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Law & Order SVU: Responsible

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 4th 2007 10:19AM
svu; special victims unit(S08E18) Okay, I loved the dog owners in this episode. Their priorities were completely skewed. They found a dead teen-ager in their bed, but they were more disturbed by the fact that their dog hadn't been walked while they were on vacation.

This episode was about a subject they love over at SVU: drunk, rich kids. This time, though, the kids aren't the worst of the worst. The real bad guy is a young mother who wants teen-age boys to think she's hot and for her daughter to be popular with her classmates. She buys the kids alcohol and medicates her daughter's problems with alcohol.

For the first time in a long time, I started to doubt the guilt of the person on trial when the mother tried to make it look like the drunk daughter was a liar. She was a sweet, innocent-looking kid who very well could be manipulative. But, no, it really was all the mother and the truth came out when she saw just how much the alcohol had affected her daughter's brain and liver.

I think the most touching moment of this episode came at the very end. Det. Stabler often equates his cases to his own family and acts accordingly, but this time he actually saw himself in the case. He kept meeting with his oldest daughter, Kathleen, to talk about teen-age drinking (he and Kathleen seem to be on good terms these days). In the end, he realized that he was a bad parent (or, at least he made a big mistake as a parent) when he helped his daughter get off for DUI. He burned her driver's license, presumably not a fake ID, to punish her like he should have when she was arrested. That was the best part of this episode- a parent realizing they've made a mistake by letting their child's mistake go unpunished.

Sidenote: Mariska Hargitay's real-life husband, Peter Hermann, played the role of the mother's lawyer. He has made a lot of appearances on SVU as attorney Trevor Langan since 2002.

Once again, Munch only appears to deliver one great line. When one of the teens behind bars says, "You can't do this! I want my parents!" His response is, "Yeah, and I want the troops home, the Kyoto Protocol signed, and a Tijuana oil job from Miss February." I wonder if Richard Belzer is ever annoyed by his lack of screen time in this series. Sure, the writers threw him a bone earlier this season in the episode with Jerry Lewis, but we haven't seen much of him at all lately.

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April

What exactly is a tiajuana oil job?? Anyone?

April 28 2007 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jeff

******** with salsa as a lubricant

October 25 2011 at 5:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim

Anyone know how I can find out when this episode ("Responsible") will re-air?

April 13 2007 at 12:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Charity Froggenhall

I thought this had a bit too much of an afterschool special vibe to it. Tamara Tunie rattling off statistics on drunk teenagers, the lurid color graphs of liver and brain damage, characters suddenly seeing the light. Laura Leighton was terrific though. And it's always good to see Mariska's handsome husband (yum).

April 06 2007 at 4:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Amy

Munch actually had two good lines: When the girl called him a dirty old man, he said, "Hey, who are you calling old?"

April 04 2007 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
BillS

I think Richard Belzer might be happy to just show up, deliver a snarky line, and collect a paycheck. Or at least I would be.

I was suspcious of the nerdy girl because she was played by the actress who played Jaye's evil twin (sort of) on an episode of Wonderfalls. She must be getting relatively old, but can still pull off the part of a high school student really convincingly.

My favorite part of the episode was the memorial service. All that one girl could say was that she was flattered when people sometimes said she looked like the dead girl, and the best friend of the dead boy (Weeds' Silas) spent more time lamenting the fate of their lacrosse team than anything about his friend.

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April 04 2007 at 11:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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