Law & Order: Season 6, Episode 6

Paranoia (15 Nov. 1995)

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The DA's office tries to prosecute a co-ed for brutally murdering her roommate, but the only evidence is a vague confession. However, Dr. Olivet suggests that she may have suffered from paranoia due to her tragic family history.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle 'Shelly' Kates
Ralph Williams ...
Dean Kirkwood
Sharon Martin ...
Megan Maslin
Merril Grupp
Laura Esterman ...
Professor Florence Cooley
Rochelle Oliver ...
Josh Strand


Detectives Briscoe and Curtis investigate the murder of a 20 year-old college coed, Allison Reich, who is found stabbed to death in her room. She was stabbed 27 times but was not raped. She was well liked by everyone in the dorm but she may have had a cyber-stalker. Meril Grupp's stories on the Internet are gruesome and when they find Allison's panties in his room, they are sure they have their man. When they catch Allison's roommate Megan Maslin in a lie, they decide to re-question her and arrive in time to prevent her suicide, having taken an overdose of pills. In her semi-conscious state, she admits to the murder. When McCoy learns of an earlier conviction, he knows he is dealing with a very disturbed person. Written by garykmcd

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Lt. Anita Van Buren's story of her son (Stefan) watching a PBS show about a "... crazy woman who stabs this guy, spends the rest of the story trying to wash the blood of her hands ..." is a reference to Shakespeare's Lady Macbetch. See more »


Lt. Anita Van Buren: [reading] "The more I stab you the more I want you."
Detective Lennie Briscoe: Sounds like Gershwin.
Lt. Anita Van Buren: Damn. My college's idea of sex in literature was Jane Eyre.
Detective Rey Curtis: It's not just the colleges. It's everywhere. I won't let me kids near network television.
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A bit too generic...
5 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In "Paranoia" we learn that a likable coed has been violently knifed to death in her crowded room with, miraculously, no one noticing. Suspicious quickly falls on a nerdy classmate who wrote violent internet sex stories, possibly inspired by his infatuation with the victim. The detectives even talk to his literature professor, a vapid left-wing parody who thinks internet pornography is great.

This episode also sees the curious resumption of Curtis-the-rookie drama as he fumbles parts of the investigation and has conflicts with Lennie, after a few episodes of being an ideal, seasoned partner.

Eventually, surprise, the initial suspect is ruled out and maybe one of her roommates did it (we're now 6-for-6 in Caucasian bad guys/girls for the season, for those keeping score). The only redeeming element of this episode is the interesting mental illness aspect of the legal plot. Is she crazy? How do you properly prosecute someone who might be nuts? It's an alright story, but the episode as a whole falls a bit flat.

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