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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Painless (2004)

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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Very compelling episode

9/10
Author: J Blicka from United States
31 August 2008

Law & Order: SVU is a hit and miss show in my opinion. This episode is one of the better hits of the series. It is very emotionally charged and quite a debatable topic. Marlee Matlin (Dr. Amy Solwey) has a great performance in this show. Her performance is mostly based on body language and facial expression, considering the fact that she is deaf. Richard Belzer gives a lot to this episode also. Its full of drama, touching moments and intense scenes that will keep you glued to the screen, as well as the story at hand.

All around, it is a great installment. Whether you enjoy the show on a regular basis, catch it time to time or have never seen it, i would suggest checking out this particular episode.

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Assisted Suicide

5/10
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
13 October 2014

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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A Difficult subject

7/10
Author: mloessel from San Diego, Ca.
24 February 2017

Assisted suicide is a very difficult topic to deal with no easy answer or resolve. Our culture does not support anyone taking their life and has little tolerance when someone assists someone to do the same.Marlee Matlin and Richard Belzer do superb work in their respective roles. The story movies at a good pace keeping your attention to the very end.

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