Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 5, Episode 22

Painless (27 Apr. 2004)

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Housekeepers discover a woman, Christina Nerrit, hand-cuffed to a bed, with a plastic bag over her head, near death. Detectives investigate the crime, believing it to be a rape/attempted ... See full summary »

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Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong)
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Housekeepers discover a woman, Christina Nerrit, hand-cuffed to a bed, with a plastic bag over her head, near death. Detectives investigate the crime, believing it to be a rape/attempted murder, but evidence soon lead them to a more bizarre scenario involving the terminally ill, and a suicide-support website. When Christina dies mysteriously while recovering in the hospital, and it is determined that she died from a self-inflicted overdose of insulin that had to have been brought to her from outside the hospital, it changes the focus of the investigation again. The right to ends ones own life, and the culpability of someone assisting a suicide, becomes a hot topic when trying to decide who gets punished for what. Amy Solway, a terminally ill doctor, and owner of the Suicide Train website, is found to be the person who brought Christina the insulin, and is charged in her death, leaving it up to a jury to decide her fate. Written by Lynne Boris Johnston

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Richard Belzer's character John Munch helps a potential suicide recover and reveals to her that his father killed himself. In real life, Belzer's father killed himself when Belzer 23 years old. See more »

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Olivia talks about a web site she has seen that gives teenager girls advice on how to become "anorectic". An anorectic is a drug that suppresses appetite. Olivia presumably meant to say "anorexic", referring to the eating disorder. See more »

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Doctor Amy Solway: Why do you care if I live or die?
Det. John Munch: Because my father killed himself. When I was a kid... I thought it was my fault. The night before he blew his brains out, he punished me for being a wise-ass. I told him I hated his guts. Those were the last words I ever said to him... It haunts me to this day. You're the only person I've ever told.
Doctor Amy Solway: Why me?
Det. John Munch: Because we're the same. I feel guilty; my father was suffering, I couldn't help him. You feel guilty, because of what you did to Christina.
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Assisted Suicide
13 October 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Marlee Matlin guest stars in this SVU episode where she plays a doctor who has a website to assist potential suicides. Sometime this woman makes house calls which gets the SVU squad involved.

Richard Belzer takes center stage in this episode, we learn here that Detective Munch's own father took his life which might account for some of the issues that Belzer has. The squad comes to the aid of a woman who was trying to take her own life as they determined. When she's successful a second time the investigation leads to Matlin who has a terminal illness involving kidney failure which has a side symptom of deafness.

Matlin's performance overwhelms the story plot which does have a few holes in it. Here she is a successful doctor overcoming her handicaps even her short term life span which might be prolonged with a kidney transplant, but instead she helps people die. It really doesn't compute all that well.

Still for both Matlin and Belzer you might check this episode out.


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