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"Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" Birthright (TV Episode 2004) Poster

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Olivia Benson: Mrs. Osborne, we're gonna have to place you under arrest.

Michelle Osborne: For what?

Olivia Benson: Conspiracy to commit kidnapping.

Michelle Osborne: Go ahead. You'll see I'm right.

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Elliot Stabler: [Speaking to scared little girl who has to ID a perp] I want to show you something. You see that window? It's magic. Cause anyone that's standing here, they can't see through it can they?

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Elliot Stabler: [summing up to Casey how it feels to be a parent] I would die for my children and there's not a thing that would change that. Ever.

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Elliot Stabler: 'And Solomon said "Bring me a sword, divide the living child in two and give half to one and half to the other."'

ADA Casey Novak: But I can't split the child.

Elliot Stabler: [looks at her] Solomon didn't have to.

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Olivia Benson: Michelle, this has got to stop now. Okay, we know everything. Anna was on the police report from your husband's accident. She died in the car with him.

Michelle Osborne: No. They never found her remains.

Olivia Benson: Michelle, they were hit by a gasoline tanker. There was nothing left. I'm sorry, but you know what I'm telling you is the truth.

Michelle Osborne: I know my daughter is alive!

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Olivia Benson: Casey, you've got to plead her out.

ADA Casey Novak: Why would I do that?

Olivia Benson: Because what happened was a mistake.

ADA Casey Novak: Michelle is uncontrollably driven to kidnap someone else's child.

Olivia Benson: Her little girl biologically!

ADA Casey Novak: But not legally. I can't let Michelle off the hook just because you feel guilty you didn't believe her.

Olivia Benson: Well then give her a break because she's also a victim. What that fertility doctor did to those two women is genetic rape. And don't tell me that that doesn't bother you on some level.

ADA Casey Novak: Talk to the doctor, confirm what Michelle and the Bransons say and I'll consider a deal.

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Olivia Benson: [about Michele Osborne] She's clean. There's nothing suspicious. Even her credit's perfect.

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Captain Donald Cragen: Three thousand dollars' worth of damage to the car?

Elliot Stabler: What can I tell you? I zigged when I should've zagged.

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Olivia Benson: [after Patty is kidnapped by Michelle Osborne and Olivia finds her after Michelle is arrested] Are you okay, Patty?

Patty Branson: I don't want to stay here.

Olivia Benson: You don't have to, sweetie. I came to take you back to your mommy and your daddy.

Patty Branson: They still want me?

Olivia Benson: Of course they do, honey. Why would you think they don't?

Patty Branson: Because Michelle said she's my real mommy. It's not true, is it, Olivia? Is it?

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ADA Casey Novak: [to Patty] Do you think Michelle is nice?

Patty Branson: She's okay.

ADA Casey Novak: You know what Michelle said about being your egg mommy is true, right?

[Patty doesn't answer her]

ADA Casey Novak: Your Honor?

Judge Walter Bradley: Could you please answer the question, Patty?

Patty Branson: [in tears] No! It's not true!

ADA Casey Novak: Yes, it is, Patty.

Patty Branson: Michelle's not my mommy!

ADA Casey Novak: You came from her egg. That is true.

Patty Branson: I want to go now.

ADA Casey Novak: No. You can't until we're finished.

Patty Branson: I don't want to go with Michelle!

Donna Emmett: Your Honor, she's just a little girl.

Judge Walter Bradley: [to Novak] Is this line of questioning necessary?

ADA Casey Novak: Patty, do you understand?

Patty Branson: I don't want to go with Michelle!

ADA Casey Novak: You don't have to, Patty. Not yet.

Patty Branson: I want my mommy and daddy!

ADA Casey Novak: No, you have to stay here.

Patty Branson: Please! Don't take me away! Please!

Michelle Osborne: [stands up] Stop it! Just stop it.

Judge Walter Bradley: Sit down now, Mrs. Osborne.

Michelle Osborne: Patty, I'm sorry. I won't ever bother you again.

Patty Branson: [as she runs off the witness stand to her parents] Mommy! Mommy!

Michelle Osborne: I've changed my mind. I just want this to stop. I'll plead guilty, if that's what it takes.

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Olivia Benson: [to Dr. Huang] Something else is bugging you.

Dr. George Huang: It's what you told me about how Michelle keeps Anna's room.

Olivia Benson: That it's ready for a six-year-old?

