Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Season 8, Episode 18

Responsible (3 Apr. 2007)

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The mother of a high school girl is caught having a sexual relationship with one of her daughter's classmates, and she may have supplied alcohol for a high school party where another student died.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong) (credit only)
Jordan Owens
Becca Rice
Reagan Michaels
Van Hughes ...
Luke Young
Matt Schroeffel


When a couple finds a young girl dead in their apartment. They call the police and say they don't know her. Warner says she died from alcohol poisoning. They learn that she hanged with some teens who drink a lot. And one of them has a key to the apartment. When they are arrested and brought before Donnelly, she lets them go on the condition that they don't drink but they do. They eventually learn that the mother of the girl who had the key, is also a drinker and may have been the one who provided them with the alcohol that led to the girl's death. Novak tries to have her charged but has no evidence. Written by

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Lillian Rice's attorney justifies her teenaged daughter drinking by saying her blood alcohol level was .06, underneath the .08 legal limit. The legal BAC for minors is .02. See more »


A.D.A. Casey Novak: [as Trevor and Sheila are walking into Casey's office] No deal.
Trevor Langan: Face it - your case is going down in flames.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: Don't be so proud of yourself, Trevor. You attacked a vulnerable young girl.
Lillian Rice: Becca's a very troubled girl, she's always had difficulty telling the truth. She's exaggerated her drinking problem to gain sympathy.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: So, your daughter's not an alcoholic.
Lillian Rice: Absolutely not. I live with her, I would know.
A.D.A. Casey Novak: What planet are you on? She's in rehab!
Lillian Rice: Those places say everyone's an addict - I love ...
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Don't drink. Just. Don't
15 February 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Very uncommon "public service" episode. In the beginning, the usual suspects are there: the spoiled privileged white kids and their arrogant parents who only care about themselves in their filthy ivory towers and who probably don't even have the common decency of voting Democrat. The scenario is also familiar: girl who died after getting drunk in a party. So someone gave her too much to drink in order to take advantage from her and... no, she just had too much. A boy who is entering an Ivy League college is passing booze, so he may have covered up an accidental death and so is criminally responsible... no, he just has a drinking problem. Bodies start piling up, so someone is engaged in foul play that will be discovered sooner or later... no, what happens is just that people should not drink and drive. A teenage girl gets permanent damage from drinking, so her mother hated her and is doing it on purpose... no, they are just not aware of the dangers of alcohol. So the only culprit is ultimately underage drinking. We even get some statistics before the final credits (only episode I've seen that does it). OK, OK, I got it.

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