SVU, Episode 5.17
Production number: E4421
First aired: 24 February 2004
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Written By
Tara Butters & Michele Fazekas

Directed By
Constantine Makris

A group of school bullies murder a young girl in a rage of jealousy. But the victim was their best friend.


Teenager Emily Sullivan is found brutally murdered in the trunk of a car. When her friends, Brittany, Paige, and Andrea reveal that Emily had an older boyfriend, he is first considered a suspect, but then it is discovered that Emily and her friends tormented an overweight girl, Agnes Linsky which makes her a suspect. After Agnes' brother attacks Brittany for sending nude pictures of Agnes in the locker room, the detectives soon find a link that Brittany, Andrea, and Paige were responsible for Emily's murder.


Episode summary


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast



  • Olivia Benson [to Casey]: Remind me to give you the names of all the girls I hated in high school.

  • Casey Novak: They're monsters. They're mean, vicious little girls who think that they can do whatever they want, and up until now they've gotten away with it. But not anymore.

  • Elliot Stabler: I love these little cliques. They're like the mafia; nobody knows nothing.

  • Dr. Huang: Victims of bullying are often social outcasts. It's typical for school officials to identify with the "normal" kids ...
  • Cragen: And the victims are seen as being "overly sensitive."

Background information and notes

  • This episode is based on the murder of Shanda Sharer which took place in 1992. The murder involved a young girl who was tortured and burned to death in Madison, Indiana by four teenage girls. Her case attracted nationwide attention due to its gruesome nature.

Episode scene cards

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Tanner Day Academy
Scarsdale, New York
Wednesday, January 14

Thirteenth Dimension
419 Amsterdam Avenue
Wednesday, January 14

Linsky Apartment
Mt. Vernon, New York
Wednesday, January 14

Tanner Day Academy
Security Office
Thursday, January 15

5 6 7 8

Crime Lab
One Police Plaza
Friday, January 16

Tanner Day Academy
Peer Counseling Center
Friday, January 16

Chambers of
Judge Petrovsky
Monday, February 16

Trial Part 46
Tuesday, February 17

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