Law & Order: Season 20, Episode 8

Doped (6 Nov. 2009)

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What appears to be a tragic drunk driving accident with multiple fatalities becomes more complicated when investigators discover that the driver was about to blow the whistle on the pharmaceutical company she worked for.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Attorney Hoyt
Attorney Sanders
Zach Marshall
Dr. Charles Price


Lupo and Bernard investigate a traffic accident that results in the death of several people. The driver of a minivan chauffeuring several children including her own started acting oddly and drove down the wrong way on an major roadway causing the accident. The autopsy reveals she had alcohol in her system but everyone who knew her swears up and down that she rarely drank. Further testing reveals that she had a prescription drug in her system that had been put in her allergy nasal spray. When they look into it further, they realize that the driver worked for the company that manufactured the drug found in her system. Someone at the company clearly spiked her nasal spray. Written by garykmcd

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Loosely based on the July 26, 2009 Taconic State Parkway crash. See more »


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Someone spiked the soccer mom's nasal spray
16 February 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This Law And Order episode starts with one of the most horrific of crimes, a huge automobile accident caused by an intoxicated woman with her kids and her sister's kids in the van she was driving. She dies and only one of the kids survives.

Forensics in the person of Leslie Hendrix as Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers who has autopsied most of Law And Order's victims comes up with the answer after Jeremy Sisto has an instinct. Sisto has Hendrix analyze the driver's nasal spray. Someone spiked the soccer mom's nasal spray with a drug that would blend with whatever in her system and would remain undetectable and give her a high blood/alcohol reading. A lot of time and thought went into this.

Turns out the drug company that she and the perpetrator worked for was selling a defective cancer drug. She was going to blow the whistle to the FDA.

The perpetrator is Rich Sommer who will frighten you because of his sheer ordinariness. He's a true company man, a sales manager, the kind of guy you would pass on the street and never notice.

The real punchline in this episode is his actual motive which I will not reveal, but it's a beauty.

The episode features S. Eptha Merkerson dealing with cancer herself that she has not revealed to the rest of the cast. Check her underscored lines and facial expressions which say much to the viewer.

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