L&O, Episode 3.06
Production number: 68011
First aired: 4 November 1992
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Written By
Michael S. Chernuchin & Christine Roum

Directed By
James Frawley

Dr. Elizabeth Olivet accuses an esteemed gynaecologist of rape.


Olivet is molested during a visit to gynecologist Dr. Alexander Merritt. Logan and Cerreta are unable to come up with enough evidence to take to the DA, so Olivet goes back with a tape recorder to gather more evidence. Merritt drugs and rapes her.

Stone and Robinette take him to trial. On the stand, Olivet admits that she initially went to see Merritt because a patient, Diane Perkins, hinted that she was raped by him. The jury unanimously finds him guilty, but the judge throws out their verdict on the grounds that the DA did not present enough evidence.

Perkins admits to Olivet that she was raped. Stone plans to bring Merritt back to court, but cannot put Perkins on the stand, as it would be too emotionally devastating, so instead, Stone manipulates Merritt into going on TV and boasting that he is a wonderful doctor and that women respect him.

Melnick, Merritt's defense lawyer, is threatening to go to the Disciplinary Committee citing retaliatory prosecution, but when Robinette reveals fifty-four other women have come forward alleging rape, molestation or abuse, Merritt and Melnick are defeated, and Stone settles for seeing Merritt spend the rest of his life in prison.

At the end of the episode, Olivet is seeing a therapist.


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"Six blissful years of marriage that took ten years of therapy to forget."
"He abused you?"
"It's amazing what people put up with under the heading of 'love'."

- Celia Walsh and Phil Cerreta

"Do you frequently have sex with patients?"
"Do you call all your patients "bitches", doctor?"

- Benjamin Stone, Danielle Melnick and Judge Keith Silver

"I know the difference between being examined and being molested."

- Elizabeth Olivet

"You of all people should understand your obligation to full disclosure!"
"I have an obligation to my patient! And in my profession that's the only thing that counts."

- Benjamin Stone and Elizabeth Olivet

"54 women you either raped, molested, or abused."
"In the future, sir, stay off the evening news."

- Paul Robinette and Benjamin Stone

"Go ahead gentlemen, use the tape. You're going to open up a can and a hell of a lot more than worms are going to crawl out."

- Danielle Melnick

"Liz. Is she all right?"
"She's a psychologist, if anybody's trained to handle it, she is."
"Nobody trains you to be a victim."

- Paul Robinette and Mike Logan

"You have no idea what it's like to be victimized by a powerful man."

- Elizabeth Olivet

"My committee reviewed Dr. Merritt’s actions. We concluded that everything he did was in the best interest of the patient."
"Oh, good! So only the patient didn’t agree."

- State Medical Board Reviewer and Phil Cerreta

"He can just disregard the jury's verdict?"
"If he feels the jury disregarded the facts presented, yes he can."
"Yep, we should have seen it coming. The Honorable Keith Silver. Wrote the book on the rights of the accused. He thinks Miranda is 5 pages too short."

- Elizabeth Olivet, Benjamin Stone and Adam Schiff

"Okay, Ben, what do you want?"
"In a perfect world, I'd like to see your client locked in a room for a week with these women. But I'll settle for seeing him spend the rest of his life in jail."

- Danielle Melnick and Benjamin Stone

Background information and notes

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

New York State
Medical Board
Friday, September 11

Apartment of
Celia Walsh
29 East 36th Street
Wednesday, September 16

Office of
Dr. Elizabeth Olivet
Friday, September 18

4 5 6

Executive Assistant
District Attorney
Benjamin Stone
Thursday, September 24

Supreme Court
Trial Part 61
Tuesday, November 3

Office of District
Attorney Adam Schiff
Monday, November 9

7 8

Apartment of
Diane Perkins
305 Sullivan Street
Tuesday, November 17

District Attorney's
Conference Room
Wednesday, December 2

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