Dr. George Huang: Most missing children's rooms become shrines, frozen in time from the moment the child vanished. Michelle updating Anna's room tells me that she's confident that Anna's coming home.

Olivia Benson: You mean, even if she has to steal another Anna to make it so.

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Elliot Stabler: Maybe it's buyer's remorse. Michelle did consent to donate her embryos and now she's sorry she did.

Olivia Benson: That doctor pulled that story out of his ass. Come on, Elliot, he was making it up as he was telling it to us!

ADA Casey Novak: So you think he's lying. Michelle Osborne hired private detectives to kidnap a child. Why do you believe her?

Olivia Benson: Because Michelle Osborne has never lied to us about anything. Patty is her biological daughter.

Elliot Stabler: So let Michelle and the Bransons sue Norton for malpractice.

Olivia Benson: But if he intentionally put one woman's eggs into another without consent, we can't just let him get away with it.

ADA Casey Novak: There's no law against that in New York State. And we can't charge him with larceny because stolen property has to have value and body parts don't.

Olivia Benson: In vitro fertilization costs tens of thousands of dollars a pop. If Norton misrepresented what he did and put that "X" on this form, then we have him on fraud and forgery. If he did it once before, you can bet that he's done the same thing to other women.

ADA Casey Novak: Now all we have to do is prove it.

Olivia Benson: Right. This consent form is a copy. You get us a warrant for the original and we will.

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John Munch: Michelle signed that form seven years ago even before she got pregnant.

Odafin Tutuola: Which means our Dr. Baby Maker's a big, fat liar.

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ADA Casey Novak: [about Dr. Norton] That guy still thinks he did a favor for the Bransons. Sarah's medical records have a notation that none of her eggs fertilized.

Elliot Stabler: So Norton just slipped her one of Michelle Osborne's embryos to keep up his batting average. What a guy.

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Michelle Osborne: You can't kidnap your own daughter.

ADA Casey Novak: The law says she isn't yours.

Michelle Osborne: Well, the law is wrong.

Donna Emmett: Well, we should just forget about the law and focus on what's right.

ADA Casey Novak: What's right is for your client to accept that she has no claim to Patty.

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Sarah Branson: [to Michelle] I know you lost your daughter, but can't you see what you're doing to Patty?

Michelle Osborne: She's my flesh and blood.

Sarah Branson: But she came from inside me. She kicked in my belly. She nursed from my breast.

Michelle Osborne: She has my genes and my husband's genes.

Sarah Branson: Because of a mistake!

Michelle Osborne: It wasn't a mistake. My daughter died and now God is giving me a second chance.

Sarah Branson: Please. Please. A mother wouldn't do this to any child.

Michelle Osborne: A mother would fight for her child. I'm sorry, but I'm not gonna give up until that jury looks me in the eye and tells me that I am guilty of stealing my own child.

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ADA Casey Novak: [during her opening statement in court] No one here will try and tell you that Michelle Osborne is violent or evil. She was driven to kidnap Patty Branson because she believes Patty is her little girl. And biologically, Patty is her daughter, but you must remember, the law says the birth mother is the child's mother. So Patty is not and can never legally be Michelle's daughter. Now, Michelle kidnapped Patty from the mother who gave her life and from the parents who've raised her since birth. So no matter how much you may be moved by Michelle Osborne's pain, you cannot ignore the fact, she broke the law.

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Donna Emmett: [during her opening statement in court] The moment that Michelle Osborne laid eyes on Patty Branson at a playground in Riverside Park, she felt drawn to her. A powerful, uncontrollable, biological attachment to her. She knew Patty was her child and DNA proved she was right. That maternal instinct brought out the truth, that Michelle and Patty's birth parents are all victims of an unscrupulous fertility doctor who stole an embryo from Michelle and implanted it in Sarah Branson without anyone's consent. Now, to find Michelle Osborne guilty of kidnapping, the People must prove that she had intent to commit a crime. So as you hear evidence, you must consider, did Michelle Osborne intend to break the law? Or was she driven by a more powerful law? The law of nature. The love of a mother for her child.

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ADA Casey Novak: Michelle pled to custodial interference. Suspended sentence. Said she's moving out of state. It's too painful to be near Patty and not see her.

Elliot Stabler: She did the motherly thing, loving her by letting her go.

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Dr. Stanley Norton: All I have ever done is help infertile couples have children.

Olivia Benson: All you've ever done is pad your bank account.

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