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


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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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14 October 2009 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA

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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 »


Odafin Tutuola: Nayyar, how much longer you going to keep this bathroom tied up? You're worse than my ex-wife.
Media Tech Anu Nayyar: Someone let a sweet talker like you go?
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References Days of Wine and Roses (1962) See more »


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Christine Lahti - My Respect
18 October 2009 | by michyh1See all my reviews

Christine Lahti is a great actress - I am impressed! I knew about her past work but geeze....Go Christine Go!

Her few appearances on this show have been electric. In particular, the sparring between her character & Christopher Meloni's character, Stabler.

"Wow" is all I can say in regard to what she has done with what she has been given......and what she has been given is tough to pull off & not particularly flattering stuff.

I can't really describe it all that well but I hope the powers that be realize she's a valuable asset to the show & that they give her character some dignity in the end......hopefully it'll be more than a couple of episodes.

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