is that the parents KNEW what was going on; they just thought if it made their lives easier, it was okay, even if in the long run it was bad for their children.

    In the end, justice was mostly served in terms of the "doctor," but the sad part is that (at least back then) there was still no way to help the kids.