Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 7, Episode 22

Influence (16 May 2006)

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In seventh season finale, rock star Derek Lord goes on a national talk show and lectures about the abuse of psychiatric drugs. Meanwhile, an unstable young woman loses her virginity, goes ... See full summary »



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In seventh season finale, rock star Derek Lord goes on a national talk show and lectures about the abuse of psychiatric drugs. Meanwhile, an unstable young woman loses her virginity, goes off her prescribed medication, gets behind the wheel of a car, and mows down 10 people. As these events are played out in a highly charged way, the argument about prescribed "meds" is challenged. Written by Alex

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Derek Lord: They strap you to a special table that flips over so you don't choke on your own vomit. They stick electrodes on your head and turn on the juice. When your toe starts twitching, that means you're having a major convulsion. But that's a good thing. That's what they want. They fried my brain. Cut big parts out of my memory. Huge chunks of my childhood, gone. How could that be beneficial?
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A private crusade against the mental health profession
17 January 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Before this episode was over the perpetrator caused the death of one adolescent, injured six other people, and got two boys expelled from their school. All because Brittany Snow was off her meds.

It all starts when the janitor catches two kids taking turns on her in the boys bathroom. Up go the cries of rape. But when the evidence gathered fails to corroborate her story Snow loses it completely. In a suicide attempt she runs down 7 people killing one.

And why does she do all this? She had been diagnosed as bi-polar and was on psychotropic drugs. But a rockstar who has a private crusade against the mental health profession persuaded her not to. In fact Norman Reedus is paying the high priced Peter Riegert to be her defense attorney.

I found it hard to work up too much sympathy for Snow. That she'd let some teen idol rockstar influence her that way is a bit much. Most people do draw the line at letting entertainers take over their lives completely, why couldn't she.

Still Snow shows a touching vulnerability in her performance. And this is a story where it's real hard to apportion the blame and where the legal system doesn't quite cover it all.

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