When Denise Eldridge finds her fifteen-year-old daughter Carrie in bed with twenty-one-year-old Justin, she immediately calls police to have Justin charged with statutory rape. Benson ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
Denise Eldridge (as Cathy Moriarty-Gentile)
Justin Sharp


When Denise Eldridge finds her fifteen-year-old daughter Carrie in bed with twenty-one-year-old Justin, she immediately calls police to have Justin charged with statutory rape. Benson intercedes on behalf of Carrie, calling a children's rights lawyer to assist her, but when Denise turns up dead, Carrie and Justin both end up on the suspect list. Benson tries to get some help from Simone Bryce, but Bryce is obligated to protect her client. Written by Anonymous

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29 March 2005 (USA)  »

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Mariska Hargitay's husband, Peter Hermann, appears as defense attorney Trevor Langan. See more »


When Benson returns to the murder scene during the trial, the bloodstains on the walls are still bright red. In the real world these would have oxidized and turned brown long before then. See more »


Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran: Here's your murder weapon. Found it in the incinerator room.
Detective Elliot Stabler: It looks like the attack started here.
Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran: That seems right. See the arc on the wall? That's castoff from the subsequent blows. Tails on the droplets in the pattern point to where the blood came from.
Detective Elliot Stabler: That spot right there. It's got a pattern in it.
Forensics Tech Ryan O'Halloran: Yeah, it's secondary transfer from the button on her jeans. The line next to it is off the seam down the side of her pants from when she stopped, rolled on her side.
Dr. Melinda Warner: Surprised she made it this...
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Carrie Lynn Eldridge had grounds for self-defense.
7 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews


People who've seen enough of Danielle Panabaker on The Disney Channel might be surprised to find her in a role like this. Here she plays 15-year-old Carrie Lynn Eldridge, who's on the verge of losing her virginity to her 21-year-old boyfriend, Justin Sharpe(Jon Foster). Before they can do so, her mom(Cathy Moriarty) walks in on them and calls the NYPD to charge her boyfriend with statutory rape. But Carrie refuses to charge him with anything, even going as far as to refuse a rape kit. Suddenly, a children's rights lawyer named Simone Bryce steps in to stop the procedure. Glenne Headley plays as Ms. Bryce. She hasn't aged well. She was also secretly called in by Olivia Benson to defend Carrie. Little do they know that her mother is an abusive, raging alcoholic, who was forced to raise Carrie alone when her husband left. With no charges, they all seem to go home, until Stabler & Benson tried to follow up on the case. Suddenly they find that within the Eldridge apartment is the brutally mutilated body of her mother. Both are on the run, and her boyfriend is the prime suspect. But not for long. A few e-mails and computer chat-room boards, and all evidence leads to Carrie. Neither she nor Justin will do anything to incriminate each other, even going so far as to risk jail time.

Suddenly, her defense team tried to plead temporary insanity due to extreme PMS. They also try to smear her mother as the raging drunk that she truly is. Benson goes to the Eldridge apartment to investigate this claim, and boy does she find out how right they are. She also finds evidence that the "twinkie defense" they wanted to use was utterly bogus, as they all tend to be.

NOTE: It was only when her mother was drinking and started slapping Carrie around that she killed her. This is why despite the brutality of Denise Eldridge's death, Carrie shouldn't have even gotten manslaughter and sent to juvi, let alone the murder conviction the jury wanted. We also find that Benson was in a virtually identical situation when she was young. Were it not for the mature subject matter, this would be just another standard tear-jerking role for Miss Panabaker. Truth be told, however, any young actress could've played as this girl and the situation would remain the same.

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