SVU, Episode 4.17
Production number: E3122
First aired: 21 February 2003
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Stabler Ruben Morales Benson Privilege
Written By
Patrick Harbinson

Directed By
Jean de Segonzac


A woman apparently throws herself off a playboy's penthouse.


Detectives Benson and Stabler are called to a crime scene where a young woman in a maid's uniform has jumped to her death from a high-rise apartment building. Suicide was determined to be the initial cause of death, but the sexual-related bruising causes them to question whether she had been pushed.

The woman is identified as a film student, Carmen Trancoso. Her face had been destroyed by the fall, so the detectives initially identified her as Anna Rivera, a former maid at the Lamerly's penthouse. The detectives learn Carmen had been dating the Lamerly's son, Drew, but the relationship had gotten too intense. Drew broke it off with her and Carmen began to stalk him. Benson and Stabler visit the attorneys who were representing Carmen, who was trying to sue Drew for rape. However, Drew is prepared with his lawyer Lorna Scarry, who refutes Carmen's claim.

As they dig into Drew's past, it is revealed he had been expelled from a private school. The detectives learn Drew's prom date, Jenny White, also claims Drew had raped her. Jenny had been a prostitute at the time and is now married to a rich and powerful man. Because of this, she hesitates to come forward. Then investigators now believe Carmen did not jump, she had been pushed. Drew claims the family's head of security, Tom Paysen, had killed Carmen, but Paysen tampered with the security cameras.

The detectives bring Drew in for an evaluation by Dr. Huang and a lie detector test, but he almost does too well on it. Then finally catch a break, a rare material traced to a jacket in his closet is found on the victim. Drew is placed under arrest. Scarry attempts to get Cabot to cut a deal. When that doesn't work, she claims he is not guilty by virtue of diminished capacity because his father was highly abusive. Drew's grandmother, Candace, tries to make the case on the stand, but Cabot claims in the abuse from his father never came up in Drew's polygraph. The judge rules against Cabot and allows the testimony. Since it was privileged information, Cabot refuses to be defeated.

The detectives go to Jenny White Rochester and convince her to testify. They now realize it was Drew's grandmother, who was the ringleader, and not his father. Candace had groomed Drew to be the violent man that he is. His son also realizes this and subsequently testifies against her. Candace is now in as much trouble as her grandson, whose defense has been rejected by the court.


Main cast

Recurring cast

Guest cast


Carmen Trancoso; Anna Rivera; Roger, Burnbaum, & DeLisle; Radleigh High School; 29th Precinct; Jenny White; Paris, France; Lorena Athens; Guatemala; Brazil


  • Olivia Benson: Hi. Can we help you?
  • Drew Lamerly: Uh, my name is Drew Lamerly. Suzie called me. I think I should make a statement.
  • Olivia Benson: About what?
  • Drew Lamerly: Carmen Trancoso. It's my fault she's dead.

  • Elliot Stabler [to Drew Lamerly]: You call beating the crap out of her intense? Huh? You little prick. You did this to her.
  • Drew Lamerly: Yes, I did do this, but she wanted me to.
  • Olivia Benson: No! No woman wants this!
  • Drew Lamerly: Carmen did! This was her thing!
  • Olivia Benson: So you beat and rape her because it was her thing?

  • Elliot Stabler: Lady, we don't care who you were or who you are, just yes or no - did Drew Lamerly rape you?
  • Jenny White: Yes, he raped me - but if you ask me anything in front of my husband, I will deny it.

  • Dr. Huang: I think he fooled the machine - he ramped up his body's response to the control question to cover up his lies about killing Carmen...
  • Elliot Stabler: He wanted to take the test - he knew he'd pass!

  • Elliot Stabler: The jury's buying this brutalization crap, huh?
  • Alexandra Cabot: So far, the evidence supports it...Drew got into fights, he beat up Jenny White - maybe his dad did brutalize him.
  • Olivia Benson: You don't believe that...
  • Alexandra Cabot: If Drew was a gang kid, with no dad and a mother who was on crack, we wouldn't blame them for using an environment defense.
  • Elliot Stabler: I do blame his environment - this is a spoiled rich kid whose family helps him get away with rape and murder!

  • Jenny White: He was...easier to handle then, when he was 13, 14...
  • Elliot Stabler: When his father first brought him [to the brothel]?
  • Jenny White: No: uh, that was the sickest thing about Drew - he came with his grandmother; she'd...pick his girls for him.

  • Olivia Benson: How're you feeling, Mrs. Lamerly?
  • Candace Lamerly: I'll survive.
  • Olivia Benson: I hope so...long enough for you to stand trial anyway.
  • Candace Lamerly: What're you talking about?!
  • Elliot Stabler: Conspiracy, perjury, hindering of prosecution - you want me to go on?
  • Candace Lamerly: You can't prove a damn thing!
  • Olivia Benson: We can...Douglas told us everything - and now you'll be joining Drew in prison!

  • Candace Lamerly: What have you done?
  • Douglas Lamerly: I let you turn my son into a monster!

Background information and notes

  • In the episode "Justice", the suspect's brother-in-law misstates his tag number, saying "BQY-2064" when he should have said "BQY-2604." In this episode, the same tag number (BQY-2604) is used for the Lamerly's vehicle.
  • During the trial, Drew's lawyer stated that the lie detector interview couldn't be used because of privilege. However, there was a third person in the room with him and Dr. Huang. The presence of a third party shatters the doctor-patient privilege and would be admissible in court.
  • Drew called Candace his mother once when she is actually his grandmother.
  • Goof: When Munch is reviewing the security tape from the Lamerly's penthouse, he notices a jump in time on the clock. The minute hand moves from the 8 to the 10 and Benson replies, "10 seconds are missing". However, since it moved from the 8 to the 10, it was really 10 minutes.

Episode scene cards

1 2 3

Office of
The Medical Examiner
Monday, February 10

Apartment of
Anna Rivera
609 East 3rd Street
Monday, February 10

New School
Of Social Research
Film Department
Tuesday, February 11

4 5 6

Lamerly Penthouse
418 Park Avenue
Tuesday, February 11

Radleigh High School
523 East 81st Street
Wednesday, February 12

Lamerly Estate
Greenwich, Connecticut
Thursday, February 13

7 8 9

Trial Part 35
Monday, February 17

261 East 61st Street
Tuesday, February 18

Trial Part 35
Wednesday, February 19

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