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Dr. Emil Skoda (Character)
from "Law & Order" (1990)

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"Law & Order: Burned (#8.9)" (1997)
Dr. Emil Skoda: He likes rollerblading and Nintendo, so do I.

Dr. Emil Skoda: You want me to make a diagnosis based on the word of an amateur?
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Yeah.


"Law & Order: Venom (#9.7)" (1998)
Dr. Emil Skoda: [after hearing Dennis talk about his childhood] That's just a lot of rehearsed crap.

Dennis Pollock: [seeing Skoda stand up] What are you doing?
Dr. Emil Skoda: I'm going to write my report.
Dennis Pollock: You didn't even listen to me.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Oh well... trust me, I've heard it all before.


"Law & Order: Baby, It's You: Part 1 (#8.6)" (1997)
[last lines]
Jack McCoy: Ramirez claims he didn't see the assailant, but he's suggesting it was the girl's father.
Dr. Emil Skoda: And you want to know if he's blowing smoke?
Jack McCoy: For starters. Does this crime fit the pattern for incest?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Sure. Why wouldn't it?
Jack McCoy: This was a violent rape, Emil. This wasn't seduction. It was punishment.
Dr. Emil Skoda: It's all about submission. Guys who get into this like to think they're seducing their kids, but they're not. They're dominating them.
Jack McCoy: That still doesn't explain a father hating his child so much he'd literally rape her to death.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Give me another twenty years as a shrink, I'll come up with an explanation.
Jack McCoy: I'm gonna need some strategies to deal with Janaway.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Don't hold your breath for a confession.
[heavy sigh]
Dr. Emil Skoda: Jack, you're about to look into a very ugly corner of the human heart. Bring a shovel.


"Law & Order: Fools for Love (#10.15)" (2000)
Dr. Emil Skoda: [after talking to Laura] Classic case. Predator zeroes in on a vulnerable woman, twists her around 'till she doesn't know which end's up.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: She knew him for six weeks. How vulnerable was she?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Nothing to do with that. Given the right combination of his skill and her self-esteem problems, he could do it in six days.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Did she explain the scratches on her thigh?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Every time I asked her about details, she got too emotional to answer.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: So we don't know any more than we did.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Whatever her level of involvement, she was abused and manipulated into participating.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: She didn't try to stop him.
Dr. Emil Skoda: She was afraid.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: She didn't run. She didn't call the police.
Dr. Emil Skoda: She couldn't. Psychologically, she was in thrall to him and suspended her judgment.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Abused or not, she was there. It's her own sister, for God's sakes. We can't let her off the hook.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Like Abbie says, her own sister. She'd have to be a monster. I saw no sign of it. Want me to talk to her again after she calms down?
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Peter Williams is back on the street in twelve hours.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Sounds to me like you have no choice.


"Law & Order: Refuge: Part 1 (#9.23)" (1999)
Jack McCoy: Emil, we're facing a motion to dismiss, our witnesses won't cooperate. This boy is our last, best hope. Couldn't you treat him?
Dr. Emil Skoda: I'm not a child psychologist. I don't have the expertise. I'm sorry it screws up your case, but...
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: If it was your kid, who would you get?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Well, since she's gone back to teaching, Liz Olivet. Specializes in kids with crime-related trauma.


"Law & Order: Shangri-La (#13.2)" (2002)
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: I thought you said no jury would convict Little Orphan Annie.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: I did. Lizzie Borden is a different matter.
[walks away]
Dr. Emil Skoda: This girl really got under his skin.
A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: Ya think?


"Law & Order: Killerz (#10.2)" (1999)
Dr. Emil Skoda: Jenny's been emotionally abused. Maybe physically. She lashes off when her anger reaches the boiling point.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: So we lock this girl up?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Get used to it. More and more girls committing violent crimes. I don't see anything for Jenny except a future of escalating anti-social behavior.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: What makes you say that?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Emotional abuse, the snuffed cat, the blacked-out photographs. Her lack of response when I went after her.
Executive A.D.A. Jack McCoy: Her fantasies about hurting little boys.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Yeah, previews of coming attractions. She's graduated to murder. She's not gonna stop.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: You sound pretty sure.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Kid's a done deal. She's a textbook serial killer. We just got her early.


"Law & Order: Damaged (#8.22)" (1998)
Dr. Emil Skoda: [discussing the alleged rape of a mentally handicapped teenager] She's a sweet girl with an IQ of 65. And the school thinks exposing her to ridicule from normal kids somehow does her good.
Jack McCoy: She understand what she did?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Not in any meaningful way. She'd do whatever it takes to please whoever she was with.
A.D.A. Jamie Ross: Would that be obvious to another teenager?
Dr. Emil Skoda: That'd be crystal clear to anyone who talked to her for two minutes.
Jack McCoy: Those boys are gonna claim the last thing they did in that music room was talk.


"Law & Order: Cherished (#9.1)" (1998)
Dr. Emil Skoda: [about the 7 year old] You saw him, he can't connect the dots. He can't grasp others exist past his own needs.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Sounds like half the people I know.


"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Wrong Is Right (#2.1)" (2000)
[about the murder Stabler is investigating]
Dr. Emil Skoda: You let this one get under your skin. Why?
Detective Elliot Stabler: This one my daughter saw.


"Law & Order: Admissions (#9.22)" (1999)
Dr. Emil Skoda: You sure there was there no connection between Clayman and the dead girl?
Detective Rey Curtis: Just the connection of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Dr. Emil Skoda: He's not your man.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Mind sharing how you know that?
Dr. Emil Skoda: The killer knew her. Draped a scarf over her face; wanted her to preserve some dignity.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Dignity.
Dr. Emil Skoda: [shrugs] Best he could do under the circumstances.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Like that carjacking a couple years ago.
Detective Rey Curtis: Then why cut her up?
Dr. Emil Skoda: Make it look like a lunatic had done it. See these cuts? They're hesitation marks. He was having a hard time at first, got bolder as he went along.
Detective Lennie Briscoe: So you're saying he staged the whole thing?
[Skoda gives a shrugging nod]
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Do you think Eddie Clayman could have put all this on to throw us off the track?
Dr. Emil Skoda: I think you've got the wrong guy.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Hold Clayman on a parole violation 'till we sort all this out.
Dr. Emil Skoda: Whoever killed Sarah Kincaid knew her, and cared about her. Have you talked with her boyfriend?
Detective Rey Curtis: Her father said that she wasn't seeing anybody regularly.
Dr. Emil Skoda: She was pregnant.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: So she did something with somebody nine weeks ago.


"Law & Order: Shield (#9.17)" (1999)
Dr. Emil Skoda: This comes with the usual caveats. For what it's worth, Hastings didn't do it.
Jack McCoy: Beg your pardon?
Dr. Emil Skoda: She said she thought he'd kill her "sooner or later". Not imminently, not any minute.
Jack McCoy: That just torpedoes her claim of self-defense. Doesn't mean she's innocent.
Dr. Emil Skoda: I've talked to a lot of these ladies. Battered women who killed their abusers. They literally thought they'd be dead any minute. Not one of 'em killed until she believed it was the only way out. And then they're anxious to confess and justify their actions. I didn't hear any of that from Hastings. Just this man's opinion.


"Law & Order: Endurance (#11.1)" (2000)
Dr. Emil Skoda: She's very appealing.
A.D.A. Abbie Carmichael: Well, when she's released from prison, you can ask her out.