An alcoholic who fell off the wagon is charged in the brutal rape and murder of an abortion doctor. His defense argues that alcoholism is a disease, but why is ADA Paxton so bitterly opposed to the claim?


Peter Leto


Dick Wolf (created by), Dawn DeNoon




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Meloni ... Elliot Stabler
Mariska Hargitay ... Olivia Benson
Richard Belzer ... John Munch
Ice-T ... Odafin Tutuola
BD Wong ... Dr. George Huang (as B.D. Wong) (credit only)
Tamara Tunie ... Dr. Melinda Warner
Dann Florek ... Donald Cragen
Christine Lahti ... Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton
Scott Foley ... Dalton Rindell
Linda Emond ... Dr. Emily Sopher
Ned Eisenberg ... Roger Kressler
Georgia Lyman ... Officer Whitney Bowman
Amir Arison ... Dr. Manning
Chris McKinney ... Mr. Hale
Tibor Feldman ... Dr. Kittle


After a night of heavy drinking, Dalton Rindell wakes up to a bloody apartment, a terrible cut on his head and a dead woman in his bed. Unable to recall the night before, Rindell immediately calls the police. Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler suspect the crime is the result of a deadly love triangle; however Rindell does not recognize the victim. After questioning Rindell and the victim's family and friends, Benson and Stabler are provided with leads in several different directions. Unsure which lead to follow, the two detectives decide to return to the bar where the night began in order to piece together the gruesome truth. Written by NBC Publicity

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The murder of an abortion doctor at his church in Kansas referred to by Mr. Hale was Dr. George Tiller. On May 31, 2009 Tiller was fatally shot in the side of the head by anti-abortion extremist Scott Roeder, as he served as an usher during the Sunday morning service at his church in Wichita. Roeder was convicted of murder on January 29, 2010, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Tiller survived a previous shooting in 1993. See more »


Dalton Rindell: [about Sonya after she arrives in court late and dishelved] She's drunk.
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Excuse me?
Dalton Rindell: She's drunk.
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: Excuse me, Dalton? Are you... did you say something to me?
Dalton Rindell: Trust me. I would know.
Roger Kressler: Your Honor, this is outrageous.
Executive A.D.A. Sonya Paxton: [to Kressler] Oh, what's your problem, you tiny little man?
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References Days of Wine and Roses (1962) See more »


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Written by Johan van der Voet
Performed by Johan van der Voet
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Lahti melts down
13 December 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Christine Lahti made several appearances on SVU as ADA Sonya Paxton. To say that she doesn't have people skills is putting it mildly. She did nothing to foster a good working relationship with the squad, most especially Christopher Meloni. In this one she irritates Mariska Hargitay as well going into the forbidden subject of her parentage and her late mother.

It all reaches a climax when the squad catches the case of a dead girl found in Scott Foley's apartment and Foley says he doesn't know her and doesn't know how she got there. She was beaten pretty badly though.

Foley is an alcoholic and subject to blackouts so he says. In the end he's arrested for the crime, but that's far from the end of the story.

Let's just say that I'm sure Detective Elliott Stabler gets some grim satisfaction in the end.

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14 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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