Law & Order: Season 12, Episode 17

Girl Most Likely (27 Mar. 2002)

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Was a high school girl killed because she was going to report a sexual assault by two classmates, or because another classmate was afraid that she was going to "out" her?



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alicia Milford
Denny Cannon
Anna Kathryn Holbrook ...
Mrs. Milford (as Anna Holbrook)
Mark Jacoby ...
Mr. Milford
Marsha Cannon
Christopher McCann ...
Drew Hamilton
Marilyn Caskey ...
Mrs. Cade
Mr. Cade
Stuart Zagnit ...
Jim Roker


Was a high school girl killed because she was going to report a sexual assault by two classmates, or because another classmate was afraid that she was going to "out" her?

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ADA Southerlyn makes several statements regarding the victim being a lesbian, yet never admits she is one herself. Her character's departure from the series 3 seasons later in Law & Order: Ain't No Love (2005) was due to being fired, and was noted for her asking "Is this because I'm a lesbian?" See more »


A.D.A. Serena Southerlyn: [referring to Alicia Milford] You can't seriously be considering "outing" her into a guilty plea!
Jack McCoy: Well, don't we manipulate the system every day? Threaten to take children from parents? Embarrass spouses with their partners' infidelities?
D.A. Nora Lewin: This is different, Jack.
Jack McCoy: Why?
D.A. Nora Lewin: Well, it plays into the notion that there really ***is*** something wrong with being gay. We run the risk of seeming like bigots.
Jack McCoy: I don't see how we can abandon a viable negotiating tactic because it's politically incorrect.
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Outing can be dangerous
12 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

A young teen who recently transferred to a nice private school in Manhattan is found dead in the basement laundry of her apartment building. Her head met the corner of one of the machines. Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin soon start looking in the direction of school.

This case reminded so much of one I was involved with when I was working at New York State Crime Victims Board that involved several victims. The reason that her classmate Caroline Dhavernas kills her is to keep their lesbian relationship quiet. Seeing her uptight parents I understand why she feels as she does. This episode is deadly reminder of how stifling the closet can be.

The case I had involved a man killed by someone he just had got involved with. The victim wanted to tell the world of his new love, the perpetrator was very closeted and very much wanted to keep it on the down low. He killed his lover and stabbed up two other men who were friends who survived so he could stay in the closet.

The issue for Sam Waterston and Elisabeth Rohm is the ethics of outing the young woman. Dhavernas pleads guilty to avoid a trial only to keep her secret. Rohm objects violently to Waterston's tactics and he only sees it as leverage like any other with a suspect. Remember as she left the series Rohm herself revealed she was a lesbian.

It's a great episode especially for a young gay audience about the stifling effects of the closet.

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